Nearly every faith tradition includes a command to welcome strangers.
So — because nearly every faith leader in town is a member of the Interfaith Council of Westport and Weston — that’s the topic of that organization’s next panel.
“Welcoming the Stranger” explores the role that houses of worship — and entire communities — can play in providing sanctuary. It’s set for this Sunday (February 11, 3 p.m.) at the United Methodist Church on Weston Road.
With tens of millions of refugees around the world, organizers say, “it is imperative that we learn about those who have been displaced, and explore creative, faithful ways to respond to this crisis.
“We do this not as members of one political party or the other, but as people of faith, collectively responding to the call to ‘welcome the stranger.'”
Panelists — including immigration attorney Alicia Kinsman, social justice activist Rev. Dr. Jan Carlsson-Bull and sanctuary leader Lynn Taborsak will discuss issues including DACA, sanctuary cities, and the historical and current roles of religious institutions in providing sanctuary.
The event is free, and open to the public.