For our February coalition meeting, we're extending a special invitation to the original Philadelphia Sanctuary Congregations from the 1980s to share stories about their vision and passion. And we'll be sharing stories about this NEW Sanctuary Movement happening now in Philadelphia.
This special gathering will be held at Tabernacle United Church (Chestnut and 37th), which was the first Philadelphia congregation to declare sanctuary status in the original movement.
There are several goals:
1) To celebrate the passions and visions that created the original movement in a reunion of those Philadelphia Sanctuary congregations
2) To hear stories of that rich history in order to be inspired by and to learn from that collective wisdom for NSM's work today
3) To share the NSM vision and to forge personal relationships with the network of Sanctuary congregations
4) To invite individuals and congregations to reaffirm a commitment to stand in solidarity with immigrant communities in Philadelphia today, especially through NSM's campaign to end the "Secure Communities" program in the city
More details to follow, but save the date now!