Update on Follen and Sanctuary

In March Parish Board voted to sign the following statement:
“As people of faith and people of conscience, we pledge to resist the newly elected administration’s policy proposals to target and deport millions of undocumented immigrants and discriminate against marginalized communities. We will open up our congregations and communities as sanctuary spaces for those targeted by hate, and work alongside our friends, families, and neighbors to ensure the dignity and human rights of all people.”
A small group of us is in the process of discerning what form this resistance may take. This will include contacting nearby UU sanctuary churches to find out how we may assist them; exploring the meaning of sanctuary on a local, state, and national level; contacting a local immigration organization to find out how we may help; making sure we have the resources in hand to offer financial and legal assistance to our congregants; learning more about the resources of the UUA regarding sanctuary; sharing what we’ve learned with the congregation and coordinating with SJAT to recruit volunteers.  If you have questions, please contact Anne Engelhart at parish_board_chair@follen.org.