THFM has written and disseminated the following letter to all of our elected officials in our area and nationally. We all thank our Testimonies and Concerns committee for taking this up.
As we witness the misery of thousands huddled in camps along Europe’s borders, fleeing from war and terrorism for safety somewhere else, our abundance of place and wealth here on the beautiful Eastern Shore is in stark contrast. Can we stand aside and refuse help to those who are seeking what our country holds as the promise for everyone – a life of freedom from oppression in health and dignity?
Our national commitment to the refugee crisis is inadequate and disproportionally small compared to the burden that European and Middle Eastern countries are shouldering. But for decades local faith groups have successfully partnered with officials to welcome, support and sponsor refugees. It is a fair and just response to sharing the earth’s abundance and riches in our time.
Where fear and xenophobia are present, there is no evidence of increased safety in insularity, but rather an increase of suspicion, exclusion, and hostility.
Let us see Maryland be a welcoming place, building cohesion and inclusion among people that will stand as a foundation for peace in the future.
In this one way – welcoming strangers into our midst, viewing them as more similar to us than they are different – we can be advocates for world peace and attentive to the ancient words in the Book of Hebrews: “Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be Angels in disguise.”
Third Haven Friends Meeting