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

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January Actions: 

  

The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.—Leviticus 19:34
This January, the Foundry Sacred Resistance team is making immigration a priority. We are focused on two fast-approaching deadlines:
  • Recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are already starting to see their statuses expire--and these expirations will accelerate starting in March 2018. The best opportunity to prevent this from happening is to include protections for Dreamers in the upcoming FY 2018 spending bill, which currently must be passed by January 19.
  • Nearly 200,000 El Salvadoreans risk losing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) on March 9, 2018, opening them up to potential deportation. TPS has been in place for El Salvador since 2001. The deadline for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to extend this status is January 8, 2018.
The bottom line: unless we act now, hundreds of thousands of people may become eligible for deportation in the coming months.  This week, we urge the following acts of sacred resistance:
  1. Call your members of Congress and urge them not to vote for a new spending package unless Congress passes the DREAM act (H.R.3440, S.1615). Dial (844) 241-1141 and enter your Zip code to be transferred to your senator.
  2. Visit stampslicked.org to send a personalized postcard, hand-delivered to your senators’ DC offices.
  3. Participate in this three-part devotional, produced by the InterfaithImmigration Coalition, from today, Thursday, January 4 to Saturday, January 6. This devotional links scripture with stories of Salvadorean, Honduran, and Haitian TPS recipients, and provides actions that you can take to assist.

 
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

 

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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