Tools & Resources

February 12, 2019

The Honorable Tim Kaine
Russell Senate Office Building
231 Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Mark Warner
703 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senators Kaine and Warner,

As clergy leaders within the metropolitan D.C. area and members of Faith in Action- DMV Sanctuary Congregations Network we petition you to provide vital leadership and assistance to Rosa Gutierrez Lopez, a resident of Fredericksburg, Virginia and your constituent, who has recently taken sanctuary at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

Our network represents over 60 congregations reaching tens of thousands of constituents within the region who are committed to providing solidarity with immigrant neighbors, friends, and families who fear being detained, deported, or profiled.  Although we come from various faith traditions, collectively, we are called by the sacred texts of our faiths which urge us to love our neighbors and to deeply value family unity, and challenge injustice.

We wish to express our deep concern about the potential for Rosa to be separated from her three, U.S. citizen children, and forced to return to danger and instability in her home country of El Salvador. She should not be a priority for deportation. Rosa is the sole caretaker of her children, the youngest of whom has Down Syndrome and a host of other serious health concerns. All of his doctors are here, some of whom have written to elected officials on Rosa’s behalf urging them to allow her to remain in the country for her children’s sake. Rosa is a 13-year resident of Virginia and is a caring and responsible member of our community. Rosa was granted Deferred Action twice by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

We know that there are thousands of immigration cases out there that deserve the same support and attention we are seeking for Rosa, and that no one has enough time to address each one. However, since Rosa has taken public sanctuary and her story has been covered by large media outlets (The Washington Post, NPR, etc.), her case presents an incredible opportunity for you to take a stand in support of immigrant families in Virginia. In a time when our current administration is separating thousands of children from their parents and jailing them as a deterrence to stop immigration, we need our senators from Virginia to reject the bait from a president who makes false claims about violence at the border and demonizes immigrants, regardless of status, at every opportunity.

Will you stand with Rosa and her family? Here is how you can help:

  • Work with Rosa’s legal team to file the stay of removal.
  • Call the director of ICE in Virginia and speak with her about the case and ask for a stay.
  • Meet with Rosa and her children.
  • Join a vigil or public action to show support for Rosa.
  • Write an OpEd in support of Rosa.

Again, we urge you to employ the greatest abilities of yourselves and your office to protect Rosa from deportation. Her children and her community need her!  We sincerely believe that publicly demonstrating your support for Rosa’s freedom will go a long way to create a more unified Virginia.

In Faith,

Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church


Rev. Katie Romano Griffin, Minister

Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church


Rev. Alexis Kassim

Little River UCC


Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church


Rev. Julio Hernandez, Director of Family Ministries

Christ Crossman UMC


Sister Ann Scholz

Leadership Conference of Women Religious


Sister Patricia McDermott, President

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas


Jean Stokan, Justice Team Coordinator

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas


Pastor Byron Tyler Coles

Unitarian Universalist


Senior Rabbi Jonathan Roos

Temple Sinai of Washington, DC


Rev. David Miller, Senior Minister

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax


Rabbi Jeffrey Saxe

Temple Rodef Shalom


Reverend Cynthia Lapp

Hyattsville Mennonite Church


Rabbi Amy Schwartzman

Temple Rodef Shalom


Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein

Temple Rodef Shalom


Rev. Stephen Price

First Baptist Church of Hyattsville


Rev. Amanda Poppei, Senior Leader

Washington Ethical Society


Pastor Ellen Jennings

Cleveland Park Congregational UCC


Associate Pastor Michelle Burkholdet

Hyattsville Mennonite Church


Rev. Kim McDowell

Church of the Brethren, University Park


Rev. Maria Swearingen

Calvary Baptist Church


Rev. Rachel Christensen, Minister

Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church


Rev. Megan Foley

Central East Region, Unitarian Universalist Association


Sr. Marie Lucey, Associate Director

Franciscan Action Network


Mr. Jason Miller

Franciscan Action Network


Imam Ali Siddiqui

Muslim Institute – Interfaith Studies & Understanding


Sister Patricia Chappell, Executive Director

Pax Christi USA


Scott Wright, Director

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach


Rev. Julia Jarvis

United Church of Christ Minister


Rev. Dr. Terence Ellen

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Greater Cumberland


Eli McCarthy, Director of Justice and Peace

Conference of Superiors of Men (Catholic) / St. Camillus Parish


Pastor Emeritus Jerrold Foltz

Wellspring United Church of Christ


Rev. Laura Martin

Rock Spring UCC


Senior Pastor Kathryn Nystrand Dwyer

Rock Spring Congregational UCC


Acting Associate Conference Minister Alexander Vishio

Central Atlantic Conference – United Church of Christ


Pastor Sherri Wood-Powe



Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director

Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


Rev. Barbara Gerlach

First Congregational United Church of Christ – DC


Rev. Chaim Rodriguez

Iglesia Cristiana Nacional (Discípulos de Cristo)


Rev. Dr. J. Michael McMahon

National City Christian Church


Dr. Robert W. Perry

North Chevy Chase Christian Church


Minister Norman Allen

Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church


Rev. Nathan Hill

University Christian Church


Regional Minister Allen V. Harris

Christian Church Capital Area / Shepherd Park Christian Church


The Reverend Charlotte Lehmann

Bull Run Unitarian Universalist


Rabbi Dr. Charles L Arian


Rev. Lyn Cox, Interim Minister

Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring


Rev. Dr. Woodrow Rea, Senior Minister

The Inter-Faith Chapel


Rev. Robert Hardies

All Souls Church


Seminarian Peter Schmitt

All Saints Episcopal/Frederick


Linda Miller

All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Frederick, MD


Rev. Betsy Hague

St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church


Mary E. Hunt

Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER)


