Faith In Action
The Southwest Conference UCC is one of 39 supporting respondents in an interfaith amicus brief that was filed this past Monday, September 18 by Morrison & Foerster LLP at the U.S. Supreme Court to express our opposition to the Executive Order banning entrance to our country by the nationals of six predominantly Muslim nations and all refugees.
Sheryl Bronkesh, chair of Generations After - Descendants of Holocaust Survivors in Greater Phoenix, is reaching out to area churches to tell them about a program available in the Valley - Willesden Read. This program is based on the memoir, The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek. The program is sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Phoenix Holocaust Survivors' Association, Generations After, and Scottsdale Community College.
Support YOUR LOCAL DREAMERS. If you have asked "What can I do to help?" Here is your chance. Donate to help fund the final DACA renewals before October 5th.
Please see the updates below on UCC Disaster Ministries’ efforts following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We are starting to hear from some of our conference churches and members about how they are planning to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery. Next week we will share some examples and creative ways people are offering to help. We encourage you to donate to UCC Disaster Ministries through your congregation
The nearly 15 million people who call the Southern Border region home are part of a vibrant community that contributes to and strengthens our nation. But for decades, border communities have endured hyper militarization to the detriment of our economy, our safety, and our dignity. It’s time for common-sense border policies that revitalize, not militarize, our communities, and do the following:
To speak out that “less lethal” force is not acceptable when American citizens are acting within their constitutional rights, you may attend local listening sessions hosted by representatives from the police and mayor’s office who will be receiving questions and comments from the public.
The Conference Minister for the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ, Rev. Dr. Bill Lyons, has issued the following statement regarding the administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy.
As we mark Just Peace Sunday on Sept. 17, we share John Leung's sermon from August 6, which he kindly forwarded to us.
Terminating DACA would mean turning our nation’s back on immigrant youth who are valued members of our communities. The consequences of repealing DACA would be severe and profound, as it would put the nearly 800,000 dreamers at immediate risk of deportation.