Sunday evening, September 20, 2015, I drove to Maryland to participate with “We Belong Together,” a pilgrimage of 100 immigrant women walking 100 miles over eight days. They walked from a Detention Center in York, Pennsylvania, to McPherson Square in Washington, DC. Different clergy served as their companions along the route, and I was asked to serve as their pastor for the last two days of the journey.
As soon as I cleared my schedule to go, I thought of Fellowship member Karol Ruiz. Karol is fluent in both English and Spanish, and I knew I would be able to minister more effectively with an interpreter. Plus, I felt that Karol’s life journey, including immigrating from Colombia as a child, overcoming obstacles, and recently becoming an immigration lawyer would be meaningful to the women walking for humane immigration reform.
The trip was deeply moving and inspiring. We met woman of all ages – daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, trans women, and friends. We met women who came from many places and who spoke a number of languages, although a good number were from Latin America. We met women of great courage and filled with faith and the hope to raise awareness of how our current broken immigration system causes suffering in the lives of 11 million people who live among us. They timed this pilgrimage with the arrival of the Pope to encourage him and other faith leaders to share a message of dignity and compassion for immigrants.
There is more to share about the journey, but for now, I will let these photos do the talking.
Reposted from: http://muuf.org/we-belong-together-100-women-100-miles/