Praying for a miracle
On the day the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on a case involving immigration reform, 60 people gathered at the Cathedral of Christ the Light for a prayer service. The case involves a Texas court's stay of President Obama's executive order involving Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans. "As people of faith, we want to embrace families," said the Very Rev. James V. Matthews, rector of the cathedral, in welcoming the April 18 gathering, which included representatives of Oakland Community Organizations, OCO. Msgr. Antonio Valdivia said Catholic social teaching tells us. "You do not separate families." What's at stake was brought home by one of the speakers, Olga, a mother of two daughters; one born in Guatemala and one born in the United States. With her little American-born child at her side, she said, "It is time to be treated with dignity." After a closing prayer led by Msgr. Valdivia, Rev. Matthews, Rev. Jim Schexnayder, Rev. Deborah Lee of the United Church of Christ and Sister Maureen Duignan, OSF, of the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, many of the participants headed down the Pilgrims Path from the cathedral to continue to the Alameda County Courthouse to stand vigil there.
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