Crisis on the Border: An Episcopal Perspective

Migrants cross the international bridge from Matamoros, Mexico, to Brownsville, Texas. Photo by the Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple.

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” -Hebrews 13:2

When asked how to gain eternal life, Jesus answered, “What is the Law?” The answer was “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” -Luke 10:25-27

Who is my neighbor? In her recent article “Disciple: Walking the Way of Love along the Rio Grande,” about her experience at the Mexican Border, The Rt. Reverend Anne Hodges-Copple says: “As a follower of Jesus, I don’t have to ask ‘who is my neighbor,’ because I’ve been taught by Jesus in the parable of the Good Samaritan that my neighbor is anyone in need, especially one I’ve been conditioned to fear.”  https://www.dionc.org/dfc/newsdetail_2/3199720#collapseFour

Jesus was a refugee when his parents fled to Egypt in the wake of the “slaughter of the innocents” ordered by King Herod (Matthew 2:13-15). We hear today about people coming through the Mexican Border seeking asylum, escaping violence, and about what happens to them: children in cages; deportation of undocumented immigrants living in Charlotte; new limits on who may even apply for refugee status. These are just some of the troubling issues that lead us to ask: What are we as followers of Jesus called to do? 

Join us for the Social Justice Adult Forum, Crisis on the Border-An Episcopal Perspective, Sunday, November 17, 9:30 a.m. The Reverend Deacon Deb Blackwood, Missioner for Refugee Ministries who helped start the Galilee Ministries, Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, and Alba Sanchez, former immigrant, Welcome Center Manager, Latin American Coalition, will address issues and national policies around immigrants; what local organizations are doing; and how we can respond. 

Act: Sign up for Action Alerts on current and proposed refugee and immigrant policies from the https://episcopalchurch.org/OGR/action-alerts. Volunteer at the Galilee Center https://galilee.dionc.org or Latin American Coalition, https://latinamericancoalition.org; sign up for training as an Immigration Court Monitor with Advocates for Immigrant Rights, https://air4charlotte.org.

Nelda Leon, for the Social Justice Ministry Team