Take ActionResources for Sanctuary & Solidarity
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.
Building on the UU The Vote campaign, in the 2020 Democracy Defense & Action Resource Guide UUCSJ has put together a collection of tools, background articles, and grounding practices to maintain our collective activism and strengthen the democratic systems that support human rights and protect our Earth.
This list of resources collected during the Prepare to Care: Stop Line 3 webinar in November 2020 explores effective ways people can join or support the Stop Line 3 resistance movement, with background context, information on nonviolent direct actions, and other creative conflict intervention opportunities.
Click the boxes to the right for information on how to become a sanctuary congregation and organizations to follow for additional support.
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.
Love Resists is a joint campaign of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee 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.
Sanctuary and Solidarity Blog Posts
As a human rights delegation to Honduras from November 29 to December 6, 2018 that visited the community of Guapinól in the municipality of Tocoa, Bajo Aguán, we are deeply concerned about the recent police and military occupation occuring there. We have...