“I have lived all of my life with violence. My children are the reason I am fighting. I want them to live without all of the suffering I have experienced. Living in the church – this is the first time I can breathe; the first time I can sleep; the first time I have not felt afraid.” – María Chavalan Sut
“Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church is proud to offer sanctuary to María, and we consider her a member of our faith community. We join in her cry for justice. We implore any and all necessary authorities to intervene so that María can be free! We do this because María is a child of God, imbued with dignity by her Creator. Offering sanctuary to her is not a political act; it is an act of faith. In Christ, there is no such thing as citizenship, borders, or political parties. Christians have been offering Sanctuary for thousands of years. As United Methodists, our social principles “urge the Church and society to recognize the gifts, contributions, and struggles of those who are immigrants and to advocate for justice for all.” We are here and will be here for María until she is free.” — Rev. Isaac Collins, Wesley Memorial UMC.
Specific ways that you can help:
Visit this google form to sign up for ways you can help! Included are accompaniment (providing presence and security within the church), fund raising, grocery shopping, health care, hospitality needs, interpretation/translation, and media/communications.
WPC members interested in accompaniment, please contact Gene Locke, , or Gail Wiley, . We plan to have a brief training after the 11:00 service in the coming weeks.
Groceries, shopping, hospitality, please contact Irene Townsend,
Support Maria in using her skills to contribute to sanctuary expenses:
- Tailoring and alterations: Your request will be translated and pricing & timing information will be sent back to you. If you would like to contribute fabric and sewing accessories, contact & she will pick them up after 12/1.
- Cooking/catering: contact Irene Townsend, or email your request, .
Write a check; Memo: Maria… to Wesley Memorial UMC, 1901 Thomson Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Help tell Maria’s story: LIKE the Facebook page: Hands Off Maria!