Many members of the First Church community are expressing concern about the issue of children being separated from their parents at the border and wondering how to respond. Here are few suggestions:
Get involved locally with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity led by UCC Minister Rev. Deborah Lee and the related East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition (EBIIC). EBIIC provides education, advocacy, direct support, and service to refugees as a faith-rooted response. EBIIC holds monthly organizing meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at University Lutheran Church at 9 am. Rachel Bauman attends those meetings and you are welcome to join her. They also hold monthly vigils at the West County Detention Center on the first Saturday of the month at 11 am.
The East Bay Sanctuary Covenant also works on immigration and refugee services.
The First Church Accompaniment Team, led by Andrea Trexler, is currently sponsoring one family and is in process of sponsoring and providing housing for a single trans woman asylum seeker. You could get involved in these efforts or the church could form additional accompaniment teams if there were sufficient interest.
Here is an article from Elle magazine with five suggestions for responses, including ways to donate financially to organizations that work with immigrants and refugees.
Write postcards at the table during the After Party on the Terrace on Sunday mornings.
First Church has declared itself a Sanctuary Church and the activities the church and its members take on are part of living into that covenant. More information about First Church activities related to this issue can be found here…
If you have questions or would like to get involved with activities at the church, contact Rachel Bauman.