Posted by the House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church
Responding to calls from Episcopalians across the church to act on behalf of families seeking asylum at the southern U. S. border, a team of concerned leaders heading to General Convention has planned a prayer service outside the T. Don Hutto Residential Detention Center in Taylor, Texas, at about noon on Sunday, July 8.
The planning team, led by alternate Deputy Megan Castellan, rector of St. John’s Church in Ithaca, New York, is working with Grassroots Leadership—a local community organizing group in Texas that has held numerous gatherings at the Hutto Residential Center. Deputy Winnie Varghese, director of justice and reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street, is helping to arrange buses to the event.
The Episcopal Public Policy Network in the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations hosted a 12-hour vigil yesterday, June 20, 2018, on Capitol Hill. From noon until 1 p.m. the vigil was held virtually, as well. Episcopalians from all over the country joined and prayed on Facebook. The Rev. Grey Maggiano of Memorial Episcopal Church, Baltimore, prayed and spoke during the Virtual Vigil for Family Unity. You can view recorded versions of the livestream, as well as photos, on the Facebook event page. Learn more about how you can help.