May 3, 2018
A message from the Lutheran community shared by Deacon Melanie Johnson from Lutheran Services of Georgia and ELCA Southeastern Synod Advocacy at the Light in the Darkness Interfaith Vigil at the Atlanta City Detention Center on May 3, 2018:
We join all the people of God tonight to pray for those who have died in detention and for those who loved them and mourn their loss. Part of the baptismal covenant made by Lutheran Christians is to serve all people following the example of Jesus and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth. As Jesus himself drew near and walked along the road to Emmaus with two of his followers who were trying to make sense of his death and resurrection, may we accompany through ministries of presence all those who are detained. May we stand in solidarity with them and their families and friends. And may we work together toward compassionate, wise and just immigration laws and policies that are grounded in the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of every person.