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Upholding Sanctuary: Re-Launch of the Sanctuary Movement

May 1, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

The Sanctuary Movement is a moral challenge to a policy and practice of criminalizing immigrants, as recent executive orders make everybody who is not a permanent resident or naturalized citizen a potential subject for deportation. In order to meet detention quotas and aggressive deportation protocols, practices such as racial profiling, expedited removal, and lack of due process and opportunity to seek asylum harm already vulnerable families who seek merely to stay together, work hard, pay taxes and contribute economically and socially to our society. Indeed, 52% of all federal criminal prosecutions in 2016 involved immigration-related offenses. The enforcement only regime of “walls”, raids, detention and deportation must be confronted and ultimately overcome.  True immigration reform is rooted in upholding and affirming the rights and dignity of all immigrants and refugees and giving them our thanks for blessing our nation’s diversity and serving as the backbone of our economy.

Churches, synagogues, mosques and temples and the wider faith community are united by the perennial tradition of welcoming the stranger as neighbor, alleviating suffering, removing fear and humanizing situations of injustice through solidarity and systems change.  We exercise our spiritual commitments of hospitality, accompaniment and rapid response as part of the equity and social justice movement of liberation; “no one is free until we all are free.”

The Church Council of Greater Seattle invites all faith communities to come together on Monday, May 1, at 9 a.m. at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Avenue East.  Congregations who are declaring themselves to be a sanctuary congregation, congregations in discernment, supportive congregations, rapid response hubs and satellites, congregations who confront the targeting of certain groups, congregations committing to accompany and offer solidarity to immigrants and refugees and friends rooted in social justice, all are welcome to participate in the event and carrying out of our work.

Sharing the invitation resources: There’s a flyer and a Facebook event page. Bulletin inserts soon, too!


May 1, 2017
9:00 AM
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Church Council of Greater Seattle
(206) 525-1213


Saint Mark's Cathedral
1245 Tenth Ave. E.
Seattle, WA United States
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