On Thursday, August 8, we held an “accompaniment” training in collaboration with Central Synagogue. The New Sanctuary Coalition’s “accompaniment” program adds dignity to immigration proceedings by matching volunteers with undocumented men and women already in the process of deportation. Volunteers accompany undocumented men and women to their appointments with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The goal is to offer support and companionship to those in difficult situations. If you are interested in learning more, click here.

We invite your prayers over these next forty days.

Tuesday, June 16 we held a prayer service in collaboration with Central Synagogue to witness to the humanitarian crisis that's unfolding at the Mexican border with asylum seekers, particularly children. We were also joined by the dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union, Kelly Brown Douglas. Our purpose was to make clear the moral call for care for those we welcome across our border and to ensure that the current situation remains visible in the days ahead.

At the service we said together a prayer-- written by Rabbi Nicole Auerbach with support from the Rev. Cindy Stravers-- that we can pray together over the next forty days. You can find it below. Practicing our faith through a rhythm of prayer is central to both the Jewish and Christian traditions.

We're delighted that Bishop Mary Glasspool has collaborated with us on the effort. She's prepared a video call to action that we've also included below.

Our focus continues to be on the humanitarian situation at the border that challenges both our civic tradition and our faith commitments. The time together at Central Synagogue felt like a blessing because of our shared belief in human dignity and shared commitment to work for communities that provide safety, welcome, and belonging.

We invite your prayers over these next forty days.