Gethsemane Lutheran Church

Downtown Seattle

Sanctuary

In building a sanctuary network, we are working as faith communities and individuals to create a space of safety and respect while together we confront injustices within the immigration system. This website lifts up concerns and provides resources to amplify prophetic voices advocating for justice in downtown Seattle.

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Sanctuary

6/28/18

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On June 28,2018, a network welcomed Jose Robles into sanctuary at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. In this work of hospitality, Gethsemane is assisted by many congregations and individuals forming a network of support and advocacy; among them:

The Church Council of Greater Seattle |  Plymouth Church UCC  |  All Pilgrims Christian Church  |  Seattle First Baptist Church  |  First Covenant Church  |  St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral  |  St. John United Lutheran Church  |  Immanuel Lutheran Church

And University-District Rapid Response Hub -- a collective of 8 congregations working together, and in solidarity with immigrants, for love and justice --Congregation Beth Shalom  |  Temple Beth Am  |   University Christian Church  |  University Congregational United Church of Christ  |  University Lutheran Church  |  University Temple United Methodist Church | University Unitarian Church |  Wallingford United Methodist Church

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4/09/17

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On Sunday, April 9, 2017, following months of study, reflection, prayer, and deliberation, Gethsemane Lutheran Church declared itself a Sanctuary Congregation resolving to protect refugees and undocumented persons who are under the threat of arrest and deportation; offering shelter and a safe place for those escaping persecution; and advocating for just immigration policies. 

 
 
 
We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.
— Pr Dietrich Bonhoeffer
 

In considering these actions, Pastor Joanne Engquist reflects on the witness of Pr Dietrich Bonhoeffer who famously urged, “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.” The offer of sanctuary is an ancient biblical tradition that lives into the biblical instruction: “When immigrants live in your land with you, you must not cheat them. Any immigrant who lives with you must be treated as if they were one of your citizens. You must love them as yourself, because you were immigrants in the land of Egypt; I am the Lordyour God.” (Leviticus 19:33-34, CEB). 

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05/01/17

St. Mark’s Cathedral later hosted “Upholding Sanctuary: Re-Launching the Sanctuary Movement in Washington State” (May 1, 2017) in which community members raised the importance of responding to such a time as this with courageous, faith-based responses in behalf of immigrant neighbors. 

With the Church Council of Greater Seattle and other area agencies, faith communities organized to provide accompaniment of individuals to immigration check-ins and hearings, marched for justice, and learned more about legal rights with regard to interactions with police and ICE officers. 

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