Becoming a Sanctuary Congregation
On March 9, 2017, our members voted to become a Sanctuary Congregation.
Special Congregational Meeting March 9, 5:30 p.m.
Town Hall Discussion on Becoming a Sanctuary Congregation (Questions and Answers with Rev. Scott McNeill) Sunday, March 5 at 4:00 p.m.
As we receive questions about becoming a Sanctuary Congregation, and gather information, we hope to answer some of those questions via this webpage. There is more information below, and we may post revisions of the Frequently Asked Questions document in the coming days.
Webinars for more information:
Solidarity and Sanctuary: A Survey of Options for Action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYCoXNmIVuE
UUCSJ & UURISE Webinar on Faithful Discernment: Is Your Congregation Called to Offer Sanctuary?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgsYufAfqk8
Live Webinar on Monday, February 27, 2017 – The Path Toward Sanctuary: A Practical Guide: (this webinar will also be recorded for later viewing) https://uusc.zoom.us/webinar/register/0fc7045d80e5cfcf7c24e00bf0acd2b8
UUA Page on the Sanctuary Movement:
Stories and More Information
- Reno, NV, UUs successfully provide sanctuary(January 2016)
- Immigrant finds sanctuary in Denver Unitarian church(November 2014)
- Sanctuary campaign website
- The UUA and the UCC Recommit to the Sanctuary Movement(October 2014)
- UUA Brief (PDF, 6 pages) on the New Sanctuary Movement
- Sanctuary: Summary of Relevant UUA Statements
UUA information on Immigrant Justice:
Including Education Resources
- Immigration Justice study guides from the Unitarian Universalist (UU) College of Social Justice
- Immigration as a Moral Issue Study Guide: a curriculum for congregations
- Welcoming Our Neighbors (PDF, 32 pages)
- Multigenerational resources for congregational worship, reflection, and action on immigration
- More religious educational resources on immigration justice, including suggested videos, books, and study materials
Stories and Connection
- Subscribe to Immigrant Justice News or read past issues
- Read stories of immigration justice state by state throughout our faith movement
- Check out stories of how we are Standing on the Side of Love for immigrant rights
Who We Partner With
Effective justice ministry depends on partnership. UU partners for immigrant justice work, beyond the Unitarian Universalist Association, include UU State Action Networks, congregation-based community organizations, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, the UU College of Social Justice, and UU Refugee and Immigrant Services and Education (UURISE). UUs also form interfaith and advocacy partnerships, such as with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, No More Deaths, and Puente Human Rights Movement.
If we became a UU Sanctuary Congregation, we would be the only one within a 300 mile radius: http://www.uua.org/immigration/witness/partners/new-sanctuary-congs