Thousands packed the auditorium at St. Phillip Neri School last Sunday, as Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett addressed the unrest fueled by recent changes in the federal immigration policy that directly affects the lives of those in attendance. The gathering was part of a rally organized by IndyCAN! (Indianapolis Congregation Action Network), an interfaith organization focused on empowering locals to help transform their communities, to show support for the families of immigrants and refugees across Indiana and throughout our nation that are concerned about deportation. 

Rev. Matthew Landry, pastor at Meridian Street United Methodist Church, attended the gathering and shared his thoughts on the events that occurred during the rally, as well as his unique viewpoint as a church leader and a native-born citizen. 

“Many people ask me, why do you care? You’re white. You’re not directly affected. You have a steady job. You have your proper documents. Why get involved? My only answer is because I feel like my faith is pushing me to stand with those on the margins. In our nation, too many immigrant families feel like they are barely holding onto the margins. I have met too many families who are living in fear in my own backyard to not act. I have heard their stories. I felt just a small fraction of their pain and fear, even though I will never face the same circumstances. As a person of faith, I must stand with those who hurt. I don’t know any other way to be a person who claims faith.”