Central Baptist Church's affiliation with the Philadelphia New Sanctuary Movement is a renewal of CBC's prophetic engagement in the original Sanctuary Movement, declared in a congregational vote in 1984. This reaffirmation today of our historic commitment is grounded in our congregation's vision of “justice rooted in spirituality” and “making a difference in community.”-Congregational Meeting April 25th, 2010.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Central Baptist Church Stands with Arizona - Prayer Vigil

Central Baptist Church Stands with Arizona
Public Prayer Vigil to Call for Immigration Reform
7pm to 9pm this Sunday evening, June 6, 2010
Come with your family and friends on Sunday evening, June 6, from 7 – 9 p.m., or any part of that time. Together we will light the vigil candles as we renew our commitment to tend the flames of hope, justice, solidarity, and unity for and with our immigrant brothers and sisters.  Our gathering time opens with prayers, songs, stories, and reflections on the issue of immigration justice. Moving into a creative response time, we will have opportunities to travel among several learning, reflection, and action stations. Options include:
  • Reflect on visual images of displaced people around the world
  • Write a note of encouragement to Arizona advocates
  • Play an immigration board game designed for learning
  • Paint a banner and create posters to use in the closing vigil
  • Focus on the reality of immigration journeys through meditative sand play in a desert box
  • Explore resources and fact sheets about immigration 
 And as a public witness, we will close with a candlelight vigil expressing our solidarity with immigrants across the United States.

Our vigil begins a broader nationwide, 8-week effort called the Isaiah 58 Summer, a nationwide vigil and fast for Arizona organized by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition.The Isaiah 58 Summer, a “rolling” prayer vigil and fast, will move from region to region from June 6 to July 28, culminating with a three-day fast July 30-August 1, in Arizona and across the country. Each week, groups in different states will lead constant prayer and public witness in support of the people of Arizona, to denounce the anti-immigrant law there, and to send the message to state and national leaders that we need humane, just comprehensive immigration reform this year – and that no other state should face legislation like Arizona’s.

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