Standing Together: Justice for and with our Immigrant Neighbors
Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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Woburn UMC
523 Main St.
Woburn, MA

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Rev. We Chang

This event is co-hosted by the Conference Board of Church & Society, New England Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON), and General Board of Church and Society (GBCS). 

The main components include:
  • Immigration information updates for immigrants and their allies. Information on their rights and about how to respond to an immigration raid/deportation will be shared. 
  • How Congregations can engage in immigration justice: GBCS staff will lead this session to discuss the Sanctuary Movement and other faithful options.
  • Training: We hope to invite leaders from other areas of the Conference to come and learn in order to offer a similar events in other areas of New England  

Here is the schedule for the day:
  • 10-10:15 a.m. Gathering/Opening Worship
  • 10:15 - noon Program: “Know Your Rights” by Toni Machowski, program director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). This session will be translated into Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Noon to 1 p.m.: Lunch and breakout session for Q & A among immigrants
  • 1-2:45 p.m.: Program by Kristin Kumpf, director of organizing, GBCS. This program will be a working time for the participants. Folks are encouraged to come as teams from their churches, districts or communities.
  • 1-2:45 p.m.: Rev. Robin Hynicka from Arch Street UMC in Philadelphia will share his congregation's experience of becoming a Sanctuary congregation.Currently an immigrant father with two children are staying at Arch Street Church.
  • 2-3 p.m. gather for closing

Registration deadline is Jan. 25.
Questions? Contact Rev. We Chang at
Attached Files

standing together flyer (2).pdf