A blog by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration about justice and peace issues

Yesterday voters in Fremont, Neb., passed an ordinance that has divided the city.  Ordinance 5165  prohibits businesses and landlords from hiring or renting to people who are in the United States illegally.

According to a CNN report the organization One Fremont-One Future offered this in response: “It is with great disappointment and sadness that tonight we acknowledge a majority of Fremont voters approving this misguided ordinance. In reality, the passage of this ordinance shows that we have much work to do in our community to educate, break down barriers, and build relationships.”

Is this the wrong solution for a real problem? (links to a short video of Bold Nebraska’s on the ground coverage).

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Prayer

Prayer to Change Our Hearts, Our Policies: by Jill Rauh www.educationforjustice.org

Undocumented persons among us are often accused of breaking the law. Instead, it is our poverty-producing policies which have broken the law of human dignity.
Change our hearts and our policies, O God.
Our leaders sometimes see these persons as a burden. Yet, if we came from a life without opportunities, wouldn’t we do the same?
Change our hearts and our policies, O God.
We long for a more just world, where families need not be separated for lack of opportunity. Inspire us to challenge the systems and structures that perpetuate poverty.
Change our hearts and our policies, O God.
Amen.

Additional prayers are available on the FSPA website.

Conference call – June 24 at 1 p.m. Eastern

On June 24th at 1 pm Eastern, CCIR will host a national conference call, “Faithful Perspectives:  A Conversation on Immigration and Your Congregation.” A panel of pastors and leading advocates will name the fundamental issues surrounding immigration in the U.S., talk about the tricky issues surrounding the debate, and explore ways that pastors and church leaders can faithfully respond. This call is ideal for clergy and lay leaders who want informed theological perspective on immigration and are interested in how to lead on the issue in a church setting. We’ll also have time for participant Q and A. Featured speakers include Rev. Jim Wallis, Rev. Gabriel Salguero of the Latino Leadership Circle, Rev. Rich Nathan of Vineyard Church of Columbus, and Angela Kelley of the Center for American Progress.
We invite you to join this call on June 24th and to share this invitation with your pastor, colleagues, or friends who may be interested. Click here to register.

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