You, the friends and members of the UUFP do so much here at the Fellowship. You devote hundreds of hours and you gift thousands of dollars.
This Monday series will highlight the impact you make by looking at who you touch.
How much have we changed over the years?
Turns out, not as much as you might think.
- In 1939 94% of Americans were appalled by the treatment of Jews in Germany but 72% said that we should not allow anymore Jews into the U.S.
- In 2016, 28% of Americans said they that they don’t support “conducting airstrikes against violent Islamic extremist groups” but 64% said that we should not allow anymore Syrians into the U.S.
We support the many activities of the Unitarian Universalist Association. The New Sanctuary Movement, now called Sanctuary 2014, is a growing movement of faith and immigrant communities doing what Congress and the Administration refuse to do: protect and stand with immigrants facing deportation.
In what became known as the Munich Pact, it agreed to the German annexation of the Sudetenland in exchange for a pledge of peace from Hitler. The agreement stunned Unitarians in the United States. They had close ties to Czech churches. The flow of political dissidents, Jews, and other refugees from Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland into the Unitarian church in Prague increased.
In 1939 Waitstill Sharp was a minister in the Unitarian church in Wellesley, Massachusetts. His wife, Martha, was a noted social worker. During World War II, Martha and Waitstill Sharp helped hundreds of people escape from Nazi persecution in Czechoslovakia even participating in money laundering to ensure that survivors would have their money after the war.
How hard it must have been to send your children to a foreign country (sanctuary) knowing you probably wouldn’t see them again? And today, parents are making the same unimaginable choice in Syria and Mexico.