There’s Still Time to Give to WAISN!
January’s Social Justice Plate Collection benefits WAISN–the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network–a coalition of organizations and individuals, working together to uphold and defend the rights and dignity of all immigrants and refugees. WAISN, a multi-racial, multi-lingual and multi faith coalition, evolved in the wake of the 2016 election. Congregants donated over $3,400 last Sunday! Your gifts to January’s Second Sunday Plate Collection will benefit the ongoing work of WAISN — and, there is still time to give online to this special collection (through January 25).
On Sunday, Rev. Beth shared a bit about UUC’s history of immigrant justice ministry over the last 3 decades, starting with the sanctuary of 43 migrants from Central America in the 80’s. At the service, we were privileged to also hear from two youth from El Salvador who were recently reunited with their mother after many years, and bear witness to their trauma, as they shared a bit about that experience. Monserrat Padilla, the Coordinator at WAISN, offered some of her personal story, and more about how this coalition brings together dozens of immigrant-led organizations, and individuals — including Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Washington Dream Coalition, Puentes and One America — to build collective capacity and strength, and center the voices of impacted communities. View the WAISN annual report to learn more about their accomplishments over the past year.
Through our solidarity with immigrant communities, we truly affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Through UUC’s support of WAISN, we have an opportunity to partner and engage as part of this collective.
After the service, a follow-up conversation generated more discussion about WAISN, the experience of migrants from Central America, and opportunities for UUC to engage more deeply. Monserrat encouraged us to think more about our own liberation…she drew upon Lilla Watson’s quote.
In Rev. Beth Chronister’s January 13 sermon, she challenged us to reflect upon our UU values, and step into our justice work as part of our spiritual practice.