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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Advocacy Exchange | Monthly Action | Mission Statement Know Your Rights Flyer


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Advocacy Exchange

The basic idea behing the Advocacy Exchange is for Foundry to use its geographical proximity to power to be an in-person voice on Capitol Hill on behalf of church partners elsewhere.  If you would be interested in partnering with us, or know of a church that might, we would love to hear from you!

To find out more about our Advocacy Exchange, view our Advocacy Exchange webpage. 

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April Action 

Support the Sanctuary DMV Immigrant Emergency Hotline (April 8th and ongoing): 

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. - Matthew 25:35 ESV   

The next Sacred Resistance action is to spread the word about Sanctuary DMV's Immigrant Emergency Hotline by sharing hotline flyers and cards with your immigrant neighbors. You can pick up the flyers and cards on Sunday, April 8th, after each service in the Community Commons. These will also be available at the front desk at other times.

Sanctuary DMV (santuarydmv.org), which Foundry is affiliated with through Sanctuary Ministry as well as Sacred Resistance, offers a hotline which people can call if (1) they see ICE activity and want community members to come and observe; or (2) they want to request accompaniment to ICE check-ins, immigration court appointments, or other contacts with the system in which they may be detained or have any other reason for fear. We have flyers and cards with the hotline number available to distribute to local businesses, service providers, schools, and anywhere else our immigrant neighbors might see them. Please pick some up and help us get the word out.

Ed Crump shares his experience:

My experience handing out flyers -- I visited an area in Herndon near where I live where immigrants often gather looking for work that day, a 7-11 on Elden St. I had a stack of flyers which were English on one side and Spanish on the other (in this case the immigrant community in that area is primarily Latino) and I just went around and started handing them out.

As I walked around I also got a lay of the land and had an incredible experience as I encountered folks. I stumbled upon THE place to get breakfast in the morning in that area which had amazing breakfast papusas! I met some high school kids who were bilingual and they gave me some ideas where to hand out flyers. One man teared up when he read the flyer and said a very sincere thank you. It was a wonderful experience and hopefully will give folks in our local area a resource if and when they need help.

So, my recommendation is to go anywhere you know of in your local area where our immigrant neighbors hang out, put on a big smile, activate your extrovert-self, and say hello as you hand out the flyers. Hopefully you will have a wonderful experience as we spread the word about the hotline and the basics of know-your-rights.

God's perfect love and compassion flow through us to everyone we meet!

Ed Crump, Foundry Immigrant Rights Sanctuary Ministry Team 

*Note: The Sacred Resistance team at Foundry is moving to one action and one training per month, so that our energies are more focused on a specific issue. We will continue to send notifications on new actions and opportunities for learning. 

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Know Your Rights Flyer
 
We have available in PDF format a flyer that anyone can print out and give to those of our neighbors that might find themselves uncertain of their rights related to immigration enforcement. Please feel free to share with those you feel might find this information helpful.  
 


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

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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.

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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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