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From Aspiration to Deportation

Selections from a Worship Committee sponsored service from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, presented by the New Sanctuary Movement, coordinated by Jean Blum.


From the introduction to John F. Kennedy’s last book, “A Nation of Immigrants” by Edward M. Kennedy


“From Aspiration to Deportation”
Coordinated by Jean Blum



Participants include: Jean Blum, Mary Moriarty, RoseAnn Murray, Terry Cummings and Jack Drucker, with special guests Kathy Carmona and her family. Jean says, “I came to the United States as a child with my parents, immediately after WW2. l know first hand the challenges of coming to a new country, particularly in poverty. When l heard about the horror of immigration detention, l formed a “501C3″ non-governmental agency to assist as many individuals as possible in whatever capacity was needed. l did this work from 2005 to 2007, when l ran out of funds, and detainees nearby were transferred out of my jurisdiction.” Mary and RoseAnn are members of the New Sanctuary Movement, and Terry, Jean and Jack are members of the Worship Committee. The NSM and our congregation have helped the Carmona family throughout their ordeal with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Thom Kennon

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About The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair is welcoming of all seekers after truth, beauty, justice and compassion cherishing their diversity of race, gender, sexual identity and orientation, religious background and perspective on life. We are a liberal religious community seeking transformation in our hearts, our homes, our community and our world. We come together to * Create a spiritual community that nurtures and inspires us as we search for meaning in our lives. * Reach out and welcome all who wish to be part of our community because diversity of race, culture, sexual orientation, and economic background enriches us all. * Guide and challenge our children in their lifelong journey of discovery and spiritual growth. * Explore religious and cultural traditions so that we may honor our differences and our common ground. * Take responsibility for helping to solve the problems of our community. * Promote social and economic justice, furthering our work to dismantle racism, homophobia, and all forms of oppression. * Celebrate artistic creation as a spiritual element of life. * Respect the beauty and mystery of nature by actively preserving our environment. * Invest our personal resources to build and sustain this community of aspiration. * Act together to keep this covenant alive. We are Unitarian Universalists, building upon our heritage as advocates for the rights and dignity of all. Our spiritual leaders are Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael and Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael, Co-Senior Ministers.

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