Plenary Session 3

“The Table that Turns Us:
How the Lord’s Supper Changes the Immigration Conversation”


Craig Wong


What difference does a sacrament make in a society where lines between “us” and “them” are hardened not only by bigotry and rhetoric, but also laws, cement blocks and barbed wire?  Yet how we talk about, with, or even on behalf of, our neighbors reveals a lot about our starting point – where our hope is ultimately found.  This presentation explores the possibility for change when the Church begins in communion with the Host of the table.

Craig closed by telling the story of his grandmother’s internment on Angel Island, and of the Presbyterian congregation that worked graciously for her release. Here is a wonderful booklet which Craig prepared on Congregational Ministry and Advocacy: The Angel Island Immigration Station Era 1910-1940.