Sanctuary Church

St. Paul & St. Andrew follows the biblical mandate to “love the alien as ourselves, for we were all aliens in the land of Egypt” (Leviticus 19:33-34). We are a congregational member of the New Sanctuary Coalition, whose goal it is to protect immigrants and prevent unjust deportations. As a “sanctuary church,” we stand in solidarity with families and communities resisting detention and deportation. We do that in several ways:

  • We are a “safe space.” We will provide short-term sanctuary to provide a respite for an immigrant who feels unsafe or in fear. For a few hours, one day, or a short overnight stay, our church can be a place to provide safety and calm, while next steps and more information is gathered.
  • We are watching. Our church members participate in the Accompaniment Program, which partners citizens with an immigrant who has been called in to ICE building for a check-in. In the simple act of accompanying someone, we show that this person, this immigrant, matters. That person is connected to a community and a life here.
  • We keep showing up. Each Thursday at 11am, church members join the Jericho Walk that circles the Immigration & Customs Enforcement offices at 26 Federal Plaza. We bear witness to the oppressive and discriminatory treatment of immigrants, largely people of color, who are targeted by ICE for detention and deportation.
  • We pray. We commit to bringing into worship the struggles of immigrants and their families that are being torn apart by this systemic discrimination.

To be a part of this work, or for more information, complete the form on the Connection Card.