Connect, Discern and Strategize for Immigrant and Refugee Justice
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 1-3 p.m. in Nathan Johnson Hall
In the Spring 2017 issue of UU World, Unitarian Universalist Association President Peter Morales writes in Sanctuary and Gospel about his fear for people vilified in during last election campaign, especially undocumented Latino immigrants and Muslims. He acknowledges that when hatred is unleashed towards some, all marginalized people are at risk and urges us to remember that the human capacity for evil is real and must be resisted. In times such as these, what are we as religious people called to do, so that we may proclaim the love that guides us and be sanctuary for one another?
UUC has a long history of partnering with immigrant advocacy organizations and communities to support the rights and well-being of immigrants and refugees here in Seattle, including when UUC was a Sanctuary congregation for Guatemalans and Salvadorans in the 1980’s. UUC also had a multi-year relationship with Muslim communities through the Building Bridges program established by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Teams of congregants have been instrumental in this history and in living into these partnerships. This February, UUC joined more than 400 national, state, and local non-profit organizations in a letter to DHS Secretary John F. Kelly and Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan, requesting release of Daniel Ramirez Medina, a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient, from custody and terminate his removal proceedings. Daniel is detained at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.
Given the current realities of xenophobia and anti-immigrant, anti-refugee policies and actions, people are expressing concern and a desire to discern our next engagement with immigrant, refugee, and Muslim issues at UUC. About 40 people attended our first meeting on February 19th where we began this process of discernment as we sang, explored, and shared what calls us to this critical work. If you are inspired to connect, discern, and strategize how UUC will respond in these times, please join us for our next meeting on Sunday, March 19, from 1-3 p.m. in Nathan Johnson Hall.
In preparation, please consider doing these two things:
- Research some of the organizations on UUC’s Immigrant Justice page to begin to learn about Immigration Advocacy in Washington and different Community Based Organizations that serve immigrant communities in Seattle.
- Respond to our survey about your interests and level of commitment to the different possible project directions. (If you signed-in at our February 19 meeting you will have received an email link to this survey.)
Child Care will be available for this meeting; please contact Melody Moberg to register your child.