Dr. M. Daniel Carroll R, professor of the Hebrew Scriptures at Wheaton College, proposes that “the more you understand about immigration, the more you understand what it means to be a Christian.” That is, Dr. Carroll (who is Guatemalan-American) continues, you understand more about what it means to be dependent, to be odd, to be marginalized, to be treated differently. And, to be virtually powerless.
Immigrants have much to teach us if we are willing to listen.
In February Grace Church’s Justice and Peace team and Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church are jointly sponsoring two Sunday afternoon presentations on the realities of life along the U.S. southern border. At these sessions you’ll hear about the needs and challenges faced by asylum seekers and migrants, old and young. Eye-witness testimony such as this invites thoughtful reflection and an active response.
Report on a Trip to the Border. On Sunday, February 2, at 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran, Pastor Ben Lynch of Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church in Oak Park, will share his first-person experiences, learnings and reflections from an ecumenical witness trip to Brownsville, Texas / Matamoros, Mexico in mid-October of 2019.
Accompanying Migrant Minors. Two weeks later, on Sunday, February 16, also at 2 p.m., Mary Campbell, Director of the ELCA’s AMMPARO project (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunity) will offer up-to-the-minute stories and descriptions of accompaniment and advocacy being carried out with and on behalf of the large numbers of children caught up in this ongoing crisis.
Join us for one or both of these informative sessions.
Grace Lutheran Church and School
7300 Division Street, River Forest
Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church
744 Fair Oaks Avenue, Oak Park