Leviticus 19:33-34 (NEB) When an alien settles with you in your land, you shall not oppress him. He shall be treated as a native born among you, and you shall love him as a man like yourself, because you were aliens in Egypt.
Isaiah 1:17 (NEB) Pursue justice and champion the oppressed; give the orphan his rights, plead the widow’s cause.
Matthew 25:37-38 (NEB) Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and fed you, or thirsty and gave you drink, a stranger and took you home, or naked and clothed you?
In January, 2017, Macalester Plymouth United Church voted to become a Sanctuary Church. Our Christian call to this ministry is twofold:
- U.S. immigration policy demands we bear witness. Our faith compels us to pursue justice and to champion the cause of the oppressed. (Isaiah 1:17)
- Our undocumented neighbors who are threatened by the current situation deserve personal compassion. Our faith compel us to offer these neighbors hospitality and refuge. (Matthew 25:37-38)
If you would like to find out more about volunteer opportunities with our Sanctuary Work, please click on this Volunteer Form.
Roles of Sanctuary and Supporting Churches (PDF)
From the PCUSA:
Update on post-election Sanctuary Movement
Webinar on Sanctuary Movement (free registration required)
Story of Rosa Robles housed at Southside Presbyterain Church, Tuscon (article)
From Auburn Seminary:
Sanctuary in a Trump Era (video)
From New York Times:
Houses of Worship to Serve as Trump Era Immigrant Sanctuaries