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"I was a stranger, and you welcomed me..."

I want to share a remarkable story with you --  one of the most important stories I've shared. If you want to jump right to the story, here it is:


Background: Glennon and Amanda Doyle spoke at The Falls Church Episcopal last year. Some folks are aware that Glennon's sister, Amanda, is a parishioner here.

As part of their speaking engagement here, Glennon and Amanda raised money for Together Rising, their organization that identifies "what is breaking people's hearts around the world" and then connects people and organizations who are effectively addressing that need.

One such project that has been breaking my heart, and perhaps also yours, is the separation of asylum-seeking families at our nation's border. 

Let me hasten to add that this -- the humane treatment of asylum-seekers -- is not a partisan issue. It is a moral issue. People of good conscience can agree to disagree about a wide range of policies regarding immigration, and I'm not weighing in on any of that. This is about bringing children back into the arms of their parents.

Amanda has been spending time at the border of Mexico and California trying to help asylum-seekers who were considered "lost causes" be re-united with their children.

As she explains in her video to us, as well as in this letter, no one thought those children were going to get connected to their parents again.

It looks like some might be.

As Rev. Kelly (Moughty) said to me, "This is resurrection stuff."

As you can tell from Amanda's video to us, a large part of what drives and motivates her is her faith...her faith community...you and me.

She's asking for help -- yes, financial help, but mostly she's reached out to us, her faith community, because she's asking others to share this story. She's asking for awareness. She asking for prayers.

I'm happy to help in all those ways. I'm grateful for the chance to help.

As Rabbi Jonathan Sacks writes in Lessons in Leadership,

"To offer help to those in need, hospitality to the lonely, or encouragement to those wrestling with difficulties, is to do a mitzva, a holy deed. It is to do what God does: God "supports the fallen, heals the sick, and releases those who are bound." We can heal some of the wounds of this world. We can do something; and we should never be discouraged that we can't do everything. As R. Tarfon said, 'It is not for you to complete the task, but neither are you free to stand aside from it.'"


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