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Inside a Berkeley church, a small room waits to give sanctuary

Tom Levy
An apartment inside Berkeley’s University Lutheran Chapel reserved for an individual or couple with a last deportation order.";

If you had to hole up somewhere for months, or even years, what would you need?

University Lutheran Chapel in Berkeley prepared a room last summer for an undocumented individual or couple who face final deportation orders. The church has a long history of sheltering people, including in the 1980s when it was part of the nascent sanctuary movement that helped migrants from the war-torn countries of Guatemala and El Salvador. The Spiritual Edge’s Judy Silber spoke with Rev. Jeff Johnson and asked him to describe the space and its purpose.

Johnson: We know that churches, schools, hospitals have been regarded as sensitive locations. We're not sure if that is going to change or that is going to continue to be respected by the government.