On June 18, our congregation voted to be a sanctuary church by adopting the following statement:
As a community of faith seeking to be spiritually alive, joyfully inclusive and committed to justice, and in solidarity with our undocumented brothers and sisters whose lives and families are being torn apart by our country’s immigration policies and enforcement actions, we of Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ declare ourselves to be a Sanctuary Congregation. We commit to engage in support, advocacy and service as best we are able to our immigrant neighbors, in collaboration with the interfaith community and the broader Dane Sanctuary network. Included in this commitment is the willingness to provide physical sanctuary as the need arises.
On July 6, Ruthanne Landsness represented our congregation at a public press conference announcing the creation of the Dane County Sanctuary Coalition. You can see a video of her remarks here: