2018 Annual Celebration Reflections

ECM celebrates our 2018 Awardees - courageous faith and spirituality-rooted leaders working for immigrant justice. To learn more about Alexie Torres, the Reverend Dorothella Littlepage, and St. Paul's Newton Highlands, click here!

Thank you for attending Episcopal City Mission's 2018 Annual Celebration, Prophetic Hope: The Soul of the City, and for making the evening such an inspired night. It was the launch of the renewed focus of our strategic plan and we are delighted that you could be part of this important milestone. You can see photos from the event on ECM's Facebook page - even if you do not personally have a Facebook page!

While the evening was very special, we welcome your feedback and reflections about opportunities to enhance the event even further. Please take 5 minutes to give feedback on the event through this short survey.

Today, we witness moral crises at the highest echelons of our political leadership as our President equates asylum seekers and refugees with pests and shamelessly supports the elimination of the most basic constitutional due process protections that residents enjoy. These developments have happened against the backdrop of children of all ages being separated from parents and detained in cages in warehouses. Families have arrived at our borders fleeing violent persecution, death threats and grinding poverty. Why else would anyone consider coming to this country with their children at this time? These unjust practices deny the humanity and dignity of those who have risked their lives for safety.

In this difficult and challenging moment, ECM calls on each of us to embrace prophetic hope through action. Join a Families Belong Together rally this weekend, join a prayerful and educational evening on the North Shore; find solace at a local house of worship this weekend or join ECM's advocacy work as we vigorously advocate for just and equitable pathways to citizenship; or make a donation to our campaign.

ECM's vision is that every detainee in Massachusetts must have effective counsel and be known and accompanied through the difficult process of establishing permanent residency.  Statistics show 68% of people detained by ICE are ultimately allowed to remain in the US when they have access to legal counsel and can mount their case from outside prison walls.

Our ambitious and immediate funding goal is to raise $500,000 to increase the number of lawyers available for this challenging work and to engage parishes and communities of faith to walk with their brothers and sisters as unabashed allies in this difficult time. Click here to contribute today.

Please stay in touch and let us know about how you manifest hope through action. See this action alert from ECM about more ways you can taking action and keep families together today.

We take comfort in remembering the prophetic words of Cornel West who implored us to "Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public." May we each find opportunities to publicly demonstrate love in the coming days as we take steps toward justice.

We are so grateful to be joining you to demonstrate love doing justice.

The ECM Team
The Rev. Arrington Chambliss
Natalie Finstad
Ellen Sheehy
Yani Burgos
Caroline Weeks
Lily Luo
The Rev. Dr. Michael Melendez
Dan Gelbtuch
The Reverend Amy Whitcomb Slemmer