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Challenging oppressive systems requires that we listen carefully to the people at the frontline of the struggles, understand our relationship to those we want to support, and to reflect on our own motivations and assumptions. For members of marginalized communities and identities, it is important to remember how spiritual practice and self-care are fundamental – without these, we burn out and continue to internalize the oppression we are struggling against.

As you review the information below and choose your avenues for action, you are invited to keep in mind the full spectrum of effective justice work: education, service, advocacy, witness, protest, and creating alternative structures that demonstrate Unitarian Universalist values.

Learn More from our Network

Side With Love

Side With Love is an interfaith public advocacy campaign that pursues social change through advocacy, public witness, and speaking out in solidarity with those whose lives are publicly demeaned.

UU Ministry for Earth

UU Ministry for Earth, Tools for Organizing and Taking Action: its mission is to be a wellspring of spiritual, educational grounding, practical support for bold, accountable action for environmental justice, climate justice, and the flourishing of all life.

Love Resists

Love Resists is a joint campaign of the UUA and UUSC that is activating people of faith and conscience to resist the criminalization of our neighbors and communities and create a safer, more just, welcoming, and sustainable world.

UUSC Tools for Taking Action

UUSC Tools for Taking ActionCurated tools to support individuals, congregations, campus clubs, and community groups to mobilize in support of critical human rights issues.


Sanctuary Resources

Click the boxes to the right for information on how to become a sanctuary congregation and organizations to follow for additional support.

Getting Started

ACTION GUIDE: In this Action Guide learn about ways in which you can pro-actively organize to support Sanctuary & Solidarity in your congregation and community.

ASSET MAP: Identify all the assets – human, physical, and financial – that your congregation might offer to grassroots groups organizing at this moment.

Becoming a Sanctuary Congregation

Sanctuary Toolkit – Congregational Action in an Era of Mass Deportation, February 2017 (PDF): Developed for UU Congregations considering offering physical sanctuary.

Faithful Discernment – Is Your Congregation Called to Offer Sanctuary?, February 2017 (Video): 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 Trump administration.

The Path Towards Sanctuary – A Practical Guide, February 2017 (Video): 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. 

Additional Resources & Info

#SanctuaryEverywhere Resources from American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

Community Defense Zone Starter Guide, February 2017: This guide draws from lessons and work of several organizations including Puente in Phoenix, Arizona and Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) in Georgia, the Not One More Deportation campaign and Southerners On New Ground (SONG) across the southern United States. 

The Congregational Accompaniment Project for Asylum Seekers (CAPAS) is an initiative to support communities of faith as they host and accompany migrants through the process of obtaining legal asylum. Learn more about the creation of the handbook on UUSC’s website or click the button below to view the handbook.

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Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at hvickery@uucsj.org and 617-301-4303