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Quaker Vigil at the Border Wall

Published: Oct. 2, 2020


Mahatma Gandhi said: “Mute prayer is my most powerful weapon.” In this spirit, Friends from Pima Monthly Meeting alongside myriad other friends, held Meeting for Worship just after sunrise on September 14, 2020, a stone’s throw from the new US-Mexico border wall – near Sasabe, Arizona/Sonora.

This gathering inaugurated a week-long event: “Resist The Wall: Strengthen The Spirit. Resisting Border Violence Through Interfaith Action.” On the ensuing days, we were joined by Buddhists, Unitarian Universalists, and members of the Jewish community.

Wall-building activity with all its boisterous equipment was the backdrop of our Meeting. Counterpoint. Still Silence was equal to the moment. The power of presence in the presence of power.

Where we worship matters.

Newcomers to Quaker Meeting that morning commented on being “moved” by the gathering. It’s such movement as this that ultimately brings down walls.

The event was organized by residents living near the wall. From both sides.


from john heid, Pima Monthly Meeting, Tucson, AZ (9/29/2020)