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ELCA declares self a ‘sanctuary church body,’ marches to ICE building in Milwaukee

posted on August 9, 2019

Religion News Service’s Emily McFarlan Miller reports that one of the nation’s largest Protestant denominations has declared itself a “sanctuary church body” in support of immigrants and refugees. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has 3.3 million baptized members, and the resolution was passed during a denominational meeting in Milwaukee this week. Members of the denomination also marched to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement building and held a prayer vigil for migrant children and their families. Miller writes, “Both came in response to President Trump’s policies at the United States border with Mexico and his pledge to deport millions.”

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