I am still glowing from a wonderful Annual Gathering and so grateful for our keynote speakers, Corrina Gould, Sandhya Ja and David Vasquez-Levy, for their powerful presence with us on Friday and to all our delegates and visitors for reminding me of what it means and what can happen when we come together as Church.
I was approached by a couple people during our weekend about the horrific conditions families at the border seeking asylum were facing and asking if there was something we could do—or, more accurately, asking for us, as the Church, to act.
So, we did. This letter was read to our gathered community at the end of our business session on Saturday. Attendees were invited to sign on to the letter. We posted it on our Conference Facebook pages and received quite a few more signatures, with even more signatures coming this week as the letter was read in some of our churches last Sunday. Our UCC Office in Washington, DC, sent the letter and signatures to our California Senators and members of Congress on our behalf along with the letter written by our UCC leaders.
They also invited all of us to sign on to this action alert. This toolkit was created by UCC Minister Randy Mayer, who was quoted in our letter because of the years of work he has done with families at the border and what he has seen firsthand in this particular situation. It has some good information for all of us as we continue to walk with families facing immigration struggles.
Our DC Office was grateful for our response, saying that it is action like ours that makes a bigger impact than they can do alone.
That got me thinking. There were a lot of images and a lot of media attention on this particular issue so it was clear that we needed to act. And there are a lot of other issues that we need to take action on too: Black Lives Matter, racial injustice, white supremacy, oppression of the Palestinian people; gun violence, and so many others. We should never underestimate the power of our voice for those who have had their voice taken away and the strength of our action for people who feel that they are too often acting alone.
This is something I heard loud and clear from our keynote speakers this past weekend and something I saw in action when all of us worked together to make our voices heard by our government leaders. Three Great Loves is an opportunity to be inspired to blend our voice, our faith and our steps to transform the world around us. There is no end to what we can do when we choose to act together.