Faith In Action
The Department of Homeland Security recently issued a proposed rule changing the definition of what it means to be a “public charge.” These new rules could potentially impact the life and well-being of millions of immigrant families. Currently immigrants must meet several requirements before obtaining permanent residency and citizenship.
An assessment of whether an immigrant is a “public charge” evaluates whether that person will rely on public assistance. The new rules greatly expand the definition of what qualifies as a public charge; and if finalized, will penalize tax-paying immigrants’ families and create an immigration system that prioritizes the wealthy few over families working to secure a future in the United States.
In December 2018, government delegates from around the world will meet in Katowice, Poland to decide how to implement the Paris Agreement. The faith community will be there again to support action on climate. Interfaith Power & Light is joining the People’s Demands for Climate Justice -- a joint global call to government delegates demanding that this year’s climate talks actually lead to meaningful, just climate solutions.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is an opportunity for communities to come together and remember transgender people, gender-variant individuals, and those perceived to be transgender who have been murdered because of hate.
BBYO will sponsor an Interfaith Shabbat Dinner for Teens (age 13-18) on Friday, December 7th at 6pm, Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road at Sweetwater. Teen youth groups of many faiths along with their adult youth leaders are invited to attend.
The purpose of the event will be to focus on the similarities between and among us, rather than the differences, and to set the stage for teens to converse with one another and ask questions. There will be a wonderful meal, table discussions, a panel discussion led by religious leaders from each group represented, a gallery walk program and a dessert reception.
From JPAN - Justice and Peace Action Network:
Thank you for all of your faithful work on the UCC Our Faith Our Vote campaign – helping to empower congregations and communities to participate in the 2018 midterm elections. The voting turn out for this election was higher than it has been in decades for a midterm election. It is estimated that 114 million Americans showed up at the polls to make their voice heard. All over the county, you participated in voter registration drives, candidate and issue forums, and voter mobilization efforts. You learned about voter protection efforts and volunteered to make sure everyone could cast their ballot.
You made a difference!
I want to update you about what UCC Disaster Ministries is doing to respond to the California wildfires and how churches can help.
Arizona Foundation for Contemporary Theology will host Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz for a talk entitled Spiritual Courage on November 14 at 7 PM at Congregation Beth Israel located at 10460 North 56th Street in Scottsdale.
Justice events, justice in action, and justice resources from JPANet - the United Church of Christ Justice and Peace Action Network.
by Rev. Dr. Delle McCormick, in her November 7 update from the migrant shelter:
Today, the elections are over and the struggle for justice and joy goes on. Our shelter is operating at capacity and every day we have more new volunteers and organizations that want to partner with us. Every day, many times a day, we witness the transformation of our volunteers, guests, the broad community in Southern Arizona, and beyond. I have so many stories to tell and space only allows me to share a few.