UCC's Southwest Conference hires immigrant care coordinator to streamline refugee relief efforts

UCC's Southwest Conference hires immigrant care coordinator to streamline refugee relief efforts

From the United Church of Christ

Written by Emily Schappacher
August 12, 2014

To more effectively address the needs of refugee women and children fleeing their homelands in Mexico and Central America for the safety of the United States, United Church of Christ congregations along the southern border realized they needed an extra set of hands. The Southwest Conference of the UCC has hired the Rev. Tyler Connoley, pastor of Silver City UCC in Silver City, N.M., as the new immigrant care coordinator to stay up to date on this ever-changing situation and to be a go-to person for UCC churches and members seeking ways to help.

"Initially, I'll be working with our local churches in the Southwest Conference so they can better coordinate their ministries, however, I see myself as a resource for the entire United Church of Christ and, really, for anyone caring for immigrants," said Connoley, who begins his position this week. "The idea is that when a church in Maine, or Ohio, or wherever, wants to help immigrants or advocate for fair and comprehensive immigration legislation, they'll have someone in the Southwest who already knows where the needs are and what the issues are, so I can answer their questions and direct them to the right resources."   Read the article here.

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