Offering Sanctuary

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 hereor 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.

Clergy in front of the White House Gates, July 2014, Justice & Witness Ministries Photo


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)


Groundswell Pledge to Resist Deportation and Discrimination Through Sanctuary

4 Ways Your Faith Community Can Prepare for Sanctuary
Auburn Seminary

Articles on the topic of Sanctuary:

From The Washington Times: "Churches Vow to Offer Sanctuary to People in U.S. Illegally

From the United Church of Christ:

"The UCC Helping Lead the Sanctuary Movement in the Trump Era"

Arizona Church Fights for the Powerless Through Sanctuary" 

"Commentary: Giving People Shelter is a Moral Duty", Witness for Justice 

"Putting a Human Face on Sanctuary

"Renewed Pennsylvania Congregation renovates parsonage to Welcome Refugees