The Border in Crisis and Houston Responds: Art Exhibit and Educational Forum

September 20 & 21
Opening Reception: Friday, September 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Aurora Art Gallery
129 Aurora, in the Heights
“The Power of Hope: Refugee Art Reflections,” a traveling art exhibit, will be presented at the Aurora Art Gallery. The Rev. Dr. Helen Boursier of San Antonio worked with mothers and children held at the Karnes Family Detention Center in 2015 -2016 and helped them explore—through art—the trauma that they suffered while in detention. Rev. Boursier will speak, and there will be a silent auction of donated works by local artists in support of Team Brownsville and the Interfaith Welcome Coalition (IWC) in San Antonio. Wine and cheese will be served.

Educational Forum:
Saturday, September 21, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
at Faith Lutheran Church, 4600 Bellaire.
Keynote speaker: Hope Frye, immigration attorney from San Francisco and co-founder of Project Lifeline, will share what she has witnessed at detention centers, including Tornillo and Homestead, and her work seeking to implement the Flores Agreement which governs children being held in detention.
A light lunch will be provided. For information, contact Rebecca Shields.

Caring and Carrying On through Cancer Workshop

Saturday, September 28, 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
presented by CanCare in the parish hall
We are all touched by cancer, either through a loved one’s diagnosis or certainly within our friendship circles and our congregation. Come hear from two fabulous speakers about cancer’s effect on body, mind and spirit, and learn ways we can better support our loved ones through the cancer experience. This free workshop is sponsored by our Community of Hope lay chaplains and Cancare, Inc., and is open to ALL interested persons. Please RSVP.
Pat Hogan, Director of Training for CanCare, Inc., Psychologist, cancer survivor, and formerly on the faculty of the Texas Institute of Family Psychiatry.
Rev. Tommy Thompson, Program Director of Hospital Missions at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, and former COO and Vice President of CanCare, Inc.

Mercy and Justice Forum

July 28, 4:00 p.m. at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church

Recent changes in immigration law, the process for gaining permanent legal status, the legal meaning of “refugee” and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) will be covered in a forum at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4930 W. Bellfort Ave.

Immigration attorney Javier Rivera and Bishop Michael Rinehart of the Gulf Coast Synod of the ELCA will be joining us. Bishop Rinehart recently served on the board of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.

“Changes in Immigration” is part of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Mercy and Justice speaker series. The event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP