Media roundup: Colorado UU congregation shields family from deportation

Media roundup: Colorado UU congregation shields family from deportation

A weekly guide to stories about Unitarian Universalists from other media sources.

Rachel Walden

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After her stay of deportation recently expired, Peruvian immigrant and mother of two Ingrid Encalada Latorre sought sanctuary with her children earlier this week in Foothills Unitarian Universalist Church in Fort Collins, Colorado. Latorre will remain in sanctuary while she tries to overturn her felony conviction for using someone else’s papers to work. ( Denver Post – 10.17.17)

When local law enforcement in Fort Collins, Colorado, were interviewed about Latorre’s recent move into sanctuary at Foothills UU Church, representatives of the county sheriff’s office said she would not be targeted by law enforcement because she is not violating any state statutes. "If we’re called to the church for any reason, we will provide the same level of service extended to all members of our community,” said police representative Kate Kimble. ( Coloradoan – 10.18.17)

Michigan UU runs for U.S. Congress

The Rev. W. Frederick Wooden, who has served as senior minister of Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids since 2005, recently launched a campaign for Michigan's 3rd congressional district. Wooden said he was inspired to run for office because the November 2016 election showed him that “our democracy itself is at risk.” ( MLive.com – 10.18.17)

Muslim women speak at UU congregations

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, New York, is hosting Fawzia Koofi, the first female Parliament speaker in Afghanistan, as part of an ongoing forum to lift up people who exhibit moral courage. Koofi was the only female in her family of 23 children in a polygamous household to attend school and later earned her master’s degree in business and management. ( The Island Now – 10.18.17)

In Nashville, Tennessee, Muslim women from across the city came together for a panel discussion at the Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Church. Panel participant Zulfat Suara, chair of the American Muslim Advisory Council, said she felt it was important to participate: “When you put a face to a story, you know there are real people behind what you see. You can connect to them better.” ( News Channel 5 – 10.14.17)

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