April 19: Multi-Faith Leaders Expect Nearly 1,000 at First-Ever Faith Not Fear Summit

April 10, 2017

  • San Diego Organizing Project to launch pledge to protect human rights in San Diego County

On April 19, San Diego Organizing Project (SDOP) expects 1,000 leaders from congregations across San Diego County to pledge to protect local families at the first-ever Faith Not Fear Summit. The multi-faith gathering will launch community-driven actions to support residents living in fear from unjust immigration and deportation policies, mass incarceration, racial profiling, religious intolerance and an unpredictable healthcare system.

"The dignity of human beings is not circumstantial. Every person, including refugees, immigrants and other marginalized voices in our community, deserves to live without fear," says Bishop Robert McElroy. "Now is the critical time to stand with people of all creeds, races and backgrounds, with one powerful voice demanding justice for our brothers and sisters."

On Wednesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Barrio Logan will welcome people concerned about the future of their families. Leaders such as Bishop McElroy, Bishop Terrell Fletcher, Rabbi Devorah Marcus and Imam Taha Hassane will call hundreds of people to put their faith into practice with prayer, community empowerment and a commitment to grassroots solidarity actions.

"Instead of letting social injustice overwhelm us and tear our families apart, the faith community in San Diego is uniting for equality and peace," says Father Neal Jose Wilkinson. "By pledging to choose faith not fear, we empower each other to take a stand for policies that support people of all backgrounds who call this place home."

San Diego celebrates a diverse population with residents who speak more than 100 languages. Approximately one in 20 people living in San Diego is an undocumented immigrant, according to a recent report by Pew Research Center.

The Faith Not Fear Summit will take place at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (1770 Kearney Ave.) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Guests can RSVP for the free event here.