New immigration study resources available

New resources are available from the UUA to help congregations prepare for the “Justice General Assembly,” June 20–24 in Phoenix, and to engage with immigration justice work in their home communities.

  • United States Immigration: Theological Reflection and Discussion is a collection of twenty-two brief excerpts from sermons and writings about the topic of immigration offered for UU congregations. Each excerpt is followed by questions for discussion. Download a copy of the resource, and find out more about it by listening to reflection authors Susan Karlson, Michael Tino, and Colin Bossen on The Journey Toward Phoenix, an internet-based radio blog hosted by the Rev. Carlton Elliot Smith of the UU Church of Arlington, Va.

For more information, contact Gail Forsyth-Vail, Adult Programs director, Ministries and Faith Development, Unitarian Universalist Association.

Immigration resources program, Cooking Together, created

Congregations are being invited to share their stories about how they are engaging in immigration-related social justice issues this year and how they are preparing for General Assembly 2012 in Phoenix, on a new UUA blog, Cooking Together.

On a new, related web page, Immigration Justice, congregations can also find immigration resources, including ways to include immigration topics in worship and religious education, information about state and federal immigration policies, and ways to organize and carry out actions in support of immigration rights.

Current Cooking Together blog posts include a description of a program of the UU Church of Boulder, Colo., that invites people to develop spiritual disciplines aimed at increasing levels of compassion, and an essay by Asha Arora, the GA 2012 Youth Caucus junior dean from the UU Congregation of Phoenix, talking about GA 2012.

The Cooking Together program was created by representatives of five UUA staff groups led by Gail Forsyth-Vail, the UUA’s Adult Programs director. She said congregations are encouraged to share not only their stories about their immigration work, but also any resources they develop that would be useful to other congregations.