Thank You from Jose Gonzales

Thank You from Jose Gonzales

Jose Gonzales sent this thank you to everyone who donated to the trip he led to support children and families at the border. Taos UCC collected and donated $750.

Taos Immigration Allies are collecting donations again for another trip to the border to support refugee children and families. If you would like to donate for this next trip you can reach Jose at 575-779-6765 or jgonza37@unm.edu   

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Town Hall Toolkit

Town Hall Toolkit

This summer, town hall meetings with your Congressional representative and U.S. Senator are another great opportunity to make your voice heard. They “take the temperature” of their constituents at these events, and it’s our chance to turn up the heat for them on global warming. 

The Town Hall Project has created a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide to town hall meetings happening around the country. To find a schedule of the ones nearest you, simply enter your zip code. You can also go to your Member’s website, join their email list, or call their office for event updates.

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Max in Indonesia

Max in Indonesia

My husband, Max Surjadinata, is in the middle of a six-month term as a Global Ministries Volunteer, serving on behalf of our United Church of Christ in Indonesia (the country of his birth).  He is teaching for a semester in a remote rural seminary in the small town of Lewa on the island of Sumba, where our mission partner is the Gereja Kristin Sumba (GKS) or Christian Church of Sumba.  Max teaches a course in liturgy and church music, as well as conversational English, and consults with students – he’s presently up to his ears, he says, in reading the final theses of students about to graduate, as well as reading and grading the papers of the students in his own course. 

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Sacred Conversations to End Racism - new 2018 curriculum

Sacred Conversations to End Racism - new 2018 curriculum

​​​​​​​Sacred Conversations to End Racism (SC2ER) is a restorative justice journey created to move people beyond anti-racism conversations to active engagement intended to challenge people's thinking and behavior based on assumptions of privilege and superiority over non-European people. SC2ER provides new language, strategies, and realities that engage all the intersections of our lives to unmask, dismantle, and eradicate racism in America, including the Christian Church. SC2ER seeks to restore humanity, eliminate myths and stereotypes and engage in deep truth telling about the construction of whiteness and white skin superiority.

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Asylum seeker and her sons find refuge in Arizona pastor's hospitality

Asylum seeker and her sons find refuge in Arizona pastor's hospitality

Written by Connie Larkman

Living on the United States border with Mexico, the Rev. Randy Mayer spends much of his time, as he has for almost two decades, ministering to his migrant neighbors. The pastor of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita, Ariz., is a founding member of many of the border humanitarian groups in the Santa Cruz Valley.

This week, Good Shepherd volunteers are accompanying a young mother from Honduras and her three sons — the infant, Diego, a six week old American citizen — to a check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Maria and her boys have been in this country just two months, and have had to navigate changes in U.S. immigration policy since their arrival

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Our Small Part

Our Small Part

written by Martha and Ray Phillips of St. Paul's UCC in Rio Rancho, NM:

In the past two weeks, we have participated in a teach-in at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, stood by ourselves with signs at three locations in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, driven to Phoenix to join a ​demonstration (including St. Paul's own Gordon Nelson, who met us there) outside the ICE headquarters, and joined with many others (including Rev. Jocelyn Emerson) at Senator Martin Heinrich's rally in Albuquerque.

Why are we doing this? Because "He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"  Micah 6:8

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Host a Summer Movie Series on Climate Change

Host a Summer Movie Series on Climate Change

Summer is the perfect time to host a movie screening on climate change.  Whether you are getting out of the heat on a sizzling day or sitting outside on a balmy summer night, movies are a great way to get your faith community together for a fun event and discussion on climate. 

IPL’s summer movie series provides low cost access for faith communities to screen several award winning films about climate change.  You can order your movie and download discussion guides for each film to help plan your summer movie series.

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Thank You for Donating to Immigrant Justice

Thank You for Donating to Immigrant Justice

Thank you to everyone who donated to immigrant justice by giving money and personal items to be donated to the children incarcerated at Tornillo Detention Center in Tornillo, TX. Jose Gonzales was grateful to get so much support from the Taos UCC community. With a Taos UCC mission grant of $300 combined with your donations on Sunday, we were able to give $753 to support immigrant justice at the border. 

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Calling immigrants and allies: leadership needed

Calling immigrants and allies: leadership needed

Leaders of the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice are joining together to plan a sustained plan for the next several months that not only highlight opportunities to engage in education, advocacy, and direct service needs, but how this issue of family separation and family detention is seen within the context of systemic problems and attacks on the immigrant community at all levels. The efforts that NMFCIJ is undertaking need thoughtful leadership from the affected community and from allies who prioritize centering those most directly affected. 

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