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

Weekly Action 

  

Weekly Action: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

This week we're asking you to attend a key action on Tuesday, September 5 for immigrant rights. Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, 800,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children - "Dreamers" - voluntarily gave their information to the government in return for protection against deportation and the right to work legally. This Tuesday, the Trump administration is expected to announce whether or not it will rescind DACA. If it does, these 800,000 Dreamers will become at risk for detention and deportation - especially since the U.S. government already has all of their information.

The DMV Sanctuary Congregations Network, Church World Service (CWS) and others are organizing a rally, press conference and march on Tuesday morning to respond to the forthcoming announcement. RSVP here if you can attend and add your own prophetic voice to this action. Here are the latest details from CWS:

Gather: 9:30 AM at Lafayette Park in front of the White House (faith folk will gather near center statue to discuss details of the plan)
Press Conference: 10:00 AM at Lafayette Park
March to USCIS: 12 PM (conditional on announcement)

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


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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