Faith In Action

Support Survivors of Human Trafficking

Support Survivors of Human Trafficking

January is recognized in the US as Human Trafficking Awareness Month and the 2009 UCC Synod Resolution against human trafficking urges congregations to recognize January 11 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Human trafficking, also known as modern slavery, affected some 24.9 million people in 2016 and is one of the most profitable forms of transnational crime. Traffickers prey on those who are in vulnerable communities and force them into labor, exploit them in commercial sexual enterprises, and move them across national or state borders against their will.

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Opioid Crisis Response basic training

Opioid Crisis Response basic training

The Southwest Conference is pleased to partner with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to offer Opioid Crisis Response basic training. The training includes warning signs of opioid addiction, resources for families struggling with opioid addiction, and training/distribution of Narcan for intervention in overdose situations. Learn how to spot the signs of addiction, how to keep your pills safely, and what to do to get help for yourself or a loved one.

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6th Annual Common Ground on the Border Festival and 15th Annual Santa Cruz Valley Border Issues Fair

January 17-19 at The Good Shepherd

It’s time to register for this January’s gathering of artists, musicians, scholars, and activists who will provide rich experiences for us as we consider the push and pull of the borderlands. Common Ground on the Border and the Border Issues Fair are combined during the same three-day period since each enhances the other. We encourage you to consider attending both.

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Southwest Conference UCC invites you to the Martin Luther King Jr. March and Festival

Southwest Conference UCC invites you to the Martin Luther King Jr. March and Festival

Southwest Conference United Church of Christ invites you to walk in unity as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 21, 2019. SWC will bring a large banner and we welcome you to bring signs and UCC flags as well. 

This walk will be a very easy pace, suitable for all ages and for baby strollers, too. Shuttle service is provided to return to your vehicle after the march.

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Witness for the People at Roundhouse

Witness for the People at Roundhouse

Annual event for people of faith and conscience to focus upon concerns of economics, education, health, laborers and the environment and to pray for the legislative session as it begins. Special guests will be Sr. Simone Campbell of DC Network and The Nuns on the bus Tours for Justice, and the NM Peace Choir. Day will include input, time for lobbying and noon Witness for the People.

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Interfaith Celebration of Human Rights

Interfaith Celebration of Human Rights

Let's stand up for equality, justice and human dignity
Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation and Sun Lakes United Church of Christ
Sunday, January 20th, 11:15 am at Sun Lakes Chapel, 9240 E. Sun Lakes Blvd N

On Sunday, January 20th, Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation and Sun Lakes United Church of Christ will join together in an Interfaith service dedicated to the redemption of the human spirit and the fulfillment of the freedoms we enjoy. This year celebrates the 70th anniversary of the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations.

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Give Thanks and Ensure All are Fed

Last month, a bipartisan piece of legislation was signed into law reauthorizing the Global Food Security Act for the next five years. This legislation funds the “Feed the Future Initiative,” a program that has helped U.S. foreign assistance become more effective by strategically investing in sustainable agriculture, food security, nutrition, and other programs that address the root causes of global hunger and poverty.

Passage of this legislation points to what can be done when concern for the common good overcomes partisan divides. While we should take the opportunity to thank members of Congress for passing the Global Food Security Act, we also must call on Congress at the same time to overcome partisan gridlock and pass the Farm Bill before the end of the year. The Farm Bill is the central piece of legislation that sets U.S. policy on agriculture, nutrition, and food policy which directly impacts the poorest among us.

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Relationship with NAMI

Relationship with NAMI

From Rev. Robert Koth:

I followed up with one of Dr. Sarah Griffith Lund's suggestions for action steps to create ministries among people with mental illness. She recommended that we form partnerships with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

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