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Monday, March 1, 2010

Solidarity Then and Now -- Storytelling and Inspiration from the 1980s Sanctuary Movement and the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia

Come to Tabernacle United Church on Thursday, March 4th, from 7 - 9 pm, for an evening of storytelling and inspiration with Philadelphia leaders from the ORIGINAL Sanctuary Movement of the 1980s together with the NEW Sanctuary Movement (NSM) of Philadelphia.  Tabernacle is located at Chestnut and 37th Street in Philadelphia, with the entrance on 37th.  All are welcome! Bring friends.

Families from El Salvador and Guatemala who were accompanied by the Philadelphia sanctuary congregations in the 1980s will be present to tell about their experience. NSM will honor Philadelphia congregations that were part of the 1980s sanctuary movement, including Central Baptist Church, FUMCOG, Tabernacle, St. Vincents, Germantown Friends, Chestnut Hill Friends, Mishkan Shalom, Beth David, and others.  NSM will also officially welcome Mishkan Shalom and Visitation BVM (and possibly one more) as the first congregations to affiliate with Philadelphia NSM.

More info about NSM and details about this event at  Join the "New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia" Facebook group to find out about upcoming events and advocacy actions.

Other highlights of the "Solidarity Then and Now" evening include --

Spoken Word performance by Ruben and Anthony about current realities in the Philadelphia immigrant community today.

Solo dance reflection on immigration by Yatz, accompanied by Juan on guitar.

Porfolio of photographs from the 1980s sanctuary movement by photographer and activist Harvey Finkle. See his current work photographing Indonesian, Burmese, Cambodian, and Mexican communities in Philadelphia at

NSM will share about the Storytelling Project, with personal story sharing by one of the project participants from South Philly. Learn more here.