South Sound Faith Network for Immigration and Refugee Support

The South Sound Faith Network for Immigration and Refugee Support consists of representatives from area faith/spiritual communities. To date, at least ten congregations have come together to explore how to support immigrants at risk of deportation, including the possibility of providing physical sanctuary. All faith/spiritual communities are welcome to join.

Meetings take place on the second Tuesday evening of each month at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th SE, in downtown Olympia, at 6PM


In the spring of 2018, the Faith Network developed a Statement of Mutual Aid, and asks that local faith communities consider formally endorsing this statement of support. You can upload and read the Statement here.

The Network also encourages individual community members and non-faith organizations & associations to sign a Letter of Support (click here).

Th faith communities below are on record as officially supporting the Statement and more are joining in support.

Community for Interfaith Celebration

Fellowship of Reconciliation
First Christian Church
First United Methodist Church of Olympia
Holy Wisdom Inclusive Catholic Community (individual signers)
Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Religious Society of Friends
St. John’s Episcopal Church
St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, Olympia
South Sound Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Temple Beth Hatfiloh
The United Churches of Olympia
Unity of Olympia





At this time, endorsements of Statement or signed letters of Support can be delivered to Interfaith Works acting on behalf of the South Sound Faith Network.

Links to Resources

About faith communities or consortia of congregations providing sanctuary across the country:    (Madison Coalition)
    (40 page handbook) . (Tucson, Arizona)


Links to news stories

A sanctuary of one

Facing deportation after 30 years in the United States, a woman’s decision to take refuge in a church is changing the lives of a rallying community — and her own spirit.



Two articles from the Chinook Observer about the impact of ICE raids on the Long Beach Peninsula:

Community in Crisis:  ‘We’re watching them watch us…’ – March 6, 2018


Community in Crisis:  Engulfed by a wary stillness, as ICE wears on – March 14, 2018


From the BBC website Jan. 15, 2018, a story focusing on Pacific County in southwest Washington State:

or visit the BBC site directly:

Seattle Times
November 9, 2017

“A Washington county that went for Trump is shaken as immigrant neighbors start disappearing”

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