At First Parish, our Unitarian Universalist faith calls us to respond with compassion and love to support individuals and families affected by the violent anti-immigrant policies of the government.

Members of the group Beyond Borders – Sin Fronteras organize the congregation to act for the dignity, well-being, and safety of immigrants and undocumented people in our community. The congregation offers support for undocumented people who are detained or at risk of deportation, as well as legislative advocacy, educational programs, and fundraising.banners in front of church

Sanctuary Movement

As part of the Cambridge Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, First Parish has stood in solidarity with a family living in sanctuary in University Lutheran Church since May 2017. Along with other member congregations, we provide volunteers and funding to support the safety and well-being of an undocumented woman and her two small children. Learn more here.

 

Accompaniment

 

Members of the congregation participate in mutual support networks including the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network. Volunteers attend immigration court hearings, write support letters, and raise funds for bond payments for people in immigration detention. Learn more about the work of this network here.

 

Financial Assistance

 

The congregation provides financial assistance for community organizing and advocacy groups led by immigrants and undocumented people. We have raised money for organizations like Centro Presente and Cosecha through and fundraisers and the First Parish shared offering.

 

Legislative Advocacy

 

First Parish members participate in advocacy on behalf of  justice for immigrants, including rallies, letter writing, and phone campaigns, advocating for legislation such as Temporary Protective Status (TPS) and the Safe Communities Act.

 

Witness

 

First Parish members participate in witness events, such as prayer vigils at the Boston ICE detention center in solidarity with those in detention there, and vigils outside the State House in support of immigrant rights.

 

Education

 

Beyond Borders – Sin Fronteras organizes educational events such as discussions and film screenings about immigration justice.

 

Members also participate in a twice-monthly Spanish conversation group open to all. Spanish conversation group occurs on the first and third Tuesday of the month 6-7pm. Contact spanish@firstparishcambridge.org to sign up for the email list.

Contact BBSF@firstparishcambridge.org to receive updates from BBSF about immigration-related events and actions.

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