DALLAS Cathedral of Hope in Dallas was founded on the belief that there should be no boundaries in church. The progressive Christian congregation embraces the gay and lesbian community, and on Sunday championed immigration reform by honoring Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
'The faith community here in Dallas is doing their job; the president is doing his job,' Jenkins said. 'And I'm very sad that Congress didn't do their job, but we've got to do something to solve this.' Jenkins led the charge to create temporary housing for undocumented children in North Texas. He said even his eight-year-old daughter saw the urgency,
'Madeline said, 'Daddy, these are children.' I kind of knew then that if I didn't get people involved here, it would be because of failure of will on my part,' the judge said.
Guest speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas revealed in 2011 that he is an undocumented immigrant.
'It's been incredibly special to be here,' Vargas said. 'Especially because today is the 21st year that I came to this country, and to just feel included is special.'
Vargas feels a kinship with those border children. He came to the U.S. as a child, too, from the Philippines. He applauded Jenkins and others who, he said, recognize there's a difference between law and justice.
'The teachers the co-workers, the neighbors, the friends who have a higher moral calling to help us and to look beyond papers, and beyond what's legal and not legal, and see the person,' Vargas said.
The appearances of Vargas and Jenkins at the Cathedral of Hope wrapped up a weekend of events which focused on immigration, including a special symposium, panel discussions, and a screening of Vargas' biographical film, Documented. The events were hosted by Hope for Peace and Justice, the social advocacy ministry of Cathedral of Hope.