iSpeak – February, 2017
Dear Friends of iACT,
As we move into the second month of the new year, a number of challenges and difficulties face those of us who wish to welcome and have compassion for all of our neighbors. In the face of recent executive actions that have targeted the human rights of our immigrant, refugee, and Muslim brothers and sisters, the iACT Board of Directors has issued the following statement:
“It is often in times of challenge that we find ourselves at a loss for words, therefore many shout, scream or resort to violence in an effort to articulate their fears or anger. It is with this in mind that iACT intentionally chooses to use words. Words that heal. Words that unite. Words that renew our hope in humanity and the strength we find in our faith. We pray for all families and individuals who are challenged by uncertainty. We pray for the consolation and comfort of all who are displaced, and we embrace those who are isolated and alone. May we stand together, side by side, as we speak words of life, healing and love over the persons whose hands we hold. Amen.”
With this statement in mind, iACT and St. James’ Episcopal Church will be holding a Vigil of Commitment on Monday February 6 to show our solidarity with all of those who have been or will be affected by these newly established discriminatory mandates. The vigil will begin at 7pm at St. James’ (1941 Webberville Rd, Austin TX, 78721). Please share this event with your community, and be sure to RSVP.
Now, more than ever, we need to stand together as one community in love of our fellow human beings. With your support, iACT will continue to speak up for those who are most marginalized in our society. We thank you for standing with us. Stay strong.