November 27, 2013

Fast for Families

On Monday night, I had the privilege of being with those that are fasting–and with those supporting the fasters–as an effort to see immigration reform passed. The effort has been dubbed Fast for Families.

Why am I behind such an effort? Here, in brief are my reasons:

I am a Christian: As a follower of Jesus, I believe that God became incarnate as a man. But not just any man, an immigrant–a baby whose family had to cross borders for their well being. Therefore, I see the image of God in the immigrant, documented or otherwise. What is more, I believe that the Bible is God's Word and it consistently points towards identity with and hospitality towards the alien and stranger.

I am from San Diego, CA: Being from San Diego, I have seen first hand the destruction this country's current policies have on people seeking only to take care of themselves and their loved ones. I'm compelled to seek another way. NAFTA is a failed experiment. If we are to condemn those that cross borders to find fair wages, we ought to first condemn the trade agreement that established such an unjust economic system.

If you would like to get involved, here are 3 ways:
  • Show up: On Sunday, December 1, Bishop Mariann will be praying at the evening prayer vigil. We'd love to have you there with us. Here's a flier with more information. Read her blog post on the subject.
  • Join the fast: On December 1 through 3, many of us will be fasting for immigration reform. Find out more here.
  • Sign the petition: You can sign the petition encouraging Speaker John Boehner to vote on immigration reform here.