All of us are affected by the current public rhetoric around the issue of immigration, which is stirring up violence and racism, and further dehumanizing the population of immigrants in the United States. Current efforts to ramp up immigration enforcement efforts--including raids, detention and deportation--are sowing fear and tearing families apart. How do we, as Christians, respond? St. Alban's global mission committee has issued a statement on this subject, and we had the following Sunday forums. If you missed one, you can listen below.
Sunday, April 23: Sanctuary--Theological Reflection
Led by the Rev'd Jim Quigley and parishioner Lauri Fitz-Pegado, we explored the Christian imperative to welcome the stranger.
Sunday, April 30: Sanctuary--Faith in the Public Square
Lacy Broemel of The Episcopal Church discussed what the church and individual dioceses and parishes are doing.
Sunday, May 7: Sanctuary--Know Your Rights
Laura Stump Kennedy, formerly with Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services, and the Rev'd Debbie Kirk led this session on the rights citizens and undocumented residents have under the law. Attorneys Mary Kostel and Catherine Bernard responded to questions.