There has been a lot of rhetoric, campaign speeches and hasty legislation in the last week about keeping America safe from terrorists who might try to pass themselves off as refugees.

Three hundred people joined  OTOC, the Refugee Empowerment Center, Nebraska Appleseed and refugee leaders for a short prayer vigil on Monday November 23 from 5:30 to 6:00 pm at Gifford Park.

Five Refugee Leaders spoke about their experiences and three  OTOC clergy and faith leaders reflected on our call to welcome the stranger, even when it is challenging to do .

These leaders displayed Nebraska’s values of welcoming  new neighbors into safe communities for a chance at a better future.

Now, more than ever, we must embrace those escaping violence.  America needs to shine as a beacon of hope and enlightenment to defeat the terrorist ideologies based on fear and division. Be a part of the light. Choose light over fear. 

OTOC asks that Clergy and Faith leaders sign on to endorse a Call to Action and Prayer to change the attitude of some of our elected officials toward Syrian refugees