Make Sanctuary Possible in Manchester, N.H.

Make Sanctuary Possible in Manchester, N.H.

Crowdfunding Completed: April 2, 2018

Amount Funded: $4523

Project Owner: UU Church of Manchester, NH

Short Description of Project

Help provide sanctuary for an individual (or family) in danger of deportation! Please help us get our church ready!

How was this project connected to UU?

Our Unitarian Universalist church, acting in accordance with the democratic principles of its bylaw, voted overwhelmingly to support physical sanctuary. We believe we are acting in accordance with the Declaration of Conscience, a joint statement of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, January 2017:

At this extraordinary time in our nation's history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and the core values of American society. In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil. As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us.

In addition, we are part of the New Hampshire Immigrant Solidarity Network, a coalition of faith communities that includes several other Unitarian Universalist churches. We also have the support of the Unitarian Universalist Action New Hampshire network.

Finally, our action is consistent with the seven principles, particularly:

The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
The goal of world community, with peace, liberty and justice for all.

Full Description of Project

On December 10, 2017 the Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester, New Hampshire voted overwhelmingly to provide physical sanctuary for an individual (or family) in imminent danger of unjust detainment or deportation.

Hateful immigration policies threaten to turn upside-down the lives of our immigrant neighbors. People are being yanked out of their communities, separated from their families, put into detention, and deported.

That is why our church is committed to provide physical sanctuary to those who face the threat of deportation, but we need your help. In order to accommodate a person in desperate need, we must modify our building facilities, including installing a shower, furniture, and appliances.

Our church is part of a statewide alliance of more than 27 faith organizations providing aid and comfort to people who need sanctuary. We are currently the only congregation in New Hampshire’s largest city committed to provide physical sanctuary, but several other churches in the sanctuary network have committed to providing volunteers and other assistance.

We are a church of limited means. Please help us prepare our church as a sanctuary for someone targeted by hate. With your generous gift, you can be a part of this community effort to ensure the dignity and human rights of all people. Please give today.