Migrant Ministry in Action
Larry Trent, from Rincon UCC in Tucson, travels weekly to the Comedor in Nogales. The Comedor serves migrants who have been deported or who are waiting to cross into the US. Anywhere from 80 - 100 migrants are served a hot nutritious meal twice a day seven days a week by volunteers.
Larry goes down on Mondays and Thursdays to help with this work and would love to have you go with him. Although Spanish is helpful it is far from necessary.
Larry is involved in a number of other projects South of the Border and will try to set up a day that fits your abilities and time frame. Talk with him and become involved in this life changing Ministry.
For those who simply cannot go down to Mexico or do not have a passport there are still ways to be involved: donate clothing including jeans, t-shirts, shoes, socks, sweat shirts (cool weather will be here before you know it -- especially in the desert at night) as well as toiletries.
If you are in the Phoenix area, the SWC office collects these items for Larry and he picks them up once a month.
Or you can write a check to Rincon UCC marked Migrant Ministries and Larry will be happy to do the shopping for you.
Contact Larry at email@example.com for ways you can become involved.
The Rev. Liana Rowe spoke as a rep of the SWC at a rally to end gun violence on Friday, April 12, 2013. Watch the video
Feb 26: John Dorhauer spoke before the city council encouraging them to pass an ordinance protecting the rights of LGBT citizens.
Watch the video
Interfaith Voter Rights Rally
Decrying the injustice of voter suppression
Widening the Welcome
In 2005, a General Synod resolution, called for all churches to extend an 'extravagent welcome' to those with physical, mental and developmental disabilities.
This page has links to resources, and information about SWC congregations working to make our churches accessible to all (A2A). Widening the Welcome
Prison industry: Advocating for Justice
"The most eye-opening issue for me is the privatization of prisons. Arizona incarcerates more than 13% of its prisoners in private prisons, which are profit-earning businesses. They have no interest in rehabilitation; the interest is in keeping beds filled. There is a great deal more to this, and I will gladly share a handout we were given.”
Moderator-Elect, Church of the Red Rocks
From the church's June 2012 newsletter
At the 2012 Southwest Conference Annual Meeting, delegates approved a resolution recommending study of the private prison industry, authorizes our agents to advocate for justice and an examination of our investments, if any, in the private prison industry.
Become part of a nationwide network
This is a campaign that we hope Southwest Conference churches will join to support unemployed and underemployed workers. Congregations that join Faith Advocates for Jobs (FAJ Network) become part of a nationwide interfaith network of congregations committed to assist the unemployed and the underemployed and their families in their struggle to survive and look forward to a better day.
The SWC Executive Board has voted to affirm and live out a Creation Covenant and calls upon our covenant partners to discover ways to live this out more fully.
was written by a diverse group of UCC members who attended the national UCC's climate and environmental justice "Leaders in Koinonia" (LinK) event in Cleveland in April 2013.
The Covenant has seven detailed requests. The most urgent item on our list (#3) has to do with four "environmental" Synod resolutions. We do hope for strong leadership from the conference ministers and the conference delegations in passing these statements of moral witness.
The final three items on the list look at ways of deepening and broadening the UCC's theological reflection and practical action with regard to climate change, environmental justice and ecological sustainability.
The Justice and Witness committee of the Southwest Conference would like to schedule a weekend workshop on being Justice LED.
Justice and Witness Ministry, Christian strength and Biblical perspective are important issues to be addressed. As a Christian people, we need to be able to relate justice to the Bible and have God present in our efforts for a Just Peace society.
Learn more: Justice LED [PDF]
Our regional trainer/representative is Rev. Liana Rowe and she is ready to do this workshop! Contact the Conference office for more information.
Recent article on ucc.org Members of Arizona UCC raise awareness of immigrant injustices
May 2, 2013
The plight of undocumented immigrants weighs so heavily on Grace Bunker's mind, it often keeps her up at night. The member of Casas Adobes Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Tucson, Ariz., is exposed to what she calls glaring injustices every day in her church, her community and even her own backyard. Deciding she could no longer sit on the sidelines, Bunker has joined other immigration advocates to raise awareness, debunk the stereotypes, and generate support for the area's immigrants who need it most. Select this link to read the rest of the article
New Mexico Faith Leaders Announce Support for Marriage for Same Sex Couples
Rev. Dr. Randy J. Mayer, Guest Columnist Arizona Daily Star, March 29, 2013 McCain and Flake become border-tour guides, but it's a one-sided affair
This week Arizona's Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake put on their tour guide hats and explored the border with fellow Sens. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo.
This excursion was important for the people who live along the U.S.-Mexico border because these individuals are part of the "Gang of Eight," a group of senators trying to come up with a bipartisan proposal for immigration reform that will have lasting impact on life along the border. Read the rest of the article
Immigration issues focus for year
The SWC Justice Witness Team brought several options to the Annual Meeting asking the delegates to help choose the major area of interest for the next year. Although all causes are worthy, our limited resources could not be spread among every area of concern. So, while various causes will be supported and addressed by the JWM Team, its major focus will be on Immigration initiatives. Check this page for updates and opportunities to become involved.
Migrant Ministry in the SWCMany of the folks from Rincon have
been praying for my friend Luis over the past many weeks. Luis was brought to the U.S. by his Mother when he ... Read story
Regional Resources in the SWC
Arizona Interfaith Power and Light invites UCC congregations to join AZIPL and respond to the crisis of climate change through education, prayer, advocacy and action. There is no cost to become a member, just a commitment to be good stewards of God's creation. The Rev. Doug Bland and other members of the AZIPL Steering Committee are available to preach, lead workshops and worship, tell green faith stories and train leaders in living more sustainably.
Contact Doug Bland, firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-967-5266.