Calling Our Nation To Do More On Immigration

A reflection from Dr. Owen Ross and Rev. Eric Folkerth: Tomorrow, the two of us will travel to Washington DC to take part in a non-violent action to support just treatment of immigrants by our government and people. More than 150 clergy will join us from across the United States, as we make our witness, […]

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Standing Up for Immigrants

Northaven Friends, and Friends Beyond, Those of you at worship today were a part of the beautiful “sending prayer” that the congregation gave me at the end of the service. I was deeply honored to received it. For those who were not there, or missed the news, on Wednesday I will be traveling to Washington […]

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Remember the Lady of the Harbor

Maybe the people of Murietta are just too many miles from the Lady of the Harbor. Maybe in their comfortable Southern California town, far away from Liberty’s statue, it’s just too easy to forget that we’re all immigrants.; and that even the men (yes, men) who signed the declaration we celebrate this day were also all […]

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The Dream is Now

It’s hard to fathom that I haven’t written anything on immigration in so long. Not to brag, but I was writing on immigration before immigration was cool. Or, at least, before there was a bill that stood a chance of passing. So, now, the Dream Act is before us. It’s got some chance of passing, […]

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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 […]

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Because You Were Once an Alien (Immigration and Faith)

Last Saturday, I had the great honor of participating in the second MegaMarch here in Dallas, Texas. Twenty or so Northaveners(1a), and a few friends from the North Texas Conference, joined our voices with the 56,000-plus folks who gathered in downtown.(1) (Myself and old friend, Rev. Gerald Britt, just before the march began)   (People in […]

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Praying for a Peaceful March.

As I wrote on this blog back in 2006, this original MegaMarch was one of the most amazing days I’ve ever seen. Around 500,000 peaceful marchers, moving through downtown Dallas, waving American flags and chanting “USA, USA…”  I know everyone associated with tomorrow’s march hopes and prays for a similar day. Tonight, I saw a […]

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My Remarks at the MegaMarch Press Conference

Friday, I took part in a press conference of religious leaders, gathered to show their support for the MegaMarch. I’ve already posted the comments at Northaven’s blog. But I thought I’d post it here too. The press conference was covered in the DMN here, and here’s a pretty decent news story from Channel 11.The DMN […]

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Latino in the Ivy League

Rueben Navarrette spent several years here in North Texas as a commentator for the Morning News. He’s now based in San Diego. I have not always agreed with everything he’s written, and often found myself arguing with him when he was here. But this essay about what it was like for him –and what it […]

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The Holy Family: A Meditation

A quick trip to Starbucks this morning reminded me that –for all most of the world knows– the Christmas season is over. They’ve taken down most of their holiday displays. “Christmas Blend” is in the sale rack. Know what’s funny, though? Technically, we’re still in the Christmas season. Yes, despite what you’ve been told, the […]

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