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Unitarian Guest Speaker Shares Her Hometown Perspective on El Paso’s Mass Shooting

Louise Green

By Jon Sievert

At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, the Rev Louise Green reflects on the impact of current events and US immigration policy from her personal perspective as a native of El Paso, the site of the August 3 mass shooting of Hispanic immigrants.

A range of world religions teach that welcoming the stranger and loving the neighbor as self are foundational spiritual principles. How does this look in practice when immigrant residents in the US are fearful, anxious, and embattled? If we are to be true to our highest ethical values, we must see our neighbors as worthy of the respect and love we would want for ourselves.

Hispanic families, in particular, are the target of both personal bigotry and public federal oppression. Under the Trump Administration, immigrants in the US are under threat at an unprecedented level. The mass shooting in El Paso by an anti-Hispanic white supremacist came from long-standing Texas tensions and anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies emanating from the White House.

This tragedy has also proven to be an opportunity for direct response and new political realizations. The response from those on both sides of the border has been heartwarming, and the vision of this binational, bicultural, bilingual city reaffirmed. Congregational communities across the US are rising to meet the ongoing toxic atmosphere with direct service, fundraising, justice organizing, and advocacy for policy changes. The UU Fellowship in San Miguel de Allende is active in welcoming deported families from the US and engages in a wide variety of social justice partnerships in the region. These actions are making a real difference for immigrant neighbors and communities.

Rev Louise Green was raised in El Paso and has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Boston, and New York City. She now lives in Washington, DC. Green is a Unitarian Universalist minister, yoga practitioner, and full-time community organizer with the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation in Maryland.

Metro IAF organizations build broad-based power for change in communities. Organizational members are Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish congregations, labor unions, tenant organizations, and schools. Current Maryland issues include greater racial equity in public education, inclusive immigration policies, affordable housing, and a successful jobs movement.

For more information about the UUFSMA, including our social action outreach, weekly discussion groups, social activities, and Care Team, join us any Sunday at 10:30am at the Hotel La Aldea or visit our website at uufsma.org. Our Sunday morning children’s religious education program is on summer break until September.

UU Service

“Who Is My Neighbor, Really?”

Rev Louise Green

Sun, Aug 25, 10:30am

Hotel La Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15, Centro

uufsma.org

 

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