My Faith Compels Me To Act

Frannie Kieschnick with other women of faith in Hildago, TX Photo Credit: David F. Choy | Facebook: David F. Choy | Instagram: @davidfchoy

Frannie Kieschnick with other women of faith in Hildago, TX
Photo Credit: David F. Choy | Facebook: David F. Choy | Instagram: @davidfchoy

In an email to us before she left for Texas with a delegation of twelve other women of faith to bear witness to the experiences and protest the treatment of migrant and refugee families on the border, our dear friend and board member Frannie Kieschnick so simply and powerfully wrote, “my faith compels me to act.”

She also referenced a sermon by Susan Russell at All Saints Pasadena who quoted Salam Al-Marayati, the president and co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and who has been recognized for his commitment to improving the public understanding of Islam and policies impacting American Muslims: “I have seen the face of extremism in many parts of the world; extremism which is the violation of one simple principle and commandment of all our religions: Defend human dignity. And when you tear families apart, you violate the very essence of who God calls us to be.”

The face of extremism can be found right now at our country’s border, in our homeland, as people seeking and begging for dignity are violated. John Philip Newell wrote in his book A New Harmony“think of the hubris of our lives. Think of our individual arrogance, the way we pursue our own well-being at the neglect and even expense of other individuals and other families. Think of the hubris of our nationhood, pretending that we could look after the safety of our homeland by ignoring and even violating the sovereignty of other lands…the way of hubris pretends that we can be well by oppressing, by exploiting another people in order to serve our own people…it pretends that we can be well by depriving, by denying to others and to other species what we ourselves most cherish.”

We cannot love God and hate or hurt others. For truly there is no other – we are all one. The Oneness, the Sacred, is at the heart of all people, and it is a falseness to believe that we can love ourselves and demean others.

Please follow the delegation’s journey at @Revfhk1 and @FaithPublicLife on Twitter and Facebook. We, at Heartbeat, will be following and sharing their updates from the border. In the next few days, we will also be sharing ways that you can support the work being done at the border to help our neighbors.

To Frannie and the other women of faith in Texas, and to you reading, we pray, “In body, mind, and spirit may you be well this day, and may you be strong for the work of healing in the world.”

Amen.

Heartbeat board member Frannie Kieschnick  Photo credit: David F. Choy | Facebook: David F. Choy | Instagram: @davidfchoy

Heartbeat board member Frannie Kieschnick
Photo credit: David F. Choy | Facebook: David F. Choy | Instagram: @davidfchoy