Today too many of our families and neighbors are living in constant fear and anxiety. Missouri Faith Voices is committed to working with congregations and community groups to create a sanctuary network that provides support and solidarity to neighbors, friends, and family who fear being detained, deported or profiled.
In the face of hate and discrimination we are committed to showing love, compassion and hospitality. We want to send a strong message to our neighbors that we are with them, we are glad they are here, and we will do all that we can to be sanctuary for them.
To date, we have established a mid-Missouri sanctuary network. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia is core sanctuary congregation anchoring the network.
Faith Voices of Columbia has engaged several congregations in becoming sanctuary and solidarity congregations, supported Know your Rights and Family Preparedness trainings for immigrants and refugees, advocated to the Columbia school board to defend immigrant rights, and trained faith leaders in accompaniment and how we can provide support and witness to immigrants in the legal process.