Congregational Stories of Defying Hatred and Fear
Congregational Stories of Defying Hatred and Fear
Congregational Action

The upcoming PBS documentary Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, with a companion Beacon Press book, is inspiring Unitarian Universalists to take action to defy hatred and fear, and to carry on the legacy of Waitstill and Martha Sharp. Read stories from UU congregations that have worked with interfaith partners to defy anti-Muslim bias and respond to the Syrian refugee crisis, two modern-day parallels to the religious intolerance and humanitarian disasters the Sharps fought against. Additionally, any group or congregation can add their action to the map on the Defying the Nazis UU Action Project homepage.

Members of All Souls UU Church in Colorado Springs, CO hold signs to welcome Syrian refugees.

Colorado Springs Says Welcome

Members of All Souls UU Church in Colorado Springs joined over 100 community members to demonstrate support for Syrian refugees, protesting an anti-refugee resolution proposed by the City Council. Read how they helped build a pro-refugee community coalition at the same time tragic events were unfolding overseas. 

Members of Bell Street Chapel and other local UU congregations at a demonstration to welcome refugees

Defying Hate in Rhode Island

An anti-refugee group held a press conference at the Rhode Island State House in February 2016, spreading lies about Syrian and Muslim people. Bell Street Chapel and its partners rallied to say that refugees are welcome in Rhode Island, but Islamophobia is not. 

Members of Shawnee Mission UU Church show their solidarity for their Muslim neigbhors.

Shawnee Mission on the Side of Love

Unitarian Unviersalists near Kansas City were tired of the negative messages they were hearing about Islam, knowing that their faith had a different message to share. Members of the Shawnee Mission UU Church reached out to the local Islamic Center to offer to host a public demonstration of welcome and peace, which attracted over a hundred interfaith participants.

Members of the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto sponsored families of Syrian refugees to settle in Canada.

Refugee Families Sponsored in Toronto

The Canadian government allows congregations to sponsor refugee families, so the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto set a goal of raising money to bring one family to Canada – they ended up bringing five. 

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