In the midst of this Advent season, even as we move through our days in hope-filled expectation of Emmanuel, God-With-Us, we pause to look back over the road we have traveled this past year. It has been a challenging, chaotic, heart-breaking and exhausting year in so many ways. Still, my heart overflows with gratitude for your tireless, faithful justice witness.
Although threats to justice and human dignity have been unrelenting, you have continued to engage and stand with the most vulnerable. You have shown love of creation, neighbor and children in your advocacy for a just world for all. Through calls, emails and visits to members of Congress, marches, public witnesses and border vigils, nonpartisan election engagement, letters to the editor and op-eds, study and theological reflection, you have broken through the false narrative of hatred, fear and scarcity.
The UCC Justice and Peace Action Network continues to grow, with over 18,000 members. UCC advocates have contacted their elected officials using our digital advocacy tools more than 58,545 times in 2018. Our collective rate of engagement continues to grow. This rise