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A Prayer for Immigration Reform – November 26th, 2013

Holy God: Thank you, thank you, thank you for this day. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the gift of life, for the opportunities we receive each day to live our lives to their fullest, to breath, to move, … Continue reading

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Local Pastor Joins Veterans group, Yale Law Students to Halt Deportation

Rev. Josh Pawelek, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society: East in Manchester, has joined forces with a Veterans group and Yale University Law students to halt the deportation of Mark Reid, a U.S. Army veteran convicted of a nonviolent drug offense.  According … Continue reading

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Free Mark Reid

I’ve recently become interested in Mark Reid’s story. Mark’s is not a household name, and won’t likely become one. But I find his story compelling, in part because he’s slated to receive a punishment that far outweighs the magnitude of … Continue reading

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Let Us Not Turn Away

Rachel Naomi Remen says “There is in life a suffering so unspeakable, a vulnerability so extreme that it goes far beyond words, beyond explanations and even beyond healing. In the face of such suffering all we can do is bear … Continue reading

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Quick Clip of Emma’s Revolution at the UUA’s 6/23 Tent City Witness

Here’s a quick clip of Emma’s Revolution warming up the crowd at the Unitarian Universalist Association’s public witness against human rights abuses at the Tent City Jail in Maricopa County, AZ. The UUA bussed nearly 2500 of its General Assembly delegates … Continue reading

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UUA Witness at Arizona’s Tent City

Below is some footage from the Unitarian Universalist Association’s June 23rd Justice General Assembly witness against human rights abuses at Tent City in Arizona’s Maricopa County. You can get a good sense of the program and the size of the crowd … Continue reading

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The Desert Belongs to No One and the Sky is Wide Open

“The desert belongs to no one and the sky is wide open.”[1] Words of the poet, Salah Al Hamdani. This is a sermon about borders—borders that divide people from people: not only national borders, which exist in so many cases … Continue reading

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Freedom for Sujitno!

Grace Lutheran Church on Woodland St. in Hartford played host to this afternoon’s celebration of Sujitno Sajuti’s release from federal prison in Massachusetts.  For those unfamiliar with Sujitno’s case, you can learn more here and here. I had the honor … Continue reading

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Let Sujitno Stay!

We had a great turnout from UUS:E and from the larger community at our Valentines Day press conference in support of Sujitno Sajuti. For background on Sujitno’s immigration situation, check out the Let Sujitno Stay website. The video of my … Continue reading

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Let Sujitno Sajuti Stay!

I’ve known Sujitno Sajuti and his wife Dahlia for nearly a decade through their involvement with the Greater Hartford Interfaith Coalition for Equity and Justice. Sujitno was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in December. Check out the press … Continue reading

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