New Sanctuary Movement – What happened?
First Church Congregation Not Ready to Provide Physical Sanctuary
By Kitty Willkomm
Months of work have resulted in a unanimous vote of support from the Social Justice Council and the Board of Trustees. The resolution passed states that the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee will join in coalition with other Milwaukee area faith Communities to support the New Sanctuary Movement and that our support may include providing volunteer hours, donations, and financial contributions. Membership in the coalition will keep the door open for a future decision to offer physical sanctuary within First Church, and we will continue to stand together in support of justice for immigrants.
The Sanctuary Discernment Team would like to thank church members for participating in cottage meetings, attending Sanctuary Sunday activities, and voicing support for the possibility of providing sanctuary for a person facing possible deportation. The discernment process has come to an end, but the need for standing on the side of immigrants regardless of their citizenship status has not. Join the Immigration Issues Action Group as we advocate for the end to detention and deportation, call for immigration reform, and strive to reach across boundaries and walls.