On March 19, 2017, First Parish in Cambridge unanimously approved the following Sanctuary Covenant:
As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person. In the present time, we cannot stand idly by while the immigrant and refugee neighbors in our communities are denied their worth, dignity and safety. Through stepped up deportations, families are being divided and communities are living in fear.
As a group of congregations in Harvard Square are joining to support each other to provide physical sanctuary in the University Lutheran Church, First Parish Cambridge UU now commits to joining in a Sanctuary Covenant with these other congregations. We pledge to support the University Lutheran Church with our time and resources to the best of our ability.
The Beyond Borders – Sin Fronteras group of First Parish Cambridge will continue to organize volunteers from the congregation to assist in this effort and other efforts to provide hope, comfort and political support to immigrants and refugees suffering indignities, harassment and deportation.
In addition to our membership in the Cambridge Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, Beyond Borders – Sin Fronteras promotes education and awareness of local and global immigration issues and advocates for local, state and national policy and legislative changes in concert with local partners.
To learn more about Beyond Border – Sin Fronteras, please contact Rebecca Balder at BBSF@firstparishcambridge.org.