Immigrant Mom Living in Sanctuary to Address Nation’s First Sanctuary Denomination

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October 25, 2019

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Immigrant Mom Living in Sanctuary to Address Nation’s First Sanctuary Denomination

 

In August, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America became the first North American denomination to declare itself a sanctuary church for immigrants facing deportation

 

Columbus, OH --  On Tuesday, October 29th, at 7:00 p.m., Miriam Vargas, a Columbus-based immigrant mother living in sanctuary to avoid deportation, will share her story with Ohio clergy from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and church leaders will discuss concrete actions congregations will take to shield undocumented immigrant families from deportation. 

 

The entire meeting will be streamed live on Facebook

 

“Being a sanctuary denomination means that we, as a church together, want to be public and vocal about this work. It will look different for everyone, but welcoming people is not a political issue for us – it is a matter of faith,” reads the ELCA’s website.

 

WHAT:

Lutheran church leaders call congregations and clergy to provide sanctuary for undocumented immigrant families.


WHEN:

Tuesday, October 29th, at 7:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:

Facebook Live on Faith in Public Life

First English Lutheran Church

1015 E. Main St.

Columbus, Ohio

 

WHO:

Miriam Vargas, immigrant mother in sanctuary for over a year at First English Lutheran Church

Bishop Abraham Allende, ELCA Bishop of the 180 congregations in the Northeastern Ohio Synod

Pastor Sally Padgett, First English Lutheran Church

Deacon Nick Bates, Hunger Network in Ohio

Lynn Tramonte, Ohio Immigrant Alliance

Jessica Bell, immigration attorney

 

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