“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
~ The Gospel of Matthew
Our deterrence was directed toward making horrendous the use of “alien”, “those people”, “illegals”, and the fear of the other,
And we put our energy and efforts, prayers and presence toward:
~Building relationships with someone whose homeland is different than our own, who longs for a safe place to call home, so that bridges might replace barriers?
~Showing up for the uncomfortable yet necessary conversations, that we might come to know that our respective human migration stories are each part of the larger “human story?”
~Seeing more clearly that the Gospel “documents” all people as
people of God, even when, especially when, authorities label some as “undocumented?”
In this hard work of embodying the Gospel:
We begin to see a fuller image of God?
We come to know that the immigrant is part of who we are?
Synod of the Covenant Assembly, Weber Center, ADS, Adrian, MI
Gratitude for the presenters Rev. Raafat Zaki, Attracta Kelly, OP, JD, and Amanda Craft
“Undocumented Women” stone figures carved by Lucianne Siers, OP
Embroidered altar cloth from Iraq
“Glimpse of Grace” © Rev. Cathy Johnson, March 21-22, 2019