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.