Interfaith Immigration Statement on Solidarity and Sanctuary

“Love the stranger as yourself.” (Leviticus 19:34)


As faith leaders and congregations of the Roaring Fork Valley, we stand together in affirming our

solidarity with our immigrant congregants, neighbors and community members. Immigrants have

always faced many challenges, and we recognize increased anxiety and fear among our

immigrant sisters and brothers because of a recent rise in strong antiimmigrant

sentiments and threats of mass deportations. We affirm our vigilance around the issues facing our immigrant

neighbors. In solidarity with our immigrant families and other allies we are working to develop

an action plan that includes:


We call on our counties, cities, towns and schools to support our immigrant families. We support

local law enforcement and school officials in doing their jobs—protecting public safety and

teaching our children—rather than detaining and deporting immigrants.

We are committed to working with a wide variety of community partners, from those who work

with immigrant families to those who employ immigrants, so we can listen to and support our

immigrant families as valuable members of our community. Examples of these community

partners include: Access†AfterSchool¨†Aspen†Skiing†Company¨†Aspen†Community†Foundation¨




We are proud that the state of Colorado is one of the safest states for immigrants to settle in. In

Colorado immigrants are afforded the right to hold a driver’s license and to go to college without

regard to their legal status.


As representatives of religious institutions with unique resources and deep moral values, we will

explore the creation of one or more sanctuaries here in the Roaring Fork Valley. We aim to do so

in advance of any changes in federal law or ICE enforcement priorities so our immigrant families

don’t have to live in a constant state of fear and uncertainty.



Father Bert Chilson

St. Stephen Catholic Church, Glenwood Springs

Rabbi David Segal

Aspen Jewish Congregation, Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley

Reverend Shawna Foster

Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Church, Carbondale

Brad Walston, Pastor

Basalt/Thomasville Community United Methodist Church

Carbondale Community United Methodist Church

The Reverend E. Wendy Huber, Rector & The Vestry on behalf of

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Glenwood Springs

John Bruna and Laura Bartels on behalf of

Way of Compassion Dharma Center, Carbondale

Reverend Nicholas Vesey, Minister

Aspen Chapel

Father Rick Nakvasil, Pastor

St. Vincent (Basalt) and St. Mary of the Crown (Carbondale)

Father Will Fisher

St. Peter’s of the Valley Episcopal Church, Basalt

Rabbi Mendel Mintz

Chabad Jewish Community Center, Aspen

Carolyn H. Manosevitz, Founding Executive Director

The Fund for Interfaith Understanding

Interfaith Immigration Statement on Solidarity and Sanctuary was last modified: February 16th, 2017 by Lindsey Lewis