This week's blog post comes to you from Rev. Diane Kenaston:
In Summer 2006, I interned in Washington, D.C. during the debate on immigration reform. Part of my Senate intern duties included answering the phones, which involved some of the most hateful, xenophobic comments I have ever heard. All I could say was, “The Senator appreciates your call.”
My heart has gone out to the people working in public office since the tragedy in Paris. You can call the Missouri governor's office at 573-751-3222 to register your support of resettling refugees in Missouri. Missouri Senator Roy Blunt can be reached at (202) 224-5721. Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill's number is (202) 224-6154. Please say a kind word to the people working the phones. And share that you are a person of faith whose faith leads you to welcome the stranger, to care for the poor, to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, love mercy, practice kindness, and work for justice and peace.
For what I wanted to say as I took xenophobic messages on the senator's phone was,
“You need to talk to the people at my church! They know what it’s like to help the people you complain about, the ones you ignore and stereotype. The people there remember that Jesus’ first few years were spent as a refugee in Egypt. Surely Mary and Joseph didn’t know the language or have any family connections!
"So come with me to worship. Listen to the hopes and dreams of refugees and immigrants. Give and serve to make those dreams come true.”