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Social Advocacy and Witness

Social Advocacy & Witness

"If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:17

We are a faith community committed to social and political witness, to advocate for those who have no helper, and to follow Jesus into places of tumult and loss. 

Immigration Justice

We invite all people to join our advocacy and witness to accompany people facing detention and deportation from the federal government's Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement agency. There are many in our parish committed to this ministry. For more information contact Rosalyn Nazzaro, who is overseeing this aspect of our congregation's outward-facing mission. To join us, and to receive urgent requests for participation contact the parish office

 We are called to three areas:

  1.  Accompaniment
  2.  Prayer Vigils in Boston
  3.  Sanctuary ministry at First Parish in Bedford 

Join us for these two upcoming events:

          • Jericho Walk: Monday, 21 May 2018, 7:45am at Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement agency in Burlington, Massachusetts. For more information contact Pam Chester.
          • Prayer Vigil in Boston: Sunday, 3 June 2018, 2:00pm at Suffolk County detention center, 20 Bradston Street, Boston. We leave from the Parish of the Epiphany at 1:30pm to carpool, and are usually back in Winchester before 4:00pm. For more information contact Thomas Brown.

Accompaniment in Burlington: Jericho Walks

In addition to specific requests all are invited to a monthly gathering, known as Jericho Walk, a symbolic and religious witness outside the ICE's offices at 10 New England Executive Park in Burlington. Taking our lead from the Old Testament story "by faith the walls of Jericho fell," we join an interfaith group to march peaceably seven times around the ICE building carrying signs, singing, and chanting. The next Jericho Walk is Monday, 21 May at 7:45am. For more information about Accompaniment or Jericho Walk contact Pam Chester. 

Prayer Vigils in Boston

We gather one Sunday each month in Boston with other people of many faiths to pray outside of a Suffolk County building where immigrants are detained. Our praying and singing puts us in solidarity with men whom we can visibly see, and who can see us. You are invited to join us.  We meet in front of our church at 1:30pm (70 Church Street in Winchester) to carpool. The vigil begins at 2:00pm at 20 Bradston Street in Boston; we are usually back in Winchester by 3:30pm. 

Practical Support for First Parish in Bedford

The Parish of the Epiphany has declared ourselves "a sanctuary church." For us this will mean providing practical support to a place of worship who provides physical sanctuary to person(s) facing deportation. We need volunteers now to serve at First Parish in Bedford where a woman is being given sanctuary. There are many opportunities, both days and nights; a background check is required and training and orientation will be provided beforehand. For more information contact 
Judy Cotton or Nelia Newell, parishioners who are coordinating our efforts with First Parish in Bedford.  justice for immigrants.

Scenes from 29 April vigil in Boston:


Location & Contact

70 Church Street
Winchester, MA 01890
Phone: 781.729.1922



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