Archbishop Duncan Signs Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform

Archbishop Duncan recently joined two dozen other heads of evangelical denominations in signing the Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform.  Other signees include Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals and Jim Daley, President and CEO of Focus on the Family. Key in the framing of this statement has been Matthew Soerens, author of Welcoming the Stranger and member of Church of the Resurrection, an ACNA congregation in Wheaton, IL.

The statement calls for a “bi-partisan solution on immigration that: Respects the God-given dignity of every person, Protects the unity of the immediate family, Respects the rule of law, Guarantees secure national borders, Ensures fairness to taxpayers, Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents.”

There is some hope that this could become a reality this year as President Obama announced earlier this month there was, for the first time in several years, bi-partisan support for overhauling our nation’s broken immigration system.

Archbishop Duncan has been a keynote speaker at the first two conferences on Hispanic Anglican Ministry as part of the Caminemos Juntos! initiative of Greenhouse and Anglican 1000. There are currently 50 Hispanic congregations within the Anglican Church in North America. Many of our brothers and sisters in these congregations are undocumented and face a multitude of challenges.

It is estimated that currently there are 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, many from Mexico, though over 40% of undocumented immigrants are from other countries of origin such as Poland, India and the Philippines.  Most live in the shadows and have no recourse or path to change their legal status or pursue citizenship.

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Arzobispo Duncan Firma Declaración de Principios Para Una Reforma Inmigratoria

Esta última semana Arzobispo Duncan se unió a mas de 24 líderes de denominaciones evangélicas en firmando la una declaración de principios para una reforma inmigratoria en Estados Unidos (en Ingles “Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform”). Otros que firmaron fueron Leith Anderson, el Presidente de la Asociación Nacional de Evangélicos (NAE) y Jim Daley, Presidente de Focus on the Family (“Enfoque en la Familia”).  Clave para el desarrollo de esta declaración fue Mathew Soerens, autor del libro Welcoming the Stranger y miembro de la parroquia Church of the Resurrection, una iglesia Anglicana en Wheaton, IL.

Esta declaración hace un llamado hacia una solución a la crisis inmigratorio y para los 11.5 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados en Estados Unidos.

Muchos tienen esperanza que puede lograrse a cabo una reforma este ano después de la declaración del presidente Obama esta última semana.

Arzobispo Duncan ha sido un conferencista en las últimas dos conferencias de ministerio Hispano Anglicano llamado Caminemos Juntos! .Actualmente hay 50 congregaciones Hispanas dentro de la Iglesia Anglicana en Norte América (ACNA). Muchos de nuestros hermanos y hermanas feligreses en estas iglesias son indocumentados y necesitan de nuestro apoyo como la iglesia.

Se piensa que hay actualmente 11.5 millones   de inmigrantes indocumentados en Estados Unidos. Muchos provienen de México, pero más de 40% son de otros países como Polonia, India y las Filipinas.  Muchos viven en las sombras y no tienen como cambiar su estatus inmigratorio.

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Archbishop Duncan’s Message on the Resignation of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI

Anglicans will particularly miss this pontiff and successor to St. Peter.  Benedict XVI has been a great friend to us, particularly to orthodox Anglicans in North America.  His warm reception at the Papal Audience just ten weeks ago is a very fresh memory.  As Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, then as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, he wrote these words to the Plano Conference of 2003:

“I assure you, Bishop Duncan, of my heartfelt prayers for all those taking part in [the] convocation.  The significance of your meeting is sensed far beyond Plano, and even in this City from which Saint Augustine of Canterbury was sent to confirm and strengthen the preaching of Christ’s Gospel in England.  Nor can I fail to recall that, barely 120 years later, Saint Boniface brought the same Christian faith from England to my own forebears in Germany.

“The lives of these saints show us how in the Church of Christ there is a unity in truth and a communion of grace which transcend the borders of any nation.  With all this in mind, I pray in particular that God’s will may be done by all those who seek that unity in truth, the gift of Christ himself.”

The letter was signed “with fraternal regards.”  We shall truly miss this brother, and father, in God.  May God grant His Holiness a fruitful retirement to the life of prayer he envisions.  May God give him joy as he reflects on the ministry he has had, and may there still be some seasons left for the theological and spiritual writing with which he has blessed so many. 

Click here to view the text of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation.