Resist

We pray for our Nation and its leaders and while we pray we also watch. We take seriously our call to Love God and to love our neighbor for the transformation of the world. Here you will find efforts that we invite you to take in order to affect positive and moral change in our life together.


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Weekly Action 

World Refugee Day

Tuesday, June 20, 5:00 p.m.
Lafayette Square (Pennsylvania Ave & 16th St NW)

Washington, DC

 

Please join us for a rally in front of the White House on World Refugee Day, June 20th at 5 PM, to tell the Trump Administration that we support refugees. Our message is clear—“No hate. No Fear. Refugees are welcome here.” 

 

In the words of Rev. John L. McCullough, President of Church World Service: “Our faith calls us to welcome the sojourner, love our neighbor and stand with the vulnerable. As we face the largest refugee crisis of our generation, we must act with compassion to welcome refugees into our communities…To do any less would be to dishonor our most fundamental values.”

 

If you can’t make the rally (or as an exclamation point on your participation if you do), call 1-844-STANDS to connect with your Members of Congress. Or, go to StandwithRefugees.us to call Congress through the website. Here's the simple message:

 

"I am calling to urge Congress to welcome more refugees to the U.S.—at least 75,000 in 2018--and to provide adequate funding levels to assist refugees worldwide." Feel free to add your personal message about why your faith compels you to stand with refugees.

 

Each year, communities around the world mark World Refugee Day on June 20th by celebrating the benefits that refugees bring to our communities. This year, we will also use the occasion to denounce the discriminatory policies of the Trump Administration and urge our elected officials to join us in supporting refugees here in the U.S. as well as those abroad. As we witness the largest refugee crisis in recorded history, with over 65 million people displaced around the world, we urge the President and Congress to commit to resettling at least 75,000 refugees in 2018.

 

Although governments often try to draw a clear line between migrants and refugees, we know that people who are forced to migrate often come from the same experience, travel the same road and face similar, if not the very same, circumstances along their travels and at their destinations. We know that both refugees and migrants deserve safety, respect and human rights.

 

WHAT: World Refugee Day Rally at the White House

WHEN: Tuesday, June 20th at 5:00 PM

WHERE: Lafayette Square, Pennsylvania Ave NW & 16th St NW

Weekly Devotion

The strength of a political system depends upon the full and willing participation of its citizens. The church should continually exert a strong ethical influence upon the state, supporting policies and programs deemed to be just and opposing policies and programs that are unjust.

-Source: United Methodist Church: What We Believe


Mission Statement

Why Sacred Resistance? 

We exist because we are commanded to love one another, and love is an active verb. Our resistance is rooted in the concept of strength and endurance, in the Methodist baptismal vow “to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever form they present themselves,” and in the Biblical admonition to people of faith to seek justice and speak on behalf of the powerless. 

Today, Foundry believes this vow mandates

  • opposing governmental actions which tear families apart and which bar entry to this country to immigrants and refugees solely because of their religious affiliation
  • resisting policies which exploit and destroy natural resources on the planet we are charged with protecting and which put short-term economic gain for a few above the long-term health and survival of the human race
  • standing up with our voices, our bodies, our money, and our time to the policies and people who would deny human rights on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, or income level 

There are many areas of government policy in which people of faith may disagree. Sacred Resistance at Foundry targets issues which affect our bedrock principles: human rights, care for the planet, and the basic right of every human being to live without fear of oppression, speak without fear of censorship, and worship peacefully without fear of hostility.


Pastoral Statement on Building Walls 

This pastoral statement was read by Senior Pastor Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli to the congregation of Foundry United Methodist Church on Sunday morning, January 27, 2017. The vast majority of the congregation responding in a rousing ovation in support of the statement.

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