Dear UCC friend:
While immigration debates are always complex and often heated, there are certain pivotal moments in our life together when the church is asked, "Do you care?" This is one of those important moments.
We have heard clearly from Hispanic members of the United Church of Christ and those who minister with them that a visible, pastoral and dignified word needs to come from the UCC to those who are hurting, fearful and left vulnerable by the passage of Arizona's stringent immigration enforcement law, including those who are U.S. citizens.
"God's love knows no borders" is the headline of the United Church of Christ's message, one that underscores the UCC General Synod’s support for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level. See the full ad at http://www.ucc.org/news/images/arizonast2large.jpg
Already, we have commitments to cover nearly half of the $22,000 needed to purchase this full page ad in the statewide Arizona Republic newspaper. Our hope is to run this ad on Saturday, May 29, the day when 500,000 protesters are expected to gather in Phoenix. But we need to raise at least $12,000 more over the next seven days.
We need your help to share this pastoral message of solidarity and support. Will you help make this ad possible with your gift of $10, $25, $50 or even $250 dollars? Please go to https://secure3.convio.net/ucc/site/Donation2?df_id=1244&1244.donation=form1&JServSessionIdr004=isosnruwn1.app332a
By Wednesday, May 26, we will need to determine if we have sufficient money to place this ad buy. This is why your timely response is necessary. In addition to online support, checks can be made payable to United Church of Christ (Tell Our Story Fund), 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115-1100.
Thank you for this and all the ways you work to support and proclaim the "God is still speaking" message.
|The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black|
General Minister and President
United Church of Christ
|The Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo|
UCC Justice and Witness Ministries