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Power of Hope: An exhibition highliting works of art by refugees


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For almost two years, Rev. Dr. Helen Boursier and other volunteer chaplains facilitated an art ministry for moms and children held in a for-profit immigrant family detention center in Texas. The detainees, mothers and children mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, had made their way across Mexico to the U.S. Border and were awaiting their asylum hearings before an immigration judge. As a professional photographer, and with their permission, “Pastora Elena” recorded much of the work of the 5,000 detainees who participated. In December of 2016, ICE abruptly canceled the security clearances of the volunteer chaplains and the art ministry ended. Their work and their story will be on exhibit in our Fellowship Hall from April 8-22.