Immigration and Refugee Concerns

When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him."  Matthew 2:13

Looking for information on the Syrian refugee crisis and ways you can help? Access our dedicated page here.

 Learn more about becoming a Sanctuary Church here.

Read the 'Resolution on Becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Church' that will come before the 31st General Synod, proposed by the Minnesota Conference and endorsed by the Immigration and Refugee Concerns Task Team: Resolution


Refugees, migrants, immigrants, and asylum seekers have existed since early humankind. People have been pushed by hunger, fear, and war and pulled by hope for a better future. This year, we have witnessed this truth as tens of thousands of children crossed the U.S. border and became a prime-time news story. Questions arose for our nation about how we would deal with these children. And now as the news has dwindled away, the newscasters moving on to more timely stories, lives continue to be held in the balance. This issue of people crossing into the U.S. is not a new issue, nor is it an issue that is going away. It is an issue that, as Christians living in our world, we must face.

The Immigration and Refugee Task Team originally came together to deal with the issues and concerns surrounding the unaccompanied minors, especially those that were for a while slated to come to Massachusetts. As the plans for these children altered, so did the task force.  While it became apparent that large numbers of children were not coming to Massachusetts, the issues surrounding immigration and refugees were not dissipating. Thus, the call and focus of the task team simply altered.

The Immigration and Refugee Task Team’s purpose is to educate our church community in Massachusetts about the issues related to immigration, to provide information and materials so that churches can educate their congregations and their communities, to look for ways to help those who are or have immigrated to this country, and to watch and affect policies that relate to immigration.  This is a newly formed task team which will continue to refine its mission and response based on what is called for given the current conditions. 

We welcome you to peruse the information on this website. We encourage you to share any additional information that you think might help the task force serve the immigrant community better. We invite you to join us to help.

Dawn Adams, for the Immigration and Refugee Task Team

Immigration and Refugee Concerns Task Team

Dawn Adams                      

Deb Moore

John Allen

Robert Ochoa

Martha Crawford

Judy Raymond  co-chair

Joanne Dickey  co-chair

 Lindsay Popper

Carla Dietz Carol Smith


If you are interested in immigration or refugee justice issues, please contact task team co-chair Judy Raymond at or ACM for Justice and Witness Kelly Gallagher at

Is your congregation interested in engaging more on immigration and refugee justice? Download this flier for ideas.


Click the button for Immigration issue updates, ways to engage, and resources available from the United Church of Christ national office


Some suggested resources around immigration and refugee issues


On Aug. 6, 2014, Southwest UCC Conference Minister John Dorhauer took time out of a family vacation to speak at the Church of the Pilgrimage in Plymouth on how to respond to refugees at the US Southern border. Here is a video of that talk:

A Faith Based Response to Child Refugees from Mass. Conference UCC on Vimeo.

UCC Resource

Becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation: The Journey is Made by Walking

Practical Resources for Churches on immigration, racism and the environment


TED Talk

António Guterres: "Refugees have the right to be protected"


Enrique's Journey, by Sonia Nazario - Discussion Guide

Outcasts United by Warren St. John - Study Guide 

The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea  -  Study Guide 


Under the Same Moon - watch trailer  

The Visitor - watch trailer

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