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Detroit church doors open for Ded

Albanian couple at Detroit Central Church

“I can now breathe fresh air!” Ded Rranxburgaj declares with joy as he is able to leave Detroit Central United Methodist Church after three and a half years in sanctuary.

Three years and counting in Detroit

Ded Rranxburgaj at a window in Detroit Central UMC.

When he and his wife, Flora, went through the doors into Central United Methodist Church in Detroit in January 2018, little did they know they would still live there three… Continue Reading Three years and counting in Detroit

Ded continues in sanctuary in Detroit

Ded Rranxburgaj in Central UMC

A judge dismissed Ded Rranxburgaj’s suit against the government. The “Let Ded Stay” effort continues in the face of deportation.

They call Detroit Central UMC home

Rev. Jill Hardt Zundel advocating for the Albanian family living at Central UMC in Detroit where she pastors.

When Ded and Flora walked through the doors of Central UMC in Detroit in January 2018, little did they know they would still call the church home 18 months later.

Future uncertain for Liberians in U.S.

Bishop Samuel J. Quire, Jr. preaching

Liberians living in the U.S. fear deportation, but the UMC in Liberia is preparing to welcome its brothers and sisters back home.

Liberians in U.S. anxious

After fleeing war and disease in Africa, Liberians now living in the U.S. fear job loss and deportation.

Ann Arbor opens sanctuary doors

Ann Arbor First UMC and Wesley Foundation at U of M have joined the sanctuary movement.

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