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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.

Other Immigration Justice Team Ongoing Initiatives

  1. Work with and support Somos Un Pueblo Unido and keep the Congregation informed about their activities, needs, and ways we can help them
  2. Will support Somos as it works on Wage Theft issues
  3. Will keep in touch with Retake our Democracy
  4. Also stay in contact with the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Rights

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


Hunger and Poverty Team

HungerPoverty SJT 12.17Among many ad hoc initiatives, the Hunger and Poverty Team focuses on three major, ongoing initiatives:

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 (our next week is Feb 18-24, 2018) and continuously collects and donates clothes, particularly men’s

Supporting Youth Works! as we house and feed homeless youth (18-25) in our building. UU Santa Fe houses homeless youth 4 weeks a year:
Dec 24-30, 2017
Jan 21-27, 2018
Feb 25-Mar 3, 2018
Mar 25-Apr 1, 2018

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

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!


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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Today's events

Sun Jan 21, 2018 @ 8:30AM - 09:30AM
Early Service (Library)
Sun Jan 21, 2018 @ 8:30AM - 09:50AM
HUUmanist Discussion Group (Fellowship Hall)
Sun Jan 21, 2018 @10:30AM - 11:30AM
Late Service (Fogelson Hall)
Sun Jan 21, 2018 @10:45AM - 12:00PM
Religious Education
Sun Jan 21, 2018 @ 1:00PM - 06:00PM
Renter/NM Women's Chorus
Sun Jan 21, 2018 @ 5:45PM - 07:15PM
PUB/60M
Sun Jan 21, 2018 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
UUSF/UU Wellspring at El Dorado