Greetings to you in Christ Jesus:
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF COMMUNITY CHURCHES
The Board of Trustees
A STATEMENT OF CONCERN
‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them.
The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born.
Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt.
I am the Lord your God.’
Leviticus 19: 33-34 (NIV)
The International Council of Community Churches was formed in 1950 to champion justice and reconciliation as well as Christian unity. We recognize the need for realistic regulations among and within nations that support their need for public safety. We cannot and do not give our support to national regulations that automatically exclude or discriminate against people who are seeking a place of sanctuary because of their national origin, race, religious faith or other arbitrary markers. Such classifications deny the fact that God has created all people, and in so doing encourage bigotry and hatred while doing nothing to increase public safety.
We are saddened by the numerous conflicts that exist around this small planet, and we are further saddened that the violence and destruction of conflict have displaced large numbers of those who under God are our sisters and brothers. Our duty and privilege as followers of Him who was exiled as an infant to a foreign land, is to offer hospitality and refuge to those who have been made homeless. We are compelled by faith and love to be among those to whom our Lord will say at the last day,
‘I was hungry and you gave me food;
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink;
I was a stranger and you welcomed me….
truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these
who are members of my family,
you did it to me.’
Matthew 25: 35-40 (NRSV)
We call upon all nations to turn away from the counsels of fear, and to show mercy to those who are in an hour of desperate need.
Adopted by the ICCC Board of Trustees and endorsed by the ICCC Board of Directors, February, 2017
Rev. Donald H. Ashmall, Council Minister
International Council of Community Churches