New Sanctuary Movement
The New Sanctuary Movement, now called 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.
- Sign the Sanctuary pledge as a congregation (click "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.
- Toolkit for Action to Support Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) & Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Join the faith voice to the larger movement: keep families together, help provide relief from deportation for over 5 million undocumented people, and impact the public narrative and lift up the moral imperative to welcome immigrants in our midst. (PDF, 18 pages)
- Become an active Sanctuary congregation. Check out the congregational toolkit 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.
- List of Unitarian Universalist congregations and organizations that have pledged to support the New Sanctuary Movement and/or are offering Sanctuary
- Check out the Interfaith Immigration Coalition webinar "Faith Response to ICE Raids of Central American Families" (January 2016): PowerPoint and audio recording available on their website
- Read about the process through which the Danbury, CT, UU congregation reached consensus in The Road to New Sanctuary
- Taking Action as a Congregation: a guide for congregational resolutions and social justice statements
Stories and More Information
- Reno, NV, UUs successfully provide sanctuary (January 2016)
- Immigrant finds sanctuary in Denver Unitarian church (November 2014)
- Sanctuary 2014 campaign website
- The UUA and the UCC Recommit to the Sanctuary Movement (October 2014)
- UUA Brief (PDF, 6 pages) on the New Sanctuary Movement
- Sanctuary: Summary of Relevant UUA Statements