The Clergy Caucus has moved its monthly meeting to noon on the second Tuesday of the month. May’s meeting will be held at Catalina UMC and feature a discussion of gun violence as well as a scripture study of Ch. 6 of William Herzog’s Parables as Subversive Speech. The brown-bag sessions last till 1:15. Coffee, tea and water are provided.
Immigration reform will be featured at a Statewide Interfaith Immigration Strategy Session on Thursday, April 25th, from 1:30-3:00 pm at Casa Grande UMC located at 1515 N. Trekell Rd. in Casa Grande. Clergy and lay leaders will discuss the Gang of Eight proposal, recent meetings with the AZ congressional delegation and next steps to move Comprehensive Immigration Reform forward.
PCIC has submitted a proposal to the 2014 County Bond Committee to request funding for a building to house the JobPath & Literacy Connects programs. These programs educate thousands of low-income children and adults, and do it successfully on shoestring budgets. Our presentation to the Bond Committee is scheduled for May 30th.
St. Francis in the Foothills UMC sponsored a successful Affordable Care Act civic academy on April 7th that featured Rep. Ethan Orr, LD9, Dr. Eve Shapiro and CSS Director Peg Harmon as panelists. St. Cyril’s of Alexandria will offer another academy at 10 am on Saturday, May 4th, entitled “Health Care is Changing.” It will feature Pima County Heath Director Dr. Francisco Garcia and other key panelists.
PCIC and AIN visits to the legislature continue, though the standoff between Gov. Brewer and the anti-Medicaid expansion wing of the Republican Party has led to very little legislation making its way through to become law. The Governor will be speaking at Valley Interfaith Project’s Accountability Session on May 2nd in Paradise Valley.
PCIC’s newest member, Santa Catalina Catholic Church, sponsored a listening session at the church last weekend. Over 80 leaders discussed the congregation’s strengths and weaknesses as well as the needs of the surrounding community. Follow-up sessions are now being planned.
Congratulations to leaders at St. John’s UMC on Tucson’s southside, who hosted an Immigration Dialogue this weekend, and to PCIC’s newest sister organization, Southern Arizona Interfaith (formerly PCIC Inc.). SAI changed its name to reflect new members from both Santa Cruz and Cochise County.