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.
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:
Join us for these two upcoming events:.
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
Scenes from 29 April vigil in Boston: