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

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. 

February Actions 


The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.—Leviticus 19:34

The Washington Ethical Society (WES) has organized a "Rush Hour Action for Dreamers" this Wednesday February 7th. Like Foundry, the WES is part of the DMV Sanctuary Congregations Network, a group of local congregations providing support and solidarity to neighbors who fear being detained, deported or profiled. Congregations along 16th street--including Foundry--will bring signs and line the street outside their places of worship at rush hour.

At Foundry, we'll be hosting two events related to this action:
  • We will be having a poster drawing party in the community commons at Foundry on Tuesday, February 6 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm. Poster board and markers will be provided. Please contact Sarah Gingold ( with questions or to RSVP.
  • We'll be gathering outside of Foundry on Wednesday, February 7 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm to support protections for Dreamers and other affected immigrant populations. Please come with big, bright, creative signs supporting Dreamers and all our immigrant neighbors! Contact Ed Crump ( or Alicia Petersen ( with questions or to RSVP.
Please also stay tuned for more actions this month on immigration. May we be a compassionate light for justice as this important issue is discussed.


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.  

*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. 


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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