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New Sanctuary Movement

UUA President Rev. Peter Morales speaks to the increase in deportations and raids in January 2016, calling on people of faith to respond. (See sidebar for Spanish version.)

The Sanctuary Movement is a growing movement of faith and immigrant communities doing what Congress and the Administration refuse to do: protect and stand with immigrants facing deportation. Members pledge to protect immigrant families who face workplace discrimination or unjust deportation. Unitarian Universalists are joining the many religious leaders, congregations, and faith-based organizations of all denominations who are part of the Movement. 

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  • Sign the Sanctuary pledge as a congregation (select "For Congregations" or scroll down). Ask your congregation to sign the pledge to support or offer sanctuary. In some congregations the social justice committee has signed, while in others the board signed on, and in others the congregations adopted a resolution. Some congregations choose to go through a process of education and dialogue until they are able to reach consensus.

    Please contact the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) at socialjustice [at] uua [dot] org to share if your congregation has signed the pledge.
  • Become an active Sanctuary congregation. Check out the congregational toolkit (PDF, 7 pages) for becoming a Sanctuary congregation. Find a New Sanctuary Movement coalition representative near you or contact Unitarian Universalist Refugee and Immigrant Services and Education (UURISE), who provide free consultation for Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations considering sanctuary. 

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For more information contact socialjustice@uua.org.