Desert Notes November 9, 2023
|The UU College of Social Justice, UUJAZ and several AZ UU congregations have been participating in a small planning delegation with Borderlinks this week, and I am happy to have been able to join them. We are learning together and thinking about what it would look like to lead a delegation of UU’s in February 2024 and in an ongoing way to bring folks to the Borderlands to learn more about the experiences of migrants at our Southern border. We have listened to stories, traversed the border, learned about organizations doing important work, and had a deeper and embodied encounter with the realities here. We have also begun to dream about what could be, what might be, and how our congregations will work together to engage the work that is calling us here. It has been important to me to re-invest in my own capacity to lead on these issues and to partner/collaborate with other congregations and organizations. I look forward to sharing more with all of you and inviting VUU to help create a team of delegates to return and to learn together as well.|
Last week I attended a special meeting at the invitation of VIP and Vice Mayor Matt Orlando to discuss the senior affordable housing development being proposed by Dominium. The VIP delegation reminded those gathered (there were three from the opposition, three of us, and Dominium, plus City staff and two council members) that we believe that Chandler needs to do their part in identifying and pursuing any and all possible solutions to the housing crisis we are experiencing. No city in this metro area can afford to assume that others will provide the needed affordable housing solutions. Next week we will be hosting an event at VUU that will highlight these issues and also report on gains we’ve made working on mental health issues. Please join us! November 14 from 6:30-8:00 at VUU. Barb Quijada has more information on this–please RSVP here.
Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan