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, and Old Cambridge Baptist Church (OCBC) to form the Harvard Square Sanctuary Network.


On Monday, March 6, 2017 at 7 pm at University Lutheran Church (66 Winthrop Street, Cambridge), hands, hearts, and voices will join for a service of blessing as the Harvard Square Sanctuary Network begins the work of offering refuge to our neighbors. After the service, there will be refreshments and opportunities for community-building. All are invited!

Old Cambridge Baptist Church, 1151 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge will host a second Muslim Justice Teach-In on Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 3 to 5 pm. Space is limited, so please register via the Muslim Justice Teach-In event page.

The Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN) will offer a Rapid Response Network Training on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Cathedral of St Paul (138 Tremont Street, Boston). For more information or to register, please visit the MCAN Rapid Response Training event page.

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.