Why Sanctuary at Saint Mark's?
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. —John 13:34
In Christ’s church, all are welcome, but it’s not just in church – it is in our common life. Saint Mark’s stands in solidarity with all our neighbors, especially immigrants who are living in fear in these fraught times. Sanctuary at Saint Mark’s Cathedral is an outgrowth of our 2016 Statement of Commitment and Action, our response to the climate of increasing division and violence in our nation. Fundamental in the life of a Christian community, we take a stand to “welcome the stranger, as our Scriptures instruct.”
In living into that call as a Sanctuary Hub, we are in relationship with Casa Latina, a leading immigrant worker rights organization and community hub in Seattle, with Saint Mark’s Safe Space a place for building relationship and a harbor in times of trouble – and Casa Latina a teacher and gatherer for Saint Mark’s to share in their efforts supporting families and promoting policies. And we stand as Sanctuary because we are all equally beloved of God. For nearly three years, our dear friend Jaime Rubio lived in Sanctuary at Saint Mark’s Cathedral as he sought a legal remedy to keep his family together in the midst our nation’s unjust legal tangle and the restriction to liberty it entails. He was finally able to leave the cathedral campus at the beginning of 2022 when his case was reopened. (Read more about his story here, or watch a video of Jaime telling his story in his own words here.)
You are welcome to join us. If you have questions about this ministry or are interested in becoming involved, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The best way to stay informed and active is to be on the mailing lists of the organizations who are at the forefront. These local groups include work on both direct service and policy change:
Casa Latina is an immigrant workers rights organization in Seattle that empowers low-wage Latino immigrants to move from economic insecurity to economic prosperity and to lift their voices to take action around public policy issues that affect them.
The Church Council of Greater Seattle is an ecumenical nonprofit focusing on organizing faith communities around various social justice issues. One of their focus areas is immigrant and refugee accompaniment. Visit their website for details on their work, resources, and contact information.
The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network is a Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights organizations and individuals that strive to protect, serve and strengthen support capacity and resources to build power and a united voice in Washington.
OneAmerica is the largest immigrant and refugee advocacy organization in Washington State, organizing with and advocating for diverse communities including Latinx, African, and Asian. Initially named Hate Free Zone, OneAmerica was founded immediately after September 11, 2001 to address the backlash, hate crimes, and discrimination against immigrant communities of color, primarily Muslims, Arab Americans, East Africans, and South Asians.
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.
El Centro de la Raza strives to use social, cultural, educational, economic and civic activities as vehicles to bring together peoples of all races and refuses to separate our nation’s economic model form the historic tragedy of racism, poverty, and war.
Faith Action Network (FAN) is an interfaith statewide partnership striving for a just, compassionate, and sustainable world through community building, education, and courageous public action. Their legislative agenda and action includes protecting immigrant families in our state.
Organizations in relationship at the Border at Brownsville, TX / Matamoros, Mexico:
Team Brownsville: https://www.teambrownsville.org/
Angry Tias & Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley: https://www.angrytiasandabuelas.com/mission-index-impact
Catholic Charities Respite Center - McAllen, TX: https://www.catholiccharitiesrgv.org/HumanitarianRespiteCenter.shtml
...in El Paso / Ciudad Juárez:
Annunciation House: https://annunciationhouse.org/
Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center: https://las-americas.org/
Want to know more? Read:
Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas
Separated: Inside an American Tragedy by Jacob Soboroff