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August 7, 2019

The following resolution was adopted by the Congregation Council:

     “Whereas, Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church (GA) has stood for generations as a place of welcome, safety, and shelter for those who seek refuge and has a Godly history of welcoming the stranger; and

    “Whereas, GA’s leadership is exploring how to continue to serve the world in need including our ability to serve migrants and refugees; and

     “Whereas, the current political climate in the United States can result in the targeting of asylum seekers and other immigrants for arrest, detention, and deportation; and

     “Whereas, several major cities, including the great City of New York, have pledged, if needed, to be a Sanctuary Cities to shield undocumented people; and

Whereas, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has passed resolutions to support uniting families as a basic principle of our immigration laws and actions by the church. The 1998 ELCA Church Council resolution, “Message on Migration,” highlights the importance of family unity in immigration and highlights that “The existence of a permanent sub-group of people who live without recourse to effective legal protection opens the door for their massive abuse and exploitation and harms the common good.”; and

     “Whereas, the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has passed resolutions to declare itself a sanctuary synod and a welcoming synod that includes the AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities) Network to assist and serve all migrants, answering Jesus’ call to take care of the stranger among us;

     “Now Therefore, be it Resolved: that the GA staff and elected Church Council explore connections with other congregations and other agencies who are part of the sanctuary movement; and,

     “Be It Further Resolved: that the Pastor of GA be empowered to exercise full discretion in providing sanctuary to migrant(s) in need of shelter and safety while their immigration issues are resolved and to apprise the Church Council within 24 hours when this discretion is exercised.”

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Daily Bible Verse

16 September 2019

  • Amos 7:1-6

    1This is what the Lord GOD showed me: he was forming locusts at the time the latter growth began to sprout (it was the latter growth after the king's mowings). 2When they had finished eating the grass of the land, I said, "O Lord GOD, forgive, I beg you!

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