As a UCC congregation located in a southern border state, the Desert Palm Justice and Witness Team focuses most of its efforts on immigration. We participate with East Valley churches and community organizations assisting immigrant families resettling in Phoenix, and families who have been released by ICE to join sponsors in the U.S. The justice and Witness Team supports our church missions: feeding and housing the homeless, respecting our environment, being attentive to the stress it is under, committing our support to the LGBTQI community, those living with mental health challenges, and lifting the lives of children in need.
Justice and Witness at Desert Palm is also revealed through the compassionate and quiet deeds performed by our church family members every day.
Our liberal understanding of Jesus' compassion guides us as we Help Out, Reach Out, and Speak Out. We collect and distribute donations for the marginalized, host events supporting causes of justice, and raise our voices attending protests, parades, and prayer services. We sign petitions, we share information, and we join with other congregations to impact policy decisions by our local and national governments.
Desert Palm works with a host of Justice organizations, including:
UCC Justice and Witness Ministries
East Valley Church Network
Faith communities providing immigrants released by ICE, who are in need of short-term housing and meals, before departing the Phoenix area to live with their sponsors.
Assisting our church family and friends with medical needs, meals, and visits.
Providing water to stations on the southern border.
Meals on Wheels
Delivering meals to homebound seniors.
Rebel and Divine
Congregation at First UCC Phoenix providing a safe space for at-risk youth and young adults.
Southwest Human Development
Local agency providing for foster care for children.
Annual charity event in Tempe helping to feed the hungry.