Sanctuary Churches

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”                                                    

~ Psalm 91:1-2

Clergy in front of the White House Gates, July 2014, Justice & Witness Ministries Photo


Becoming A Sanctuary Church (PDF)
By the MACUCC Immigration and Refugee Justice Task Team

Sanctuary Not Deportation: A Faithful Witness to Building Welcoming Communities (PDF)
Provided by The Rev. Dr. Felix C. Villanueva, PCC
Conference Minister of the Southern California and Nevada Conferences, UCC

Becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation (PDF)
By UCC Justice & Witness Ministries

The Sanctuary Movement and Legal Risks (PDF)
A memo from UCC General Counsel Heather Kimmel, Jan. 6, 2016

Sanctuary Congregations and Harboring FAQ (PDF)
A fact sheet from the ACLU


​How to Build a Coalition (Word)

Strategy and Tactics of Sanctuary (Word)


Groundswell Pledge to Resist Deportation and Discrimination Through Sanctuary

4 Ways Your Faith Community Can Prepare for Sanctuary
Auburn Seminary

Sanctuary Movement Sees Post-Election Resurgence. Here's How to Get Involved
By Donna Schaper, Dec. 5, 2016, for Sojourners

Articles on the topic of Sanctuary:

From The Washington Times: "Churches Vow to Offer Sanctuary to People in U.S. Illegally

From the United Church of Christ:

"The UCC Helping Lead the Sanctuary Movement in the Trump Era"

Arizona Church Fights for the Powerless Through Sanctuary" 

"Commentary: Giving People Shelter is a Moral Duty", Witness for Justice 

"Putting a Human Face on Sanctuary

"Renewed Pennsylvania Congregation renovates parsonage to Welcome Refugees