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UU Santa Fe Social Justice Teams

UU Santa Fe Social Justice Teams

“There is always something to do. There are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothe, sick people to comfort and make well. And while I don't expect you to save the world I do think it's not asking too much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary, and remove from your life those who offer you depression, despair, and disrespect.” ― Nikki Giovanni

Immigration Justice TeamSJT imigrant 12.17

At the direction of the Board of Trustees, the Immigration Justice Team recently prepared and submitted a comprehensive report on Sanctuary, considering (1) what it would take for UU Santa Fe to become a “sanctuary church” and (2) what would it take for us to support/partner with another Santa Fe church providing sanctuary to an immigrant at risk of deportation. The Board has accepted this report and will deliberate on its implications.

Immigrant Sanctuary

Becoming a sanctuary church requires a vote of the congregation. There are no plans at this time for UUSF to call for a congregational vote to become a sanctuary church; however, the Immigration team will be educating the congregation about what is required and other considerations regarding becoming a sanctuary church.

Supporting a sanctuary church does not require a vote of the congregation. The UUSF Immigration Justice Team is prepared to immediately develop and manage UUSF teams to support local sanctuary church(es) as circumstances may develop. This need could take place at any time, with little advance warning. Should this arise, this effort would become a major UUSF social justice initiative requiring broad congregational involvement.

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“Because of the magnitude of accepting a person needing sanctuary and because of the strong moral implications of doing so, UU Santa Fe, therefore, resolves to enter into a thoughtful, thorough discernment process culminating in a congregational meeting should it seem feasible for us to accept someone into sanctuary." Passed at the UU Santa Fe Annual Meeting on May 20, 2018.

A Fact Sheet for sitting in Discernment

As a rich source about the issues of Sanctuary please explore the information on Sanctuary Not Deportation

For a comprehensive look at offering Sancturay please read this "Sanctuary Toolkit" from the UUA.

Read this moving article to find out about the impact of Sanctuary on an entire community: "A sanctuary of one."

For information about the legal rights of offering Sancturay please read: "The case for nongovernmental sanctuary for immigrants"

Deciphering the Recent Threats to Asylum in America, from HIAS

“… [T]he process that an individual must undertake to apply for asylum in America has always been taxing. What’s different under the current administration is a profound escalation in inhumane treatment of asylum seekersramped up rhetoric, and attempts to make access to asylum as difficult as possible.

Applying for asylum is a legal process. Asylum seekers have to show they fled their home countries due to well-founded fears of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, and membership in a particular social group.

This is the same legal definition as a refugee; the key distinction is that asylum seekers begin the legal process of securing safety after they have arrived in the United States, whereas refugees who are resettled by the U.S. government arrive with their status already adjudicated.

Offering protection to those seeking asylum has been a mainstay of U.S. and international law for decades. It is not illegal to come to the United States and ask for asylum.”

More here.

Other Immigration Justice Team Ongoing Initiatives

  1. Work with and support Somos Un Pueblo Unido, Retake Our Democracy, the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Rights and other organizations that focus on immigrant needs and immigration reform.
  2. Consider as allies the Santa Fe Dreamers Project, the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, and other immigrant-friendly organizations such as Retake our Democracy(which has a broader mandate than just immigration issues)

All UUSF social justice teams welcome participation from any congregant at any time. Engage!

Hunger and Poverty Team

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In addition to many ad hoc initiatives, the Hunger and Poverty Team focuses on three major ongoing service projects, in addition to educating the congregation and advocating on hunger/poverty issues. The service projects include:

1. Supporting the Interfaith Community Shelter (aka Pete’s Place) as it works to establish its One Door program to provide comprehensive services for the homeless under one roof. UUSF provides shelter meals two weeks out of the year and continuously collects and donates clothes, particularly men’s

2. Supporting Youth Works! as we house and feed homeless youth (18-25) in our building. UUSF houses homeless youth 4 weeks a year:

3. Supporting Santa Fe Need and Deed (SFNAD)—a dynamic, grass-roots, non-profit organization that helps homeless adults in Santa Fe. UUSF collects personal hygiene items and clothing donations on a continuous basis; the collection box is in the foyer hallway

4. Working with RESULTS, Adelante, and other organizations that advocate on behalf of people struggling with poverty.

All UUSF social justice teams welcome participation from any congregant at any time. Engage!

UUSF Environmental Justice Team

With UU passion for nature as a spiritual gateway, and New Mexico being increasingly impacted by droughts, fires and water scarcity, the environment is a crucial area needing our work and care.

The UUSF Board recently approved our church joining the UUA and many other UU congregations in signing the “We Are Still In” letter supporting the Paris Climate Accord of 2015.

And UUSF also has signed onto the UUA “Declaration of Conscience” in response to the 2017 call from the UUA President and UUSC President and CEO, to “to protect the values of our democracy and those vulnerable populations among us.”

The Environmental Justice team invites all who want to learn more about our environment – both the challenges and recent gains – and who want to take part in helping to heal our Earth home, to join us on alternate fourth Sundays at noon for fellowship, learning, and planning.

Next meeting, Sunday, June 23, noon, Library.

All UUSF social justice teams welcome participation from any congregant at any time. Engage!

First Sunday Giving Team

The First Sunday Giving Team vets and schedules various social service non-profits to receive the abundance of our UU Santa Fe Sunday service collection.

All UUSF social justice teams welcome participation from any congregant at any time. Engage!



UUSF Social Justice Manages Two Award Programs

Change for Change - an annual collection of the congregation’s loose change collected in the offering basket to be awarded to a service project of choice.

UU Community Service Award - an annual award for outstanding community social justice leaders outside of UUSF.

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor,
it cannot save the few who are rich. ― John F. Kennedy

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