Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Forest Hill Presbyterian in Cleveland Heights is Now a 'Sanctuary Church'

Posted By on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 12:18 PM

  • Forest Hill Presbyterian/FB

As America's relationship with its immigrants grows more tense under the Trump administration, cities and churches around the country have been publicly discussing the merits of becoming a "sanctuary," a safe place for those remain undocumented.

Today, Forest Hill Presbyterian opened its doors as a sanctuary church. It's the first church in Cuyahoga County to do so.

"The actions by the federal government are tearing families apart and we can no longer be silent," the Rev. John Lentz said in a public statement today. "As people of faith we stand with the immigrant community and offer sanctuary to those in need. We follow the traditions expressed in the sacred scriptures of all religions."

The church will shelter undocumented immigrants in need of safe haven and protection. A mother of four children has already taken up the church on its invitation.

With an increased emphasis on Latino immigrants, the federal government had doubled down on enforcement and deportation in a tactical sense. Undocumented immigrants have been arrested outside courthouses, moments after paying off a traffic fine or the like. Minor violations have resulted in almost instantaneous deportation, and families across the U.S. have been broken up the government.

Forest Hill seeks to protect men and women who remain vulnerable to the reach of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Tags: , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 17, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation