Immigration & Accompaniment: Our Ministry
Immigrant Housing & Accompaniment
“Dear America, is this what you really want?        Do you even know what is happening
in your name?”
                               – Jose Antonio Vargas
 
We believe in solidarity and compassion, in all the ways Jesus invites courage and kindness in practical ministries and efforts.  As a congregation, we’re partnering with the Seacoast Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition and the UCC’s own Immigrant and Refugee Support Group to support immigrants detained (and harrassed) by ICE in New Hampshire and beyond.  Their journey to freedom and safety is OUR journey to freedom and safety.  That’s what discipleship means to us.
Conversations: Immigration & Accompaniment
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In the Spring of 2020, friends from the Community Church began the life-changing journey of accompaniment: we began caring for a Cameroonian man who has been held as a prisoner in the US since arriving on our shores over two years ago.  We have helped house him, provide medical assistance for him and advocate for him.  His hope is simply to live a life free of violence and persecution.
 
Our journey into accompaniment has been stressful, scary and confusing, but it has left us changed and forever grateful for our relationship with him.  What follows here are some of our reflections on this experience, unpacked through a series of “raw and ragged” conversations.  Through this series of conversations, we’re seeking to, in some small way, share what we’ve learned about being the Church, about our faith, and about our country.
 
Here’ is Part One:              with Jon Bromley in conversation with            Dave Grishaw-Jones

Be the Change: Taking Action
 
We wonder: “What can we do?  What can one person do?”  First, you can take action!  See our action alerts and use the energy and time you have to do something.  Write a letter.  Sign on to a campaign.  Make your voice heard.  Second, join us.  We are stronger and wiser in community, as we collaborate and strategize in action together.  Be in touch with us at the church and let us know you’re ready to join the team.  Whatever your religious background, whatever your theological bent, we’ll put you to work!