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A video profile highlights the daily life of Arturo Hernandez Garcia, who is living inside First Unitarian Society of Denver, Colorado, while he fights deportation charges. Congregation members have taken up his fight, urging U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to use their discretion to allow Garcia to remain with his family. (Westword.com - 5.21.15)
In light of a recent federal appeals court ruling that left President Obama’s executive action on immigration on hold, faith groups rallied at the Colorado state capitol to demand a chage in enforcement tactics by ICE. They want ICE to use its discretion to allow families like Arturo Hernandez Garcia's to avoid deportation. (7 News Denver - 5.27.15)
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“Mexican Claiming Sanctuary In Denver Church For 7 Months Gets Bad News” (CBS Denver - 5.26.15)
To ease friction between police and citizens in Allendale, Lousiana, ministers are joining police patrols to provide comfort and counsel. The Rev. Barbara Jarrel of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Shreveport participates in the program. She is impressed by the extensive training she has received as part of her work. (The Shreveport Times - 5.22.15)
Earlier this year, the Rev. Barbara Jarrel was profiled in The Shreveport Times. Jarrel is battling breast cancer while continuing to lead, and be supported by, her congregation. (The Shreveport Times - 3.31.15)
Upon graduating the Professional Naval Chaplaincy Basic Leadership Course, Lt. j.g. Susan Maginn received the Stanley Beach Leadership Award for exhibiting exceptional potential for leadership in ministry. She is the first woman and the first Unitarian Universalist chaplain to receive the award. (Navy.mil - 5.21.15)
Third Unitarian Church in Chicago is making college a possibility for 30 bright young people with a lot of promise but limited means. A former Chicago-area teacher’s aide and lifelong member of Third Unitarian, Roberta Wilson, is credited with much of the congregation’s fundraising success. (DNAinfo - 5.26.15)
When youth heard that many people in the African country of Malawi brought medicines home over miles wrapped in pieces of paper and can lose or drop these important medications, they were eager to help. With the support of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Susquehanna Valley in Northumberland, Penssylvania, they are collecting pill bottles to send to those in need. (The Daily Item - 5.22.15)
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Rachel Walden is the communications specialist in the UUA Office of Information and Public Witness.
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