Participating Congregations and Organizations
  • American Muslim Voice
  • Beyt Tikkun Synagogue
  • First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) Palo Alto
  • First Evangelical Lutheran Church Palo Alto
  • First Presbyterian Church Palo Alto
  • First United Methodist Church Palo Alto
  • Network of Spiritual Progressives
  • Palo Alto Friends Meeting
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Palo Alto (Catholic)
  • Trinity Church in Menlo Park (Episcopal)
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
  • West Bay Chapter, Buddhist Peace Fellowship

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Sanctuary Movement for These Times

Discussion on Ways to Support Immigrants, Refugees, Muslims and Others
Thursday, July 13, 7pm
First Congregational Church
1985 Louis Road., Palo Alto

Is your congregation looking for ways to provide support and solidarity with immigrants, refugees, Muslims and others who are threatened at this time in our nation’s history?  Faith communities on the Peninsula are invited to a presentation by The Rev. Deborah Lee of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity to help congregations and individuals discern and find concrete ways to engage in sanctuary -- a public, corporate commitment to walk alongside immigrants, mixed-status families and refugees to uphold dignity, due process and full acceptance into the life of our society through protection, support and advocacy. Congregations make different choices about how they are willing and able to join this effort. There are four ways congregations can demonstrate their solidarity and commitment to sanctuary.

  • Advocacy
  • Joining Networks of Protection and Rapid Response
  • Accompaniement of Immigrant Families or Youth in Urgent Situations
  • Providing Physical Sanctuary for Someone Facing Final Deportation

Congregations not able or ready to offer physical sanctuary can actively assist other congregations by providing hospitality, spiritual support and advocacy with a person in sanctuary.

Rev. Lee and the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity is part of the National Sanctuary Movement and can provide important information as well as help network with other local congregations. 

Everyone is welcome to this open discussion on ways to become involved.  


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