Submitted on behalf of the Sanctuary Task Force by
Elders Jim Holcomb and Tom Daft.
It’s been a little over a month since Pastor Scott sent a letter informing the congregation that the Session approved the formation of a task force to study the question of whether Westminster should participate in the sanctuary movement and, if so, what level of involvement would be appropriate. One of the expectations established for the task force was that it would keep the congregation and the session well-informed throughout the process. This is the first formal update to the congregation.
The task force has been meeting regularly since its formation to pray, study, discuss and plan. To assist in our understanding of these complex issues, the task force has created small groups to focus on the various areas that need to be considered including: logistics, legal, communications, policies and sustainability. The task force envisions a multiple month process to thoroughly investigate each area, receive congregation feedback and prepare a recommendation. Task force members will also be reaching out to church committees and groups to share information and receive feedback.
A great deal of information is being collected, reviewed by the task force and posted to the Westminster website. We invite the congregation to learn along with us by visiting the Westminster website and reviewing the immigration and sanctuary resource information at: www.westpres.org/immigration. Information on immigration and sanctuary will also be shared during after church programs on Sundays and in small group study opportunities.
Please pray for the task force as it goes forward, that we are able to listen for and hear God’s plan for our congregation.