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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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! Read More
I want to update you about what UCC Disaster Ministries is doing to respond to the California wildfires and how churches can help. Read More
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. Read More
Justice events, justice in action, and justice resources from JPANet - the United Church of Christ Justice and Peace Action Network. Read More
by Rev. Dr. Delle McCormick, in her November 7 update from the migrant shelter:
Dear Friends, Read More
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.
From Rocky Mountain Synod ELCA:
The resources in this toolkit are intended to be customizable to your community and your context. There are suggestions for which modules may connect well with one another, but you are encouraged to pick and choose the sessions your community is most interested in, after you have shown or made available the opening video. Read More
Hear the latest updates on immigration policy and advocacy. Learn legal and effective strategies that you can use if you see ICE agents in your community. Read More
While we mourn, we must also take action, and that means showing up and voting. If you went to a vigil this weekend, show up at the polls. If you plan on marching to change the injustices of the world, show up at the polls. Make sure that the people we elect will take bold and dramatic action to end gun violence - and vote to keep those who have done nothing accountable. Read More
In the news of late, much is being reported about the asylum seeker caravan heading north through Mexico to the border of the United States. As Conference Minister of the Southwest Conference UCC, I can say what you hear in the news is often different than what we see and experience here in our Conference’s borderlands. Read More
To be clear, the United Church of Christ stands in full support of the transgender and intersex community. We deplore the abuse of government power and authority that assembles to deprive transgender and intersex Americans from their God-given and constitutionally mandated inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Read More
Information and interest gathering is beginning for a mission work trip to the Virgin Islands to assist in debris removal and cleaning from the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Southwest Conference Disaster Coordinator Phil Shea and a small interest group of about seven others from Scottsdale Congregational and Black Mountain UCC are meeting this week to share date possibilities and details in the hopes of forming a team from the Southwest Conference to respond. Read More
The United States is in a season of great concern over the immigration crisis and the constant rhetoric about the border wall. For nearly twenty years The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ has actively been involved in the humanitarian movement working with migrants in the desert in Southern Arizona as well as advocating for better understanding of immigration and border issues. Read More
by Pastor Delle
I walked on to campus and saw that our dining room, children’s art space, volunteer reception, and guest registration were relocated to shaded space outside on this beautiful Tucson day. Children who had weathered the perilous journey and arrived at our church so exhausted were running around and laughing. Our guests play soccer and help with chores and relax as they sit outdoors, the first moments of true sanctuary/shelter sinking in. While no men came to this morning’s worship, our female guests came with their children. Read More
Black Mountain UCC shipped 51 hygiene kits to Ferncliff Center, which has a 10,000 square foot warehouse, one of two centers designated to receive CWS Gift-of-the-Heart kits from churches around the country. Read More
The conference is open to everyone interested in learning more about advocating on public policies impacting our many neighbors living in poverty and with hunger. Read More
Phil Shea updates us on donations, clean-up buckets/kits, work teams, case managers, and how the UCC Disaster Ministries are ready to help. Read More