The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has made a commitment on a national level to support undocumented and other immigrants. Members of UUCA have begun to take initiative in this area, working with local community partners to advocate for the undocumented community here in Western NC.
On October 29, 2017, our congregation voted to provide physical sanctuary (or a safe living space) for a person or persons at risk of immediate deportation. The Sanctuary Steering committee, comprised of members from UUCA, Temple Beth Ha’Tephila, and Land of Sky Ministries continue to work within the larger WNC Sanctuary movement to educate ourselves about the logistics, resources, and risks involved with this work.
Below are links to online resources you may find of interest.
- UUCA Info Sheet about Sanctuary
- UUCA Online Survey re: physical Sanctuary
- PDF of Survey re: physical Sanctuary
- The Sanctuary Movement on UUA website
- National Sanctuary Movement website
- Citizen-Times coverage of Sanctuary march Spring 2017
- White Bear UU’s Sanctuary Statement/Process
- Sanctuary 101 (a few years behind, but very helpful information)
- UUA Love Resists blog post about Sanctuary
- UUA Toolkit for Sanctuary
- Inspiring video from American Friends about Sanctuary Everywhere movement
- Video: The Call to Sanctuary
- Article on Sanctuary by Caitlin Breedlove from Auburn Seminary
If you are seeking specific information related to immigration justice that is not covered here, please contact Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper.