Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tucson Sabbatical Adventure--Casa Mariposa
I was most impressed by their "Greyhound Ministry," Every night two of them go to the Greyhound bus station to meet a bus arriving from the immigration detention center in Eloy. The INS simply drops off those who have been released from detention at the bus station with their belongings in a plastic bag. Many of them have no place to go, and no money. The Casa Mariposa folks are there to greet them with food, water, access to a phone, and if they need it, a place to stay for the night. On Tuesday night (my last night there), they hosted two young men. One of them was documented but was picked up anyway and held for a week!
It made me think. Wouldn't it be great if all of our larger parishes had such a hospitality house for those in need in their community, a refugee for folks who needed temporary housing? Everyone in the parish could help with the cooking and logistics--that now would be a ministry of hospitality! Lack that, we can all do our best to support efforts like Casa Mariposa to provide shelter and a welcome in the name of Christ.
[Note: This will be the last blog entry until General Convention begins next month--then look for daily updates from Indianapolis]