WHO WE ARE

The Faith and Justice Committee offers a means for members of our parish to be engaged in our common Christian values of justice, compassion, and hospitality to the outsider, and to do so in community with one another. 


The Committee engages in the following:


    o Local and regional justice issues that need advocacy

    o Providing educational resources on current justice issues

    o Educational events, discussion forums and guest speakers

    o Building relationships where there may be division, or reaching out to communities that experience exclusion


The Committee is keenly aware that we may not all be of one mind, but that we all share the Baptismal vow to “strive for peace and justice.” We aim to embrace our differences and come together, learning from and listening to each other always. 


We invite St. Paul’s parishioners to help us in this work. Sign up for our email alerts, share your ideas, join the committee, or just participate in the events we make available. You can visit our Faith and Justice Table after services on Sundays for more information and to write a letter to your representative about pressing policy concerns. 


Meanwhile, visit the Episcopal Public Policy Network website to read their blog and see videos about their work. We think you’ll be inspired.


To find out how to join our committee (or to just come check it out), or to be added to our email action alerts, contact Cassie Lewis at cassie@stpauls.org.

TRAINING ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES

The Episcopal Church of the Messiah and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church are partnering with CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice) to offer a series of Community Trainings to raise awareness of issues around immigration and offer ways in which we can assist our neighbors who are being detained.  

 

Saturday October 28, 10:00am to 1:00pm

“Know your Rights” Legal Workshop

This workshop is for undocumented immigrants and others wanting to learn about the complex legal processes surrounding immigrant detention, deportation proceedings, DACA, and how to ensure that the rights of immigrants are protected. One-on-one legal consultations available after brief general presentation. Location: Church of the Messiah: 614 N Bush St, Santa Ana, CA 92701

 

Saturday November 4, 10:00am to 12:00pm

How to Visit Immigrants in Detention

This training offers a thorough overview of the system of immigrant detention on a national scale and prepares participants to visit individual detainees in detention facilities, including the incorporation of chaplaincy into those visits. An optional visit to Adelanto Detention Center will be available from 1:00 – 7:00 pm. Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

 

Wednesday January 17th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Raids & Rapid Response

In this training, CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice) prepares local clergy & lay people for the important work of bearing public witness to ICE raids while ensuring that the rights of the undocumented are protected during those high-stress encounters. The presence of advocates standing with and supporting immigrants has been a proven deterrent to rapid deportation. Bring your lunch! Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

 

CONTACT Info: Lucero Garcia (714) 737-8751

Please RSVP to any event you plan to attend: Laura Siriani laura@stpauls.org


Please spread the word! We also have flyers that can be emailed or printed. Contact Cassie cassie@stpauls.org or Laura laura@stpauls.org for those.

St. Paul’s Faith and Justice Resources

Check out this guide from the Episcopal Church.  It is great resource for understanding the nuts and bolts of advocating for change within our democratic systems.  Click Here



Elected Officials:


Congresswoman Mimi Walters, 45th District

215 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

(202) 225-5611

Walters’ Irvine Office

3333 Michelson Dr., Ste. 230

Irvine, CA 92612

(949) 263-8703


Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, 48th District

2300 Rayburn HOB

Washington, DC 20515

(202) 225-2415


Senator Diane Feinstein

331 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-3841


Senator Kamala Harris

112 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-3553


Senator Paul Ryan

1233 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515Washington, DC 20500

(202) 225-3031


President Donald Trump

1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Washington, DC 20500

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump

(202) 456-1111


Note: If the White House Comments Line is not working, go to www.WhiteHouseInc.org. Fill out your email and phone number. You’ll receive a call from one of the president’s properties:) Ask to leave a message.


OTHER RESOURCES:


• Together We Will Orange County (Facebook)

• Indivisible (OC) (Facebook)

• Pantsuit Nation OC (Facebook)

• IRIS (Facebook)


Immigration, Refugee Update and DACA Action Items Suggestions from Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles:

• Sign Moveon.org petition “Do Not Stop Refugee Resettlement”

• Write op-ed piece for local paper

• Join Episcopal Public Policy Network for advocacy update: http://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org

• Sign up for daily advocacy updates with www.dailyaction.org


LGBTQ:

• Integrity USA

• GLEAM (meets monthly; contact Pastor Kay)

• Diocese of Los Angeles: LBGT Ministry (online)


Other Advocacy Groups:

• Bread for the World (policy advocacy on national and state level for all issues related to poverty and justice)

• Sojourners (Christian magazine that promotes justice for the poor and other advocacy)

• Orange County Interfaith Network (see Mike Penn)