Latino group’s Holy Convocation to focus on immigration

The Eastern PA Conference Latino Commission will hold its annual Holy Convocation (Santo Convocacion) on Saturday, April 15, from 7 AM to 3 PM, at Buen Samaritano UMC (at West Chester UMC) in West Chester, Pa.

With the theme “Cristo el Immigrante” (“Christ the Immigrant”), their program will feature immigration issues workshops for adults and youth, and a testimonial message by special guest the Rev. Emma Lozano, immigration activist and co-pastor of Lincoln UMC in Chicago.

EmmaLozano1-800x430Lozano and her husband, the Rev. Walter Coleman, both serve Lincoln, a popular Sanctuary church that offers undocumented persons refuge from immigration enforcement, along with spiritual nurture and other assistance. She has fought for immigrant rights for over 30 years.

Chicago-LincolnUMCView a CNN report about Lincoln UMC’s ministry efforts and recent retaliation attacks. “Chicago ‘sanctuary church’ shelters immigrants, endures hate speech .”

The full-day Holy Convocation, which annually occurs around Easter, will also feature a dialogue between adults and youth, three praise and worship services, a morning prayer-witness march around the community, breakfast and lunch, and Holy Communion led by Bishop Peggy Johnson at 2 PM to end the day.

Everyone is invited, and English-language interpretation will be available. For more information, contact the Rev. Esdras Seda , Conference Latino Ministries Coordinator.  

Download the flyer: Santo Convocacion 2017 and the Holy Convocation program.