District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia

Created in 2017, Congregation Action Network is an organizing network of congregations in the DC/MD/VA region that provide support and solidarity to neighbors, friends, and family who fear being detained, deported or profiled.

In the face of hate and discrimination, the Network is committed to showing love, compassion and hospitality.

A primary focus for the Network is Deportation Defense: pulling out all the stops to keep a neighbor facing deportation from being deported. This includes advocacy, community organizing, fundraising, family support, media outreach and communications. Some congregations are also accompanying people to ICE check-ins and legal hearings; holding Defend Your Rights trainings; hosting people who are at risk of deportation; supporting congregations that are hosting; and pressing their cities and states to get ICE out of schools, jails and courts and to end all policies that racially profile and over-incarcerate people of color.

Omar Angel Perez is the lead organizer for the Congregation Action Network. The Network operates under Faith in Action’s LA RED campaign.



Network Member Congregations (July 2019)

Maryland, Montgomery County
  • Adat Shalom
  • Beth Chai
  • Bethesda Friends Meeting
  • Bethesda Presbyterian Church
  • Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Christ Congregational Church
  • Episcopal Church of Our Savior
  • Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW)
  • River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation
  • Sandy Spring Friends Meeting
  • Shirat HaNefesh (Song of the Soul)
  • St. Camillus Catholic Church
  • Temple Emmanuel
  • Temple Shalom
  • Vedanta Center of Greater Washington
  • Westmoreland United Church of Christ
Maryland, Prince George’s County
  • College Park Church of the Nazarene
  • College Park United Methodist Church
  • Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Hyattsville Mennonite Church
  • Mowatt Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Muslimat Al Nisaa Shelter
  • Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church
  • St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church/Iglesia San Mateo
  • University United Methodist Church
Northern Virginia
  • All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)
  • Beverley Hills Community UMC
  • Great River Tendai Sangha
  • Herndon Friends Meeting
  • Kol Ami: Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community
  • Langley Hill Friends Meeting
  • Rock Spring UCC
  • Temple Rodef Shalom
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax
  • Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston
  • United Christian Parish – Reston
  • Wellspring UCC
Washington, DC
  • 19th Street Baptist Church
  • All Souls Church, Unitarian
  • Assisi Community
  • Calvary Baptist Church
  • Calvary Episcopal Church
  • Capital City Church
  • Cleveland Park Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC)
  • Community of Sant’Egidio
  • Dorothy Day Catholic Worker community
  • Dumbarton United Methodist Church
  • First Congregation UCC
  • Foundry United Methodist Church
  • Friends Meeting of Washington
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Church
  • Inspire DC
  • Luther Place Memorial Church
  • Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal
  • National City Christian Church
  • New Community Church
  • New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
  • Nineteenth Street Baptist Church
  • Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church
  • Seekers Church
  • St. Stephen and the Incarnation
  • Temple Sinai
  • The District Church
  • The Sanctuaries DC
  • The Table Church
  • Washington Ethical Society
  • Washington National Cathedral
  • Western Presbyterian

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