UU. It’s not a racial or ethnic slur, but with the mood of this country turning more and more towards hatred, I sometimes feel that if I speak my values, dirty, heartless, disparaging, abusive epithets will rain down upon me. Worse, I might get slugged across the jaw, clubbed with a baseball bat, my garage door spray-painted with ugly words. I long for the safety of a secure place. And then I understand, just a little, how it must feel to be an undocumented immigrant in Donald Trump’s America.
But there is another America, It is an America that respects the inherent worth and dignity of every person even if she doesn’t have a green card, where UU congregations open their doors as sanctuaries, places of safety until the madness subsides. Forty-four UU congregations have already declared themselves to be sanctuaries. In our town, the Columbia Jewish Congregation has also declared itself a sanctuary. Will we open our doors to those most at risk during this humanitarian crisis? We’ll decide at our annual meeting, June 4.
We have begun to talk about it. We’ve contacted our insurance company. We’ve contacted an immigration attorney. We’ve talked with Rabbi Sonya Starr of the Columbia Jewish Congregation. We’ve contacted All Souls UU Church in D.C., a pledged sanctuary. We’ve contacted the UUA. Our OBIC partner, Christ United Methodist Church is talking about it, too.
We’ve got questions. You probably have questions, too. Ask them. Join the conversation. We expect to have several forums and meetings in April and May.
Contact Jim Caldiero at firstname.lastname@example.org.