Who We Are
We are an interfaith, multicultural immigrant justice movement organizing communities to end injustices against immigrants, regardless of status.
New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia builds community across faith, ethnicity, and class in our work to end injustices against immigrants regardless of immigration status, express radical welcome for all, and ensure that values of dignity, justice, and hospitality are lived out in practice and upheld in policy.
We work together to bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice and transform our communities into a place where immigrants, families, friends, and neighbors are safe, respected, and welcomed; where economic, spiritual, and emotional wholeness are realized; and where borders and divisions disappear as we build a community welcoming to everyone. Read our 2017 Statement on Sanctuary.
Through grassroots organizing led by affected immigrants, we fight and win immigrant justice campaigns with our members across nationality, faith, class, and immigration status. Our community organizing in Philadelphia builds power in immigrant communities to alter the power imbalance, organizes direct action campaigns, builds the individual and collective capacity of the immigrant community and brings immigrant and ally communities together in solidarity to work for change. Read more about our organizing model here.
Our Member Congregations
Our member congregations form the backbone of our interfaith immigrant justice movement. Comprised of even numbers of immigrant and allied citizen faith communities, our member congregations participate in trainings, workshops, campaigns, events, and accompany families facing deportation.
Our member congregations include:
Arch Street United Methodist Church
Calvary United Methodist Church
Central Baptist Church of Wayne
Centro Cristiano de la Roca
Church of the Advocate
Eglise Evangelique Haitienne
Faith Emmanuel Church
First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
Germantown Mennonite Church
Holy Innocents Parish
Indonesian Bethel Church House of Prayer for All Nations
Indonesian Christian Church
Kol Tzedek Synagogue
Mishkan Shalom Synagogue
Nations Worship Center
Our Mother of Consolation Peace and Justice Committee
Oxford Circle Mennonite Church
Tabernacle United Church
Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel
Tikkun Olam Chavurah
Sisters of St Joseph, Chestnut Hill
Sisters of St. Joseph Welcome Center
St. Joan of Arc Parish
St. Peter the Apostle Parish
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Martin of Tours
St. Vincent de Paul R.C. Church
West Kensington Ministry
Unitarian Society of Germantown
Visitation BVM Church
Old St. Joseph’s Church
Supporting our congregational organizing is a wide network of individuals, organizations, and faith communities. In living our values, we seek healing and wholeness. We are actively creating the world we all desire. We are an open, inclusive movement, welcoming everyone who shares our values of:
As brothers and sisters, we treat everyone with deep honor and respect. We affirm the creative, active power of every individual to make our community and the world better.
In an inclusive community, we find shared strength, power, and wisdom that allow us to realize our full potential. For this reason, we intentionally nurture relationships and invite all people to participate.
We believe that we all have something to give and something to gain. When all are invited to the table, everyone benefits. In the spirit of mutual trust, we share as equals, learning from each other and growing as individuals.
Inspired by the legacy of people of faith who have joined together in creative, peaceful movements for social change, we confront violent structures and actions with bold compassion and courageous love. We draw on our collective courage and strength to stand up for the rights of all people, regardless of immigration status.
This broad-based grassroots movement is organized by a professional team that facilitates relationships across faith, ethnicity, and class. Click our photos to learn more about us.