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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 accompany others in two ways: 

  1. Showing up to pray at organized vigils in Boston and by witnessing at "Jericho Walks" (see below) in Burlington
  2. Supporting First Parish in Bedford who is providing sanctuary to somebody right now. Along with several other churches our members volunteer at First Parish. 

Join us for these events:

  • Prayer Vigil in Boston:  Visit this page again for prayer vigils in September and October 2018. 

  • Jericho Walk in Burlington: Thursday, 26 July at 8:00am outside the Immigration, Customs & Enforcement agency, 100 District Avenue, Burlington. To carpool from the Church of the Epiphany meet at 7:30am in front of the church. 


Prayer Vigils & Jericho Walks


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. 

Jericho Walks in Burlington

 A Jericho Walkis a symbolic and religious witness outside the ICE's offices 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 Jericho Walk lasts about 1 hour, and they're actions rooted in interfaith prayer and solidarity. The Jericho Walk is a fundamentally peaceful protest against the cruel, arbitrary and inhumane practices in which ICE engages, separating families and uprooting peaceful and productive neighbors and friends. It is not in response to, nor does it target, party politics. Rather, it is an expression of the certainty we draw from our faith: that deporting peaceful people is wrong and that ripping families apart harms many and helps no-one. 

The two messages we’re focusing in on for this particular walk are “Let Our Neighbors Stay” and “Keep Families Together.” For more information about Accompaniment or Jericho Walk contact Pam Chester. 



Sanctuary Support


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 First Parish in Bedford, a church who is giving sanctuary to person(s) facing deportation. We are doing this with 9 other faith communities. 

We need volunteers to serve 4 hour shifts. Most volunteers work 2 shifts each month, always with a second volunteer. The primary duty of volunteers is to be a supportive presence to the person in Sanctuary. Comprehensive training, a CORI background, and supervision is provided, both by First Parish in Bedford, and by the Parish of the Epiphany. 

After a volunteer has received training she or he is entered into First Parish of Bedford's database and can sign-up directly for the shifts. This ministry is part of our parish's commitment to justice for immigrants.

For more information contact Judy Cotton or Nelia Newell who are coordinating our ministry with First Parish in Bedford. 



Scenes from 29 April vigil in Boston:

          


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70 Church Street
Winchester, MA 01890
Phone: 781.729.1922
office@3crowns.org

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