Faithful Action for Justice November 2021

News and opportunities from our mission teams



Faithful Action for Justice

Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ

Welcome to Faithful Action for Justice Announcements. Representatives from ORUCC’s “Justice” missions (Care of Creation, Immigration Justice, Heart Room, Racial Justice, Christian Witness and Service) met recently with Pastor Julia about communicating and coordinating our efforts. This email newsletter is one of our ideas. We plan to provide short blurbs about issues and opportunities for involvement with links to longer articles with more information.


Nobody can do everything. Saying yes to some things requires saying no to others. Our health and obligations limit us. As you read, briefly celebrate and pray for people doing something you will not join. As you feel called, reach out to a project’s contact person to learn more, and consider joining or click on links to read more.

News from Our Mission Teams and Groups


ORUCC’s Care of Creation mission team led a discussion about appreciating and saving the environment at Java and Jesus on November 7. Here is a copy of the handout from that session.

ORUCC’s Heart Room mission team will present at the Java and Jesus session on November 21.  We’ll feature a video about an immigrant family thriving with Heart Room help, and dialogue with our Heart Room partners – The Road Home, Early Childhood Initiative, and Joining Forces for Families.  

ORUCC’s Racial Justice mission team led a discussion about Christian Nationalism at Java and Jesus on November 14. Here is a copy of the handout from that session.

The ORUCC women’s book group discussed Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste in November. Click here for a summary of the discussion. 

ORUCC’s Ruthanne Landness of the Immigration Justice mission team is in Tuscon at Casa Alitas serving immigrants at the border and has sent back two letters about her experiences.

Ruthanne’s letter #1 / Ruthanne’s letter #2 / Ruthanne’s Letter #3


The immigration justice mission team co-hosted an informational session about current legal situations for immigrants. You can see a video recording of that session.

Opportunities for Action or Service


Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, the Wisconsin Council of Churches and WISDOM (a statewide faith-based organization) have been organizing TAKING A FAITHFUL STANCE FOR EQUITY, a state-wide group that has been challenging the ”anti-CRT” groups who are attempting to silence the teaching of the truth in our school systems. They have been defending school boards and raising awareness about legislative attempts to ban racial equity programs in schools. A South Central Wisconsin subgroup is being formed and will hold its first meeting via Zoom 1-2:30 on Tuesday November 16. If you are interested in being part of that meeting, contact Karen Jaehnig [email protected]  Pam Oliver [email protected]  or Paul Patenaude [email protected]  

The public safety task force of MOSES (a Madison faith-based organization) is planning informational programs on policing issues in Dane County. If you are interested in learning more about this, contact Pam Oliver [email protected]


We are looking for a few people to help edit this Faith in Action newsletter. We are using very simple tools (Google docs and/or Microsoft Word). If you have regular access to a computer and Internet and can spend 1-4 hours a month on the project, contact Pam Oliver [email protected]

Information About Local Groups

ORUCC is a member of Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice which sponsors the Dane Sanctuary Coalition and other community projects. Read more about WFVJ

The racial justice mission team has compiled a list of local organizations that are led by Black people or other people of color and a list of other local anti-racist organizations. We plan to write short descriptions of them in coming newsletters.

About our Missions

Click here to read more about our Justice Mission teams and projects: Care of Creation (contact Sara Roberts), Immigration Justice (contact Ruthanne Landness), Racial Justice (contact Pam Oliver), Heart Room and Housing Justice (contact Helene Nelson). These mission teams are looking for new members. Reach out to learn more if you are interested. Our ministry of Christian Witness and Service (contact Ken Psyck) also sponsors justice activities.

Let us love and care for ourselves and each other as we work together for justice and mercy.


Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justice now. Love mercy now. Walk humbly now. You are not required to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it. (Rabbi Rami Shapiro’s poetic translation of a Talmudic commentary on Micah.)

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