Immigrant Welcoming Covenant
The First Congregational Church of Natick affirms that everyone, regardless of national origin, has basic human rights including livelihood, family unity and physical and emotional safety. Our faith tradition is grounded in the stories of immigrants. The Spirit calls us through our sacred Scripture to welcome the stranger, to love our neighbor as ourselves.
As members and friends of the First Congregational Church in Natick, we covenant to be an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation.
We commit to:
1. Support interfaith efforts to protect all people and to end practices that divide families and weaken our communities.
2. Listen deeply to learn from all those who are affected.
3. Lift a public voice in support of fair treatment and hospitality toward our immigrant sisters and brothers.
4. Work for just and humane immigration policies.
5. Collaborate with efforts to transform social and economic causes of forced migration.
6. Build relationships of solidarity through direct service, education, action, advocacy and accompaniment.
Ways to help our local migrant neighbors
Neighbors fund - a local fund to help local families
When ICE detains someone, usually a family is then in crisis. We, their neighbors, can make all the difference for them by helping to obtain a lawyer, paying legal bills and bond, helping with the cost of utilities or diapers.
UCC sanctuary churches fund - a nation wide fund that assists churches offering sancturary to families
This fund is used by Sanctuary Churches to provide shelter, food, clothing, and other basic necessities to individuals in sanctuary. These funds may also be used by hosting churches to assist sanctuary families since they are living with loss of income and increased expenses.