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Love Resists Webinars: Supporting Accountable Resistance
Love Resists Webinars
Social Justice, Congregational Action, Immigration

To help individuals, groups, and congregations deepen their understanding of accountable resistance, Love Resists offers webinars led by some of our partners and resistance movement leaders. See the list below for upcoming learning opportunities and check back regularly for updates.

Once the webinar is over, we will post a recording of the video and related materials here. Sign up for Love Resists emails to get timely calls to action and to learn about new resources as they become available.

Faithful Discernment: Is Your Congregation Called to Offer Sanctuary?

Wondering what your options might be for effective congregational action in this heightened time of hostility and violence and possible deportations? This video is a recording of one webinar in a series on Sanctuary & Solidarity, hosted by UUSC, UUA, UUCSJ, and UURISE. In this session, Katia Hansen, President and CEO of UU Refugee & Immigrant Services and Education (UURISE) presents what it means to become a Sanctuary congregation and what factors to consider in assessing whether your congregation is able to answer this call to solidarity with individuals affected by the escalating xenophobia and increased deportations threatened by the new administration. As becoming a Sanctuary congregation is one of the many ways to be in solidarity with those most at risk in this new political landscape, it also offers additional resources and ideas for taking action.

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The Path Toward Sanctuary: A Practical Guide

Katia Hansen, President and CEO of UU Refugee & Immigrant Services and Education (UURISE) discusses the "nuts and bolts" of becoming a sanctuary congregation for those that have already discerned that they have the capacity and commitment to continue down this path. It also includes the experiences of ministers whose congregations have undergone the process of becoming a sanctuary church and those who have found other ways to take action for rights of immigrants and refugees.

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Solidarity & Sanctuary: A Survey of Options for Action

Wondering what your options might be for effective congregational action in a heightened time of hostility and violence and possible deportations? This webinar reviews a survey of strategies appropriate for congregations of many sizes and political contexts. Hear from grassroots leaders from communities at highest risk and learn about inspiring examples of what some UU congregations are already doing.

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Love Resists Through Congregational Organizing

Unitarian Universalist congregations are developing some very comprehensive models for doing justice ministries well and this webinar is your opportunity to learn from their experience. Revs. Lisa Friedman and Rob Eller-Isaacs from Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, MN will talk about the origins of their model, which links to partners in the community and keeps the work grounded in Unitarian Universalist faith. Jeff Lott from the Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network and First Unitarian Church in Wilmington, DE, will share his experience helping his smaller congregation adapt the same model.

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Download the resources (PDF, 19 pages)

Love Resists Through Partnership: Building Relationships at the Grassroots

How does an individual congregation--and the interfaith community more broadly--approach new relationships with grassroots community organizations? How do we build trust, accountability, and a long-term commitment? What role is ours to play within a movement much larger than ourselves? The Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance and their partners will share what they’ve learned developing a coalition called MARCH (Multifaith Anti-Racism, Change, and Healing) together, and discuss what kind of awareness and skills are essential to bring to community partnerships.

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Love Resists Through Radical Presence: ICE & Court Accompaniment Programs

This webinar will be held Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. EST. Register here.

At GA last year, Bryan Stevenson told Unitarian Universalists that to make a difference, we must "get proximate" to the suffering. Congregations are looking for ways to do this effectively. ICE accompaniment programs and court accompaniment programs enable immigrant rights supporters to journey alongside people fighting for their own freedom and dignity and hold the system accountable.

Accompaniment programs can make a real difference in our immigration and criminal justice systems. Learn about some established accompaniment programs and how accompaniment helps stop deportations, reduce bond fees, and keep families together.


  • Laura Wanger, Executive Director, UU Mass Action
  • Rev. Tiffany Curtis, co-founder and organizer of Faith Network for Immigrant Justice and minister of First Christian Church of Santa Fe
  • Jessica S., community member, Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment
  • Helen Boxwill, member of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington, NY, Huntington Rapid Response Network, court accompaniment through Long Island Jobs with Justice

Hosted by Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, Senior Strategist, Side with Love with spiritual centering from Janice Marie Johnson, Multicultural Ministries and Leadership Director, UUA.

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