Category: Immigrant and Refugee Justice Ministry
It may be hard to imagine, but people are tortured in countries around the world for such reasons as their political views, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religion. Over 200,000 survivors of torture from Africa and Asia are believed to reside in the United States, some … read more.
By Chary Sundstrom
Last February, I joined a group of UUFR members who gathered in Lesley Koustaff’s home for a home cooked, traditional Congolese meal. I was looking forward to connecting with a refugee in person and learning about her culture.
As we arrived, the wonderful smells … read more.
Sanctuary is a place of safety or refuge, usually a church. North Carolina has provided sanctuary to six undocumented immigrants facing deportation in churches in Greensboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. Churches offer themselves as sanctuaries because it is expected that ICE will not go … read more.
What does it mean – “10 inch knitted or crocheted squares are being collected in the Action Parking Lot
It all began with the UUFR Refugee and Immigrant Team’s sponsorship of a newly arriving refugee family last fall in partnership with the U S Committee for … read more.
Of the several things I do in my retirement, probably one of the most satisfying and most challenging things is the transportation of refugees sponsored by USCRI to their medical appointments. So, let me tell you about my first time I took a family to … read more.
During this pandemic, we can learn a lot from Glo, a former Congolese refugee.
Glo has endured trauma and hardship, yet never lost hope. When faced with a circumstance Glo could not change, she adapted to her new circumstance by digging deep to FIND a new … read more.
UUFR’s Immigrant and Refugee Justice Ministry Team, along with other UUFR members and outside partners, has adjusted and been able to continue our work despite COVID-19 restrictions. In March our team collected 50 letters handwritten by UUFR members that were sent to the UU Social … read more.
New Immigrants, especially those who have been refugees, are among the most vulnerable in Wake County. Immigrants have always faced challenges – learning a new language, finding a job, navigating a totally different culture. With the COVID-19 pandemic, life has become exponentially more difficult. ESL … read more.