Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Fearless Pastor Gives Sanctuary to Immigrants


"He is young and looks even younger than his 36 years. Yet, in the midst of a confrontation with the federal government that could have grave consequences for his future, Seth Kaper-Dale acts with the poise of a much older man.  "I’m not afraid," says the co-pastor of the Reformed Church of Highland Park. "To me, we’re facing a cross and crosses are what we face. We know about facing crosses and we know about the hope that’s found on the other side of crosses, so we walk with confidence toward crosses."  So, in the last few days, he has admitted two more men into his church to find sanctuary, refuge from federal immigration officials who want to deport them. That makes three. Kaper-Dale is likely to bring in more.  "Our arms are open wide, as wide as the cross," says the young man who, until this struggle over the immigration status of Indonesian refugees, was known primarily as a housing activist