Cambridge Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition

At its 2017 annual meeting, First Church agreed to partner with other Boston-area groups to form the Cambridge Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition. The Coalitiln is committed to supporting members of area communities who are under threat of deportationCurrent members are:

Read the Cambridge Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition (formerly Harvard Square Sanctuary Coalition) Covenant (PDF).

To contact the Cambridge Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, email



2017 Bostonians of the Year Honorable Mentions: The Protectors: Churches offer sanctuary to immigrants facing deportation
by Brian McQuarrie, Boston Globe, December 13, 2017

Sanctuary at University Lutheran
by Jeff Favre, 
Living Lutheran
 Magazine, November 2017, pp. 50-52

Ecuadorian Family Finds Refuge In Cambridge Church, Fights To Stay In US
by Gabrielle Emanuel, WGBH News, July 25, 2017

Harvard Divinity students walk alongside unauthorized immigrants
by Lisa Wangsness, Boston Globe, June 20, 2017

Cambridge Church Protects Undocumented Immigrant From Deportation
by Beth Germano, CBSBoston, May 31, 2017

Woman Facing Deportation Seeks Sanctuary in Cambridge Church
The Associated Press, May 31, 2017

Immigrant From Ecuador Seeks Sanctuary in Cambridge Church
by Eli Rosenberg, NECN, May 31, 2017

In a first for Mass., undocumented immigrant seeks refuge in Cambridge church
by Lisa Wangsness, The Boston Globe, May 31, 2017

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. 


First Church is also a member of the Boston New Sanctuary Movement which seeks to educate ourselves and the larger Boston area on immigration issues and also advocates for comprehensive immigration reform. First Church became a member in 2011.


Ann Curby

The First Church Shelter, located in the  basement of our church building, co-funded by First Church in Cambridge and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has served dinner to fourteen guests every night for the last thirty years. The vast majority...

Volunteer signups are underway for the Friday Café! The Friday Café is a weekly community gathering space, where neighbors experiencing homelessness and food insecurity can relax and eat. It’s also a place of encounter, where people can get to...