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Mercy Junction declares itself a sanctuary congregation

The Council of Elders of the interfaith congregation of Mercy Junction approved this statement at its meeting on Saturday evening, March 4, committing itself to providing sanctuary to those in danger, and to resisting and disobeying unjust laws. 

As a place of worship …

Como un lugar de alabanza …

Let’s Show Trump What It Means to Be a Presbyterian

I was as embarrassed and angry as anyone else that a man like Trump was claiming my faith community as his own—a faith community that has challenged me to be more loving, more courageous, more justice-seeking, more open, more hospitable. But after the initial embarrassment in the form of indignation wore off, I realized I was not so surprised, because I have also seen the Church enact the Empire-values that Trump embodies.

Sanctuary and Accompaniment in New York State

Since the election things have been quite busy for us at New Sanctuary for Immigrants.  We’ve been blessed with many new members who want to get involved with the work of defending and strengthening immigrant rights. Post-Election we have been able to form working groups and organize to make Albany a Sanctuary City, Albany County a Sanctuary County, and to stop the County Sheriff from detaining immigrants at the County jail. Parallel to our work, there has been mobilization at the state universities (SUNY) to declare Sanctuary Campus.

Finding My Footing - Naming My Support

Reflections from HFA / YAV-AVL Volunteer Jeremy...

In Asheville, I have the pleasure of working for Homeward Bound, an organization that houses people from homelessness. Aside from coordinating volunteers and managing our donation center, my direct service responsibilities include picking up donated furniture and household goods, and then delivering those items to clients who are moving into a new home. This means that the most people I interact with are volunteers, donors, and the homeless clients themselves.

A Post-Election Mourning Tea Party

Post-Election Reflection from HFA/ YAV - AVL Sammie...

Fearing Not...After the Election

Post-election thoughts from HFA / YAV -AVL Volunter Andy ...

Greetings and Happy Holidays to you all!

Service in a Post-Election World

From Hands and Feet / YAV - AVL Briana Joseph... 

Salut!

In today’s blog, I want to switch things up a bit and talk briefly about why I feel the work I’m doing through the Young Adult Volunteers program is so important in America’s current post-election state. But before I do that, let me tell you a little bit more about what it is that I do.

Vigil for Immigrant Rights - Albany, NY

After a seemingly endless and often times sad election, we met as a community, as we always do, on the second Monday of the month for one of our New Sanctuary Open meetings at the Albany Catholic Worker house.   We prayed and decided to hold our annual Vigil for Immigrant Rights and calling to Close the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia. New Sanctuary holds this annual vigil in remembrance of four Catholic sisters murdered in El Salvador in 1980, by graduates of the School of the Americas.

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