What a “high” for our ministry when our congregation voted to become a Host Sanctuary Congregation. A few days to catch our breath and then the reality set in, there is more to do. We anticipate our first guest arriving in early December.
Our first event was held on Nov. 12th was a high level volunteer training. We were blessed with 63 participants. This is only the beginning and if you are interested in volunteering go to: http://uuchurchofboulder.org/justice/sanctuary/ and click on the volunteer now hotlink. This page also includes additional opportunities to donate.
A Sanctuary Core Ministry team has formed with individuals taking responsibility for the large variety of tasks. Here is your team.
Co- chairs – Mary Dineen & Jenny Fitt-Peaster
Legal & Financial Risk Management – Diana Maiden, UUCB President
Volunteer Co-ordination – Mary Jo Highland
Volunteer Training & Furnishings for Guest room – Mary Dineen
Volunteer Community Building – Barb Richards & Laurie Mazzola
Immigrant Community Outreach – Kaitlin Abbitt, Mercedes Garcia, Omar Gomez
Building Updates, Construction & Financial Reimbursement from Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition (MDSC) – Fred Cole
Immigrant Advocacy – David Poundstone
Liaison to MDSC & Boulder Sanctuary Coalition & all Communication – Jenny Fitt-Peaster
Spiritual Care for Volunteers – Rev. Barbara Molfese
Rev. Kelly’s role – Advise and support to co- chairs, lead UU theological reflection circles, advocate to government, media relations
Many of you have stated an interest in donating items for our guest room. If you have items you would like to donate, please do NOT drop them off at UUCB. First, contact Mary: email@example.com. She will need a complete description of item with photo. We are only planning to furnish the room with the basics until we have a guest and the guest can then request additional items.
The Security updates to our building are in progress and the basic shower has been installed. We will keep our commitment to our congregation, we will have all the security updates completed before a guest arrives.
Rev Kelly is starting Sanctuary Reflection Circles in December. This is an opportunity to share your deepest feeling about UUCB hosting an immigrant. Perhaps you are excited, or scared and concerned or just not sure how all this will affect our church. Attend a theological reflection circles where our deepest feelings will be shared in a “safe place”. The dates: Tues, December 5, 7:00pm – 8:30pm and Tues, December 19, 1:30pm – 2:30pm.
For more conversation regarding sanctuary at UUCB: firstname.lastname@example.org.