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Articles & Reflections

10 Affirmations to Help Undocumented Immigrants Turn Panic into Resistance
by Alan Pelaez Lopez
from Everyday Feminism

A Thought on Sanctuary
from the Hunterdon (NJ) Anti-Racism Coalition

Building Sanctuary For All... All of Us
by Julian DeShazier
from the United Church of Christ

In a first for Mass., undocumented immigrant seeks refuge in Cambridge church
by Lisa Wangsness
from the Boston Globe


An Introduction for Churches Considering 'Sanctuary' Ministries
from the Baptist Joint Committee
Some helpful information on sanctuary churches from a legal perspective (English and Spanish). 

Emergency Planning Guide / La Guia de Planeación de Emergencia
Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project
The Emergency Planning Guide (2017) (English/Spanish) is intended to help immigrant families who are concerned that a family member may become unexpectedly separated from the home and provides information on how to be better prepared for an emergency. It is most relevant to North Carolina residents since it relates to NC law and policies, but if you find it useful, you could work with trusted community organizations to adapt it to your local contexts. 

How to Practice Sanctuary
from Old Cambridge Baptist Church

Movimiento Sanctuarios para Immigrantes

New Sanctuary Discernment Guide
from the Presbyterian Church (USA)
This resource will help churches discern their role in the Sanctuary movement. The guide gives background on Sanctuary, provides theological grounding for involvement in the movement in a way that is based in solidarity instead of charity, and key discernment questions for congregations to find a starting place in the work. There is special emphasis in the resource on the many ways churches can be involved in Sanctuary in addition to/ beyond providing physical hospitality to someone facing deportation.

Policy & Advocacy Toolkit (Defy, Defend, Demand)
from Beyond the Movement

Rapid Response Toolkit for Faith Allies
from Sanctuary Not Deportation

Sanctuary Everywhere
from the American Friends Service Committee

Sanctuary in the Streets Resources
from the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia

Sanctuary Resources (English and Spanish)
from the Milwaukee New Sanctuary Movement 

Sanctuary Resources
from PICO

What Your Church Can Do About Migrant Justice
an Issue Monograph from BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz

Worship Resources

A reading on Matthew 25

A Prayer for Migrants


Harvard Square Sanctuary Coalition
Cambridge, MA

Videos & Films

The Dream is Now
from Davis Guggenheim
This is a documentary sharing the stories of several undocumented youth in the United States and their struggles in earning citizenship.

Home is a Human Right
from Brave New Films
A series on immigration featuring three short films — Pursuing the Dream, Nowhere to Go: Shutting Out Syrians, and The Call to Sanctuary — examine issues related to immigration in the U.S. that impact undocumented and refugee communities.

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