January 25 – January 25, 2018
This is an amazing time in the movement for peace rooted in justice. In just this one week, BPFNA members and Partner Congregations are marching for justice for the missing 43 in Mexico and speaking out against further government crackdowns on political protest, are on the ground in Ferguson waiting for the grand jury decision, are standing in solidarity with Angel Navarro as she enters Sanctuary to refuse her deportation orders, are acting for the closing of the School of the Americas, and are responding to President Obama's speech on immigration.
We are grateful for the many people and many churches in so many places speaking for and acting for justice.
We are working this week to keep you informed -- and to share some thoughts and resources that can shape your own responses. We know there is a LOT going on so we'll try hard to send you the most helpful resources.
Here you'll find some of the most thoughtful responses we've seen to President Obama's speech on immigration. Keep watching for more information and more resources on all the topics mentioned above.
P.S. If you are aware of other helpful resources, especially if you are creating your own, please share them with us so we can pass them along!
The Maturity of Love: Reflections by Douglas Avilesbernal, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church (BPFNA Partner Congregation) in Norristown, PA.
Our friend Carolyn Winfrey Gillette has some lovely hymns that directly address immigration. She writes, "Permission is given for free use of these hymns for local church use by those supporting efforts to help immigrants and immigration reform now."
Remarks from Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the NC NAACP (Rev. Dr. Barber is known as a key leader of the Moral Monday campaign).
Statements from the Latin American Working Group and the New York City New Sanctuary Movement.
The actual text of President Obama's address to the nation.