To the Editor:

The Mattapoisett Congregational Church joins our larger denomination, the United Church of Christ (, in calling for the immediate cessation of the purposeful separation of children from their families at our border and reuniting them with their families. More than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents since the start of this program, including toddlers, babies, and young children.

Regardless of how one feels about immigration issues, we believe this practice is cruel, inhumane, and contrary to Judeo-Christian principals. “You shall not wrong or oppress an immigrant.” Exodus 22:21 “Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Romans 13:10

As the recent welcome modification of this policy goes into effect, we ask for people of good conscience and our elected representatives to assure this appalling practice never happens again. And we call for the prompt, transparent, and efficient return of these children to their families.

To encourage more discussion about these public issues, we invite our greater community to join the church community in a discussion/Bible study, “Reclaiming Faith: a Path to Moral Discourse in a Troubled Time”, jointly sponsored by our Christian Education and Missions committees. The sessions will be 1 ½ hours on 3 Mondays: July 16, July 23, and August 6 from 7-8:30 pm at the church hall, 27 Church Street, Mattapoisett.

For questions, please call the church at 508-758-2671 or email Susan Grosart at


Lisa Hill, Council Chair (508-758-2325)

Michael Ward, Council Vice Chair (508-758-3818)

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