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MV Sanctuary Network

Merrimack Valley clergy announce formation of an interfaith congregational sanctuary network, to help undocumented immigrants who are at risk of deportation. From left: Rev. Susan Gleason, retired Presbyterian minister of Amesbury; Rev. Joan MacPherson, Main Street Congregational United Church of Christ, Amesbury; Cantor Vera Broekhuysen, Temple Emanu-El, Haverhill; Rev. Mike Shirley, exec dir, Communities Together, Lawrence; Rabbi Ira Korinow, Temple Emanu-El. (SUN/Julia Malakie)  

Merrimack Valley clergy announce formation of an interfaith congregational sanctuary network, to help undocumented immigrants who are at risk of deportation. From left: Rev. Susan Gleason, retired Presbyterian minister of Amesbury; Rev. Joan MacPherson, Main Street Congregational United Church of Christ, Amesbury; Cantor Vera Broekhuysen, Temple Emanu-El, Haverhill; Rev. Mike Shirley, exec dir, Communities Together, Lawrence; Rabbi Ira Korinow, Temple Emanu-El. (SUN/Julia Malakie)

 

Merrimack Valley Clergy Announce Interfaith Sanctuary Network
to Support Undocumented Immigrants

“He who saves one life, it is as if he had saved humankind entirely.”
(The Holy Qur’an, Surat l’Maidah, chapter 5 verse 32)
“For I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.”
(Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25, verse 35)
“That which is hateful to you, do not do unto your neighbor - that is the whole Torah, and all the rest is commentary.”
(Rabbi Hillel, as reported by the Talmud Bavli, Shabbat 31b)
“America is open to receive not only the opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religion.”
(George Washington, 1783)

Today we announce the creation of an interfaith congregational network in the Merrimack Valley to offer Sanctuary to undocumented immigrants who are at immediate risk of deportation.

We believe that the current policies of the Department of Homeland Security, and the practices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are cruel, destructive, and fail to live up to the ideals of America. Regardless of their immigration status, these residents of our communities---friends, neighbors, co-workers, congregants---should not be ripped from their families.

It is immoral to force their return to countries which they may not have seen in decades, and where they may face danger and death. When we tear families apart, we tear apart the fabric of our society. As Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel asked, “How can a human being be illegal?”     Read more...

 

MVP welcomes contributions from individuals, families and non-partisan organizations.

Your tax-deductible contribution will support the renovation and furnishing of the sanctuary space.

Please include the notation of sanctuary in the special instructions box on the donation form.

 

Our non-profit Tax ID # is: 04-3132443

 

Thank you for your generous contribution!