“We are approaching it both as an act of faith and as an act of faithful resistance,” said the Rev. Abhi Janamanchi, senior minister at the church. “In the face of hatred, we feel compelled to show faith, love and hospitality. It is not only a religious imperative. We are living out the ideal and the idea that is America.”
The Rev. Mansfield Kaseman, the interfaith community liaison for the Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships, noted the season the sanctuary was provided.
“We know our own humanity is inextricably connected with those who, like the holy family during the Christmas season we celebrate, deserve shelter and the protection and the welcome of being at home,” he said.