Other Updates: February 17, 2017

 Sanctuary Information Sessions
First Universalist Church is one of the congregations joining in the effort to provide sanctuary to individuals or families threatened by deportation. They are sponsoring information all sessions and all are invited. Please consider attending -- Pastor Eliot.

"Build a wall." "Register Muslims." "Deport criminals." "Refuse more refugees."

These are the headlines that have dominated recent public discourse. But for immigrants and refugees residing in the U.S., these issues are just the most recent developments in a long struggle to live freely in a nation that has yet to provide liberty and justice for all.

As part of First Universalist's Sanctuary and Resistance movement, we invite you to listen and learn from some of our immigrant and refugee neighbors as they discuss their lived realities in our community and in our country.

An Immigration and Refugee Panel will take place on Sunday, March 5 - 1 to 2:30 p.m. First Universalist is located at 3400 Dupont Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Presented by members of Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia and Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee(MIRAC)

 Rapid Response to Deportations
Join the struggle to stop deportations and attacks on immigrants in Minnesota -- Join us for the next meeting of MIRAC's No More Deportations campaign.  The next training is Wedneday, February 22 at 6:00PM at 4200 Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis.

From 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. we'll be working on our plans for a rapid response network against ICE(Immigration & Customs Enforcement) operations in the Twin Cities area, and get brief updates on other campaigns.

There is an urgent need for more people to do 'know your rights' trainings in the community, so from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. we will have immigration lawyer Danielle Briand lead a Know Your Rights 'train the trainer' session. Please join us for that if you'd like to be able to lead 'Know Your Rights' trainings. Bilingual English-Spanish ability is preferred but not required.


Day on the Hill-2017

Thursday February 23, 2017 8:30AM

Citizens from virtually every Senate District in Minnesota will come together from various faith perspectives to advocate for important safety net programs that protect and support the most vulnerable Minnesota families who want to thrive in our state. Participants will join with others from their senate district to meet with their elected officials. Eliot Howard and Sue Allison are attending and invite you to join them.


For more information and to register go to www.jrlc.org/day-on-the-hill-registration or pick up a brochure in the Fellowship Hall.


Donations Needed

Avenues for Homeless Youth is a program providing emergency and transitional housing to homeless teens and young adults. It also offers a wide array of services to help youth gain stability in schooling, employment and health.We were recently contacted by Craig Freeman, Faith Community Engagement Manager at Avenues about the need for some household goods. 

Currently needed are the following items:

  • Double or queen beds (preferably queen)
  • Twin beds and/or cribs
  • Dressers
  • Kitchen tables and chairs
  • Living room furniture
  • Kitchen supplies / set-up kits (pots, cookware, dishes, glassware, etc.)
  • Bedding

If you have extras of these items (in good condition) taking up space in your home please contact Craig Freeman.  He will make arrangements for these items to get to those in need.  You can contact Craig at  cfreeman@avenuesforyouth.org  or  612-844-2005 .


TRUST Builders

TRUST BUILDERS Housing Initiative works with Urban Homeworks to provide affordable housing within the Twin Cities.


Just bring some work gloves and a great attitude.  You don’t have to be a carpenter. All levels of experience are needed. Job supervisors and TRUST BUILDER site coordinators will assist in organizing and deploying volunteers on various projects at the jobsites.  Below are the work dys for 2017:



Work Days are always on a Saturday

January 14 July 8

February 11 August 12

March 11 September 9

April 8 October 14

May 13 November 11

June 10 December 9


We also need church crews to provide food support.  Lunch will be provided.  Just bring some work gloves and a great attitude.

You don’t have to be a carpenter.  We will be working with job supervisors, and each week we have a TRUST Builder site coordinator who will assist in organizing and deploying volunteers on various projects at the jobsite.  All levels of experience are needed.

To sign up, email John Corlett, TRUST Builders Coordinator at jrcorlett@comcast.net or call him at 612-839-6566 (only in the evening).  




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