Sanctuary at All Saints Church


What is Sanctuary?

Sanctuary has been part of many cultures since ancient times and across many cultures: ancient Israel, Greece and Rome, and Medieval Europe. Many Christian churches, going back centuries, have had prominent red doors, which traditionally indicated a place of sanctuary, refuge, and safety. In recent decades, there has been a small but powerful Sanctuary movement in the United States, engaged in the work for immigration rights. There has been renewed engagement in this movement in the past few years.

Basically, Sanctuary is allowing someone to take refuge in a house of worship, so they may find a temporary reprieve from deportation. It is giving them a place of safety as they continue to seek justice.

Why Sanctuary at All Saints?

Both Jewish and Christian traditions believe that all humans are made in the image of God, and we are called to care for the poor, the oppressed, and the stranger in our land. Jesus taught that in showing compassion and in welcoming the stranger, the homeless, and those in need, we are caring for Christ.

In our Baptismal Vows, we promise to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves,” and to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” (Book of Common Prayer, page 305). Simply put, offering Sanctuary is following the way of Jesus.

If you are interested in signing up as a volunteer to support Sanctuary at All Saints, please go to our online Volunteer Form.

See our Sanctuary FAQ

We invite you to learn more by visiting SLC Sanctuary Network and Sanctuary Movement