Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts


At its 2017 annual meeting, University Lutheran Church, by a vote of 52-0 with 4 abstentions, resolved to declare itself a Sanctuary Church to support members of area communities who are under threat of deportation. The church subsequently partnered with First Church Cambridge, Cambridge Minyan, the Harvard Divinity School Student Led Interfaith and Secular Coalition (SLIC), Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, Old Cambridge Baptist Church (OCBC), and Friends Meeting at Cambridge to form the Harvard Square Sanctuary Coalition. Read the Harvard Square Sanctuary Coalition Covenant (PDF).


On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, from 9 am to 2 pm, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition is sponsoring its Annual Immigrants’ Day at the State House. Program at 10 am; rally outside at noon. For more information, see the Annual Immigrants’ Day flyer (PDF).

On Monday, April 10, 2017, at 4 pm, Harvard Divinity School will host “Spiritual Activism: A Conversation with Ruby Sales.” The event takes place in the Sperry Room in Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge. For more information, see the HDS public events calendar.

On Sunday, May 7, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, University Lutheran Church will host a screening of the Centro Presente documentary “The Female Face of Forced Migration,” discussion, and HSSC community building. For more information, see the documentary trailer.

News coverage

Bathing In The Baptistery: The History Of Sanctuary Churches
by Gabrielle Emanuel, WGBH News, 89.7 FM, March 6, 2017

Congregations in Mass. preparing to shelter immigrants
by Lisa Wangsness, The Boston Globe, February 21, 2017

Local Churches Aim to Shelter Illegal Immigrants
Fox 25 WFXT, February 21, 2017

Following Immigration Ban, Religious Leaders Propose Using Places Of Worship As Sanctuaries, by Deborah Becker, WBUR-FM, January 30, 2017.

Lutheran Resources

On March 1, 2017, The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and leaders from The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have issued an Ash Wednesday statement addressing refugees and migrants. Read the Ash Wednesday statement.

For Lent 2017, ELCA Advocacy invites us to complete the “I Was a Stranger” Challenge. Read about the challenge and download the ‘I Was a Stranger’ Challenge bookmark.