Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Rev. John Janka, board members Edna Benitez and Darren Johnson and our director of communications, Christina Fleming, traveled to the Mexican/United States border wall near El Paso, Texas. They joined faith leaders and activists from around the country to hear stories from immigrants and scholars near the border. Faith leaders spoke against the immoral and unjust policies that have separated families. Faith leaders also denounced the administration’s proposed policy to imprison families indefinitely who enter the country as refugees.
In addition to holding a prayer vigil at the border wall, participants also attended a teach-in at the University of Texas, El Paso on family separation, walked to Mexico and assisted a refugee, and prayed and protested outside a detention center.
Middle Church planned this trip with the Hope Border Institute, Auburn Seminary, Iliff Theological Seminary, the Micah Table at New York Theological Seminary, Faith in Public Life, the Meadville Lombard Theological School and others. The interfaith prayer was covered in numerous news outlets:
Faith leaders gather at U.S.-Mexico border for prayer, Channel 9 KTSM
Realizan vigilia vs. Trump en valla fronteriza El Diario de El Paso
Faith groups meet at border fence for a prayer vigil Friday, El Paso Times
Clergy and faith leaders from through out the U.S. visited the border wall in New Mexico/Mexico this morning. We lamented, prayed, and dreamed of a land without walls and a country that does not criminalize refugees and brown bodies. Thank you to all the organizations who made this gathering and worship possible: Hope Border Institute Groundswell Movement Faith in Public Life Iliff School of Theology Fort Washington Collegiate ChurchMeadville Lombard Theological School and others.
Middle Church's worship celebration focused on the border visit on Sunday, September 13 as part of the #WeekOfWitness Campaign. Watch Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis' sermon below: