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Her er teksten: Sunday at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, DC. People come from the neighborhood and all over the city to join in the singing of hymns, spiritual contemplation, and solidarity with the church's progressive politics.
With the congregation support, senior minister Robert Hardy's has declared All Souls a sanctuary church. These immigrants in our neighborhood are there are neighbors, there are family members, there are coworkers, there are friends.
And so we want to stand in solidarity with the people that we're close to. All Souls was a sanctuary church in the 1980s for Central Americans fleeing the wars in the region. Today, it's part of a nationwide network opposing the Trump administration's immigration policies.
Sanctuary has a long historical tradition says Bishop Dwayne Royster of the Faithbased Pico Network. This is a part of the American fabric when we feel that their people are being treated unjustly, that faith communities find a way to protect them, shelter them, and offer them hope.
To date, just a handful of people are known to have taken refuge in churches across the country, and none so far at All Souls. But congregants are ready to help. We are working to figure out how do we gather our strengths, our capacities to make this the better world, the world that we want to be, the world that we want to live in.
Volunteers are figuring this out at All Souls training sessions, where scores recently up to attend workshops. What the asks. There they learned how to help the undocumented avoid detention and deportation and also heard messages of hope.
We thank you for the places that you have placed us to allow us to engage in this holy work. Build that wall. But President Trump's supporters are sending a different message. They want his administration to step up deportations of illegal immigrants.
It'll be positive in the long run, although it may be disruptive for some people who are here illegally. And people have to understand we are a nation of laws, and without laws, you have chaos. For now, the Homeland Security Department is following long standing guidelines barring agents from entering churches, schools or hospitals.
Reverend Hardy's hopes this won't change. I think that the religious institutions in America can stand up to the power of the government in this case. And this is the hope for congregants at All Souls Church, that by their actions, there will be a brand new day.
Bill Rogers, VOA News, Washington.