Faith In Action
Many people have asked us, “What can we do beyond giving money?”
Join the Southwest Conference August 26 – 30 for a week of faithful witness at the border.
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.
At the center of the attacks on religious freedom are assaults on women's reproductive freedom.
On Sunday, July 15 at 1–3 pm, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) and First UCC Phoenix will co-sponsor a kick-off community conversation on Reproductive Justice: A Faithful Call.
This kick-off conversation is especially for people of faith to learn more about the reproductive injustice happening in Arizona and across the nation and explore ways to engage in faithful action. Hear speakers from NARAL ProChoice AZ, National Council of Jewish Women, Handmaids Resistance, and AZ Clinic Defenders.
Getting to the Root of It: We’ve asked UCC advocates to help us unpack the complex justice issues that we’re working on. This month Sandy Sorensen, Director of our UCC Washington, DC Office, is discussing how advocates can work for change over the summer months.
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.
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.
There was hours of singing and praying and reading our demands. The State Police arrived. There was pushing and shoving and more reading our demands. The long day ended with us being handcuffed and taken out into police cars.
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
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