Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

Change The WorldThis month, the KMUCC Missions Team is initiating a summary of issues of concern to our congregation. We are all on a learning path, so some entries are educational and others include actions we can take as individuals or as a group.

Are you interested in joining the Missions Group? If so, please contact Johnette Orpinela, Kathy Anderson or Macy Guppy. We would love to include you and your ideas.

At Home

The Immigrant Mutual Aid Coalition

IMAC (www.imacpdx.org) is a partnership of members from local immigrant rights and social justice organizations. IMAC formed in response to the September 2020 wildfires to provide a safe and welcoming distribution site in Clackamas County for members of the Latinx and immigrant communities. IMAC also supports mutual aid efforts in Medford, Cottage Grove and Hillsboro. 

IIMAC provides culturally appropriate food boxes, baby needs, hygiene products, masks, community resource information and other needed items. They are all-volunteer and rely on contributions from community members and organizations. At distribution events (every two to three weeks), IMAC serves between 300 and 400 families in the Portland Metro area. 

Here are some of their current needs that Kairos members can pick up:

Costco:

  • Kirkland bar soap - 15 bars (made with shea butter in green/white packaging). We distribute over 300 bars per event.

 Target:

  • Up & Up Diapers Economy Plus Pack Size 6 $29.99 (surprisingly these are cheaper than Costco!)
  • Pads: L. 60-count Regular & Super $9.99 / Stayfree Ultrathin 

There is a more detailed list at www.imacpdx.org/donate.

You can take donated items to one of the following sites:

  • Alder Commons, 4212 N.E. Prescott St., Portland, on Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Rose City Book Pub, 1329 N.E. Fremont St., every day from 1 to 10 p.m.

Around the Globe

Israel/Palestine: different perspective.

For years, many young Israeli men and women have chosen jail terms over serving the mandatory time in the military. Some of their stories, and those of veterans, can be found in “Breaking the Silence.” https://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/ 

A very contemporary voice is that of Eran, a “Refuser” from Tel Aviv.
https://mailchi.mp/refuser/refusers-solidarity-13400293?e=87a4018c65 

He is asking for help. His is a perspective worth our noticing.

Call for Help in Haiti

The catastrophic earthquake in Haiti is especially poignant for us.  We are grateful to Arwen Spicer who adopted Iselie and Javonsky from Haiti and brought them into our church family.

The United Church of Christ is issuing a call to action to help the people of Haiti. The massive 7.2 earthquake  has killed nearly 1,300 people. 

Our United Church of Christ is issuing an appeal through the GLOBAL H.O.P.E. team to raise funds to assist in Haiti in any ways that we can, short-term, and also to assist with long-term recovery needs.  

You may make a donation as follows: https://www.ucc.org/ucc-issues-100000-appeal-for-haiti-after-7-2-earthquake-tropical-storm/

The plight of Haitians at our southern border.  To read a response from the UCC to the tragedy of Haitian immigrants at our southern border, and to sign up for the UCC Weekly News Digest:

https://www.ucc.org/religious-leaders-decry-us-treatment-of-haitian-migrants/

Another avenue for helping, suggested by Arwen, is the What If Foundation.org.  Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Phone: 510-528-1100. Check out the website for more information about their work and also how to donate.

 

Neighbors in Need (NIN): special mission offering of the UCC 

In 2021, Neighbors in Need “Unfailing Love” offering is focused on supporting organizations and projects that are serving homeless and immigrant neighbors or communities. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to provide funding grants to UCC churches and organizations leading justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects in their communities. Please take a moment to learn more about some of the wonderful programs funded by Neighbors in Need grants on the NIN online webpage.