FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE INPUT ON SANCTUARY STATE SUPPORT
What to do and when?
Before July 12, We are asking all St. John’s members to familiarize yourselves with the proposals of the Minnesota Sanctuary State Coalition and provide your input to Wardens Stacy Walters, Mark Lindberg, Deacon Rex McKee or Rector Lisa Wiens Heinsohn. This information has been in the weekly e-news for more than a month, and it is now time for St. John’s to make a decision on this subject.
What is being decided?
Our vestry is deciding whether St. John’s will join the Minnesota Sanctuary State coalition of faith communities urging the Minnesota Congress to make Minnesota a Sanctuary State. Our Deacon Rex McKee is the co-chair of this coalition, which has the support of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. The sanctuary movement in many forms has long been supported by the national Episcopal Church as well.
What does this mean in general and for St. John’s?
In general, making Minnesota a Sanctuary State would mean passing legislation that prohibits state and local governments from using resources, personnel or information to collaborate with ICE, as is further described in the MSSC Position Paper. For St. John ‘s, it would mean signing our name to the coalition that supports this, and asking at least one person from St John’s to be involved in the coalition. That person is already Rex McKee, our deacon. This would not mean that St. John’s would house undocumented persons or that individual St. John’s members would be asked to engage in civil disobedience.