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GU professor invites crowd to act to promote ‘welcome’


GU professor invites crowd to act to promote ‘welcome’

Pat McCormick, professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University, sent out 12 emails one Friday morning after the election, inviting people to gather in front of College Hall for a post-election vigil on “Welcome, Not Walls.”

He reminded the 200 who gathered that the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, welcomes the tired, poor, huddled masses,  wretched refuse, homeless and tempest-tossed.

Participants sang, “Everyone is welcome,” adding different groups—races, immigrants,faiths, orientations, women—to the tune of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”  Participants pledged to do something, speak out and promote “Welcome, Not Walls.”

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