Immigrant Welcoming and Sanctuary Church

This Sunday, January 15th, we will hold a special forum after worship with guests from the MN Conference UCC Immigration Team. Union’s Executive Council has put on the Annual Meeting Agenda a discussion about whether to become a Sanctuary church or an Immigrant Welcoming church. On Sunday we will learn answers to questions like: What’s the difference? Why should we consider it now?

The UCC has been discussing immigration at the General Synod level for twenty years; the ucc.org website has a plethora of history and information. Our government has promised to deport even more immigrants than in previous years, so this is a current humanitarian issue.

To consider becoming an Immigrant Welcoming church requires a process of study at the end of which we would develop a statement similar to our Open and Affirming statement about this new proclamation of Union church. To become a Sanctuary church means committing to direct action such as housing an immigrant and their family OR supporting another church who is housing an immigrant or family.

Nearly all of our biblical heroes are immigrants. In fact some have said the Bible is an “Immigrant’s Handbook.” So if we decide to move forward, we will use our biblical and faith grounding to explore the immigration issue. There are many resources available.
Please plan on attending! And recall this biblical teaching…

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as you yourselves were suffering. (Hebrews 13:1-3)

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