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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Weekly Action 

DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network Launch

Tuesday, March 21, 11:45am-1:00pm at Foundry UMC

Join the Sacred Resistance team and Foundry UMC for the launch of a new network of congregations in the DMV. This new network is working to provide support and solidarity to our neighbors, friends, and/or families who fear being detained, deported, or profiled. It is time to take a stand. A rally will begin on the steps of Foundry and then the group will march to the White House to show that as people of faith we will not permit the criminalization and scapegoating of immigrants and people of color.

Foundry's Senior Pastor Ginger Gaines-Cirelli will kick off the event, followed remarks by a number of leaders across faith traditions in the DC area and local activists.

Read more about the DMV Sanctuary Congregations Network, which Foundry is a proud member of, and RSVP here!

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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Future Actions

DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network Launch

Tuesday, March 21, 11:45am-1:00pm at Foundry UMC

Join the Sacred Resistance team and Foundry UMC for the launch of a new network of congregations in the DMV. This new network is working to provide support and solidarity to our neighbors, friends, and/or families who fear being detained, deported, or provide. It is time to take a stand. A rally when begin on the steps of Foundry and then group will march to the White House to show that as people of faith we will not permit the criminalization and scapegoating of immigrants and people of color.

Read more about the DMV Sanctuary Congregations Network, which Foundry is a proud member of.

United Methodist Church Caretakers for God's Creation Climate Justice Conference
Fri, April 28, 2017, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM EDT

April 29, 2017