Advocate for the Rights of Palestinian Children

Advocate for the Rights of Palestinian Children

from the Justice Peace and Action Network of the United Church of Christ

Between 500 and 700 Palestinian children are detained by and prosecuted in Israeli military courts each year. Since 2000, more than 10,000 children have been subjected to the military court system, which does not guarantee their rights of due process, highlighting the two-tiered system of justice in the occupied Palestinian territories—Israeli civil courts for Israeli settlers, and Israeli military courts for Palestinians.

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Our Whole Lives program beginning this fall

Our Whole Lives program beginning this fall

Our Whole Lives (OWL) is set of human sexuality curricula across many age levels that is published jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. OWL combines accurate and straightforward information about sexuality with a set of core values:  self-worth, sexual health, responsibility, and justice & inclusivity. OWL facilitators are trained specifically to lead this program and teach in teams.

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Ask Congress to Pass Disaster Aid Now

Ask Congress to Pass Disaster Aid Now

After dragging their heels and delaying passage of a disaster aid package, the Senate looks poised to introduce a bill that could unlock more than $17 billion in assistance to ailing communities. This comes not nearly soon enough for many communities, especially Puerto Rico. The island has essentially run out of the block grant providing for nutrition assistance and many residents are going without basic necessities. We have a powerhouse advocate in our UCC DC office, Katie Adams, and she is asking for our help to reach the Senate and Congress.

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Mind, Body, Spirit: Linking Lives for Health and Wholeness

Mind, Body, Spirit: Linking Lives for Health and Wholeness

The Wellness Ministries of the UCC Newsletter | May 2019, Volume 4, Issue 4
(formerly The Faith Community Nurse Health Ministry Newsletter)

The butterfly counts not the months but moments, and has time enough”.  Rabindranath Tagore.  

Spring flowers are blooming, and young emerging plants rise upward to welcome the growth and sustenance summer will bring. This is a season of marking celebrations within the cycle of life: Mother’s Day, commencements, graduations, Father’s Day, marriages, new ventures, joys and sorrows. 

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Hope House of Sedona update 5/1/19

From Church of the Red Rocks UCC:

Update on our project to address homelessness.

Vision – Provide temporary housing for homeless children and their families.

  • Name – Hope House of Sedona

  • Grant – CDBG through HUD for $300K; working on formal application to HUD, due at the end of May; will receive grant funds at end of year

  • Hope House of Sedona will eventually become a 501(c)(3), similar to Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition.

Thank you for your generosity.  An anonymous donor gave $20K, with the idea of it being used as matching funds.  Per HUD rules, all the money to be used property acquisition and construction must be committed by May 31st when the application is due. 

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Mental Health First Aid and W.I.S.E. Conference on November 1 & 2

Mental Health First Aid and W.I.S.E. Conference on November 1 & 2

Registration coming soon - save the dates! Location: Church of the Beatitudes, Phoenix

November 1: Mental Health First Aid – a training program that teaches members of the public how to help a person developing a mental health problem (including a substance use problem), experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem, or in a mental health crisis.

November 2: W.I.S.E. Conference – includes a keynote by Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund, workshops, basics of starting a mental health ministry, opening and closing worship, and more.

Participants are encouraged to attend both events.

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Support the Equality Act

Support the Equality Act

The bipartisan Equality Act would provide federal nondiscrimination protection across key areas of daily life, including employment, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally-funded programs and jury service. It is a much-needed fix for the current uneven patchwork of state nondiscrimination protections.

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Pack the court

Pack the court

On May 6th, Dr. Scott Warren will go to trial for charges related to his humanitarian work on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. Join us at 8:30 AM on Monday, May 6th for a press conference outside the Deconcini Federal Courthouse (405 W Congress). The trial will begin at 10 AM and we ask supporters to join us in the courtroom as well as help us hold down a presence outside the building.  The trial is expected to last either through end of the day on May 7th or possibly into May 8th.

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Refugee Family Separation, Child Seizure and Youth Detention: Community Hearing

April 30, 2019 | 7:00 PM

Gateway Community College Auditorium, Building CH, 108 N 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034 map

Parking adjacent to the building. METRO Lite Rail goes right to the campus.

Panelists include three immigration attorneys from The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, a civil rights activist, a child trauma expert, a refugee aid director, and four Arizona state legislators, each with first-hand knowledge and experience.

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NEW Shelter Internship Opportunity

From the Rincon Migrant Shelter:

Do you know a student who will be home this summer and looking for something to do? We've got a fabulous new Internship opportunity available! This 10-week summer internship will provide high school (ages 16+) and college students with 16-20 hours a week of hands-on experience, supervision and training on immigration and migrant issues. This is an unpaid internship, but the experience will be priceless!

Email Sarah if interested.

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ACLU Know Your Rights Training

ACLU Know Your Rights Training

Our community is in continued need of support to help migrant families. It's important for activists and volunteers to know their rights to ensure the safety and comfort of the people we serve. Join the ACLU of Arizona and First Church UCC for a night of Know Your Rights trainings, art-making activities, and discussion about the plight of migrant families and asylum-seekers in Phoenix. 

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Update from Rincon Migrant Shelter

Update from Rincon Migrant Shelter

Our migrant shelter has been bustling, offering a welcome and necessary respite for asylum seeking families. Volunteers are preparing three nutritious meals a day in the kitchen, children are laughing and running on the playground, parents are able to assure their loved ones far away that they are safe and find the support they need to continue on their journeys.

In the midst of a humanitarian crisis and divisive political rhetoric, we are grateful to be a sanctuary. Thank you for all you've done to make this possible!  

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