The sanctuary movement is a new movement with a proud history. Traditionally sanctuary means opening the church building as a protected place for those who need protection. The new sanctuary movement is more than that. It includes political work and protest in coalition with other churches and communities.
Here are two recommended actions for this week related to sanctuary. I featured these same actions two weeks ago.
Action of the Week no. 1 is to attend new sanctuary Training on Friday April 27, from 1-5pm at Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah St. Portland, OR 97232.
Readying Ourselves for Solidarity with Sanctuary has three master trainers working together to present new sanctuary training. Using an accompaniment model, Katia Hansen, President and CEO of UURISE, Cynthia Good, Diversity Trainer, and Paul Langston-Daley, senior program leader for justice building with UUSC, have put together a special training. Learn how your congregation can be effective in support of immigrant rights. What you learn will have broad applications to all your social justice work!
The training ends at 4pm. The group will then breakout by issue. We will meet for one hour around topics of human rights, climate justice and poverty.
This training/caucusing is supported by the UUA, UUSC, the Oregon, Washington and California State ActionNetworks, and UURISE, a UU sanctuary/immigration rights group. It is free and open to the public. To register and for more information, Click here.
Action of the Week no. 2 The Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIRJ) is having a vigil/action at NORCOR in the Dalles on Saturday April 28th from 10:30am to 3pm. Join this coalition group as they bring people of faith from all over the region to stand in solidarity with the immigrants held at NORCOR. Rev. Rick Davis, UU minister from the Salem Congregation, will be a special speaker. For more on this organization, and this particular action click here.
In Love and Faith,
Rev. Katie Larsel