Living our Open and Affirming Covenant: Immigration
Our work with immigration has been multifaceted, as we seek to support immigrants living here in Manhattan and elsewhere in our country AND advocate for humane immigration policies throughout the U.S. In 2017, we worked in partnership with the Interfaith Welcome Coalition in San Antonio, TX, to provide backpacks filled with travel supplies for families to use after being released from detention centers.
Read: Backpacks of Hope
Also in 2017, we ordered yard signs to distribute throughout the community to show immigrants in Manhattan that we are glad they are a part of our community. We also partnered with USD383 and Seven Dolors Catholic Church to provide hospitality and meals for several gatherings of families from other countries.
Read: Welcome Our Neighbors
In June 2018, in response to the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border, we co-hosted (along with ECM and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan) a gathering for concerned people in Manhattan to come together and talk about how we might advocate together for a humane response to immigrants and asylum-seekers. Together, that group compiled information into a Google Document to help others in Manhattan learn and take action. ***We hope to hold more meetings like this in the future. If you'd like to be notified about the next meeting, please share your contact information with us.***
Read: #KeepFamiliesTogether Google Doc