Is your church interested in becoming a Sanctuary Church? Use the documents and links on this page to learn more.
If you want more information or are interested in signing up as a Sanctuary Church in the Massachusetts Conference, please contact John Allen of the Immigration and Refugee and Asylum Task Team. Already voted to be a Sanctuary Church? Please contact Karen Methot to let us know.
Support the sanctuary ministry of Conference churches actively hosting individuals by making a donation to the MACUCC Sanctuary Churches Fund. This fund helps Sanctuary Churches provide shelter, food, clothing, and other basic necessities to individuals in sanctuary, and assists their families since they too are living with loss of income and increased expenses. Donate here; or make your check payable to MACUCC, note that the contribution is for the Sanctuary Churches Fund, and send to: Massachusetts Conference, UCC, One Badger Road, Framingham, MA, 01702.
A recommended new webinar offered by the United Church of Christ through the Insurance Boards. Access here.
Becoming A Sanctuary Church (PDF)
By the MACUCC Immigration and Refugee Justice Task Team
Sanctuary Not Deportation: A Faithful Witness to Building Welcoming Communities (PDF)
Provided by The Rev. Dr. Felix C. Villanueva, PCC
Conference Minister of the Southern California and Nevada Conferences, UCC
Becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation (PDF)
By UCC Justice & Witness Ministries
The Sanctuary Movement and Legal Risks (PDF)
A memo from UCC General Counsel Heather Kimmel, Jan. 6, 2016
Sanctuary Congregations and Harboring FAQ (PDF)
A fact sheet from the ACLU
How to Build a Coalition (Word)
4 Ways Your Faith Community Can Prepare for Sanctuary
Sanctuary Movement Sees Post-Election Resurgence. Here's How to Get Involved
By Donna Schaper, Dec. 5, 2016, for Sojourners
From The Washington Times: "Churches Vow to Offer Sanctuary to People in U.S. Illegally"
From the United Church of Christ:
"Commentary: Giving People Shelter is a Moral Duty", Witness for Justice