Calling it a personal devotion on a very public issue, some Treasure Valley faith leaders this morning launched 11 days of fasting and prayer to call attention to what they call a "broken immigration system."
"Something needs to happen. Something needs to change," Bishop Brian Thom, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Idaho told Boise Weekly. "Anything would be better than nothing."
Thom joined other faith leaders and the Coalition for Immigrant Rights of Idaho to call on the U.S. congress to pass sweeping immigration reform. Through Friday, Sept. 13, faith communities joining the 11-day fast and vigil will include Grace Episcopal in Nampa, Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship and Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and a number of Catholic Churches that will focus on immigration in upcoming services Sunday, Sept. 8.
"The immigration system is a bit of an oxymoron," Thom told BW. "And we harm ourselves twice: in our own values and forgetting the promise of coming to this country."
Thom said he saw the fast and vigil as "not so much a deprivation of the body's need, but to focus our attention into a moment of reflection with God. It's a personal devotion."
"As someone once said, 'We sit in the shade of a tree that someone else planted,'" he said.