"I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me."
With the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency, there is concern that the rhetoric used during the campaign regarding undocumented immigrants will become reality. While the exact policy is still taking shape, there is much apprehension in immigrant communities of what will happen to them.
With a great number of deportations a real possibility, Minnesota churches and other faith communities have organized quickly to establish "Sanctuary Congregations". A Sanctuary Congregation takes on the ministry of housing an individual or family in their places of worship for a period of time while "Stays of Removal" for them are established.
Since the 2016 election, Pastor Lawrence and members of the congregation have met and discussed how Linden Hills could become a Sanctuary Congregation. After months of discerning, Linden Hills United Church of Christ voted in February of 2017 to officially become a sanctuary. In 2020 because our facility cannot appropriately accommodate people, we transitioned to being a Sanctuary Supporting Congregation.
This endeavor is being coordinated by ISAIAH a statewide faith-based coalition advocating for racial and economic justice.
We are thankful for the many congregations and individuals that have decided to support us in this mission to care for God's children. If you would like to make a financial donation you can mail a check to the church, making it out to Linden Hills UCC and putting "Sanctuary" in the memo line. You can also make a donation online.
You can read the resolution passed in February 2017 that officially made us a Sanctuary Congregation here.