We are partners in Christ's ministry of reconciliation.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. - 1 Corinthians 5:16-18
"Faith is taking the next step, even when you can't see the whole staircase." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
But what is the next step?
How do we advocate - like the Good Samaritan - for our neighbor(s) in need? How do we minister effectively and faithfully to 'the least of these'? How do we seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and respecting the dignity of every human being?
Below are some resources to help you engage with current issues and to equip you for advocacy from a faith perspective.
Episcopal Support for Humanitarian Needs in Afghanistan
There is great concern for the welfare of the people of Afghanistan right now, especially for those who are most at risk and trying to get out of the country. Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service are two of the agencies working to help those fleeing the country. EMM is working quickly to provide online resources for people who want to help. You can find more information about their efforts and ways to contribute here. A National Public Radio article also has suggestions and links. As always, do your research before sending funds. If you have contacts in the US cities where people will be resettled, please feel free to share this information.
Episcopal News Service (subscribe for a daily email)
Episcopal Public Policy Network (sign up for regular notifications)
Episcopal Migration Ministries (subscribe to newsletter)
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Pentecost 2020 Sermon at Washington National Cathedral