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300 came to Pray and Show Support for Welcoming Refugees to Omaha

November 21st, 2015

There has been a lot of rhetoric, campaign speeches and hasty legislation in the last week about keeping America safe from terrorists who might try to pass themselves off as refugees.

Three hundred people joined  OTOC, the Refugee Empowerment Center, Nebraska Appleseed and refugee leaders for a short prayer vigil on Mon day November 23 from 5:30 to 6:00 pm at Gifford Park. large group from closer in

Five Refugee Leaders spoke about their experiences and three  OTOC clergy and faith leaders reflected on our call to welcome the stranger, even when it is challenging to do .

These leaders displayed Nebraska’s values of welcoming  new neighbors into safe communities for a chance at a better future.

Leaders lighting Candles

Now, more than ever, we must embrace those escaping violence.  America needs to shine as a beacon of hope and enlightenment to defeat the terrorist ideologies based on fear and division. Be a part of the light. Choose light over fear. 

close up of participants

OTOC asks that Clergy and Faith leaders sign on to endorse a Call to Action and Prayer to change the attitude of some of our elected officials toward Syrian refugees

https://act.myngp.com/el/-4437265987787554816/-608246533950799872

For a copy of the agenda, list of speakers, and next steps from the Prayer Vigil, click on the link below:

Master Copy Agenda for Vigil

 

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