Monday, March 6, 2017

Important Action required before THIS Wednesday March 8th when the School Committee Meets:

This week on  Wed., Mar. 8th at the Beverly School Committee meeting,  a second discussion will be held about making our school district a "Sanctuary District" .  If you would like to see this happen  in Beverly, please send the attached letter to the school committee members and mayor.  If you need a bit more information on what this would mean, the letter contains a brief description.  

Here is the list of email addresses.   I've heard back from Kris Silverstein, Lorinda Visnick and John Mulladay.  Apparently they've received MANY letters, but more can only help.   Those of us who support this initiative can also  consider attending the meeting to be part of the discussion.  A copy of the format for the letter/email is also posted below.


His Honor, Mayor Michael P. Cahill
28 Foster Drive
Telephone: 978-605-2333 (o)
978-921-6000 (w)

Rachael Abell – Ward 1
19 Echo Avenue 
Telephone: 617-308-8556 e-mail: 
Paul A. Manzo – Ward 2 Vice President
89 Lovett Street
Telephone: 978-927-9912 (h)
Kris Silverstein – Ward 3 President
44 Longmeadow Road
John J. Mullady – Ward 4
11 Iverson Road
Telephone: 631-338-0217 
Paul Goodwin – Ward 5
26 Michael Road
Telephone: 978-578-4196 
Lorinda Visnick – Ward 6 Secretary
39 Middlebury Lane
Telephone: 978-927-1106 (h) 

Additional links regarding Sanctuary for faith communities:


UU Association:

Sanctuary Movement

Monday, February 13, 2017

Essex County Community Organization

Sanctuary Movement - wikipedia

The rise of giving sanctuary in religious structures

Sanctuary topics from the bible...

In response to the executive order temporarily banning immigrants and refugees from seven predominately Muslim countries, we, the undersigned members of the Beverly Multi-faith Coalition, stand together against intolerance and for compassion.

We stand with those seeking safety from persecution and violence, regardless of their country of origin or faith.  We stand with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, supported by Governor Charlie Baker, in pursuing legal challenges to the order.   We reject the false choice between security and human decency.
The sacred call to protect the vulnerable and the stranger is ancient and universal.  The Torah (also known as the Five Books of Moses) states 36 times – more than any other commandment - that we must not wrong the stranger. The Christian scriptures teach us, in word and deed of Jesus Christ and his disciples, that we have a responsibility to stand up for those amongst us who are the most vulnerable, who have been hurt the most and those who have been least heard. And in the Buddhist Lovingkindness Meditation we are admonished not to despise any being in any state, but to cultivate a boundless mind which cherishes all living beings.
A threat to anyone's religious liberty is a threat to everyone's religious liberty, and we stand solidly with our Muslim brothers and sisters.
We commit ourselves to the sacred work of protecting the dignity of all human beings. May all beings be happy, peaceful, free from suffering, and live in safety.

Rabbi Alison P. Adler
Temple B’nai Abraham, Beverly

Rev. Myozen Joan Amaral
Zen Center North Shore, Beverly

Rev. Kelly Weisman Asprooth-Jackson
First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist, Beverly                   

Dr. Greg Carmer
Pastor, Church in the Cove, NACCC
The Rev. Stephanie Chase Bradbury
Rector, St. John's Episcopal Church, Beverly

The Rev. Manuel P. Faria III
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Beverly
The Rev. Julie R. Flowers, The Rev. Kent Harrop and The Rev. Beth Loughhead                                          Ministerial Team                                                                                                                                                             First Baptist Church in Beverly
The Rev. W. Alan Froggatt                                                                                                                                                  Senior Minister                                                                                                                                                              Second Congregational Church, UCC, Beverly
Rev. Dr. Lawrence P.L. Mbagara, 
Gateway Presbyterian Church of Boston in Beverly
The Rev. Stephen Mott                                                                                                                                                                                  Retired, Beverly Campus of the Living Faith United Methodist Church
North Shore Friends Meeting (Quakers)
Paul Kelly, Clerk
The Rev. Tara K. Olsen Allen 
Pastor for Congregational Life 
Second Congregational Church, UCC, Beverly

The Rev. Dr. Malcolm A. Reid
Assistant Rector and Dir. of Outreach
Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church

Rev. Stephen O. Voysey
Episcopal Priest and Board Chair, Ecclesia Ministries common cathedral, Boston

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Temple B'Nai Abraham
Social Action Resources Website

DRAFT (please send along contacts to Jim Y so he can populate the resource list)
Housing Assistance
Fund to Prevent Homelessness for more info please contact Sandy Freiburg
Family Promise for more info please contact Arnie Cowan

Other assistance
Beverly Bootstraps
Mass Resources - a searchable resource for all kinds of assistance