A Call to a Border and Immigrant Justice UCC Congregations
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 the airwaves, people of faith are called to respond with love. Together we are working to build bridges, not walls.
November 8th and 9th UCC Pre-Convergence Immersion Experience
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. REGISTER NOW.
November 10th-12th SOA Watch Border Convergence in Nogales, Sonora/Arizona
For many years UCC congregation participated in the annual protests at Fort Benning to close the School of Americas that was responsible for training death squads in Central America. In 2016 the protest moved from Georgia to the militarized US/Mexico border. The change of the location was part of the need to broaden the issue and expand the fight against U.S. militarization at home and abroad.
Once again this year UCC congregations will join the School of Americas Watch, immigrants’ rights groups and interfaith partners to demand justice to address root causes of migration, justice at the border and justice for immigrants.
See more information: soaw.org/border
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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. Register now to join.
If you would like to send representatives from your congregation, or an entire group, please contact pastor of the Good Shepherd, Rev. Randy Mayer at firstname.lastname@example.org or his assistant minister, Nathan Watts email@example.com or Rev. Noel Andersen at firstname.lastname@example.org co-coordinator of the UCC National Collaborative on Immigration
Send or bring a cross
You are invited 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 The Good Shepherd UCC, 17750 S. La Canada, Sahuarita, AZ85629 before Nov. 1, 2017.