UCC Conference Ministers Mobilizing


UCC Conference Ministers Mobilizing on Immigration | September 2019

Justice and Witness Ministries welcomed 22 Conference Ministers from across the United Church of Christ for days of advocacy and action in Washington D.C. The group dedicated three days, Sept. 24- 26, joining staff members from the UCC D.C. office in advocating around the topic of immigration. Conference Ministers attended over 40 visits to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The United Church of Christ is an Immigrant Welcoming Church, honoring the profound struggles migrants who come to the United States face in search of security and opportunity, and celebrating the myriad contributions migrants offer to our communities. Conference Ministers meeting with legislators have asked them to cease funding for detention, deportation, and border militarization.

Read the letter signed by 25 of our UCC Conference Ministers to Congress. 

Support the work of your Conference Ministers by writing to you legislators using our Action Alert here. 

We asked our congregations to send us stories of how they have personally felt the impact of changes in legislation around immigration. Read the powerful stories that have been shared with us so far. 

  • The Rev. Bill Lyons, Southwest Conference Minister, shared this powerful message during the Wednesday morning press conference at the Capitol, speaking of ways SWC congregations are welcoming asylum seekers, creating sanctuary spaces and advocating for community programs to keep families together.
  • The Rev. Ginny Brown Daniel, Missouri Mid-South Conference Minister, shared testimonies from pastors of congregations immersed in immigrant justice.
  • Edith Guffey, Kansas-Oklahoma Conference Minister, spoke out against marginalizing our migrant neighbors during the Wednesday morning press conference at the Capitol, calling for an end to immigration policies that support white supremacy.