Sanctuary, Immigration & Refugees

First Church Berkeley is involved in several ways with issues related to the Sanctuary movement, immigration and refugees.

These are some of the stories about the church's involvement over time.

Senior Minister Molly Baskette and members of the Fir

On Sunday, January 27, The Ministry of Families, Children and Youth (FamChY) will sponsor another Church World Service (CWS) Disaster Relief project

There’s good news for the family that the Accompaniment Team has been supporting.

First Church will be participating in Puente de Costa Sur’s annual school supply drive by collecting items on Sundays July 15 & 22.

Alexa and Dianeth still need your support!

First Church will be participating in Puente de Costa Sur’s annual school supply drive by collecting items on Sundays July 15 & 22.

Families Belong Together, a coalition opposed to the cruel, inhumane and unjustified separation of children from their parents along the U.S.

Many members of the First Church community are expressing concern about the issue of children being separated from their parents at the border and wondering how to respond.

There is interest in expanding the FCCB sanctuary ministry to include sponsorship and housing of an immigrant/refugee. 

Come join First Church’s Accompaniment Team (a subset of our Sanctuary Ministry Team) for an

On Saturday, June 9, a vigil was held at the West County Detention Center.

For over three decades, US immigration policies have become increasingly harsh, a trend that is only becoming worse under the Trump Administration.

On Sunday, March 18 after worship, FamChY (Ministry for Families, Children and Youth) invites church families and others to help

All are invited to learn about the work of the Sanctuary Ministry Team, on Sunday, March 18 in Loper Chapel at 11:45 am.

The Sanctuary Ministry Team announces the formation of a new Accompaniment Team comprised of Reverend Molly

On Sunday, June 18 First Congregational Church of Berkeley, United Church of Christ voted unanimously to sign the National Sanctuary Movement Pledge (below) and formally establish itself as a Sanct

The Church Council has called a meeting of the congregation on Sunday, June 18 to vote to sign the National Sanctuary Movement Pledge

Some members of the community have raised the issue of how First Church might be involved in the Sanctuary Movement to support immigrants and refugees.

At the Learning Hour on Sunday, March 12, First Church member Victoria Purcell-Gates will report on her trip to Honduras as part

A group of First Church members are moving toward creating a Children at the Border Ministry Team.

Members of Children at the Border/Sanctuary, First Church?s newest ministry team, are actively answering the ?call from the

The First Church Children from the Border Ministry Team invites you to attend a Posada celebrating recently arrived immigrants in our community.

First Church has been at the forefront of providing aid and support for the “Children from the Border” immigrants and refugees.

First Church is responding to the recent wave of youth immigration into the US from Central America.

The Children from the Border Ministry Team shares an opportunity to work with youth refuguees who have settled in the Bay Area.

First Church’s Children at the Border/Sanctuary Ministry Team is celebrating the Global Citizens Award from the East Bay United Nation’s Chapter t