This space is for all people of faith and good will in the St. Louis area and beyond, who are working on, talking about, curious, interested, confused, determined, experts - all wanting to know what "sanctuary" is, what it could and does look like in our city and state, and how we can help migrants, immigrants, refugees and other marginalized communities among us.
Many individuals, organizations, congregations, businesses, schools and denominations in the Greater St. Louis area are already working on, talking about, preparing for, planning, inquiring, and ready to take action related to sanctuary. We know that "sanctuary" today takes many forms and means meany different things, but all seek to promote values such as welcoming, compassion, understanding, respect and dignity.
Given recent policy changes and campaign promises of the new administration, we recognize the growing need to align our efforts in order that we can all be most successful in building the kinds of changes we hope to see in our community. Will you come to the table, join the conversation, share your ideas and expertise, ask for support, and help move these powerful ideas forward?
Come, inform those of us that want to help; educate those of us that need to learn; speak to those of us that need to listen. Come learn with us, listen with us and take action in St. Louis together.
In 2017, the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA) will convene several community meetings and begin to build the tools necessary to keep our communication open and our community informed. Meeting times, locations and dates will vary; we will also look to host city-wide conference calls as necessary (details pending).
This is a space for coalition-building that we are eager to provide. Additional online tools to facilitate communication and resource-sharing coming soon! We welcome your leadership, skills and ideas. Please contact Sara John with questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).