Entries by Betsi Moise

Reflections on the Southern Border from Our Presbytery’s Delegation

This past September, five members of our Presbytery’s Leadership Collegium ventured to the southern border as our eyes and ears, hearts and imaginations. In partnership with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Abara Frontiers, they encountered first hand stories, workshops, and connections to those on the ground in both El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. They will […]

Border Trip Blog by Rev. Randy Barge

Rev. Randy Barge, Moderator of the Presbytery, Olney Presbyterian Church One of the things that touched me was the memorial wall of placards and flowers left in response to the tragic shooting in early August that took that lives of at least 22 people. It drove home for me the belief that much of our […]

Border Trip Blog by Rev. Adan Mairena

Rev. Adan Mairena, Moderator of the Comission on Resources and Communications, Yeadon Presbyterian Church and West Kensington Ministry They looked fit and light skinned, as if they were in their early to mid 20’s. They also had two little girls; one looked about three and the other was at school. “We are from Progreso, Honduras […]

Border Trip Blog by Rev. Samantha Hudson

Rev. Samantha Hudson, Moderator of the Commission on Ministry, Pastor of Glading Memorial The land border wall is overwhelming. To stand in its shadow made me feel small. It is massive, sturdy, and goes on forever. It is a clearly identifiable construction that runs down the middle of this one metropolitan area of Juarez, MX […]

Border Trip Blog by Megan Acedo

“God heals the wounds of every shattered heart.” -Psalm 147:3 Elder Megan D. Acedo, Moderator of the Committee on Representation, Beacon Church I have come back from the borderlands with a shattered heart. It is broken in pieces over the systems that perpetuate separation and pain, over the stories of people I talked with, over […]

Border Trip Blog by Vijay Aggarwal

Unintended Consequences Elder Vijay Aggarwal, Vice Moderator of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, Wayne Presbyterian Church As I reflect on our trip to the border, I am struck by how well-intentioned people and well-intentioned policies have unintended consequences for those who are seeking safety in our country. While talking to border patrol officers, their view is […]