From the Justice and Witness News from the CT, MA and RI Conferences:
Faith Floods the Courtroom
by Rev. Liza Neal, Ordained MA Conference UCC Clergy
Jesus said, “I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink.” Matthew 25:35a
“If you live in a place where people are dying, how can you not respond?” This is the answer Dr. Scott Warren gave when asked under oath to the District Court of Arizona why he volunteers his time leaving food and water in the Sonoran Desert, a place where more than 3000 people have died in the last ten years, 88 in the last four months. He called it “choiceless.” He had to respond to the call deep within his soul to alleviate the suffering of others, to treat people with human dignity. After deliberating for three days, the jury could not agree as to whether this kindness was a crime. Dr. Warren, a volunteer with No More Deaths, spends his free time leaving water and food, giving blankets and medical care, and training other volunteers. He was arrested by Border Patrol on January 17th and charged with one count of conspiracy and two counts of harboring, felony charges which could mean spending 20 years in prison. Read more.
Please read the rest of this riveting story. If you can’t click on the Read More link above let me know and I will get you a copy of the full unbelievable story. Wally Young, Board of Missions 401-792-3607

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