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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.

The past is a present … open it!

Look to sacred past

With the pandemic in mind, Juanita Joiner shares memories of the past and kind words in the present. She believes the most important gift is connecting with friends, family, and… Continue Reading The past is a present … open it!

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

Closed on Friday, connected on Sunday

Sunday in Wacousta UMC

On Friday, March 13, Bishop David Bard asked all Michigan churches in his care to be closed to in-person events. On Sunday, less than 48 hours later, congregations came together… Continue Reading Closed on Friday, connected on Sunday

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.

Poet shares psalm about sanctuary

immigrant man and son seek sanctuary in Catholic Church in McAllen TX

Jack Amick considers what it might be like to live inside the four walls of a church in search of safety and hope as Texas bishops call for a solution… Continue Reading Poet shares psalm about sanctuary

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.

Hope on the border

The Rev. Jack Amick, UMCOR’s Director of Global Migration, talks about the human side of migration at the U.S.-Mexico Border. He has experienced both great sadness as well as hope.

Albanian family still in sanctuary

Detroit Central United Methodist Church continues to house a family threatened with deportation. Fox 2 News out of Detroit gives a powerful update of what Ded Rranxburgaj is doing now.

Adjusting to life in a church

An update on the Rranxburgaj family after four weeks living inside Detroit: Central UMC.

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