Tuesday, August 10, 2010

UU Immigration Links

Are you interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism and immigration? Here are some links that might interest you:

Just before the July 29, 2010 protests in Phoenix, UUA President Peter Morales had two pieces published.
The Huffington Post published Morales’ piece on why he went to Phoenix.
The Washington Post also published an op-ed by Morales on what people of faith must do about immigration reform.
The Huffington Post also carried Morales' reflections from his night in jail.

Kim Bobo, of Interfaith Worker Justice, had the following piece published on the Religion Dispatches website. She credits Unitarian Universalists for our excellence in organizing.
Although most faith bodies and denominations have very strong statements on immigration reform, those same denominations did not activate people. With one glaring exception—the Unitarian Universalist Association.
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Given the significance of the immigration crisis, the religious community’s values around welcoming immigrants and the substantial role immigrants play in congregations throughout the nation, one would expect that denominations would be leading in every action around the nation. Unfortunately, the formal denominational leadership has not played the role it could and should. Luckily, the Unitarian Universalist Association offered an example in Arizona of what can and should occur. Let’s hope others will “go and do likewise.”
Of course, many Unitarian Universalist ministers have preached on the subject of immigration. My colleague in Albuquerque, Christine Robinson, delivered a thoughtful sermon on immigration back in June.

Leslie Mills, one of the UU protesters arrested in Arizona, has blogged about her experience.

The Standing on the Side of Love site includes a blog with reflections written by many of those arrested or standing in solidarity in Phoenix. I've included links to testimonials from Audrey Addison Williams, Mae Singerman, Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, and Rev. David Miller.

You can also see videos from the July 29 Phoenix protest on YouTube:
This video includes footage of Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray and Rev. Ian Maher being arrested.
Here is a video about the way immigration has touched the lives of members of the UU Congregation of Phoenix.
Here is a video of UUA Moderator Gini Courter at a vigil in Arizona.