It's been a year since Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico. UCC Disaster Ministries has accompanied the survivors from day one, investing nearly $500,000 funding, and another $250,000 in hurricane-damaged Florida and U.S. Virgin Islands. This does not count in-kind contributions, sharing of recovery expertise and work teams volunteering to rebuild homes.Read more
It's been a year since Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico. UCC Disaster Ministries has accompanied the survivors from day one, investing nearly $500,000 funding, and another $250,000 in hurricane-damaged Florida and U.S. Virgin Islands. This does not count in-kind contributions, sharing of recovery expertise and work teams volunteering to rebuild homes. Read the UCC News Story about the UCC's nearly $500 million support for Puerto Rico's recovery.Read more
On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria decimated the United States territory of Puerto Rico, bringing down the power grid, devastating entire communities and leading to the death of thousands of people. On the one-year anniversary of Maria, the leader Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Puerto Rico (IEUPR ), a UCC church partner on the island, shares this reflection.Read more
From our refugee resettlement partner Church World Service:"The Trump administration has just set the refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year at 30,000 - the lowest level in U.S. history. This drastically low number will leave tens of thousands of vulnerable refugees without a chance at safety.
Communities around the country are prepared to welcome at least 75,000 refugees. Refugees are more than just a global figure; they are families torn apart, children who have witnessed profound violence, and people seeking a chance to rebuild their lives and raise a family in safety. Protecting vulnerable populations is not a zero-sum game; we can and should protect refugees and others fleeing violence or persecution. As people who care about refugees, we must make our voices heard and tell both the White House and Congress that 30,000 is inexcusable and that we must set a refugee admissions goal of at least 75,000. The White House is required under U.S. law to consult with Congress prior to setting the annual refugee admissions number. This has not happened yet, which means Congress can and must weigh in today.
CALL YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVE TODAY:
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Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to protect the refugee resettlement program. I am outraged that President Trump has set a new historic low for FY 2019’s refugee admissions goal at 30,000. Protecting vulnerable populations is not a zero-sum game; we can and should protect refugees and others fleeing violence or persecution. Refugee resettlement facilitates U.S. diplomatic, national security, and foreign policy interests. The White House is also required to consult with Congress prior to setting the refugee admissions number, but they have not done so. Congress must act. I urge you to do everything in your power to see the administration resettle at least 75,000 refugees in 2019 and to stop the administration from further dismantling the resettlement program. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement."
Feel free to share a personal story about standing in solidarity with refugees. Let them know the specific ways that refugees contribute and are welcomed into your community.
You can also tweet at your Senators and Representatives and the administration. Here are some sample Twitter and Facebook messages:
BREAKING: @SecPompeo just announced the LOWEST refugee admissions goal in history - 30k - putting the lives of vulnerable families in danger. We will not stand for this. @[MemberOfCongress]
BREAKING: @SecPompeo‘s announcement of the lowest refugee admissions goal in history - 30k - is an affront to the countless American communities who have welcomed refugees and understand that they are valuable members of their cities and towns. @[MemberOfCongress]
UCC Disaster Ministries continues to monitor the situation unfolding with several ferocious storms: Florence, Mangkhut and others through ongoing communication with FEMA, National VOAD, partners, UCC Conferences and Conference Disaster Coordinators. The widespread impact from these storms has prompted UCC Disaster Ministries to monitor the situation closely. We will share information from this page as it becomes available.Read more
Historic, deadly and still extremely dangerous Hurricane Florence, although weakened, continues to cause catastrophic flooding including prolonged significant river flooding, to the Carolina coast and even inland. Rainfall could total 40 inches in three days in some areas. UCC Disaster Ministries is in communications with FEMA, National VOAD, partners, UCC Conferences and Conference Disaster Coordinators about needs as they emerge.Read more
As the sun finally comes out in North Carolina, UCC disaster coordinators hope to get a handle on long term recovery work ahead.
At least 41 people are dead - including eight rescuers and one other member of the United Church of Christ Philippines - and at least 40 are missing and feared buried in a landslide in the Philippines due to Typhoon Mangkhut (local name Ompong). UCC Disaster Ministries is contributing an initial $12,000 for the United Church of Christ Philippines' response to the needs of families and communities in Luzon impacted by the typhoon.Read more
Millennials are finding and creating new spaces to have different kinds of conversations that are not offered in traditional religious contexts. gOD-Talk is a groundbreaking project spearheaded by the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Center for the Study of African American Religious Life in association with Pew Research Center which seeks to: Uncover how millennials interact with religion and the transformative nature of community, the internet, and space.Read more
As an extremely dangerous Hurricane Florence churns its way toward the east coast of the United States, UCC Disaster Ministries is monitoring the situation through established networks and stands ready to support Church partners, Conferences and Congregations in Florence's path. Florence is putting millions of people at risk and threaten billions of dollars in property damage.Read more