United Church of Christ

Immigrants Welcome: A UCC response to attacks on immigrants and refugees.


Throughout this year we have witnessed repeated attacks on immigrant and refugee communities. United Church of Christ congregations are responding in ways great and small: ministering to immigrant families, engaging in advocacy, offering sanctuary, and more.

Join us on Friday, April 20th as we hear from pastors, lay leaders and immigrants responding to the needs in their communities. Hear best practices and meet UCC colleagues who can support you and your congregation as we strive to live out our call to be an immigrant welcoming denomination.

This event is free and lunch will be provided. Register below.

This one-day event precedes the 2018 Ecumenical Advocacy Days conference. Please consider joining us for both. Learn more and register for EAD.


Rev. Randy MayerRev. Randy Mayer, Good Shepherd UCC
When Randy began to look for a church to pastor, he and his wife, Norma, dreamed of being as close to the US/Mexico border as possible. For the past 19 years, Randy has served The Good Shepherd as their Lead Pastor. He has carefully blended his love of church camp and mission work into a very unique ministry of action, compassion and inclusion of all. Randy is known in the Santa Cruz Valley as a musician, community organizer and a steady, progressive voice. He is a founding member of most of the border humanitarian groups and seeks to follow and teach about a "God That Is Still Speaking."

Rev. Julie PeeplesRev. Julie Peeples
Julie is a UCC pastor with 34 years experience in ministry, the last 25 of which have been in Greensboro, NC. She is involved in interfaith, lgbtq, immigration and racial equity work, and is an active participant in the Moral Monday movement. Her congregation, Congregational United Church of Christ in Greensboro, has twice taken someone into sanctuary, and remains deeply committed to standing with those facing persecution based on their immigration status. 

Rhina RamosRev. Rhina Ramos
Rev. Rhina was born in El Salvador and arrived in the US at age 14. From a very young age, she learned that justice is only attainable by a lifelong commitment to defend human rights. Being an immigrant, Rhina understands first-hand the pain of invisibility. Her professional life includes being a lawyer, a community organizer, and a trainer. She earned her J.D. at Hofstra Law School and her M.Div. at Pacific School of Religion. She is the founding pastor of Ministerio Latino, the first open and affirming, Spanish-speaking UCC congregation in northern California.

Mwewa SumbweMwewa Sumbwe
Mwewa is Zambian and raised in Maryland. She's passionate about building community and finding kinship in the her community. Especially building bridges between generations and connecting people through stories. As the DC Region Lead of the UndocuBlack Network, she works to uplift the voices of the most marginalized especially by creating safe and welcoming spaces for no matter the different backgrounds. She practices holistic resilience through music, poetry and reading.

Orlando GallardoOrlando Gallardo
Orlando is a graduate of Saint Paul School of Theology, an associate pastor of United Methodist Trinity Community Church in Kansas City, and a DACA recipient. An internship at Trinity United Methodist Church in Des Moines, Iowa, ignited his call to ministry within The United Methodist Church. He is a provisional member of the denomination and appointed to the church where he does ministry with Latino and Anglo young people. The Board of Ordained Ministry of the Great Plains Conference has voted to approve and recommend Orlando for full membership and ordination as an elder to the clergy session at Annual Conference.

April 20, 2018 at 9:30am - 3pm EDT
First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G St NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States
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Suanne Breen · · 202-543-1517

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