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The UUAA has taken the following steps to prepare for becoming a Sanctuary Congregation:

  1. The UUAA Board of Trustees voted last March to support UUAA becoming a sanctuary congregation and to bring the resolution for UUAA to become a host congregation to a vote of the entire congregation.
  2. Working with Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary. The UUAA Immigration Action Coalition (IAC) together with WICIR (Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights) and ICPJ (Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice) formed Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary last January. WCS is an interfaith coalition pledged to support any congregation in Washtenaw County who takes in a sanctuary guest. UUAA members Cheryl Valentine, Ruth Cassidy, and Melanie Hagen are on the WCS Steering Committee. (
  3. Educating ourselves and others. The IAC has spearheaded the efforts for UUAA to become a sanctuary congregation offering twenty educational opportunities in the past two years for our congregants to learn about immigration and sanctuary well as flyers, recordings and informational handouts.
  4. Exploring impacts of sanctuary on UUAA. The UUAA Sanctuary Task Force (Rev. Doug, Rev. Lindasusan, Ed Lynn, Debby Casamatta, Laura Bolletino, and Cheryl Valentine) has researched liability, legal and financial issues, located a workable and welcoming space (the Marley Room), talked with other sanctuary congregations, and discussed sanctuary with our UUAA staff.
  5. Preparing for emergencies. The Sanctuary Task Force has prepared an emergency protocol so staff, volunteers, and sanctuary guests will know just what to do in case of an emergency.

UUAA Sanctuary Resolution

(A Vote of UUAA members will be held October 22, 2017 following 2nd service.)

We, the members of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, believing in the worth and dignity of every person and the importance of compassion in human interactions, do hereby resolve to become a Sanctuary Congregation. 

We are ready and willing to physically host an individual or family in imminent danger of unjust detainment and deportation until their legal options are carried out.

We will not do this work alone. We will join congregations across the country that have declared themselves Sanctuary Congregations, and will work with local congregations through Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary to support, advocate for, and contribute to the safety and well-being of individuals or families in Washtenaw County who are invited into sanctuary.