LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Two banners now hang outside Saint Paul Catholic Church on West Short Street welcoming immigrants and refugees.
Church leaders hope the signs will start a conversation in the community.
“We’re talking about people,” said J.R. Zerkowski, director of stewardship and communication at the church. “They’re not statistics, they’re not just numbers, they’re human beings. They’re flesh and blood with families and it is up to us to promote that dignity.”
Zerkowski says half the congregation is Hispanic and recently has been afraid. The church moved the banners from inside the sanctuary out to the sidewalk.
“We hope that when people took at these signs there’s some introspection that takes place,” said Zerkowski.
The church is holding a dialog on Monday night, March 27 at seven o’clock. Leaders from different faiths will be speaking about immigration, walls, security and welcoming people. It will be at the Sts. Peter and Paul School Theater and the community is invited.