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Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary

Tucson’s Southside Presbyterian Church is known for being a sanctuary church and for its joyous Sunday worship. But its pastor, Alison Harrington, recently told a Presbyterian Mission Agency delegation that the other six days of the week are important for members and friends, too — as well as their pastor.

PC(USA) Stated Clerk issues statement on anniversary of DACA repeal

The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), issued a letter commemorating the anniversary of the dismantling of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The longstanding immigration policy allowed children of undocumented migrants — also known as DREAMers— to remain in the United States under a process of bi-annual renewals.

American religious leaders seek preliminary injunction to stop deportation of immigrants

A group of American religious leaders consisting of priests, rabbis, imams and other clergy, have joined forces to seek a preliminary injunction to stop the deportation of immigrants currently residing in the U.S. The so-called Amici, which include the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and eight Presbyterian pastors, argue that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is trying to silence freedom of speech by targeting immigrants who speak out publicly against U.S. policy on the issue.