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United Methodist Churches in Kansas Willing to Help Syrian Refugees

Great Plains Conference Bishop Scott Jones. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Great Plains Conference Bishop Scott Jones. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

A bishop for the United Methodist Church is asking elected officials to allow Syrian refugees into the country. Bishop Scott Jones, of the Great Plains Conference, says 35 congregations in Kansas and Nebraska are willing to sponsor Syrian families. He says showing compassion to Muslims fleeing violence sends a powerful message to the world.

“The United Methodist Church is not going to break the law in this matter, but we’re trying to let our elected officials know that we think resettling refugees in American is the best thing Americans can do in this fight against radical Islam,” says Jones.

Governor Sam Brownback signed an order barring state agencies from helping relocate Syrian refugees to Kansas. He says terrorists could come to the U.S. with the refugees.
Jones says security is important and church members believe the vetting process in place is appropriate.

Stephen Koranda is KPR's Statehouse reporter.