Houston pastor is former member of U.S. President’s Advisory Council
on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 14, 2010 — Rev. Harry Knox will join such leaders as Rev. Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners, Rev. Peg Chemberlin, President of the National Council of Churches, and Dr. Arturo Chávez, President and CEO of Mexican American Catholic College, as well as a representative from Church World Service, in prayer and support of the DREAM Act at Noon on Tuesday in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.
The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) provides qualifying undocumented youth with a provisional path to citizenship that requires achieving a college degree or serving two years in the military. The DREAM Act requires that the youth entered the U.S. before the age of 16, has been in the U.S. for at least five years, has no criminal record, and graduated high school or obtained a GED.
Rev. Knox, a past member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is currently the Director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program. Rev. Knox will preach his first sermon as Senior Pastor of Resurrection MCC in Houston, Texas, this Sunday, December 19, 2010.
“We pray today for our neighbors who were not given the privilege of US citizenship by birth, but who are seeking it through hard work, education, and persistence,” says Rev. Knox.
“As their older sisters and brothers, we recognize our responsibility to help them continue their studies or find their way into service of our country – and to guide them as they seek to become citizens of the nation they love and already serve. We can do no less for those who have worked so hard – and for whom God cares so much.
“We pray also for our family members whose opposition to this legislation puts us at odds for a season. We perceive that they are afraid – afraid for their own livelihoods, whether in Houston or in Washington. There is more for us all when we share in thanksgiving, and never enough for any of us when we cravenly hoard the gifts we have received from God.”
Founded in 1972, Resurrection MCC serves more than 850 members and friends and is one of the largest congregations within Metropolitan Community Churches, a Christian denomination with churches in more than 35 countries. The church is widely known for its positive, affirming ministry to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, along with their friends, families and allies, and for its strong commitment to social justice as an expression of the congregation’s Christian faith.
For additional information on the ministry, services, and programs of Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, visit www.ResurrectionMCC.org .
For additional information on the DREAM Act, visit www.dreamactivist.org .