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Shared Sanctuary Ministry Fund - Call for Contributions

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ESTHER is pleased to bring attention to a recent letter from two ESTHER member congregations: The Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the Winnebago Worship Group, Religious Society of Friends (Quaker). These congregations have been leaders in supporting immigrants in our community who are threatened with deportation, and both have gone on record in declaring that they will house those threatened with deportation should the need arise. Their letter says, in part:

The Winnebago Worship Group, Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) and the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship are the two congregations in the Fox Cities that have declared themselves to be Sanctuary Congregations. While no individuals are currently living in sanctuary, many in our community are relying on us to provide support in other ways. Members of our congregations and of the greater community have been supporting our immigrant neighbors by giving rides to those attending immigration hearings in Milwaukee and Chicago, showing up in the wake of immigration raids, and providing financial support for legal services and a range of household needs. We are running out of money to do this critical work.

You can read the full letter here. It includes information about how to make a financial contribution to the Shared Sanctuary Ministry Fund that the congregations pledge to use “solely for the work of providing for the needs of our immigrant neighbors as those needs arise.”

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