Author: David Taffet

Crossing thresholds

Oak Lawn UMC’s new senior pastor says her church is welcoming, not just tolerant DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com Her clerical collar gives her away as the church’s pastor, but the Rev. Rachel Baughman’s dreads contrast with the traditionally conservative image of the historic Oak Lawn United Methodist Church. When Baughman talks about welcoming all people to her church, she is talking not only about her LGBT members, but also about the housed or the homeless and immigrants, regardless of status. Caring for refugees isn’t just something she includes in her work, it’s her passion. Through her...

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Dreaming of citizenship

A 22-year-old DACA recipient contemplates being deported from the country where his great-grandparents and most of his relatives are citizens DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com Francisco Rojero’s great-grandparents are American citizens. He’s not. But he took advantage of DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to stay in this country. Rojero, 22, is a full-time student at Collin College in Plano, taking more than a full load of classes, and he works 30 hours a week at the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station. When President Donald Trump announced an end to DACA, Rojero said he was...

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