2 Tuesdays, Apr. 7 and 14, 7 – 9 p.m.
Leader: Rev. Kelly S. Allen
Registration Fee: $25 for series
Register By: Mar. 31
Enrollment: 12 min. / 60 max.
Last summer tens of thousands of Central American immigrants came across the border into South Texas. Many people of faith began to respond to these traumatized and desperate families with compassion and generosity. Using experiences of responding to these families, we will reflect on how the difficult work of hospitality, service, advocacy, and justice-seeking can be sustained for the long haul. Discouragement, compassion fatigue and frustration can overwhelm us as we seek to love our neighbor as ourselves. What spiritual resources can we use to cultivate resilience and hope as we respond to God's call to speak and act for justice and peace in the world?
Recommended reading: Gifts of an Uncommon Life: The Practice of Contemplative Activism, Howard E. Friend, Jr., The Alban Institute, 2008.
The Rev. Kelly S. Allen, pastor at University Presbyterian Church, holds a Master of Divinity with honors from Columbia Theological Seminary and Masters of Arts in politics and religion from the University of Birmingham, England. She is the co-moderator of the Interfaith Welcome Coalition in San Antonio, which coordinates detention visitation, advocacy and transitional housing for Central American