Northwoods as a Sanctuary Church

Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church of The Woodlands has become a Sanctuary Church, joining some eight hundred churches across the nation in affirming the inherent dignity and worth of all people. The Northwoods congregation approved the move at its May 19, 2019 Annual Meeting and held a press conference to make the announcement.

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.

Since declaring Sanctuary we have received an inspiring amount of support from the community. If you have questions about what it means to be a Sanctuary Church, click here.

If you are interested in joining this effort please contact Greg McDonell  ([email protected]).