Actions on Family Separations

Actions on Family Separations

Click here for printable file "Let My People Go: A Statement on Family Separations."

Haga "click" aquí "Deja ir a Mi Pueblo: Una declaración sobre la separación de familias"

Vigils for Family Unity and Refugees

On Thursday, June 21, St. Martin's, Davis, and Trinity, Sutter Creek, will hold vigils as a way to join with others around the country who are praying and advocating for those families that are being held at the border.

The vigil at Trinity, 430 State Highway 49, Sutter Creek, will be at 7 p.m. This is not a denominational or a “church” event; all of the public is invited to participate! It is inspired by a national Episcopal vigil set for the solstice. The longest day of the year symbolizes a child’s or parent’s perception of time in the pain of separation.

The vigil at St. Martin's, 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis, will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and will include prayer, music, candle lighting, and time for reflection.

A vigil for the separated children and all refugees will be Friday, June 22, 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul's, 220 East Macken Ave.Crescent City.

Other actions:

* Engage on Social Media with #KeepFamiliesTogether.

* Take action on family separation and asylum action using the action alert from The Episcopal Public Policy Network

* Plan a vigil of your own in your parish.

Sacramento ACT (Area Churches Together)

Sacramento ACT (Area Churches Together) is joining with their statewide organization, PICO CA, in calling upon thousands of clergy, faith leaders, tribal elders, allies and partners to join us this weekend in the family separation zone at the California/Mexico border, where state-sponsored traumatization and family separation is taking place.

Friday, June 22 at 7 p.m.: Interfaith Prayer Service & Call to Action at Our Lady of Mount Carmel (2020 Alaquinas Dr, San Ysidro, CA 92173); dinner and lodging in church hall (bring your sleeping bags) will be provide at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Guests are also invited to sleep in the homes of SDOP volunteers, or in hotels.

Saturday, June 23 morning: training and prep meeting at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Possible morning prayer, lamentation, and action at the Mexico/US border wall.

Saturday, June 23 evening: candlelight vigil in family separation zone.

Sunday, June 24th: action continues.

Sacramento ACT says: "We need you to be there." 

The Episcopal Church

Responding to calls from Episcopalians across the church to act on behalf of families seeking asylum at the southern U. S. border, a team of concerned leaders heading to General Convention has planned a prayer service outside the T. Don Hutto Residential Detention Center in Taylor, Texas, at about noon on Sunday, July 8.

The planning team, led by alternate Deputy Megan Castellan, rector of St. John’s Church in Ithaca, New York, is working with Grassroots Leadership—a local community organizing group in Texas that has held numerous gatherings at the Hutto Residential Center. Deputy Winnie Varghese, director of justice and reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street, is helping to arrange buses to the event.

“What is happening to those at our borders is monstrous,” Castellan said. “My bishop, DeDe Duncan-Probe [of Central New York] and I were discussing how we, as a church, could respond on Saturday morning. By evening, and with the help of enthusiastic Episcopalians across the church, the idea had taken shape and was moving forward.”

The detention center at 1001 Welch St. in Taylor is operated for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by CoreCivic, formerly the Corrections Corporation of America, a private prison company, and is about a 40-minute drive from the Austin Convention Center where General Convention is being held.

Varghese says Trinity Wall Street hopes to provide buses for the event that would depart from the convention center at 10:45 a.m. Organizers say participants may also drive to the detention center. Parking is available nearby.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, have arranged for a one-hour delay in Sunday’s legislative calendar to facilitate participation by bishops and deputies. The legislative session will begin at 3:15 CDT.

The event, which Curry and Jennings will attend, is open to all who are committed to praying for an end to the inhumane treatment of those seeking asylum in the United States. It has been planned not to conflict with the Bishops United Against Gun Violence event at 9:30 a.m. in Brush Square Park, near the convention center.

A former medium security prison, the Hutto center has been the target of frequent lawsuits over issues including harsh conditions, poor food and sexually abusive guards. Originally a family detention center, the facility, since 2009, has housed only female immigrants and asylum seekers.

The planning team, which includes several clergy and parishioners of the Diocese of Texas and the Association of Episcopal Deacons, is considering follow-up advocacy activities.


The Office of Government Relations hosted an all-day Interfaith Vigil for Family Unity on Thursday, June 21.As the EPPN says, we hold this vigil "on the longest day of the year in recognition of the fact that any day children are separated from their parents is too long."

Other links

"You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt." Exodus 22:21

Online Resources from the Church's Office of Government Relations

Asylum Update

Contact your Representatives

Presiding Bishop's Statement on Family Separation

Virtual Vigil for Family Unity on Thursday, June 21 @ 9 a.m.

Vox article about the Trump administration's separation of families

World Refugee Day Information

Fight Separation at the Border

Families Belong Together on Saturday, June 30 @11 a.m.

ACLU Petition: Separating Families is Inhumane

ACLU Petition: Stop Government from Abusing Immigrant Children

Interfaith Toolkit to Stop Family Separation and Protect Family Unity:

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