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Immigration and the Episcopal Church: An Ever-changing Face

David L. Danner

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Today’s Episcopal Church actively seeks to minister to the rapidly growing number of immigrants to the United States in ways respectful of their culture. The church not only warmly invites these newcomers to join the faith community, but also addresses immigrants’ physical, social, and emotional needs, and often serves as a community advocate for the rights of immigrants. This welcoming approach stands in distinct contrast to the attitudes and practices prevalent during the middle decades of the last century, when little heed was paid to immigrants. Yet, the hospitality extended to immigrants today finds its antecedents, now largely forgotten, in the domestic missionary efforts of the Episcopal Church during the second half of the nineteenth century and the early years of the twentieth century.

 
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