Connecting With social action
We leave our Sunday service inspired by the scriptures to work for justice in our community and in the wider world.
One group has taken on the welcoming of immigrants and refugees. In 2017 we voted unanimously to become a Sanctuary Church, joining with other local faith communities to shelter and protect our immigrant brothers and sisters. Our efforts include providing a temporary living space for asylees in our hospitality suite, working with New Sanctuary Coalition on accompanying asylees to court appearances, assisting them in completing applications for asylum and letter writing in support of of asylees with upcoming court appearances,
Letter Writing on behalf of New Sanctuary Coalition Friend with upcoming court appearance.
Another group is working for climate justice and caring for creation. We study, write, visit legislators, lobby in the capitol and support the young people who are demanding that our leaders take action so that they will have a future. We support each other in this challenging work as we move forward with faith and hope.
OSA members join in the December 6, 2019 Climate Action outside of Congressman Espaillat's office at 181st Street and Bennett Avenue
Recent photos and video:
Pastor John, member of OSA and community group leaders meeting with New York State Senator Robert Jackson regarding passage of the Climate and Community Protection Act.
OSA members participating in the May Extinction Rebellion event near City Hall in NYC.