Stop USDA from Restricting SNAP Benefits

Stop USDA from Restricting SNAP Benefits

from justice and peace action network:

Earlier this year the Administration posted a notice for proposed rulemaking through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to restrict states' flexibility to provide vital nutrition support to people who struggle to feed themselves and their families. It is estimated this change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would result in 755,000 people losing access to life-saving nutrition benefits.

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Take Action on Dangerous Mercury Standards Rollback

Take Action on Dangerous Mercury Standards Rollback

As people of faith we strive not only for environmental stewardship but to protect human health and wellbeing. Rolling back mercury pollution standards does not fulfill the EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment and fails in our duty to safeguard God’s creation. The current Mercury and Air Toxic Standards help us in our pursuit to care for God’s creation and uphold the common good.

You can help by writing a public comment opposing the proposed rule. The deadline for comments is April 4 and having a significant number of comments will impact the final rule.

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Golden Rule Banquet

Golden Rule Banquet

As the Vice President of Education for The Arizona Interfaith Movement, Rev. Rock Fremont would like to invite you to join him at the Shepherd of the Hills Table at the 14th Annual Golden Rule Awards Banquet! Read on to learn about this year's honorees, truly those who are "living out" the Golden Rule.

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Faith to Ford

Faith to Ford

The UCC has joined with Interfaith Power and Light and United Methodist Women in a campaign called “Faith to Ford” calling Ford to account for their actions. A group of UCC and UMC Albuquerque residents, including our own Joyce Overton and Randy Madonna, will be visiting our local Ford dealerships on March 13 to discuss this change of policy. Please consider signing the petition to stand in solidarity with them.

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Temporary space for asylum-seekers in Phoenix

Temporary space for asylum-seekers in Phoenix

The International Rescue Committee (www.rescue.org/phoenix) is looking for help to provide temporary shelter and support to immigrant families seeking asylum in Phoenix.

The families that need our help are in legal proceedings to seek asylum, and have recently been released from Immigration Customs Enforcement. They just need shelter for 48 to 72 hours until volunteers can arrange their travel out of state to join their sponsors.

We are looking for help providing a temporary place to stay, meals, in-kind donations or volunteers support for families. If a congregation can only provide a space, IRC can rally food, donations and volunteers to do the rest.

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Rebel & Divine Opening Their First Housing Program!

Rebel & Divine Opening Their First Housing Program!

Rebel & Divine will be opening a house in Arizona City that will house up to 10 people experiencing homelessness with the goal of getting them healthy, employed, and into their own housing.

R & D is looking for individuals that would help run the program. Compensation will be $13-$15 per hour, depending on experience. A clean background is a must. If interested, call Daniel at (480) 570-5500.

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The Ethics of Hospitality: An Interfaith Response to US Immigration Policies

The Ethics of Hospitality: An Interfaith Response to US Immigration Policies

Set against an ethical-theological-philosophical framework of the role of love in the Abrahamic tradition, it highlights the heart-wrenching witness of refugee families seeking asylum from the Northern Triangle in Central America to the U.S. The book originated from the author’s four years as a volunteer chaplain with the families, two while she facilitated art as spiritual care inside an immigrant family detention center located in Texas.

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The New Mexico legislature website

The Green Team at First Congregational UCC Albuquerque shared this helpful article in their February newsletter:

The New Mexico legislature is hard at work examining hundreds of bills. We will be affected by whatever is ultimately passed on to the governor for her signature as well as whatever is consigned to the legislative dustbin. Our news media simply can’t cover all the legislation—there’s too much! Is there a bill that you are passionate about? Take a good look at the website nmlegis.gov. You can learn a lot!

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Justice Leads to Unity, Says United Church of Christ Leader at Ecumenical Prayer Service

Justice Leads to Unity, Says United Church of Christ Leader at Ecumenical Prayer Service

“With Christ as our head, each of our churches is a part of the Body of Christ. By the grace given to each of us let everyone among us not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned,” said the Rev. Dr. William Lyons, conference minister of the United Church of Christ’s Southwest Conference in his reflection. “Let our love be genuine. And let us walk the path into unity by doing the kind of justice together.”

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Port Arthur Disaster Recovery Trip Cancelled

The March Disaster Ministries Work Team trip to Port Arthur Texas has been cancelled. For a variety of reasons the March date was no longer viable. The need in Port Arthur and other locations continues and we will re-evaluate other dates. If you or your congregation are interested in forming or being part of a disaster recovery work team, please contact Phil Shea at philofthedesert@yahoo.com or 602-663-5065.

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