In response to both of these events, Bishop Hayashi has posted some excellent reflections on his Facebook page, and I commend his thoughts to you.
Regarding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint's policy, click (here)To his posts I can add only two things:
Regarding the violence in Paris/Syrian immigrants situation, click (here) )
First, St. Mary's Church--that is, its people--is a welcoming and accepting faith community. One of our goals and values is to be a sanctuary for those who are seeking, searching, or hurting. I expect that we will continue to do that.
Second, in regard to the refugee crisis, I would note that Jesus began his life as a homeless person (born in a stable) and a refugee (the flight into Egypt). Read the first few chapters of the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke for the details. We are called by Him to care for the poor, the homeless, the incarcerated, the sick. Such care is not always comfortable, but it is part of our call as Christian persons. (Cf. Matthew 25:35-46.)
Finally, there is a program of The Episcopal Church called Episcopal Migration Ministries [EMM] (www.episcopalmigrationministries.org). Its predecessor agency, the Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief, was founded in the early 1940s to rescue and resettle Jews escaping Europe. The PB's Fund later became two agencies, Episcopal Relief and Development [ERD] and EMM. I will report to you next week on what our Church is doing during this crisis.
The Rev. Peter J. Van Hook, Priest-in-Charge