My Immigration Blog Gets Republished

Dallas Area Progressive Christian Alliance is a small group of dedicated believers who happen to believe that not only can you be liberal/progressive and be a Christian, but that the Gospel perhaps even indicates a kind of progressivism that many do not typically associate with the faith They seek to stand as a counter to the pervasiveness of the “religious right” and offer people an alternative.

You can check out their website here.

Back in April of 2006, I preached a sermon on the morning of the “MegaMarch.” The DAPCA is currently unpacking the issue of immigration, and they have republished this sermon on their website. You can read it here.

I also revised a version of it immediately following the March, once I’d gotten home. It incorporates my own experiences of marching in this protest of 500,000 people through the streets of downtown…the largest peaceful protest in Dallas’ history. You can read that reflection here
I am grateful that this group has shown an interested in my writing, and am honored it if helps anyone unpack these issues for themselves. Thanks to Kim and all the other great folks in the Dallas Area Progressive Christian Alliance.

We’re honored to have this group hold their regular meetings at Northaven, and you can probably find out more about when and where those meetings are at their website above.


ps: I’ve also done some other follow-up writing on immigration that you might find helpful.

I wrote this about the “cost” of immigrants to our society, using local healthcare as an example.There is a ton of misinformation about how much immigrants cost our health care system, and this blog attempted to counter some of it.

I don’t really want to stir up a hornets nest with any of this. Immigration seems to be losing steam as the “issue du jour” (Or…that should be “del dia?”).

In fact, it just rates 5th in recent polls where Americans are asked to list the most pressing issues facing our country today…and, actually, rates 6th among Republicans. (!)

So, maybe it’s best to let the sleeping dogs lie.

But, if you’re interested, this stuff could be helpful to you…EF

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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