Church hosts sanctuary rally for immigrants and refugees

2 months 3 days 22 hours ago April 18, 2017 Apr 18, 2017 Tuesday, April 18 2017 Tuesday, April 18, 2017 7:44:00 PM CDT in News
By: Max Cotton, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – Despite President Trump's rhetoric and promises, a Columbia church affirmed its commitment to providing a safe place for immigrants and refugees.

Faith Voices of Columbia, the Unitarian Universalist Church and members of the community gathered to launch a sanctuary network in Columbia at a rally on Tuesday. The church also officially began its tenure as a sanctuary congregation after members voted to become one on April 9. It joined the new Sanctuary Movement that began in 2007, restarting a movement that originally began in the 1980s.

"The movement is particularly concerned with keeping families together," Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia Minister, Rev. Molly Housh Gordon said.

The vote came in response to Trump's campaign promises and actions after taking office concerning immigration policy.

"We voted for this because we hear from our neighbors and we hear from our friends, who are immigrants, that they are frightened," congregation member Suzanne Hansford-Bowles said.

During his campaign, Trump repeatedly spoke of mass deportations and a "deportation force."

Since taking the oath office, Trump has not been as outspoken about illegal immigration but said during his address to Congress in February, "I believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible, as long as we focus on the following goals: to improve jobs and wages for Americans, to strengthen our nation's security, and to restore respect for our laws."

Speakers included people from the church, other religious leaders, a local immigration attorney and immigrants. They spoke about the need for solidarity and support amongst immigrant, refugees and other marginalized communities.

As a sanctuary congregation, the church would provide refuge for undocumented immigrants attempting to avoid deportation. Gordon said the church does not believe providing sanctuary would violate the law.

"My faith tells me that every person has worth and dignity, and every person has gifts that they bring into our world and into our communities, and that we need to have policy that allows those gifts to shine and that allows people to thrive, and that we need to value the dignity of every person," Gordon said. 

The Department of Homeland Security has special guidelines for dealing with "sensitive places," which includes places of worship. Officials need "exigent circumstances" or church approval to detain someone at the church, according to the DHS website.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Southern Boone School District leaders are trying to crack down on outstanding lunch debts. The school board will... More >>
17 minutes ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 3:14:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – MU curators are concerned about finances for plant facility growth. The UM Board of Curators met on... More >>
29 minutes ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 3:02:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Crisis training for emergency dispatchers began Thursday at the Boone County Sheriff's Department. The training was focused... More >>
41 minutes ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 2:50:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department was clearing the scene at Bethel Street where officers had earlier reported a possible... More >>
44 minutes ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 2:47:00 PM CDT in News
NIXA (AP) — After years of delays, construction has begun on what will be the largest solar farm in Missouri.... More >>
1 hour ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 2:25:32 PM CDT in News
BOONVILLE – From the color, to the size, to the personality, everything is right about Jake. The supervisor at... More >>
1 hour ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:59:58 PM CDT in News
TROY (AP) — A former easte rn Missouri elementary school principal has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for... More >>
1 hour ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:46:13 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Friendly fire is blamed in the injury to a St. Louis police officer. Officers were... More >>
2 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:13:39 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say one man has been killed and another wounded in a St. Louis shooting. ... More >>
2 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:09:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities say a postal employee from Kansas City has pleaded guilty to stealing mail. The... More >>
2 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:07:40 PM CDT in News
NETTLETON (AP) — A new MFA Inc. grain-handling facility has opened in northwest Missouri, ending a five-year effort to find... More >>
2 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:37:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City man is charged with giving a 7-year-old a pack of gum to pose... More >>
3 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:42:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The woman who dissappeared in Camden County is in custody on Thursday of the Leclede County Jail for... More >>
3 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:38:56 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A former Missouri church youth leader has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for... More >>
4 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:15:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — A Boone County man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly trying to meet an underage girl for sex. ... More >>
4 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:48:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge in St. Louis is set to hear an update on the progress Ferguson,... More >>
9 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:20:46 AM CDT in News
Update: Ms. Rogers has been located and is safe. LEBANON - The ex-husband of a missing woman was briefly... More >>
14 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:05:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A new house built by River City Habitat for Humanity is giving Monica Smith and her family... More >>
19 hours ago June 21, 2017 Jun 21, 2017 Wednesday, June 21 2017 Wednesday, June 21, 2017 8:22:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 84°
4pm 86°
5pm 86°
6pm 87°
7pm 86°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:00p
Dr. Phil
4:00p
Jeopardy!
4:30p
Jeopardy!
3:00p
The Robert Irvine Show
4:00p
Cops Reloaded
4:30p
The Cleveland Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Hollywood Game Night
8:00p
The Wall
9:00p
The Night Shift
7:00p
Supernatural
8:00p
Supernatural
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld