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with those on the margins, standing together

When your bishop says he's ready to go to jail, that gets your attention.  

The following comes from Bishop Shannon's address at Diocesan Convention this past weekend: 

"On Sunday evening, December 4, Iglesia de Santa Maria [in Falls Church, Virginia] was filled to overflowing with congregants, clergy and other leaders from across the diocese, as well as representatives from other denominations and organizations. All three of your bishops were in attendance, and each one of us made public commitments to stand with our Latino/Hispanic brothers and sisters to fight for their rights, including fair immigration and national residence policies. This is grounded in one of the most-mentioned of all Godly imperatives—it’s spelled out for us literally hundreds of times in Holy Scripture—which is hospitality to the stranger, the immigrant among us. In my remarks, I promised to organize peaceful civil disobedience should they be subjected to mass deportations or any unjust treatment. I remain absolutely committed to this witness, and will gladly risk being arrested if and when that will lend meaningful support to those who are somehow on the margins of our society." 

This Sunday afternoon, I hope you'll join me at the Islamic Center of Virginia (1241 Buford Road) for a gathering organized by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. Standing Together: One Community, One Nation will run from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. 

In our baptismal covenant, we are asked, "Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?" 

And we answer, "I will, with God's help."