Justice news

News from our justice-oriented mission teams

NOTE: Consistent with UCC tradition and governance, our justice mission teams provide information on issues that are sometimes controversial, speaking to the congregation but not for the congregation. Only a vote of the full congregation can authorize official statements of ORUCC.

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ORUCC Faithful Action for Justice: April Newsletter

ORUCC April Justice Newsletter Faithful Action for Justice Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ April 2022 Welcome to Faithful Action for Justice Announcements, messages from ORUCC’s Justice missions (Care of Creation, Immigration Justice, Heart Room, Racial Justice, Christian Witness and Service). 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…

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Taking a Faithful Stance for Equity

Report from ORUCC Racial Justice Mission Team member Karen Jaehnig Racism and white supremacy can only flourish if people of goodwill stay silent. People of faith care about racism and we care about equity. Still, when the time comes to speak up in a public forum, we feel ill-prepared, unsure of what to say, or simply do not know when an issue we care about is coming before our school board or…

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Greetings from Casa Alitas April 12, 2022

This weekend brings a close to my March-April 2022 volunteer time in Tucson and Casa Alitas. I return to Madison this coming Wednesday (the day before Maundy Thursday of Passion Week). This means packing in all those things on my “want to do before I leave” list. For me, this has meant a trip to wine country south of Tucson (I drank more wine that day than all of COVID time –…

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Greetings from Casa Alitas. March 30, 2022

Hello and greetings from sunny Tucson! It is a beautiful sunny spring day here, the birds are chirping, and I woke up to the aroma of freshly baked bread.  Life is good! This day stands in contrast to my arrival in Tucson, five hours later than scheduled and in the middle of the night, due to a change of flight plan in Dallas.  It was a full flight and few were complaining,…

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Faithful Action for Justice

[email protected] Faithful Action for Justice Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ March 2022 Welcome to Faithful Action for Justice Announcements, messages from ORUCC’s Justice missions (Care of Creation, Immigration Justice, Heart Room, Racial Justice, Christian Witness and Service). 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…

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Jane Ilgen Literacy Fund: Year 1 Progress Report

Jane Ilgen, a long-time member of ORUCC, established the “Jane Ilgen Literacy Fund” in the fall of 2020, reflecting her passion for early childhood education and racial equity, especially for African American children. To carry out Jane’s legacy after her passing in late 2020, ORUCC raised funds within the congregation for Jane’s endowment at the UCC Foundation, and for an internal ORUCC account to begin the project in 2021. Then, the Christian…

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What’s Next for Heart Room? Discussion March 27 at 9 a.m.

Heart Room is a pilot program that began in 2018 to help families with young children find and keep stable housing long-term.  Stable housing is a platform for children and families to thrive.  Heart Room is designed to empower families to meet their own goals. Compared to other rental assistance programs, Heart Room is very flexible in response to family goals and choices. The Heart Room pilot was initiated by ORUCC and…

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ORUCC Car Donation

Car donation for friend in need WANTED: CAR FOR FRIEND IN NEED On March 29, a friend will be released from Oregon Correctional Services. He has spent many of his 60 years in and out of prison, but many things, at present, are very promising, including having a job in Windsor. Baxter has been with him for almost 6 years and both are aware that having reliable transportation is a key part…

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Faithful Action for Justice

News and opportunities from our mission teams Faithful Action for Justice Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ February 2022 Welcome to Faithful Action for Justice Announcements, messages from ORUCC’s Justice missions (Care of Creation, Immigration Justice, Heart Room, Racial Justice, Christian Witness and Service). 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…

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Amnesty International labels Israel an apartheid state

By Thomas Beilman and Rev. Diane Dulin On February 1st, after four years of research, Amnesty International, a leading human rights organization, issued a long-awaited report: Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians: Cruel system of domination and crime against humanity. Explained Amnesty International’s Secretary General Agnès Callamard, “Our report reveals the true extent of Israel’s apartheid regime. Whether they live in Gaza, East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank, or Israel itself,…

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Faithful Action for Justice December 2021

News and opportunities from our mission teams   Faithful Action for Justice Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ December 2021Welcome to Faithful Action for Justice Announcements, messages from ORUCC’s Justice missions (Care of Creation, Immigration Justice, Heart Room, Racial Justice, Christian Witness and Service).  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…

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Housing assistance program

ORUCC’s Christian Witness and Service Ministry sponsors a number of programs focused on housing issues in Southwest Madison. One is Keeping Neighbors Connected (KNC) is a coalition of partners promoting school and family stability in the southwest Madison neighborhood.  Orchard Ridge UCC, Good Shepherd Lutheran and Saint Maria Goretti Catholic are the funding partner churches.  Joining Forces for Families (JFF), Early Childhood Initiative (ECI), and the Southwest Madison school Social Workers are…

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Heart Room family takes a big step forward

In spite of some pandemic-caused setbacks, SV will leave ORUCC’s Heart Room program in May as a wonderful example of what determined individuals can do for themselves even in tough times. SV was homeless when she and her boys entered Heart Room three years ago. With the boost provided by Heart Room’s income supplement and the passionate social workers who worked with her, she was able to rent a home near ORUCC…

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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…

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Greetings from Casa Alitas #3

Hello from Casa Alitas and Tucson (fast becoming my favorite city)! It’s been a very full and rewarding week, and now that I’ve settled into what might be called a routine, it’s time to come home. I will have been here a month as of Wednesday, November 17 and I admit to a longing to see friends and family (in person), walking in the arboretum, and sleeping in my own bed. The…

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Greetings from Casa Alitas #2

Hello Friends, I so much appreciated the Sunday morning sermon on thin places. I was particularly aware of this presence with God at the top of Mt. Lemmon outside Tucson on Saturday. I was invited to join a friend, Marian (Jill Westberg’s first cousin) for a drive up the mountain, all 10,000 feet, and observe the changes in scenery as we ascended, first desert, then pines, then golden aspen. As in Wisconsin,…

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Greetings from Tucson and Casa Alitas

Hi Bonnie – Thank you for your email. I’m going to use my response to you as a way of providing a brief update to a few others also. First off, it’s been a packed and wonderful few days, reorienting to Casa Alitas and settling in at my Mennonite Tucson home-away-from home. To answer your question, the number of migrants arriving at Casa Alitas is unpredictable and varies from 12 to 200…

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Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice

We would like to keep you informed of organizations in our community that are involved in racial justice issues. ORUCC joined Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice last year. They are committed to provide education and awareness (as well as partnering with other social justice groups) to advocate for systemic changes that address the root causes poverty, racial inequities, and social injustice. Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice (WFVJ) officially began in 2012 and…

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