Because of the impending threat of ramped up incarceration and deportation of immigrants from Latin America and immigrants who are Muslim, a number of concerned members of the Cincinnati interfaith community began this Coalition.
Within the Coalition, some congregations, known as Sanctuary Congregations, will shelter one or more immigrants within its walls if the need arises. At this time, the coalition has one Sanctuary Congregation: Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal).
Other congregations will act in support roles and be known as Solidarity Congregations; Heritage Church will be a Solidarity Congregation. Heritage people will have an opportunity to volunteer at their choosing to materially assist and financially donate to a congregation sheltering immigrants, should the need arise. This has been likened to the type of support we provide to Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN).
We are still learning more about how the Coalition will work and what it means for Heritage. Several Heritage Church members will attend a city-wide information, orientation and training session. More information will be made available as it becomes known.
To learn more, speak with Russ Araujo, or email Russ at SanctuaryCoalition@huuc.net.
The First Unitarian Church in Denver recently made national news by offering sanctuary to an immigrant mother and her children.
The Unitarian Universalist Association has information on the new sanctuary movement.
(Note: On 2/26/2017 this article was updated to reflect changes regarding which congregations have the status of Sanctuary Congregations.)