The Duluth congregation of Peace United Church of Christ on Sunday voted "overwhelmingly" to become a sanctuary church for undocumented immigrants.

"We join a growing cohort of churches in Minnesota and across the country that are publicly offering shelter and support to immigrants or immigrant families engaged in the process of getting documentation or naturalization and facing immediate deportation," the church wrote in a press release.

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Peace UCC's pastor, the Rev. Kathy Nelson, last week said the move is "a call of our faith in terms of the command to love your neighbor as yourself."

Nelson said Sunday the vote was 144 in favor out of 150 votes cast.

The church, at 1111 N. 11th Ave. E., is believed to be the first north of the Twin Cities to explicitly offer services and living quarters - which could be expanded through remodeling unused space - for undocumented immigrants and their families.

"Peace UCC is committed to fostering compassionate, just treatment of all immigrants within our community and engaging in continual education around current laws, policies and practices that affect immigrants and immigrant rights," the release said. "We know our efforts are imperfect, but we cannot stay silent as our friends, family, and community members are threatened by an unjust immigration system."