Resist

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.


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Thank you for all of your dedicated, faithful efforts. 

Blessings,

Sacred Resistance Team

November Action(s): 

  

November Action: Standing with the Saints - Praying with Dreamers  

A huge thanks to all who participated in October's action protesting recent ICE raids in DC, as well as September's march with the Sanctuary DMV congregation network in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Program (DACA). We are proud to have had great Foundry turnout for these events.
 
Unfortunately, President Trump has terminated DACA, meaning that nearly 800,000 immigrant youth could be swept up in the deportation pipeline if Congress won’t pass legislation by December 8th. This is why we’re pushing for a clean Dream Act that will provide a pathway to citizenship for these young people who are already part of the fabric of and contributing to their communities.
 
In order to maintain a proactive, steady, and strong push for the Dream Act, various immigrants’ rights groups have divided up the calendar--each is focusing their energy on one week's action. For faith communities, this week is October 29th - November 4th and is called the “Praying With Dreamers” week. During this week, faith communities will advocate in support of the Dream Act, both in D.C. and across the country. Faith organizations will demonstrate solidarity with dreamers through Dream Sabbath events, and through a “Standing with the Saints" Prophetic Action planned for November 1.
 
Goals:
  1. Demonstrate symbolic solidarity of faith communities with immigrant youth that speaks truth to power to take a moral stance and pass a clean Dream Act.
  2. Increase awareness of the high moral stakes if nothing is passed: immigrant youth could face deportation and family separation.
  3. Build momentum and power to be able to pass a clean Dream Act by December 8th.
 
Invite:
On All Saints Day, November 1st, we will remember all of the witnesses who have fought for justice by coming together through the power of prophetic action as a moral call to do what's right and protect dreamers from deportation.
 
Time and Place: Press Conference Begins at 11:00 AM on Capitol Hill, followed by a faithful action wherein leaders will risk arrest to escalate moral pressure on decision makers.
 
Registration:
Please fill this registration form here- https://goo.gl/forms/WNmdAhCsAfPvFbAh2
 
Logistics:
Please join a training call at 4:00 PM on Monday, October 30th. Plan to arrive by 10:30 AM on November 1st. Clergy please come with stole, collar or other appropriate vestments.
 
Know Your Rights Flyer
 
We have available in PDF format a flyer that anyone can print out and give to those of our neighbors that might find themselves uncertain of their rights related to immigration enforcement. Please feel free to share with those you feel might find this information helpful.  
 

*Note: The Sacred Resistance team at Foundry is moving to one action and one training per month, so that our energies are more focused on a specific issue. We will continue to send notifications on new actions and opportunities for learning. 


Devotion

The strength of a political system depends upon the full and willing participation of its citizens. The church should continually exert a strong ethical influence upon the state, supporting policies and programs deemed to be just and opposing policies and programs that are unjust.

-Source: United Methodist Church: What We Believe

 

Advocacy Exchange

Situated steps away from the seat of the U.S. government, Foundry UMC has a unique opportunity—and responsibility—to speak truth to power. In this time of increasing isolation and disconnection, we recognize that faithful voices must be raised together in unity—both in Washington, DC and across the country—if we want to make change.

 

We cannot do this alone. Therefore we are working with congregations and committees like yours to create a collaborative to advocate for our shared values. We want to hear about priorities you have in your community. In order to guide our efforts we have identified legislative priorities based on the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church and Foundry’s core values. Our vision is to work with partners, so that policies of mercy, justice, and peace are promoted while those which do harm are opposed.

By joining this partnership, we would collaborate in the following ways:

  1. We would support each other in advocating for the legislative priorities identified with help from the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church and the General Board of Church and Society. Our advocacy efforts together will focus around these subject areas, in no particular order, and/or other areas of alignment. Based on your community’s own legislative priorities or issues of concern we would advocate on your behalf on Capitol Hill to amplify your efforts at home
  2. Dedicated partners would work to communicate timely information about federal legislation
  3. Send alerts if legislators need to hear from you district offices or town hall gatherings
  4. Trainings can be provided to equip teams for effective advocacy on federal legislation
  5. You would organize in-district actions and let us know how we could support you   
  6. We would provide you with hospitality if you come to Washington, DC for advocacy activities
  7. Build relationships through mutual prayer and our service work

If you would like more information, or would like to join us in partnering on this important work, please contact Pastor Ben Roberts (broberts@foundryumc.org). 

 

Mission Statement

Why Sacred Resistance? 

We exist because we are commanded to love one another, and love is an active verb. Our resistance is rooted in the concept of strength and endurance, in the Methodist baptismal vow “to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever form they present themselves,” and in the Biblical admonition to people of faith to seek justice and speak on behalf of the powerless. 

Today, Foundry believes this vow mandates

  • opposing governmental actions which tear families apart and which bar entry to this country to immigrants and refugees solely because of their religious affiliation
  • resisting policies which exploit and destroy natural resources on the planet we are charged with protecting and which put short-term economic gain for a few above the long-term health and survival of the human race
  • standing up with our voices, our bodies, our money, and our time to the policies and people who would deny human rights on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, or income level 

There are many areas of government policy in which people of faith may disagree. Sacred Resistance at Foundry targets issues which affect our bedrock principles: human rights, care for the planet, and the basic right of every human being to live without fear of oppression, speak without fear of censorship, and worship peacefully without fear of hostility.


Pastoral Statement on Building 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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