Sanctuary Discussion Materials

In our last newsletter, I introduced the fact that a mission team had been formed to guide us in a process to explore becoming a sanctuary church.  You can read that article here.

The educational and conversational process is now firming up.  What we are sharing below is a tentative schedule for topics to be discussed.  While the order may change, the topics that will be covered will remain the same.  We are drawing on local resources to help us – both legal and those more in touch with the situation in Madison and Wisconsin with undocumented residents.

Because these are big topics, the sessions will begin at 8:45 a.m. on the following Sundays.  As a sister congregation, Madison Mennonite will be hosting similar conversations and will invite their members to our sessions. If our presenters give us permission, we will record these sessions as well.  Please note that the last session is primarily a conversation to process how to move forward.  The only action that would require a congregational vote would be the decision to become a full Sanctuary church, which would include offering our space to shelter someone if it’s needed.  Please consult our weekly email for updated information on these sessions.

Beginning Sunday, written material we be available in the Crossroads for you to read if you’d like.  By that time, we’ll also post the same material on the church website.  The mission team members are Ron Adams (Madison Mennonite) Marv Beatty, Susan Cary, LuAnn Greiner, Paul Hedges, Ruthanne Landsness, Winton Boyd).

June 4 – Open Conversation
The Sanctuary Mission Team will respond to the questions raised during the May 21 discussion.

June 18 – A Congregational meeting has been called for after worship to act on becoming a sanctuary church.  Details of the exact motion will be posted by the end of the day on June 8th.  


Materials that may help you understand some of the issues

Informational Handout

Frequently Asked Questions from the ACLU

What Scripture Says about Refugees, by Laura Yurs

Tentative Criteria for accepting someone into sanctuary