Immigration and May Day

The May Marches are just about to take place and I just received an email with an image seeking to raise awareness around the complex social issues and injustices surrounding immigration in this country. There are a number of pictures by Shepard Fairey dealing with this issue of “Immigration Reform Now” here.

Certainly there are a lot of feelings around this subject, and it’s only going to increase in both in intensity and in frequency. I recognize there are no easy answers to this subject but that doesn’t give us a right to drag our feet while families are being torn apart. My hope is that this year the church will continue (or begin) to reclaim it’s stance as a community of people who practice radical hospitality, caring for all strangers and aliens and find ways to make space for everyone at our bountiful table. I also hope and pray that this year the Quaker yearly meeting I am now apart of, Northwest Yearly Meeting, will put out a minute on this issue calling for the injustices to stop – the way they did on the subject of torture last year.

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Wess the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. Wess has a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and is the father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with friends, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.

2 thoughts on “Immigration and May Day”

  1. Yes, I hope the NWYM will adopt a minute on immigration reform. From the conversaiton last year it seemed there was more diversity around this than I would have guessed. I was discouraged by it but admired how people disagreed and didn't jump ship. we'll see though,

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