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Date(s) - 03/12/2017
11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Channing (UU Princeton)

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From Congregation President – Sanctuary Information Session

I am writing to announce a special meeting of the congregation on Sunday April 9th after the service for the purpose of considering a “sanctuary” resolution.

The Board of Trustees proposes that UUCP adopt this resolution to state its commitment to helping provide places of refuge for undocumented immigrants at risk of harsh deportation measures.

This news will hopefully pique your interest, and may also generate some questions… Please know that the board of trustees and the Executive Team have been studying this issue for the last few months. In order to provide opportunities to learn more, ask questions, and discuss any concerns, we have scheduled three information sessions:

  • Sunday, March 12, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. in Channing Hall
  • Wednesday, March 22, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Founders Room
  • Sunday, March 26, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. in Channing Hall

We look forward to working together to put our principles into action!

Chris Sturm, President of UU Princeton Congregation

Proposed Sanctuary Resolution

Adopted by the Board of Trustees on February 19, 2017

As anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies threaten, through the promise of harsh and haphazard mass deportations, the safety and dignity of undocumented people trying to make a better life for themselves and their families, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton joins many congregations of many faiths in moral opposition to these harmful plans and practices.

We do this as an expression of our faith; one that believes in the interconnectedness of everyone in the human family. We do this because we stand against fear and we believe in embracing our common humanity, practicing radical hospitality, and seeking greater understanding. We do this to promote diversity and inclusivity and seek the creation of more and more communities of mutual love and support. Beloved communities must welcome and protect people, and our faith demands that we provide refuge, however we can, for the vulnerable or helpless.

We, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, therefore declare ourselves to be a Sanctuary Congregation. With this action, we promise to support congregations serving as physical sanctuary sites for undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation. We also promise to advocate for the principles of the Sanctuary movement locally and nationally. Lastly, we also promise to serve as a physical sanctuary site should the current administration engage in unjust immigration enforcement and should our Executive Team determine that our congregation has the space and resources to serve as such a site.

It is our hope that these actions will not only serve undocumented people but will discourage the use of harsh deportation measures.

The Executive Team of the Congregation will create a Sanctuary Task Force of lay leaders and staff, with Board representation, to engage the congregation in these promises and to inform the congregation of progress in moving toward serving as a physical Sanctuary site. The Executive Team will keep the Board apprised of progress in all areas.

In declaring ourselves to be a Sanctuary Congregation, we are acting in accordance with the guidance, wisdom, and prophecy of our faith. We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of each person.  We believe that we are all connected. We believe that justice and compassion should guide all human relations. And we proclaim the vision of a future world in which peace, liberty, and dignity are afforded all people, without exception.