God loves beyond borders.
In the United Church of Christ we are called to an extravagant welcome of all God's children, no matter who they are or where they are on life's journey. At a time when the politics of fear and hate are overwhelming airwaves, people of faith are called to respond with love. Together we are working to build bridges, not walls.
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Please come and join the October 10-11 Border Convergence in Nogales, Arizona/Sonora, at the U.S./Mexico border. Together UCC congregations will join the School of Americas watch immigrants rights groups and interfaith partners to demand justice to address root causes of immigration, justice at the border, and justice for immigrants.
As politicians build walls, we must build bridges.
The UCC is building grassroots power to welcome immigrants and refugees and challenge a status quo that is responsible for the root causes of migration.
Joining the Movement with School of Americas Watch
Many congregations have participated in the annual protests at Fort Benning to close the School of Americas that was responsible for training death squads in Central America. For the first time, that protest is moving from Georgia to the militarized US/Mexico border. The change of the location is part of broadening the issue and expanding the fight against U.S. militarization at home and abroad.
The United Church of Christ Southwest Conference, UCC National Collaborative on Immigration and the UCC General Minister and President invite you to join!
The UCC is involved in the planning process and Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer will be present to participate in the interfaith service at the border. The Good Shepherd UCC (just 40 miles north of the border) has been involved in border justice issues for years and has ample experience hosting UCC congregations from across the country for border immersion experiences. If you would like to send representatives from your congregation, or an entire group, please register here. For questions please contact with Nathan Watts at firstname.lastname@example.org who is Ministry Intern at the Good Shepherd UCC or Rev. Noel Andersen at email@example.com co-coordinator of the UCC National Collaborative on Immigration
UCC Immersion Experience October 5-6th
For those interested, we will be organizing a special UCC immersion experience before the SOAW Border Convergence that will include a desert walk with Samaritans, witness at Operation Streamline, theological reflection on border ministry and UCC strategic discussion on immigrant justice at a national level.
Send or Bring a Cross
The Southwest Conference UCC invites you to send/bring a cross (2'hx1'w max) to be placed at the border in witness to our call to demilitarize the US/Mexico border and to give voice to the tens of thousands of migrants who have died in the desert as a result of failed US immigration policy. Send your cross to Southwest Conference UCC, 917 E. Sheridan St., Phoenix, AZ 85006 before Oct. 1, 2016.