George Michael is a professor on the criminal justice faculty at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. He is the author of Theology of Hate: A History of the World Church of the Creator.
The Trump administration’s immigration policies have prompted a revival of the sanctuary movement.
The Albuquerque Friends Meeting House is currently housing an undocumented immigrant. Quakers have no appointed clergy. Church member Rachel Brackbill can handle questions from the press.
The Massachusetts Communities Action Network is a network of faith communities throughout the state that works for social justice and is participating in the sanctuary movement through PICO. Janine Carreiro-Young is deputy director.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia, Mo., is new to the sanctuary movement. Its pastor, the Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, called the decision to join “a process of discernment.”
Lincoln United Methodist Church in Chicago is housing an undocumented immigrant. The Rev. Emma Lozano is pastor.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Dorchester, Mass., is a member of its local sanctuary movement group and is hosting an undocumented immigrant. The Rev. Edwin Johnson is the lead pastor and Savannah Hauge is the church’s sanctuary coordinator.
Sanctuary Not Deportation is a national umbrella organization dedicated to organizing local faith communities in the new sanctuary movement.
Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Ariz., has participated in the sanctuary movement since its first wave in the 1980s. In addition to continuing to house undocumented immigrants, it organizes other congregations throughout the nation in the new sanctuary movement. The Rev. Alison Harrington is pastor.