COLUMBIA – The United Universalist Church of Columbia will provide sanctuary to undocumented immigrants or refugees who are at-risk of deportation or detention while the individuals pursue legal recourse.
Members voted Sunday to become a sanctuary congregation. Ninety-seven percent of those present approved the declaration.
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Reverend Molly Housh Gordon said the congregation felt becoming a sanctuary aligned with the church’s mission.
“We want them to know that we value their presence in our community and all that they bring to our community,” she said.
Gordon said the declaration of sanctuary is in response to some recent policy changes regarding immigration in the United States.
“We know from our conversations that there are people who are living in fear in Columbia, and we want those people to know that they’re not alone,” Gordon said.
The church would provide food and shelter to an individual who entered the sanctuary.
According to the church’s
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