Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

University Area Sanctuary Coalition

University Area Sanctuary Coalition

We are members of the faith community that surrounds the University of Minnesota and we believe that diversity enhances our lives. We say “NO!” to bigotry and hate in all its forms. When people are threatened because of who they are, the color of their skin, their gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or nationality, it is our faithful obligation to stand with them and offer them sanctuary. We say “YES!” to sanctuary.

All faith traditions believe in justice but often faith communities can be a silent reflection of the dominant culture. We encourage people of faith to be reflections of a culture of diversity and inclusion. We also encourage vigorous debate about public policy but we oppose unjust laws and will work towards their reform or elimination. Sanctuary is rooted in scripture. Leviticus 19:34 says, “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.” In the gospels, Jesus calls us to welcome the stranger in our midst (Matthew 25). There are similar passages in other sacred texts.  

We will welcome the stranger.
We will honor all people as children of God.
We will offer our buildings as safe spaces.
We will resist efforts to deport people.
We will educate ourselves to be advocates for justice.
We will support each other.
We will join with others who share our values.
We will spread this message because it is the core of our faith.
We will act on the moral imperatives of justice, mercy, compassion and love.

We invite you to join us.