Preschool in Boulder church shuts down after congregation votes to become sanctuary for immigrants

www.dailycamera.com | 11/14/2017 | By John Bear Staff Writer
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A preschool that leases space from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder is shutting down at the end of the month after the church congregation voted to become a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants facing deportation.

"It put us out of business," said Active Boulder Kids owner Kristen Argow Heaton.

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About 90 percent of the congregation that attended a church meeting on the matter last month voted to move forward with plans to outfit a portion of the building to provide living quarters for an immigrant taking sanctuary.

Argow Heaton said that parents notified the church ahead of the vote that they had safety concerns, and those concerns were not addressed, prompting more than half of the 22 children who attend the preschool to be withdrawn.

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"They were not concerned about the person going into sanctuary," she said. "They were concerned about people against the idea of sanctuary doing something to the location. It was more outside concern."

The school is not affiliated with the church but leases space in the building.

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Rev. Kelly Dignan disputed the claim that the concerns of the school and parents were not listened to, saying school officials were notified in July of the congregation's plans.

She added that the school had already been discussing whether its location at the church was working for the school's business model and whether it was sustainable for it financially to remain.

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"We wish them all the best in their other location," Dignan said. "Our congregation will continue to offer big, courageous love in a world that would have us feel paralyzed by fear."

Argow Heaton added that about six families said they were keeping their kids enrolled at the school regardless of its status as a sanctuary, but she did not have the exact number on Friday.

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