Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church — Henrico, Virginia
Since 2018 our small congregation has assisted refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan — families brought here under the sponsorship of Church World Service and Catholic Charities. As we have made delightful new international friends, we have also learned about the awful life-threatening circumstances they were forced to flee. One memorable highlight was our joyous and generous baby shower for the young Congolese mother whose husband was still in an African refugee camp.
During Holy Week this year, we focused on “A Migration Journey,” a remarkable artistic creation by Jaqueline Romo, a student at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Romo created prints of the Stations of the Cross in an imaginative new way by utilizing the monarch butterfly both as a symbol of Jesus and as a visual metaphor for the difficult but resilient journeys of those who are often marginalized in our society.
— Janet Chesnut, ruling elder
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