Today is Orphan Sunday, where participating congregations across the nation will be asked to pray that all the orphans in the world find forever families and that all Christians open their hearts to adopting orphans.
I will pray for all the adoptees sitting in those pews, hearing their experience of adoption reduced to charity and proselytizing. I will pray that the former orphans in the congregation will retain a positive view of their birth parents and home country after hearing both denigrated by the stories told of horrific lives of orphans prior to adoption. I will pray that the adoptees of color will be able to develop a positive racial identity as they notice that all the photos of orphans splashed on the big screen in front of them are children of color like them, and all the charitable adopters are not.
I will pray that no church my children will ever attend will participate in Orphan Sunday.