Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters (Amos 5.24)

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Kudos to SJC!

Dear Social Justice workers at UUCLC:

I’m reading my email out east in Pennsylvania and feeling a surge of pride in the work that you’re continuing to do, day by day, month by month, year by year, at UUCLC. Thank you so much for keeping my email address among the group so that I can access your goodness across the miles.

Reading the list of things coming up, it’s heartening to see that the JPT Symposium still exists, and that Shirley Davis and her group haven’t given up on the Conlee students, and that Fine Dining still happens out at the detention center. I also received a long letter from Susan Bagby that detailed the meals being sponsored and put on by you for refugees coming through your fair city. Such wonderful people you are, doing so many acts of kindness in the Las Cruces area; amazing works of goodness. We thank you!

Congratulations and keep up the good work, Karen and Chuck West (long time, past members)

Social Justice Committee (SJC) Monthly Update

Social Justice Ministry of the Month
Southern NM UU Social Justice Initiative

The Social Justice Committee of our church has assumed a leadership role in convening and coordinating collaborative efforts among the three southern New Mexico Unitarian Universalist congregations (Silver City, Alamogordo, and Las Cruces) in advocating for social justice initiatives affecting the state of New Mexico and particularly southern New Mexico. This collaboration has identified three broad areas for focused action:  Immigrant rights, anti-white privilege and anti-white supremacy, and environmental justice and animal welfare.  Representatives of the social justice committees of these three congregations meet for half day workshops in Las Cruces two or three times a year (or more as needed).

Our next collaborative meeting will be May 11, from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. All interested church members are invited to attend.

See Our New Webpages

Click on the Working for Justice tab of our website and read down the left side menu. Hospitality for Refugees and Our Social Justice Ministries are brand new pages. We hope you find them interesting and informative.

Hospitality for Asylum Seekers

Many thanks to all who have helped provide hospitality for asylum seekers during April, not just at Peace Lutheran but also at the city-run shelters. The city has seen a surge in refugees in the past few weeks, and many of you have donated time, money, and supplies to help them. Whether you have been sorting donations, preparing food, purchasing underwear, setting up sleeping quarters, arranging transportation, doing laundry, or simply sharing a smile, your contribution is very much appreciated.

In May, we will provide these meals:

  • Sack Lunch, Saturday, May 4, meal assembly at 9 a.m. in the Great Room
  • Dinner, Tuesday, May 7, 5 p.m. at Peace Lutheran
  • Dinner, Tuesday, May 14, 5 p.m. at Peace Lutheran
  • Dinner, Tuesday, May 21, 5 p.m. at Peace Lutheran

All supplies and food are provided for the sack lunch, thanks to several generous donations. Assembly takes only an hour. Dinner prep, serving, and clean up usually runs from 4:30 to 6:30, so there’s plenty of time to get to choir or other evening engagements.

If you want to help prepare and serve these meals, you can find sign-up sheets in the Great Room at coffee time on Sundays, or contact Susan Bagby.

Undies Sunday is May 5.
Needed now: underwear for boys and girls (all sizes), women’s underwear (size 8 and 9), women’s leggings (s, m, l), and men’s underwear in small sizes, especially boxers. Questions? Contact Gillian Leng.

We welcome donations to this important humanitarian project. If you wish to donate, here’s how:

  • Church members and attendees: Go to your InFellowship account and chose the Hospitality for Refugees fund.
  • Other donors can go here to make a donation to the Hospitality for Refugees Fund.

For other options and more information, please see Susan Bagby or send email to refugee@uuchurchlc.org.

May 17-18 Workshop on Mobilizing Congregations for Social Justice Work

Greetings Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces:

I would like to invite you to join us at First Unitarian in Albuquerque (UUABQ) for two workshops with Matt Meyer, a talented musician, song-leader, social justice activist, and community organizer from Boston, MA. Matt is a co-founder and director of Sanctuary Boston. He has led music at Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly and many regional events.

Matt will be at First Unitarian May 17-18.

On Friday evening, May 17, he will lead a 90 minute workshop on mobilizing congregations for social justice work. Attendance is free for active members of UUABQ Social Justice Council.

The 3-hour Saturday morning workshop is for worship leaders, worship teams, religious educators, and musicians. The workshops are free for members of UUABQ and our branch congregations: worship leaders/coordinators, RE curriculum planners/teachers, choirs, band, Family Sing song-leaders. Folks from other churches are asked to pay a moderate admission fee, as shown on the flyer. Child care will be provided, but please let us know in advance if you need it.

Matt will be leading worship at Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Fe on Sunday, May 19, and leading a workshop there Sunday afternoon, “Drumming With Spirit”.

Here is a flyer for this event. To reserve a spot or get more information, please contact me by email or phone, Susan Peck speck@uuabq.org 541-207-2889 (cell).