June 10th we have a big congregational meeting. The agenda is as follows:
1. Vote on elected positions
Candidates running for open positions:
Asst Moderator - Chris Monk
Board Member - Liaison for Congregational Life - Ann-Marie Roberts
Nominating Committee - Dahna Loeding
Nominating Committee - Edie Robbins
Candidates running for another term:
Board Member - Liaison for Operations and Finance - John Straw
Board Member - Liaison for Social Justice - Rayna Bick
Board Member -Liaison for Worship/Faith Development - Sue Owen-Kinsey
Treasurer - David Hurt
Nominating Committee - Cathy Frazee
2. Vote by ballot on Second Sunday Donations (Preview in Social Justice Update June 2018)
3. Vote on Budget
4. New Sanctuary Movement Pledge Vote on Congregational Stance
This is the language that will be put forth to the congregation to vote on. Taking a congregational stance will allow our spokes person(s) to make a statement about immigration to the public among other benefits. A town hall meeting was held on May 20th, 2018 to discuss this language.
New Sanctuary Movement Pledge
The New Sanctuary Movement is a coalition of interfaith religious leaders and participating congregations, called by our faith to respond actively and publicly to the suffering of our immigrant brothers and sisters residing in the United States.
We acknowledge that the large-scale immigration of workers and their families to the United States is a complex historical, global and economic phenomenon that has many causes and does not lend itself to simplistic or purely reactive public policy solutions.
We stand together in our faith that everyone, regardless of national origin, has basic common rights, including but not limited to: 1) livelihood; 2) family unity; and 3) physical and emotional safety. We witness the violation of these rights under current immigration policy, particularly in the separation of children from their parents due to unjust deportations, and in the exploitation of immigrant workers. We are deeply grieved by the violence done to families through immigration raids. We cannot in good conscience ignore such suffering and injustice.
Therefore, We Covenant To:
• Take a public, moral stand for immigrants’ rights
• Reveal, through education and advocacy, the actual suffering of immigrant workers and families under current and proposed legislation
• Protect immigrants against hate, workplace discrimination, and unjust deportation.