congregations and faithful people support meaningful reform of immigration policy
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For the past seventy years Lutherans in the U.S. (especially through the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service) have welcomed, protected, and provided for over a half million displaced and vulnerable persons. On this historic anniversary of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, the Interfaith community of San Francisco and beyond will come together on Oct. 29th, 2pm at Grace Cathedral, united on the need for sanctuary and justice for immigrants.
We as a church and nation are composed largely of immigrants, yet immigration has become a crucial and sometimes divisive issue in our society. The threat to undocumented immigrants has increased so that they live in fear of deportation, separation from their families, lose of their jobs, or being unable to return to school
The ancient idea of sanctuary, rooted in the sacred texts of many of our traditions, was to provide places of refuge. In this country, although the concept of sanctuary has never been recognized in law, in the 1980s this tradition was revived as congregations — including some in this synod — became sanctuary congregations, providing safe havens for Central Americans fleeing civil conflicts and seeking protection from deportation. Now, under new circumstances, many other faith communities and cities are declaring themselves to be sanctuary churches or cities
The Sierra Pacific Synod (ELCA), interfaith leaders from around the Bay Area and those who have signed our pledge online, support and encourage congregations and faithful people to support meaningful reform of immigration law and policy.
We pledge to resist by advocacy, protest, and nonparticipation those policy proposals that target and seek to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, and to advocate against attempts to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
We urge congregations to consider serving as places of welcome, refuge, healing, and doing other ministries of material and pastoral support for those targeted due to their immigration status or other differences, and that we work alongside others to ensure the dignity and human rights of all people.
We pledge to assist in equipping congregations, clergy and lay leaders to engage in such work, appropriate to local contexts, capacity, and discernment.
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