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Food for Thought

Welcoming the Stranger

Hearing the stories of North Carolina’s undocumented

The concept of welcoming the stranger is embedded in the sacred writings of all religions and the Christian Scriptures reiterate this point with its own command: “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

The Sikh tradition has similar teachings: “None is our enemy, none is stranger to us, we are in accord with one and all.”

Or consider these words from the Hindu tradition: “Let a person never turn away a stranger from his house, that is the rule.  Therefore a man should, by all means, acquire much food, for good people say to the stranger: ‘There is enough food for you.’”

Join us in hearing the inspiring stories of members of Myers Park Baptist Church who embarked on a sacred pilgrimage to listen, learn and discern how God is calling them as individuals and as a Church to seek compassion for America’s immigrants. The group followed the route to Georgia many undocumented immigrants in North Carolina must follow after being detained. These pilgrims had prepared with a year-long study titled “Awakening to Immigrant Justice.”  The culmination of the study helped open their eyes to the complex, convoluted and, in many cases, inhumane ways newcomers are treated in this country.

Three of Myers Park’s members, along with Pastor Ben Boswell and Associate Pastor Chrissy Williamson, will discuss this amazing journey.


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