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All Souls, Berkeley, leads May Interfaith Immigration Vigil

On Saturday, May 7, the All Souls Angel Band kicked off the Interfaith Immigration Prayer Vigil, as an estimated 80-100 people gathered at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond. The Rev. Ruth Meyers, dean of academic affairs and Hodges-Haynes professor of liturgics at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, led the worship with Christopher Putnam, associate for liturgy and music, and the All Souls Angel Band.

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A Public Witness for Unity, Civility and Reconciliation. Join us on March 24th at Noon

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This Thursday, March 24, at Noon, we will stand together at Holman United Methodist Church located at 3320 W. Adams in Los Angeles to call for unity, civility, and reconciliation in the face of growing fear, heightened hate speech, and escalating public violence.  Recently, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant arbitrarily proclaimed April as “Confederate Heritage Month.”  That is the wrong message at the wrong time.  As the presidential campaigns roll into California, we should expect a tide of negatively to wash into our state.
Will you join us and give your voice to call attention to this moment.  Please see the attached flyer and share it with your organization, partners and constituents.  Let us stand together and speak up for unity, civility and reconciliation.  If you have any questions, please email or call me at (323) 254-5400.
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January WCDF Monthly Prayer Vigil led by Jewish Youth for Social Action

This past Saturday we had our monthly vigil at West County Detention Facility in Richmond, CA. It was led by the Jewish Youth for Community Action, an innovative leadership training empowering Jewish youth for social action, and Kehilla Community Synagogue.

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It was a beautiful, prayerful and moving time where we heard testimonies, chanted and even shared poetry.  Watch video of one of the chants.

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Norma Smith, from Kehilla Community Synagogue, shared her poem “This God Justice” during the vigil, of which we would like to share an excerpt:

“This god, Justice

Is an atheist.

It’s not what it

Sounds like: she’s not

A non-believer, oh, no,

He isn’t…

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“My name

Is Jeremiah. I want you

To do good. I will

Argue you

Into it, I will

Persuade you, warn you,

threaten you,

love you more

than your understanding

can understand. I will

believe in you. I will walk around

with you. Even

when you want

to stop your ears, attack

and imprison me”

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Watch another video where a youth shares a story.

We hope you can join us next month, February 1st, where InnerCHANGE, a missionary order among the poor, will lead the vigil. You won’t want to miss out!

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