Faith In Action
From Sarah, migrant shelter manager:
Don't live locally? Here's how you can help:
We are partnering with CCS to create a country-wide support network for asylum seekers. We are looking for two things.
From Repairers of the Breach:
We are calling on faith leaders and people of faith whose conscience compels them to join us. We are calling on all congressional leaders who similarly are compelled by their conscience and our Constitution to join us.
RSVP online now: https://www.breachrepairers.org/moralmondayborderlands
Many of you remember Holly Herman as the Administrator of the Southwest Conference office for several years. See where Holly’s leadership gifts have led her. (Thanks to Rev. Dr. Tina Campbell for the heads up.)
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.
Prison phone rates are out of control, with local 15-minute phone calls costing up to $25 in some states. For the 2.7 million children with an incarcerated parent, this often means losing essential relationships.
A new bipartisan bill in Congress would re-establish federal authority to provide the same consumer protection to communication in prisons, jails, and detention centers as there is outside of those facilities and will bring down the cost of these calls.
Please take a moment to read the message from the Southern Arizona Sanctuary coalition. And please, please, take another few minutes to contact the Bishop of Tucson, the Pima County Board of Supervisors (contacts below) and Casa Alitas at email@example.com or 520-591-6390 to ask them NOT to further traumatize migrants and asylum seekers by using a detention facility as a shelter location.
The monthly newsletter from the UCC Justice Peace and Action Network.
The administration has announced plans to terrorize our immigrant neighbors with threatened raids starting this Sunday morning (July 14) and continuing during the week. The effect of these capricious and callus attacks on families and children is dire and the raids stand as another example of the administration cruelly separating families. Instead of working on compassionate immigration policies with a focus on dignity and humanity the administration continues to double down on their punitive and often violent tactics that create chaos. These raids come from a place of fear, suspicion, and hate; living in that kind of hate is antithetical to the gospel that teaches love for humanity.
As people of faith and as the United Church of Christ we are called to love our neighbor and right now our immigrant neighbors need our love. Here are resources to provide information, sanctuary, and advocacy for our siblings who are being targeted and threatened by these raids.
A prominent New York City pastor is suing the United States government for interfering with her legal right to provide spiritual support and pastoral services to migrants and refugees at the border.
The Rev. Kaji Douša, senior pastor of The Park Avenue Christian Church, a congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ, filed suit Monday, July 8, against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) for violating her First Amendment rights and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.