“THE FIRST DUTY OF LOVE IS TO LISTEN.” – PAUL TILLICH

FIR“THE FIRST DUTY OF LOVE IS TO LISTEN.” – PAUL TILLICH

“I showed up at the shelter to do intakes one day…I spent the next three hours with little children screaming for their parents. ~Maite Garcia, a Florence Project attorney
Friends, we have all heard the heart-breaking news of children separated from their parents at our southern border. And I am sure we have all wondered what we can do to reconcile this national crisis. The Florence Project is an answer. In the last 9 months, they have worked with 661 children forcibly separated from their parents — children who couldn’t tell them a parent’s name to help locate them, only Mommy or Daddy! Many families have been reunited but there are few victories. Toxic stress will follow these children throughout their lives affecting generations to come. The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP) is on the front lines in Florence Arizona representing parents and children and fighting for the rights of both. A Paul Tillich quote tells us the “first duty of love is to listen”. It is important for us to hear these stories, but these families need more and the need grows daily as more displaced families arrive at the border fleeing violence. Next week, the JRPC, Soft Landing, Montanans for Immigrant Justice and St. Paul Lutheran Church are sponsoring an evening of music from some of our most inspiring voices. Together we can raise money to support the FIRRP so they can represent more families, add social workers and other support staff and keep working to end this crisis. Please join us on Thursday, March 21 at 7 pm at St. Pauls for an amazing evening. I can assure you the voices of the Montana Women’s Chorus, Missoula chapter, the Pura Vida Chorus and the Congolese Choir will inspire us — and we will ahve the opportunity to open our hearts and be part of the solution…Betsy