We pray for our Nation and its leaders and while we pray we also watch. We take seriously our call to Love God and to love our neighbor for the transformation of the world. Here you will find efforts that we invite you to take in order to affect positive and moral change in our life together.
On February 8, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents staked out a hypothermia shelter at Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church in Alexandria, VA. They stopped a group of Latino men coming out of the shelter and took about six of them into custody. Immigration enforcement that breaks up families and creates fear clearly violates the Biblical command to welcome the stranger. It is especially outrageous that ICE targeted a church providing life-saving services for the most vulnerable among us.
This week’s action is to call the ICE field office in Fairfax, VA, where decisions about local enforcement actions are made, and communicate two things: (1) as Methodists we are deeply concerned that ICE may be targeting places of worship, especially through services being provided to the most vulnerable; and (2) ICE should release the men detained outside Rising Hope Church. We have provided the phone number and a script for your call at the above link.
We are very aware that detentions, deportations, and other attacks on immigrant communities have been at the top of the headlines this past week. The Sacred Resistance team and Foundry clergy have been deeply involved in local efforts to organize and defend these communities. Pastor Ben spoke at a press event outside the ICE field office last Friday to express our concern as Methodists about the Rising Hope detentions. Sacred Resistance members are connected to a local group called Sanctuary DMV that is organizing local volunteers to resist attacks on immigrant communities.
Mark Your Calendars: Orientation on Immigrant Rights
On Saturday, March 4 from 10am-12pm in the Community Commons space, we will give an orientation and training for Foundry members about how to plug in to these immigrant rights efforts. At the training, you’ll receive background about the attacks on immigrant communities and a menu of options about how you can help as a volunteer. Please RSVP here for this orientation and mark your calendars for this important opportunity.
Learn About Attacks on the Muslim Community
On Tuesday, February 21, the newly formed DC Justice for Muslims Coalition is hosting a teach-in about the Muslim Ban, its legal implications, and how allies can plug in to work to fight Islamophobia. We encourage Foundry members to attend to learn how we can help resist attacks against our Muslim brothers and sisters. Find out more and let the Sacred Resistance team know if you plan to go to this event.
Read the UMC Statement on Immigration Raids and Pray for Migrants
We affirm that all are created in the image of God and we are called to welcome immigrants into our congregations, provide care for those facing separation from their families, and advocate for policies that uphold the civil and human rights of all migrants.
To all who live in fear of detention, deportation, or separation from your family and community: you are valuable, deserving of opportunity, your contributions to society are important, and we will stand with you to advocate for justice.
Pastoral Statement on Bulding Walls
This pastoral statement was read by Senior Pastor Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli to the congregation of Foundry United Methodist Church on Sunday morning, January 27, 2017. The vast majority of the congregation responding in a rousing ovation in support of the statement.
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Sat, March 4, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
United Methodist Church Caretakers for God's Creation Climate Justice Conference
Fri, April 28, 2017, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM EDT