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Oklahoma City group gathers for immigration prayer

Members of several metro area churches gathered to pray against harsh anti-immigration laws Thursday at the Voices Organized in Civic Engagement Interfaith Prayer Service for Immigration at Little Flower Catholic Church.
by Carla Hinton Published: July 20, 2012

Several Oklahoma City metro area churches were represented Thursday at a prayer service aimed at lifting up the plight of immigrants.

About 300 people attended the Interfaith Prayer Service for Immigration hosted by Voices Organized in Civic Engagement, or VOICE, at Little Flower Catholic Church, 1125 S Walker.

Clergy leaders shared Scripture readings, prayers, poetry and other writings that described the church's responsibility to aid immigrants who seek a better life in America. The presentations were alternately shared in English and Spanish.

The Rev. Tim Luschen, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, read an excerpt from a United States Conference of Catholic Bishops document titled “Strangers No Longer, Together on the Journey of Hope.”

The Rev. Deborah Ingraham, pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church, gave the homily.

The choir from Divine Wisdom Worship Center in Midwest City sang “We've Come This Far By Faith.”

Other churches represented included Mayflower Congregational UCC Church, First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, Holy Temple Baptist Church, and Holy Angels Catholic Church, as well as a nonprofit, the Latino Community Development Agency.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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