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Every denomination needs one of these...

UCC Minister: "Sanctuary Movement" like the Underground Railroad

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

From the blog of Rev. David "Bo" Bocock of Cresskill Congregational Church in New Jersey:
The New Sanctuary Movement

As mentioned this past Sunday in the sermon, there is a movement among churches to create and sustain opportunities of compassion and outreach to illegal immigrants, those seeking asylum, and others involved in immigration red tape. This movement, endorsed by the United Church of Christ at our UCC General Synod in June. At the meeting, we approved "A CALL FOR A MORE HUMANE U.S. IMMIGRATION POLICY; END TO MIGRANT DEATHS; AND SUPPORT FOR IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES." The Synod also urged pastors and congregations to "form grass roots organizations working in conjunction with established groups such as Border Links, Presbyterian Border Ministry, Samaritan Patrols...The New Sanctuary Movement..."

In many ways, our outreach to immigrants is similar to the outreach offered a century and a half ago with the Underground Railroad. To aid and help a runaway slave was a criminal offense and many felt unAmerican, since slavery became an integral part of the American identity. And yet, there were those who felt compassion on the runaway slaves and offered to help them as best they could. Our congregational history is rich in offering help to this historic crisis.
posted by UCCtruths, Tuesday, September 04, 2007


Evidently the Rev. believes it is immoral for nations to have borders, or any limits on who is allowed to cross them.
Maybe we should stop punishing anyone who breaks the law.
I think he should run for Congress, and pass a law that everybody be nice to everybody all over the world. Then we could close our prisons and dismiss our police, and no one would need an army. Just think how much money the world would save.
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 10:28 AM  

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