Sanctuary Press Release

Montgomery County Church Declares Sanctuary
Church to offer sanctuary for asylum seekers

(The Woodlands, Texas, August 6, 2019) – Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church
of The Woodlands will become a Sanctuary Church, joining some eight hundred
churches across the nation. The congregation approved the move at its May 19 Annual

An estimated 500,000 plus undocumented persons live in the greater Houston area.
Northwoods’ minister, Rev. Sarah Prickett, said, “Our church draws upon the words of
holy writings that speak about how a faith community, welcomes the stranger in its
midst.” The church emphasized it will act in plain sight in giving sanctuary to someone
who, if deported, will likely face persecution or even death.

The Sanctuary Movement is a growing movement of faith and immigrant communities
protecting and standing with immigrants facing deportation. Members pledge to protect
immigrant families who face unjust deportation. Northwoods Unitarian Universalist
Church joins the many religious leaders, congregations, and faith-based organizations
of all denominations who are part of the Movement.

The congregation was organized in 1975 and formally accepted into the Unitarian
Universalist Association in June 1978.

Date(s) - Aug 6, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sanctuary - Northwoods UU Church