Interfaith prayer service to focus on immigration debate - Catholic Courier

Interfaith prayer service to focus on immigration debate

ROCHESTER — Bishop Matthew H. Clark will reflect on the national immigration debate during an interfaith prayer service at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Road.

A coalition of organizations that represent Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other faiths is sponsoring the event to promote the need for addressing comprehensive immigration reform as part of the national political agenda.

Participants will demonstrate their commitment to just and humane treatment for all immigrants, both documented and undocumented, as part of their faith traditions, according to organizers. Rochester Episcopal Bishop Prince Singh, who recently became a U.S. citizen, will offer the keynote address.

“With the perilous condition of our country — a deepening recession and two unresolved wars — it would be all too easy for us to let immigration reform fall off our national and local agendas,” Sister Janet Korn, the event coordinator, said in a statement. “This must not happen. Justice and mercy call us to action on behalf of those who find themselves to have become even more powerless.”

The local prayer service is one of the prayer vigils taking place throughout the nation from Feb. 13 to 22 as part of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, www.interfaithimmigration.org.

For more information, call Sister Korn, social-justice awareness coordinator for diocesan Catholic Charities, at 585-328-3210, ext. 1287.

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