On March 1, 2017, we will begin the season of Lent and start our 2017 Fast for Immigrant and Refugee Justice. We invite you to join us on a journey from xenophobia to xenophilia, learning God’s heart for the “alien and stranger” along the way. From the Hebrew Scriptures to Jesus, we are commanded to “love our neighbor as ourselves.” Jesus expanded the definition of neighbor to include those of different faiths and different ethnicities and even ones enemies.
We are currently living in a time of rising mistrust and suspicion and a resurgence of nationalism and ethnic/racial supremacy. In the midst of this climate, the church faces a choice. Will people of faith add their voices to the calls for bans and walls, or will they–in Jesus’ words–see him “a stranger, and welcome him?”
Link to the 2017 Compact (above) for more information and details of our collective fast. Together, we will act for the justice that will destroy dividing walls of hostility and build bridges of peace.