Faith In Action

Stop the Detention of Children

Stop the Detention of Children

The children who come to our border are often fleeing violence and poverty and have endured a long and dangerous journey. They should be met with care and kindness. Once here, every measure should be made that they be placed with family and community sponsors. Instead, as of now, more than 2,500 children are being held in a “child detention facility” in Homestead, Florida.

Contact your members of Congress to let them know this is no way to treat anyone, especially the most vulnerable among us, children. We need to invest in ways to unite families and ensure the best continuum of care for children. Please urge your member of Congress to support the “Shut Down Prison Camps Act” and the “Families Not Facilities Act.” These legislative measures make sure that the government can’t house children in substandard “emergency influx shelters.”

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"Free Trip to Egypt"

"Free Trip to Egypt"

The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona & AFN TDC Next Steps Committee, in partnership with Kindness Films, invite you to a ONE DAY ONLY screening of "Free Trip to Egypt," a documentary film following one man's search for random Americans concerned about an Islamic threat and offering them a free trip to Egypt. In addition to the screening, there will also be a live panel discussion on bringing more listening and kindness to the world.

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First Christian Church in Las Cruces needs more help with unloading

There will be a large shipment (2,200 lbs) of medicine and medical supplies delivered to the Office of Emergency Management. We need help unloading it! These supplies will be shared with all shelter sites. Please come if you can help, or send anyone that is able to help.

The shipment will be here Monday, June 10, at 2:00 PM, at 1170 N Solano Dr. Please drive around to the back of the building, or, enter on the south side and go up to the OEM to ask for instructions. You can ask for Cullen Combs.

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UCC churches, clergy reach out in response after tornadoes in Ohio, Kansas

UCC churches, clergy reach out in response after tornadoes in Ohio, Kansas

The Rev. David Zerby, disaster response coordinator for the Ohio Conference UCC, teamed up with the Rev. Carl Robinson from the Southwest Ohio Northern Kentucky Association (SONKA) and Jay McMillen, senior pastor of Shiloh Church UCC, to coordinate initial assistance in Southern Ohio. On May 24, a string of 13 tornadoes ripped through Dayton and several burgs. Shiloh Church sits right in the middle of the devastated area and quickly became a distribution point.

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Service Café: Sex Trafficking, Pimps and Process

12:00 PM – 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at First Church UCC Phoenix

Join Phoenix PD Officer Chance to discuss the characteristics and behaviors of traffickers commonly known as pimps, and the people who are purchasing sex from sex trafficking victims. We’ll explore the recruiting techniques pimps use to locate victims to work for them as prostitutes, and the factors causing these victims to be exploited in the prostitution lifestyle. Finally, we’ll end with tips and resources for reporting possible sex trafficking situations.

A light lunch is provided from 12:00 to 12:30.

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Stop the March toward War with Iran

Stop the March toward War with Iran

The current US approach toward Iran has brought us to the brink of war. Another way is possible. Peace is possible! As a Just Peace Church, the United Church of Christ has advocated in support of the Iran deal, against nuclear weapons, and our General Synod has called for engagement and friendship with the people and nation of Iran, rather than war, saying, “Our sacred scriptures all point to our calling as disciples and peacemakers, to do what we can to bring healing into the world, not hurt, to end bloodshed, not to initiate it, to stop the killing and terrorizing of children and adults, and to make all of God’s Creation a safe place in which to live.”

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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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