Ann Svennungsen

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Ann Svennungsen is a Bishop in Minnesota with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Denouncing President Trump

Ann Svennungsen was one of the Minnesota Bishops from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who signed a letter[1] on January 28, 2018 repudiating President Donald Trump and advocating for a solution to the "global refugee crisis," as well as "truly comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform."


"We rebuke our nation's president for the vile, bigoted language he reportedly used on Jan. 11 to describe certain countries in God's beloved world.
"This episode far transcends the "politics" of the moment. It speaks to the very soul of our nation and touches upon some of our dearest American values: deep respect, loving care and welcoming hospitality toward others — especially the marginalized. We are not just grieved by the unfortunate language that was used. More troubling to us is the president's assumption that our country should only care about and receive the gifted and successful of the world — along with the presumption that he knows which countries provide such. Our disagreement with the president arises from both our faith and our personal experiences with neighbors from around the globe.
"We bishops call upon all Minnesotans to join us in repudiating racism and all other forms of bigotry. We implore all 10 members of our state's U. S. Congressional delegation to ask the president to apologize for his unfortunate remarks, to engage with international partners in seriously addressing the global refugee crisis, and to work in bipartisan fashion toward truly comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform in our own country."