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CHRIST CHURCH UNITED, UCC
180 E. Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA

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Churches, mosques and synagogues have a long tradition of offering safe-haven or "sanctuary" from persecution and violence.  The more modern practice of offering sanctuary to refugees is a continuation of that tradition.


Christ Church United is a sanctuary church.  That is, we will provide refuge for refugees or undocumented people who seek sanctuary with us from persecution or immoral treatment.



Resolution Making Christ Church United a Sanctuary Church

 

When the alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.  Leviticus 19:33-34

 

Whereas the United Church of Christ affirms that, “Sanctuary is a practice that now, more than ever, should be expanded to include all those who are currently being attacked, such as immigrants, refugees, Muslims, women, Black Lives Matter activists, Native Americans and the LGBTQ community.”

 

Whereas Rev. Geoffrey Black, general minister and president of the UCC, said, “We are proud to be part of this growing movement. We support those congregations in the United Church of Christ who have discerned that now is the time to lift our moral voice in a more prophetic form, so that our decision makers might understand the dire situation of family separation that our undocumented brothers and sisters face on a daily basis.”

 

Whereas the congregation of Christ Church United describes itself as a courageous church, a welcoming church, even a church of radical welcome.


Therefore, be it resolved that we, the members of Christ Church United, publicly declare our intent to be a Sanctuary Church, to provide such support and refuge to immigrants, regardless of their legal status, as the Senior Minister and the Church Coordinating Council deems appropriate, with periodic reports by the Senior Minister to the Church Coordinating Council regarding actions taken pursuant to this resolution. And further, that we dedicate ourselves to educate and activate our congregation, to amplify and respond to the voices of immigrant leaders, and to speak out against discrimination toward any and all marginalized people.