Protesters with crosses - interrJFON DFW has reached out to leaders across the North and Central Texas Conferences of the UMC to organize nearly 20 Family Unity Prayer Vigils in February and March, demonstrating the strength of support for immigration reform across the metroplex and Texas.

These prayer vigils are a response to an invitation from the Interfaith Immigration Coalition to hold as many events as possible by people of all faiths and denominations to show how widespread support for immigration is across the nation.

These vigils come at a time when the topic of reform is moving to center stage in Washington, as evidenced by the release of Reform Frameworks by both President Obama and a team of eight US Senators this week.

Upcoming Prayer Vigils are scheduled as follows:

Taylor – Thur. Feb. 28 at 6:30 PM, Tenth Street United Methodist Church, 410 W. 10th Street  76574

Arlington – Sat. March 2 at 6 PM, East Arlington Community Center, 2201 E. Park Row Dr. 76010

Acton – Sun. March 3 at 6:30 PM, Acton United Methodist Church, 3433 Fall Creek Hwy 76049

Arlington – Wed. Mar. 6th, 7 PM at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 2021 New York Ave. 76010

Georgetown –March Date at Time TBA, Getsemani Community Center, 412 E 19th St. 78626

Dallas – March Date TBA at Pleasant Mound/Urban Park Methodist Church, 8301 Bruton Rd. 75217

Dallas – March Date TBA at Place TBA

Dallas – March Date TBA at Place TBA

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Vigils have previously been held during February as follows: Dallas Christ’s Foundry UMC on Feb. 8; Fort Worth Nueva Vida UMC on Feb. 13 (noon and 6 PM); Dallas Cathedral of Hope UCC on Feb. 13; Alamo, Texas, Precinct 2 Center on Feb. 16; Arlington at Methodist Community Center on Feb. 18th; Alton Head Start Center on Feb 19; Brownsville Cameron County Courthouse on Feb. 20; Fort Worth All Saints RCC on Feb. 21 (Mass & Prayer Meeting); Grapevine 1st UMC on Feb. 23; and Fort Worth Nueva Vida UMC on Feb. 24.

At many of the vigils, a 12 minute video called “Jasmine’s Story” will be shown. It tell the true story of a 17 year old girl whose parents were both deported, leaving her on her own. It illustrates the problem of separated families that is a major issue for many immigrants.

For more information, contact Dean Reed at 254-485-5832 or