Dear North Parish members and friends,

This weekend ushers in Beltane, the cross-quarter day mid-way between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. It is also a BIG “faith-in-action” weekend for two reasons.

Last Saturday, a large group of you went to the Science March- hooray for you! This weekend, Saturday’s marches in Boston and D.C. are for Climate Justice, and we’ll have folks in both places. (Contact Nancy Sarro if you are going to Boston- .) On Sunday, we’ll be hosting a rally on the North Andover Common at 12:30, and on Monday, some will be attending the 10:00 rally and/or noon march on the North Common in Lawrence. Thanks to Deb Olander, Dave and Cindy Cook, Maria Medina and Lynn Wentzel who have been leaders in organizing the immigration justice events and to all others who are helping out.

Monday’s festivities are part of a national strike day for A Day Without Immigrants. As the Immigrant City and site of the Bread and Roses Strike of 1912, Lawrence is a particularly symbolic place to hold an immigrant justice strike and march. We all know that the immigration system is broken. I recently read that immigration documents were not required by U.S. immigration officials until 1918, which was after my ancestors arrived to these shores.

This past Tuesday, I joined other area clergy at a press conference at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Lowell to announce the formation of a Merrimack Valley Interfaith Sanctuary Network to support undocumented immigrants. Sixteen clergy signed their names to the initial statement, and several spoke movingly and will share their comments again this Sunday at the rally. (To read more, here is a link to an article in the Lowell Sun newspaper:

Immigration issues affect us all- whether we live in urban, suburban or rural contexts, and work in anything from high tech, medical, or academic settings to personal care, teaching or landscaping. You might think over your list of colleagues or friends and invite them to join you on Sunday at 12:30. If you can’t stay but want to support us, extra non-messy finger-food for coffee hour is welcome to feed folks who are staying through, and all are encouraged to refrain from purchasing anything on Monday.

How good it is to be part of a congregation full of wonderful, passionate people who make things happen and make love concrete in the world!
See you at the Meeting House,

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