In this episode of LOTG Radio, we’ll explore what it means for a community to provide refuge, sanctuary, safety, once they say “Welcome” to those in need.

Topics include: Mayor Levar Stoney says Richmond is not a sanctuary, he wants people to feel safe; how local police and ICE, (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) cooperate despite having ‘prosecutorial discretion’; what the Bible and history record about providing sanctuary to refugees, both good and the bad; how we serve this ethical and spiritual imperative today.

Our guests are Phyllis Tessieri, who focused her career as theological educator on ecclesiastical history; and Lana Heath de Martinez, Welcoming All Coordinator at Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.

To learn more about VICPP’s Circles of Protection Workshops contact her at or 804-658-3956.

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