Here are two prominent current social justice issues that the UCC is taking action on:
Syrian refugee support:
The UCC, in solidarity with several religious groups in the US, is urging the White House to act in response to the Syrian refugee crisis, which has escalated in the last few weeks with hundreds of thousands of people risking their lives to reach Europe.
So far, the American government has allowed just 1,500 Syrians to resettle here — a fraction of the millions that have fled the country. The UCC is asking members to voice their support to allow more refugees into the U.S. by signing a petition calling on the government to make space for Syrians in the next year.
The petition, organized by Church World Service, calls for a pledge to resettle 65,000 Syrians by 2016. (to read more…) The goal, 100,000 signatures by September 30. Church World Service is a global humanitarian organization that represents 37 Christian denominations, and works side by side with the UCC on issues of immigration and refugee assistance.
California Right to Die:
The California State Legislature approved a bill Friday that would make it legal for doctors to help terminally ill patients end their lives.
The End of Life Option Act was passed by the State Assembly on Wednesday; Friday’s final approval by the Senate sends the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown.
Issues surrounding death and dying are not easy to engage in a death-denying culture. As people of faith we grapple with them to insure that transition to another stage of eternal life is as peaceful as possible for those who are dying and for those who love them. We know that God is present in both our living and our dying; therefore we are comforted in difficult times.
Here’s a helpful resource for you from the UCC: http://www.ucc.org/faithfully_facing_dying
Blessings and thank you, for your extending your sense of family, with such open arms! See you soon!
Love, Pastor Laurie