And we're following him!
Sunday, March 29
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our Jesus Has Left the Building and We're Following Him event will not be our typical physical project together, but will be an individual project we can complete on our own.
Project: Advocate for 360 Youth Services through letter writing campaign
We will write the members of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus imploring their advocacy for renewed funding for 360 Youth Services and similar programs. (template and details below)
In 2020, 360 Youth Services lost nearly $200k in funding for their LGBTQ+ transitional housing program after their US Health and Human Services grant funding was not renewed.
Across the country, 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ+. 360 Youth currently has 38 transitional housing residents, half of whom identify LGBTQ+. Safe, affirming, stable housing is always a human right, especially now in these uncertain and upsetting times.
A prayer for your letter writing:
We pray that our written words will inspire those with power and with voice to make change.
We pray that our intent will instigate action in the world.
We pray that our spirits are moved to enact justice within our circles of impact.
We pray to be beacons of Christ-light that cast out shadows of injustice, undermine systems of oppression, and bring about a new reign of God's love.
As you write, meditate on the deep connection we feel to our homes, especially in times of worry.
Take a photo of yourself and share it with us (either on the HOPE UCC Friends page on Facebook or by emailing it to email@example.com, so the rest of the community can see what you’re up to. Feel free to share the text of your letter in the comments. If you don’t have stamps lying around the house, hold on to your letters until we’re together again, and Erin C. will mail them out for you.