Makeshift tables: Voces de Ambos Lados


As the “migrant caravan” through Mexico meets border patrol and control in the United States, its less than a month since the fourth annual “fiesta protesta” that has been marked at the waters of the Rio Grande Between Silver City, New Mexico, and Palomas, Chicuahia. The Voces de Ambos Lados/Voices from Both Sides fiesta is a picnic—with bilingual eucharist—with people on both sides of the river meeting at and in the waters. The presider in communion, Paul Moore, is a presbyter of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Silver City, which partners with the Elim Assembly of God (Pentecostal Church) in Palomas.

Paul presides in vestments, wading waist deep into the water, the vessels of communion on a makeshift table. Communion is shared from the middle of the river, inviting people from both sides.

Report from Episcopal News Service:

Paul Moore’s blog-post and sermon:

(Photo: Episcopal News Service, as above.)