Lansing at Large: Marchers raise awareness of refugees’ plight


About three dozen people gathered in Myers Park on a cold Sunday afternoon to walk a prayerful mile in a refugee’s shoes, to support a more humane federal immigration policy, and to support efforts to promote global peace.

The “Refugee and Peace Walk” was sponsored by All Saints Catholic Church and led by parishioner and Peace and Justice Committee member Dennis Osika.

“Americans overwhelmingly support a balanced and humane national immigration policy,” Osika said. “Except for our native American Indians, most all of today’s Americans trace their heritage to immigrants or refugees from foreign lands. Too many of us forget that Jesus Christ himself was a refugee.”
The trip was part of a “Share the Journey” campaign that has totaled more than 64,000 miles walked in the U.S. and other countries and was the fourth in a series of events aimed at raising awareness of the extent and nature of the problems faced by more than 68 million people around the world today.

The month-long effort included: the viewing of the documentary “The Nuns, The Priests and The Bombs;” a meeting of Christians and Muslims at All Saints aimed at working together for justice; and a concert of local choirs and a one-mile march Nov. 3 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. There was another, similar, march held at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Groton Sunday morning.
The marchers made four stops during their walk where Osika led prayers and selections from the Bible such as those highlighting the Holy Family’s escape to Egypt after Jesus’ birth.

“Welcoming migrants is an American value that we all need to support,” said walk participant Elizabeth Gossett.

Beth Hogan and her daughter Sophie Callister also walked. “We are here to show solidarity for migrants,” she said.

“Share the Journey” was launched last year by Pope Francis and Caritas Internationalis, a network of Catholic international development agencies as an effort to raise awareness of and advocacy for the millions of people worldwide who have fled their homelands to escape violence and oppression.
LUMC Hosts Community Dinners

You can join the Lansing United Methodist Church at their monthly dinner at 618 West State St on Nov. 24 from 4 to 5 p.m. The dinner is part of a series scheduled through April 2019.

Participants can sign up to provide food for the dinner or sign up to serve at the church’s Facebook page.

Interfaith Dish-to-Pass
Congregation Tikkun v’Or, the Ithaca Reform Temple, the Interfaith Communities of Greater Ithaca, and Lansing’s Cub Scout Pak 48 will host a Community and Interfaith Dish-to-Pass dinner at their facility at 2550 N. Triphammer Road on Nov. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Participants do not need to be a member of a particular faith group to join – all are welcome.

Diners are asked to bring a vegetarian or dairy dish to share. However, if this presents a hardship, please join as a guest.

Fish Fry at All Saints
Doug’s Fish Fry will be at All Saints Church Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drinks and desserts will also be available.

Food Pantry
The Lansing Food Pantry will be open today, Nov. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Rink, 1767 East Shore Drive. For more information, please contact Nancy Myers at (607) 592-4685.

LTAPA Slates Cookies and Carols Fundraiser
“Cookies and Carols” an annual fundraising concert featuring the third and fourth grade Nutcracker Chorus, Middle School Ensembles and the High School Show Choir will be Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m., in the Middle School auditorium.


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