SIR — In light of the recent proclamations from the President of the United States of America regarding the temporary cessation of the welcome of refugees from seven countries and war torn parts of the Middle East, and as Christian ministers, leaders and church members serving the communities of Minehead, Alcombe and West Somerset, we affirm that the god of love we seek to proclaim is one who welcomes all.
We recognise that there is a broad spectrum of political views and beliefs regarding a whole host of issues facing the world today, not least that of immigration.
Whether we agree on matters of politics or not, we hold true to the Christian value and the human value of hospitality.
We stand together against actions that seek to exclude and extend the humiliation and degradation of those caught up in war and conflict through no fault of their own.
We commit ourselves to pray for wise, compassionate, just and fair political leadership across the entire world.
And we will always work hard to ensure that our church doors are open to all including those who find themselves as refugees.
Christina Lawson (Clerk, Minehead Quaker Meeting)
The Rev Matt Cottingley (Millbridge Evangelical Church)
Margaret Lintern (Senior Circuit Steward, West Somerset Circuit of the Methodist Church)
The Rev Tim Langdon (Minehead Baptist Church)
Caroline Philips (Minehead United Reformed Church)
The Rev Deacon David Croucher (Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart, Minehead, and Chairman of Christians Together in Minehead)
The Rev Prebendary Stephen Stuckes (St Michael’s Church, Alcombe)
The Rev Simon Robinson (Parish of Minehead).