Resolution 17-05: A Sanctuary Diocese
Resolved, that this 44th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego declares the Diocese of San Diego to be a Sanctuary Diocese; and be it further
Resolved, that the Diocese of San Diego, as people of faith and people of conscience, pledges to resist efforts to target and deport millions of undocumented immigrants, and to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has granted temporary relief for thousands of young people in our communities and families; and be it further
Resolved, that the congregations and institutions of the Diocese of San Diego consider becoming Sanctuary Congregations and Institutions, serving as places of welcome, refuge, healing, and other forms of material and pastoral support for those targeted by hate due to immigration status or some perceived status of difference, and that we work alongside our friends, families, and neighbors to ensure the dignity and human rights of all people; and be it further
Resolved, that the Diocese of San Diego connect with other local and national sanctuary communities and institutions, immigrant rights groups and coalitions, and engage in educating, organizing, advocacy, and direct action, and other methods as deemed appropriate in each context, to ensure the safety and security of the undocumented community; and be it further
Resolved, that the Diocese of San Diego assist in equipping congregations, clergy and lay leaders to engage in such work, appropriate to local contexts, capacity, and discernment.