Among the actions taken at the Greater Milwaukee Synod Assembly in Pewaukee June 1-3 were the passage of a motion urging congregations of the synod to provide sanctuary for immigrants:
RESOLVED, that the Greater Milwaukee Synod encourages its congregations to become more familiar with the resources of the New Sanctuary Movement and the ELCA’s AMMPARO initiative and to consider supporting the movement to provide sanctuary for immigrants in one of the following ways:
1. Sanctuary congregations: providing physical sanctuary (housing, financial, and legal assistance) to undocumented immigrants requesting their help
2. Sanctuary-supporting congregations: providing financial and other material support to sanctuary congregations
3. Welcoming congregations: making a public declaration of welcome to all immigrants and refugees, and be it further
RESOLVED, that the Greater Milwaukee Synod bishop continue speaking out in support of immigrants and refugees, boldly speaking the truth of the biblical commands of welcome and radical hospitality.
Other resolutions approved by the assembly encourage congregations to engage in prison reform and reentry initiatives being carried out by Racine Interfaith Coalition (RIC) and other congregation-based justice advocacy groups; and marked the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 Housing Marches in Milwaukee.
Former Racine Pastor Elias Nasari brought greetings from our sister diocese of Meru in Tanzania as that diocese’s newly elected Bishop. Pastor Steve Wohlfeil was recognized for 40 years in the ordained ministry.
Voting members from Emaus ELCA included our Pastor Gabriel Marcano. Rich Benson and Carlos Gonzalez also attended the assembly as voting members.
The Synod overview of the assembly is here.