Ingrid & Her Pardon – It was an incredible joy to learn, just before Christmas, that governor Jared Polis has pardoned our Sanctuary guest, Ingrid. Now that her pardon has come through, she can renew the fight for legal residency in the U.S. – a fight which was essentially impossible before the pardon. I am hearing some confusion about this from some members, so let me be clear: the pardon does not grant Ingrid automatic legal residency in the U.S. Ingrid does not yet have this status in our country, and therefore is not yet free to leave sanctuary. she essentially had two step fight: first, to be pardoned; and second, to gain legal residency. She has just completed the first step, and is preparing this month to begin the second step. But now, she has at least a fighting chance, and quite possibly a good chance, of gaining the legal status that will allow her to go free. UUCB continues to honor our covenantal commitment to Ingrid, to welcome her and her family as Sanctuary guests in our church. If anyone has any questions or concerns about this, you are welcome to contact me, and I will be glad to talk with you about it more. In the meantime, rest assured that Ingrid is still welcome here.
Together Colorado Housing Action – Together Colorado is a faith-based community organizing group, that works Statewide to advance justice issues here in Colorado. I have been pleased to be part of the Boulder County Faith Leaders caucus of Together Colorado, as was my predecessor, Rev. Kelly Dignan. One of the issues We are focusing on now, is the importance of affordable housing. in particular, we have begun organizing in support of residents of mobile home parks, as they struggle for greater protections from predatory housing practices. We will be hosting, at our church, an Action to raise awareness and support for this work. I hope many of you can join us in our sanctuary, the evening of Wednesday January 29, from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. for this event. Also, many of the faith leaders in Boulder County have committed to preach on the subject of housing justice this month, in advance of this Action. I will do so on January 12, and will say more about this work then.
Covenant Groups – As I’ve been saying for the last couple of months, our church is an active place, but should not be one that makes us feel caught up in the busyness. At its best, church should feed us, nourish us spiritually and emotionally. One of the most effective avenues for doing that, is gathering in small groups for spiritual enrichment. Our covenant group program re-launches later this month; sign-up opportunities will be available soon on Sunday mornings. I hope many of you will consider joining one of these 6-session groups, and will find it as enriching as I have found at other congregations.