The First Parish in Cambridge, Massachusetts, hosted an interfaith breakfast for the Boston New Sanctuary Movement this morning. Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President Rev. Peter Morales delivered an address to the assembled group describing the UUA's Standing on the Side of Love campaign efforts in opposition to SB 1070, including his arrest in Phoenix as part of the National Day of Non-Compliance. More than one hundred local leaders, including representatives of local congregations and immigrant rights groups, attended the breakfast.
“What we’re called to do is to be in this for the long term, to lift up the values of compassion and human dignity, and to do it together,” declared Rev. Morales. “People of faith are called to stand together to promote a sustainable and just world in which all of us can live together and thrive.”
Other speakers included Sister Tess Browne of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth; Michael Glenn of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford; Karin Lin and Rev. Fred Small of the First Parish in Cambridge; Peter Lowber of Arlington Street Church; Rev. Jason Lydon of Community Church of Boston; Patricia Montes of Centro Presente; José Palma of the Student Immigration Movement; Rev. Laurel Scott of North United Methodist Church of Manchester, CT; Rev. Daniel Vélez Rivera of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Salem; and Anthony Zuba of the Refugee Immigration Ministry.
“We need your conviction, we need your passion, and we need your action,” said Zuba, encouraging attendees to engage further with the New Sanctuary Movement and to help congregations become involved.
The UUA endorsed the New Sanctuary movement in May 2007, becoming the first religious denomination to do so. Fourteen UUA congregations (PDF) have joined the New Sanctuary Movement.
The Unitarian Universalist Association is a faith community of more than 1,000 self-governing congregations that bring to the world a vision of religious freedom, tolerance and social justice.
Standing on the Side of Love is a public advocacy campaign sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression. Through community activism, social networking, and media outreach, people across the nation are equipped to counter fear and make love real in the world. All are welcome to join.