By Fred Koenig
Francis Street First United Methodist Church in St. Joseph hosted a rally on June 30 on behalf of the Interfaith Alliance to show support for children and families who have been separated at the border. People were invited to bring a pair of new shoes (child-youth) to represent the 2,000+ children held in detention in the United States. The shoes were then be donated to the AFL-CIO Soles for Christ.
The rally began with a prayer vigil in the sanctuary of Francis Street First United Methodist Church and moved to a call to action in front of the south steps of city hall. There were 250 people in attendance, which included Lutherans, Methodists, Catholics, Community of Christ, Muslims, Presbyterians, Anglicans and Bahai. They donated 153 pairs of shoes.