Social Justice Committee (SJC) Monthly Update
The Social Justice Committee is pleased to announce the Change for Change recipients for the next 4 quarters: 1) Conlee Mentor Program, 2) Jardin de Los Amigos, 3) LCPS Project Link, and 4) Uncaged Paws. Thanks to all of you who cast your vote to select the organizations to receive the change collected in our Sunday collection baskets. Gillian Leng and Linda Peterson, SJC Co-chairs
The Social Justice Committee now meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 1:30 in the library. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Asylum Seeker Update
While overall border crossing apprehensions are down from previous years, apprehensions of family units—one or more parents with one or more children—are up, and we see this clearly on our part of the border. According to the Customs and Border Patrol website, the number of family units apprehended in the El Paso sector rose by 43% in 2018. This has implications for the work done by Border Servant Corps at Peace Lutheran Church, and for our support of that work, because BSC provides hospitality only to family units.
BSC will host groups of asylum families throughout March. We have committed to provide these folks with dinner on Tuesday, March 5 and lunch on Wednesday, March 20. If you want to participate, please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the Great Room, or contact Susan Bagby.
Many thanks to the more than 40 UUCLC members who support this humanitarian effort with your time, treasure, and nurturing food. One woman said to me last week that the help and care she received at Peace was “un don de Dios”—a gift of God. Make no mistake, your contributions are very valuable and much appreciated.
Sunday, March 3, is “Undies Sunday”
Hi UUs! First off, this is the kindest, giving-est community I’ve ever seen. Thank you a thousand times. I know you have been tracking the updates about our efforts to support the migrants being dumped (virtually at random) by ICE, and helping to safely send them to their sponsors across the country. I want to praise, without reservation, Susan Bagby and her huge cohort of pb&j providers, meal-makers and gentle supporters of frightened and confused families.
I also want to thank those who are contributing to our ongoing project to provide clean, new, in the package undergarments to the migrants. Maybe this isn’t as immediately gratifying as meals and rides, but believe me, it is incredibly necessary. So many of the exhausted people we help are standing up in clothes they have been wearing for weeks. And when you are carrying a baby, it’s hard to find space for fresh underthings.
Go out into the world in peace, Have courage, Hold on to what is good. (from Benediction, a UU hymn by Elizabeth Henderson Norton)
This coming Undies Sunday, March 3, we are asking specifically for male undergarments (not that we will turn down anything you can give). We are most in need of male under briefs or shorts in XS S and M sizes. I confess to not being particularly au courant with undershorts sizes but maybe shopping in the teen boys department might work. Please remember… New and in the original package..Thank you, blessed friends; go out into the world in peace, have courage, hold on to what is good. Gillian Leng, Co-chair of the Social Justice Committee
Temple Mt. Sinai Presents Abby Stein
Amid a shifting tide of tolerance, a transgender Jew searches for faith and community.
Temple Mount Sinai presents Abby Stein
From rabbi to Jewish educator, author, parent, and activist for trans rights.
Temple Mount Sinai
4408 N Stanton
El Paso, TX 79902
March 7, 2019
from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Honors & Awards
- LGBTQ Pride Award 2018
- Footsteps Leadership Award
- The Jewish Week 36 Under 36
- NY Mag 50 Reasons to Love NY
- Faith Leaders Leading the Fight for LGBTQ Equality
For more information visit https://www.templemountsinai.com/ or call 915-532-5959