Dear congregation,

Given the growing urgency around Trump’s deporation machine even here in Massachusetts, where our neighbors are under threat of arbitrary arrest, detention and separation from their families and communities we must talk about our role in the humanitarian response to this crisis.

The three commitments of the UUA’s LOVE RESISTS campaign are:

Expand Sanctuary

Grow Solidarity

Raise Our Voices

UUCGL has an opportunity to work in partnership with an interfaith network of people of conscience to provide rapid response support to those endangered by enforcement.

Please attend these worship services that will be informative, prayerful and discerning.

This toolkit from the UUA is hugely helpful in understanding our faith tradition’s history with Sanctuary  and where we are now. It is a very good teaching tool and I encourage everyone to spend time reading it.

Here is an informative resource from Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice in Oregon.

Here is an article about the First Parish UU In Bedford, which is a level one sanctuary church:
https://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2018/01/faith-action-first-parish-welcomes-guestsanctuary/

This is an excellent resource on a broad range of subjects regarding sanctuary congregations and faith-based immigrant advocacy.

Please also read our handout Sanctuary Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about what it means for our church to choose to provide sanctuary.

Sunday, January 13 Informational Meeting

Our next Sanctuary information meeting will be Sunday, January 13, following the church service at 11:30. Our church is currently discerning whether we can become a sanctuary congregation, and we will hold a congregational vote in the spring. Please join the members of the Lynn Unitarian Universalist Partnership (LUUP) after the church service to learn what providing sanctuary means, how other churches do this work, and what it might mean for our church. There will be a brief presentation of information shared at our two previous sanctuary events and plenty of time for questions. Light refreshments will be served.

Only certified members are eligible to vote, so please call the office if you have questions about your status. For those who are considering becoming members and formalizing their relationship with the church, we will be holding Path to Membership orientation sessions January 20 and January 27.