Merikay Smith, Interfaith Outreach

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kentlands Ward


Pastor Valerie Showalter

Shalom Mennonite Congregation


Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner, Minister

Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston


The Rev. Stuart E. Schadt, Rector

Trinity Episcopal Church, Manassas, Va


Rev. M. Logan

Brethren, Cross Keys


Rev. Sarabeth Goodwin

Episcopal Diocese of Washington / St. Mary Magdalene


Rabbi Gerald Serotta


Rabbi Charles Feinberg

Interfaith Action for Human Rights


Rabbi Deborah B Cohen

Beth Chai


The Rev. Linda M Kaufman

St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church


Reverend Grace Cangialosi

Grace Church, Stanardsville, VA


The Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles

Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, Burke, VA


Rev. Charles Booker

Bethesda Presbyterian Church


Minister Alexa Fraser

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling


Rabbi Gilah Langner

Kol Ami: the Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Jewish Community


Rev. Rebekah A. Savage

UU Congregation of Rockville, MD


Ellen Nelson

St Augustine


Jeffrey E Rhodes, Member

Wellspring UCC


Co-director Diann L Neu



Rabbi Aaron Potek


Rev. Dr. Leah Grundset Davis

Ravensworth Baptist Church, Annandale, Va.


Rev. Dr. Eliezer Valentin-Castanon, Senior Pastor

Trinity UMC


Sandra Ovalle, Immigration Campaign Coordinator



Rabbi Lia Bass

Congregation Etz Hayim


Rabbi Emerita Rosalind A. Gold

Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation


Rev. Giovanni Arroyo



Rabbi Rain

Jewish Renewal


Rev. Heather Olson

Lisbon UMC


Rabbi Shira Stutman

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue


Pastoral Associate /Priest Nancy Steakley Hildebrand

Church of the Ascension, Gaithersburg, MD


Rev Michele Hagans

Episcopal Diocese of Washington


The Reverend Ann Moczydlowski

Transfiguration Parish (Episcopal), Silver Spring


Rev. Dr. Peter Antoci

Episcopal Church


Rabbi Hannah Goldstein

Temple Sinai


Pastor Beth OMalley

Columbia United Christian Church


Reverend Otto H. Hentz, SJ

Jesuit Community, Georgetown University


Rabbi Derek Rosenbaum, Teacher

Charles E Smith Jewish Day School


Rev. Dr. Cheryl L. Tatham

North Chevy Chase Christian Church


Pastor Rev. Jennifer Wilder

Broadview Community United Church of Christ


Rev. Dr. Christopher L. Zacharias

John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church


Rev. Frederick A. Wenner, Pastor Emeritus

Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ, Frederick, Maryland


Father Jacek Orzechowski

Roman Catholic/ Franciscans


Minister of Pastoral Care Rebecca Parker

All Souls Church, Unitarian, Washington DC


Rev. David Hollenbach

Georgetown University / Holy Trinity Church


Rev. Mark Granfors-Hunt

Wellspring United Church of Christ


Dr. Anthony Hunt, Senior Pastor

Epworth Chapel, Baltimore


Assistant Rector Scott Lipscomb

St. Mark’s, Capitol Hill


Dr. Pippin Whitaker, Ministerial Intern

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax


Rev. Charlene Belsom Zellmer

DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network


Terri Murphy, Director of Christian Formation

Ascension Episcopal Church, Silver Spring, MD


Pastor Philip Curran

Columbia United Christian Church


Reverend Cynthia G Mason

Columbia United Christian Church


Ms Carmen Catrera

All Souls Unitarian Universalist


Reverend Yolanda Pupo-Ortiz

Epworth United Methodist Church


The Reverend Peter Jarrett-Schel

Calvary Episcopal Church


Ms Joey Hoffman, CS, Practitioner and Healer

Christian Science Society of Frederick, MD


The Rev. Emily Guthrie

Christ Church Parish Kensington


Rev. Julie Wilson

United Methodist Church


The Rev. Alex Dyer, Priest in Charge

St. Thomas Parish, Dupont Circle


Rev. Ben Roberts

Foundry UMC


Louisa Potts, Teacher

All Saints’ Episcopal Church


Dr. Kathleen Kenney

St. Anne’s Catholic Church


Rev. Ken Brooker-Langston

Michigan Park Christian Church


Rev. Steven Baines

National City Christian Church


Bro. Brian McLauchlin

Divine Word Missionaries


Rabbi Rami Schwartzer, Community Outreach Rabbi, Arlington

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism


Rev. Karen Mann

Sojourners UCC


The Rev Susan K Walker

St Stephen and the Incarnation


Rev. Dr. Susan A Minasian

Sojourners United Church of Christ


The Rev. Richard Mosson Weinberg, Associate Rector

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, DC


Rev. Amanda Beresford

Sojourners, UCC


Reverend Iris M. Osorio

Iglesia del Nazareno, Fredericksburg


Reverend Walter R. Cruz

Iglesia del Nazareno, Fredericksburg


Sr. Aine O’Connor, Councilor, Institute Leadership Team

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas


Rev. Dr. Gayle Fisher-Stewart

Calvary Episcopal Church


Reverend Scott Hirano, Chaplain

Innovage PACE Blue Ridge


Rabbi Esther Lederman

Temple Micah


Reverend Laura Divers

United Church of Christ


Rev. Seth Wispelwey, Directing Minister

Restoration Village Arts/United Church of Christ

(Congregation and Institution names are for identification purposes only)