Prayer Vigil in Opposition to Senate Bill 9

I was honored to be a part of a prayer vigil today, outside the offices of State Representative Solomon, in Carrollton. The reason was the possible reemergence of anti-immigrant legislation at the state level.

It was a great honor to be with Owen Ross and approximately 40 persons, including six United Methodist ministers from around North Texas.

Our colleague, Rev. David McKay writes a great blog called “Jitterbugging for Jesus.” I’m not going to write a long blog about today’s vigil, because:

a) I’ve blogged about the issue a lot already, and you can search through those entries here, and
b) Paul has done a very good job and says just about everything that’s also been on my mind the past few weeks.

You can read it here.

And while I’m not gonna write anything new, I’ve got lots of old posts that I’ve now tagged with “Because You Were An Alien.” You can find them here.

Many thanks to all who came, for Rev. Owen Ross, and to Representative Solomon’s office for speaking with five of us privately to hear our concerns personally.


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. 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 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.

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