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

Please pray for the victims and their families who were terrorized at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in California.

Please attend the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) Healthcare Assembly on May 29 from 7 until pm. The location is TBD, and will be announced soon.

To address institutional racism, please call your state representative and Senator, and ask for abolishment of mandatory minimums in sentencing. Ask them to contact the Joint Committee dealing with this legislation. For more background on this...