Words of Appreciation
The Social Justice Committee (SJC) received words of appreciation in June and we are proud to share some of the notes we received from just a few of our SJC ministries:
- From Border Servant Corps (Hospitality for Refugees) “Dear Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, We sincerely appreciate your continued support with donations (love the Undie Sundays!) and meals and volunteers. We are blessed to have such a generous community as we welcome families seeking asylum.”
- From J Paul Taylor Detention Center (Monthly dinners or Cooking Classes) “Thank you for…coming and spending your time with us… for sharing your experiences with us…for being so generous…for joining us… for showing the boys that life is not over for them… for all you do!”
Hospitality for Refugees
We are delighted to announce that our church’s work to assist asylum seekers has been recognized with a grant from the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. The grant will allow us to provide over a hundred asylum seekers with food, new clothing, and travel supplies, making their journey a bit easier.
Hospitality for Refugees Update
Although the July 6 sack lunch assembly has been cancelled, we will continue to assist asylum seekers with dinners at Peace Lutheran on these dates:
Tuesday, July 9
Tuesday, July 23
You can find sign-up sheets in the Education Building Great Room on Sunday, or contact Susan Bagby.
Undies Sunday, July 7
Please remember Undies Sunday, July 7. Your donations of small sizes of underwear for men, women, and children are welcome and very much appreciated.
Inherent Worth and Dignity
The plight of asylum seekers at our southern border speaks directly to our Unitarian Universalist principles of the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity, and compassion in human relations; and the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. This difficult situation is right here, right now. We can all be proud that the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces is stepping up to help people in a meaningful way.
For more information about how you can get involved, please contact Susan Bagby.
AVID (Advocate Visitors with Immigrants in Detention) Update
The Board of Trustees recently voted to discontinue the church’s relationship with AVID. While individual church members are encouraged to participate in the AVID visitation and advocacy program, the church itself will no longer receive or disburse funds for AVID. Any funds donated prior to May 15, 2019 will be added to the amount to be disbursed to an AVID representative. The credit card donation button on our website and in InFellowship will become inactive.
From the Silver City Fellowship
An article sent to us by Ron Gabioud of the Silver City Unitarian Universalist Fellowship about their congregation’s work for immigrant relief. http://www.scdailypress.com/site/2019/06/01/care-packages-community-volunteers-donations-head-to-deming/.