ELCA, a Sanctuary Denomination

Is there confusion about this? Is there fear that we are being asked to do illegal things? Clear up any confusion by showing this 11-minute video in your congregation, linking it on facebook and in your newsletters (http://bit.ly/ELCASanctuaryChurch). This includes a a message from Rev. Rafael Malpica-Padilla, ELCA Executive Director Global Mission, and members of the ELCA AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation & Opportunities) team, Mary Campbell, Program Director for AMMPARO, and Rev. David Runsch, Director for Unit Operations, ELCA Global Ministry, about our tradition of sanctuary in our Christian tradition as followers of Jesus and God’s radical hospitality and how congregations may CHOOSE to engage in support of these neighbors. Right now, the ELCA has five sanctuary synods, 41 synods that have immigration support related activities happening, and 151 sanctuary congregations. You can view the video below.

Sanctuary: Our Christian Tradition

With the ELCA Churchwide Assembly vote to make the ELCA a Sanctuary Denomination, many are wondering what this means and why now. For many, the idea of sanctuary is new, but sanctuary is part of our Christian tradition. Members of the ELCA churchwide staff address your questions and share how this church accompanies our vulnerable neighbors globally and domestically.This video is also available in Spanish: http://bit.ly/ELCASanctuaryESPELCA.org/SanctuaryChurch

Posted by Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on Monday, August 19, 2019