Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters (Amos 5:24)

August Update for Hospitality for Refugees

Hooray! We have been granted an additional $1,956 by the City of Las Cruces with which to assist asylum seekers. Thank you, Las Cruces! We’ll be asking for help in creating travel packets for the individual asylum seekers in the next few weeks.

Weekday hospitality provided by the Border Servant Corps (BSC) continues at Peace Lutheran Church.  In August we’ll provide and serve dinner (about 4:30 to 7 p.m.) on these days:

    • Tuesday, August 13
    • Wednesday, August 21
    • Tuesday, August 27

A New Opportunity

And here’s a new opportunity to help, especially if driving at night is a difficulty for you. We need 3-4 people to help prepare and serve lunch (about 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). On these days,all food will be provided:

    • Wednesday, August 14
    • Thursday, August 22
    • Wednesday, August 28.

To sign up, please contact Susan Bagby, or add your name to the sign-up sheets in the RE Great Room on Sundays.

Undies Sunday Returns

Please remember Undies Sunday on August 3. Needed now: Men’s and women’s underwear (new) in small sizes. Contact Gillian Leng for more information.

Work Directly with the Border Servant Corps on Projects

Contact BSC at www.borderservantcorps.org (522-7119) to volunteer in other ways:

    • Sort donations – Mondays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Set up dormitory – on the days that guests arrive
    • Do laundry – Tuesday-Thursday when guests are in residence (sheets, towels, blankets)
    • Take down dormitory – usually Thursdays after most guests leave
    • Transport guests to bus/plane – time varies
    • Provide entertainment for adults and children – time varies
    • And if you speak Spanish, help with communication – time varies.

Update from Animal Advocates

In April, the Dona Ana County Commission on a 4-1 vote approved a new version of the contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service requiring them to use non-lethal methods to control animals in conflict with property owners in the county.  This new language effectively barred the agency from the indiscriminate use of poisons, inhumane and life threatening traps, and shoot-on-sight approaches.  The Social Justice Committee applauded this effort.

Then, on July 9, 2019, the county commission took a giant step backward by renouncing their previous vote and replacing the contract with a watered down version requiring that the agency make two attempts to control wildlife with non-lethal methods before resorting to methods that would result in the death of the target animal—and any other animal who might be collateral damage.

The Animal Advocates group of the Social Justice Committee wants you to be aware of what is happening in our own backyards as related to our seventh principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. We urge you to consider our 5th principle as well: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. If you would like to learn more about this social justice issue, please speak with David Steele or other members of the Social Justice Committee.

Tents to Rents

The Social Justice Committee will be participating in the annual campaign to assist Community of Hope in raising money for their project Tents to Rents.  The money raised will be used to help some residents (often veterans) move from a tent into a permanent living space.  Each move costs $6,000 which helps the resident get set up and provides support for that individual for one year.

The fundraising campaign will run from August 16 to September 30.  More information will be forthcoming in The NUUS but please remember you can always donate to Tents to Rents through In Fellowship. If you have an InFellowship account you can donate to Tents to Rents here:  https://uuchurchlc.infellowship.com/onlinegiving/givenow/step1 . If you do not have an InFellowship account, then click here to give to this very worthy cause.

Attending or Hosting an Auction Event?

Barking NUUS and the Cat’s Meow has an offer we hope you won’t refuse.

The Animal Advocates would like to remind all of the hosts and attendees at auction events (and everyone else in the congregation as well) that we have a good solution for the problem of what to do with all of the empty aluminum beverage containers that are left over from the fun and frivolity associated with the event.  Collect them, bring them in to the RE Great Room and deposit them in the Cans 4 Critters receptacle.  We’ll make sure those discarded aluminum cans get turned into cash to assist with the veterinary expenses of families needing assistance with those bills.  Thanks much to the church family for caring about the welfare of animals and the people who love them!  Questions?  Contact Dave Steele, Ilene Steele or Jean Gilbert.

Advocacy and Action Conference on Environmental Justice, Class and Race

Advancing Economic and Climate Justice as a Moral Issue
Building a Movement for A Green New Deal

Sunday September 15 at 11:15 AM –
Tuesday September 17 at 4:00 PM
Washington, DC
Advocacy & Action Conference on Environmental Justice, Class and Race
Learn how climate change is an economic justice issue
How UU values inform our justice work
How to lobby—and then go lobby on Capitol Hill
How to organize for upcoming actions, direct actions & strikes
How you can take this knowledge home and work locally
How Indigenous Nations people’s values can preserve the earth

UUJEC.com/gndconference Scholarships Available

Tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/4255228
Contact: uujec@uujec.com

Conference sponsors:
Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community
All Souls Church Unitarian (Washington, DC)
Unitarian Universalist Ministry For Earth
Unitarian Universalist Association
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice
and Side with Love