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Give me shelter

How my congregation in Austin, Texas, decided to give sanctuary to an LGBT activist facing deportation.

The Rev. Meg Barnhouse, Sulma Franco, the Rev. Chris Jimmerson celebrate after Franco was allowed to stay in the U.S., ending her sanctuary stay at First UU Church of Austin

The Rev. Meg Barnhouse (left) and the Rev. Chris Jimmerson (right) celebrate the government’s decision to allow Sulma Franco (center) to remain in the United States. Franco spent months in their UU church seeking sanctuary from deporation. (© Cristina Parker, Grassroots Leadership)