Justice and Witness

Facing the Rising Sun - Part Two: Searching for Milo

Cleo Graham


Rev. Cleo Graham commemorates the 400-year anniversary of African slaves first coming to America by sharing stories about her own ancestors who were slaves in America. This is one of those stories.

Facing the Rising Sun - Part One

Cleo Graham


Rev. Cleo Graham commemorates the 400-year anniversary of African slaves first coming to America by sharing stories about her own ancestors who were slaves in America. This is one of those stories.

LGBT Asylum Seeker at the Border Released to UCC Church

Pastor Judy Hanlon


In the middle of May, I received an email from Paralegal Erin Anderson from Al Otro Lago, an agency that works at the border to free folks in detention and provide lawyers for that purpose. She said there was a 47-year-old man in detention there, from Honduras - and gay. He had walked for five months from Honduras to the Mexican border to seek asylum. Instead he was arrested and placed in a removal (deportation) process in an overcrowded detention center in San Diego. After suffering an assault ...

Value Our Familes Fly-In Advocacy Days

Carla Dietz


Rev. Carla Dietz shares her recent experience in Washington D.C. advocating for new immigration policy.

Celebration and Pride

Kathie Carpenter


Celebrate, Agitate, Activate - ONA35 On June 15, supporters of Open and Affirming gathered from around the Mass Conference to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first-ever Open and Affirming resolution.

Standing Up and Speaking Out for our Neighbor: Becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Church

Dawn Adams


What does it sound like when voices of over 625 churches in the new TA1 Conference come together to proclaim justice? What does it sound like when all 5,000+ churches nationally of the UCC speak in one voice? I pray that it makes an unavoidable call for care and justice. This is the basis of the call for congregations to become “Immigrant Welcoming” congregations.

Faith Floods the Courtroom

Liza Neal


Jesus said, “I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink.”  Matthew 25:35a   Dr. Warren receives a blessing from clergy. Photo by Liza Neal. “If you live in a place where people are dying, how can you not respond?” This is the answer Dr. Scott Warren gave when asked under oath to the District Court of Arizona why he volunteers his time leaving food and water in the Sonoran Desert, a place where more than 3,000 people have died in the last 10 years, 88 in the last four months.  He...

Casino Forum in CT: A Report

Grace O'Connor


 Grace O'Connor Intern, CT Conference, UCC In the first event of its kind, a Forum on the Economic and Social Impact of Expanded Gambling was held at the Connecticut State Capitol. The Forum, co-hosted by Representative Anne Hughes and Representative Jill Barry with the Coalition Against Casino Expansion in Connecticut (CACE) addressed a range of economic and social costs that the state may expect to face if casino gambling, sports betting, and internet wagering are allowed to expand.  Former ...

Creating a House of Refuge for Trans Asylum Seekers

Liza Neal


“The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” (Lev 19:34) Scripture is very clear on our responsibility to the immigrant and the refugee. God’s command is straightforward: treat the alien as a citizen. “You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Deut 10:19) Not only to those without documentation or legal status, but to each ...

Actual Justice: The Justice of our Faith

Jon Tetherly


We call ourselves the Actual Justice Task Team. We began as the Innocence Commission Task Team. Having been scandalized by first degree murder convictions of two African American men who appeared to us to be clearly innocent, the late Rev. Fred Anderson and I, with permission from the Massachusetts Conference UCC Board of Directors, put together a task team committed to form an advisory commission to the legislature. The Innocence Commission would recommend the passage of legislation that would...

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