Should Covenant Become a Sanctuary Church?

The information on this page has been compiled by the sanctuary exploration team to help Covenant members learn about the issues involved in deciding whether Covenant should become a sanctuary church and provide shelter for an undocumented immigrant facing the threat of imminent deportation. Covenant members will have the opportunity to give their feedback by February 18, 2018 (by filling out a poll at church on February 18 or by calling the church before then - a copy of the poll can be seen in February's Caravan or if you click here), which will help the session decide whether Covenant should take this action.

If you have questions or concerns about what it would mean for Covenant to be a sanctuary church, please talk to a member of the sanctuary exploration team: Pastor Jeff Fox-Kline, Deb Cohn, Maribeth Gettinger, Polly Guequierre, Nancy Gunder, Ken & Audrey Hindman, Cindy Lovell, Joanne & Don Schalch, Eric Wendorff, or Steve Whayland.

Covenant Information

"Questions & Answers RE: Santuary"

"Sojourners in Faith", Robert F. Patton 1994. Covenant's involvement in the 1980's Sanctuary movement.

"Sanctuary Exploration Team Actions in Historical Context"

Covenant's Insurance Coverage Relative to Being a Sanctuary Church

Living our Faith: The What, Why, Who, Where, How & When of being a Sanctuary Congregation


Presbyterian Church (USA) Information

"Sanctuary: A Discernment Guide for Congregations"

"Stated Clerk Endorses New Resource on Immigration and Sanctuary"


State & Local Information

"The Ties That Bind: DACA Recipients Fear for Themselves --- and Their Families"

2017 Assembly Bill 190

"What Does Faith-Based Dane Sanctuary Coalition Mean for Undocumented Immigrants"

"Dane Sanctuary Coalition Guidelines"

Historian Sergio Gonzalez Discusses the History of the Sanctuary Movement in Wisconsin


Theological & Ethical Issues

Theological reflection by Covenant member Doug Poland

Pastor Jeff's Sermon, "Strangers" "Strangers"

Pastor Adam Hamilton Sermon, "Facing Issues that Divide: Immigrants and the Bible"

"The New Colossus"


Legal Issues

ACLU Legal Sanctuary FAQ

"Sanctuary: Legal Considerations for Faith Communities" audio presentation by Heather E. Kimmel, General Counsel, United Church of Christ

"Welcome and the Law" PC(USA) Legal Memo

Immigration Attorney Matthew Gillhouse Discusses Legal Issues Relevant to Sanctuary

ICE Sensitive Locations Enforcement Policy

2017 Assembly Bill 190: Proposed Sanctions for "Sanctuary Cities"

Immigration & Nationality Act Penalties for Harboring Certain Aliens

U.S. v. Costello {7th Cir. decision defining "harboring" undocumented persons}

ICE Prosecutorial Discretion Memo


General Information & Background

"Christian Century" Article, "Sanctuary Churches, Cities May Face Consequences from Federal Authorities" 4/26/2017

"PBS News Hour" 9/18/2017 story, "How 'Dire' Immigration Court Backlog Affects Lives"

"Sanctuary Non Deportation: A Discernment Guide for Congregations"

"Safe House," Sojourners Magazine, November 2017.

10-Year-Old Immigrant Is Detained After Agents Stop Her on Way to Surgery


Covenant Presbyterian Church
326 South Segoe Road Madison, WI 53705
(corner of Mineral Point & Segoe Roads)
Phone: (608) 233-6297
Fax: (608) 233-6489