KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER
Thank you for your support of the Keep Families Together appeal. Together, we sent 4,400 messages to Congress and raised more than $25,000. You gifts have provided a $9,000 gift to the Southwest Conference to assist and shelter people on the border seeking asylum, waiting to be processed and for interviews. The remaining dollars will be designated as small grants ($250-$500) for which congregations around the country can apply. The money must be used to support ministries dedicated to assisting Central Americans seeking asylum. We are no longer accepting donations for the Keep Families Together appeal. If you would like to contribute to our ongoing immigration work, please give to the Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering.
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If you prefer to donate by mail, make checks payable to United Church of Christ, write Neighbors in Need in the memo portion of your check or money order, or in an attached note, mail to: United Church of Christ, Financial Services, 6th Floor, 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115
Week of Faithful Witness at the Border
United Church of Christ churches, clergy and congregants are reaching out with hope and in faith to migrants at our borders and immigrants across the country. Many more are asking what they can do to respond to the government policies that detain and separate families. The Southwest Conference UCC, acting with Justice and Local Church Ministries, has issued two calls to action, one for a faithful witness AT the border, in Arizona at United States border with Mexico August 26-30, and another for a faithful witness FOR the border this fall, in cities and towns across America.
Faithful Witness AT the Border
The Southwest Conference is calling for a week of Faithful Witness at the Border, August 26 – 30, 2018 that will include:
- A humanitarian mission to the Mexican side of the border to visit and take supplies to asylum-seekers in shelters and camped out at the ports of entry due to a slowdown in applications being received.
- Solidarity actions at the detention facilities in Eloy and Florence where parents of kids separated from their families are being held.
- Training and strategy sessions around ‘Being an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation’ and ‘Acting as an Advocate and Ally’ with members from the UCC Washington office
- Conversations with local ministry partners in Arizona - The Samaritans and other immigration ministry groups.
- A visit to Operation Streamline immigration court where parents whose children were taken away are appearing in the hope of finding their kids.
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Faithful Witness FOR the Border
We also call congregations and conferences to host their own local Faithful Witness for the Border events that might include:
Please share with the SWC how your congregation/association/conference is hosting local Faithful Witness for the Border events.
View UCC Pastoral Letter
Solidarity statements from UCC partners
Faithful Witness at the Border
Additional Immigration Resources
Download the Keep Families Together Toolkit
See how the UCC is helping Keep Families Together
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