Your Support Needed Through Letters!
On September 24th-26th, twenty-two UCC Conference Ministers will gather in Washington, D.C. to advocate for immigration justice. Our own Conference Minister Rev. Brigit Stevens will be among them.
“In the beginning, God created all of humankind in the image of God, and said they were good,” says Rev. Stevens. “I am proud to travel with many of my UCC Conference Minister colleagues to affirm the value and worth of all of humankind, particularly migrants in search of safety, work, and family connection, to implore our nation’s leaders to protect these vulnerable members of God’s beautiful Creation.”
Conference Ministers will host a press conference on Capitol Hill on September 25th and then meet in small groups to speak directly with members of Congress and their staff. What can you do to help? Write letters!
Congregations across the Conferences are called to participate in a letter-writing campaign. Conference Ministers will bring the letters to Washington, D.C. and deliver them directly to members of Congress. The letters don’t have to be long, just speak with truth and from the heart. Children are also encouraged to participate by drawing pictures about what home means to them and/or writing notes about why this issue is important to them. Letters need to arrive at the UCC Conference Office, 5609 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310 by September 23rd in order for Rev. Stevens to carry them with her to Washington D.C. Letters that arrive late will be forwarded by US Mail to appropriate congressional offices.
Here are some ideas for what the letters might say:
1. Why is your congregation immigrant welcoming and what you are doing to support immigrants? What does the Bible teach us about how to treat immigrants?
2. Congress decides how much money will be set aside for Homeland Security including ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as Border Protection Services.) Why do you oppose spending money to detain migrant children in horrible conditions? Why do you oppose the border wall?
3. What are your concerns about separating child from their parents, especially after the raids in Mississippi? What are your concerns about children being abused while detained?
4. If you are a sanctuary or sanctuary supporting congregation, how has this impacted you and your community?
5. If your Congregation has been working with asylum seekers; how that has impacted the life of your community? If you know people who have been detained or deported how has this affected you, your congregations, or the people deported?
6. If you have been an immigration court recorder, what have you learned from that experience?
Don’t miss this opportunity to take action and partake in this monumental effort of our denomination’s Conference Ministers to advocate for immigration justice!