Testimony on Behalf of The Episcopal Church on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

We thank Chairman Durbin and Ranking Member Cruz for the opportunity to submit this testimony. The Episcopal Church, a member of the 80-million member worldwide Anglican Communion, welcomes this important and timely hearing, “The Syrian Refugee Crisis,” and wishes to voice its strong support for continued and significant humanitarian assistance abroad for Syrian refugees and a robust refugee resettlement program that can meet the needs of vulnerable people fleeing violence and seeking peace. The Episcopal Church has been engaged in humanitarian assistance abroad and refugee resettlement in the United States since the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief was established in 1940 and we continue these ministries of presence today.