Social Justice Ministries
Our Social Justice Ministry focuses on service, education, advocacy, and public witness (the spiritual practice of taking a public position in support of justice). The long-standing programs described here are just some of the issues we address every year. The pictures show other activities in which our members participate.
Animal Advocates is dedicated to addressing the welfare of all animals, and the people who love them, through social action and social justice activities.
Meetings: As needed, with advance notice. All meetings are open to all members and friends of the UUCLC.
Contacts: Jean Gilbert or David and Ilene Steele
Hospitality For Refugees
The Border Servant Corps (BSC) operates a hospitality center at Peace Lutheran Church to provide food, clothing, and shelter for refugee families who are seeking asylum in the US and who have been cleared by Immigration & Customs Enforcement to join their sponsors elsewhere in the country. In 2019, UUCLC collaborated with BSC and Peace Lutheran to provide several meals each month and a steady supply of new underwear. 2020 Update: Because of immigration policy currently in effect, our activities have largely been suspended, although Undies Sunday continues. Most BSC efforts are now focused on Juarez.
Contact: Susan Bagby
Elementary School Mentoring
We conduct monthly artistic, scientific, and cultural projects to enrich fourth and fifth graders’ education. These types of activities help make them aware of future educational opportunities. Every year, we take students on a daylong field trip to New Mexico State University. The trip introduces them to museums, theater, the athletic department, and the overall college experience.
Contacts: Shirley Davis and Peggy Devlin
J. Paul Taylor Detention Center
Church members conduct cooking classes every month at the center. Our goal is to teach practical life skills to the young men. We believe this will help to reduce recidivism, and provide alternatives to professional criminality and incarceration. The program also does a fine dining event every three months.
Contacts: Elwin Nunn, Gillian Leng, and Peggy Devlin
All ministries welcome the involvement of the congregation. For more information about any of the UUCLC Ministries, contact the members listed above.