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UCC Missoula Legislative Advocacy Resources for the MT Legislative Session Winter/Spring 2021
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UCC Missoula Legislative Advocacy Resources for the MT Legislative Session Winter/Spring 2021

UCC Missoula strives to live out a mission of love, justice, inclusion and care for the Earth, based on a progressive understanding of the just and generous love of Christ.  

We are Progressive. Inclusive. Inspired. www.uccmissoula.org  

Many of us are called to speak up through advocacy to protect the vulnerable and marginalized in our midst, and to care for the Earth, our home.  We have compiled some suggested ways you might advocate or become involved during the 2021 Legislative Session.

As in all things UCC, these are not dictates, doctrine, or mandates from your church. We trust that your conscience and your faith will guide your advocacy efforts and we covenant to support and love one another in community, finding strength in diversity.

Resources:

General Advocacy Tips

The MT Legislature homepage has a wealth of information up front about submitting video testimony, testifying remotely, contributing to public comments, tracking bills, watching hearings, etc. This is the website: https://leg.mt.gov/

Not sure who your local legislators are? No shame in that. Find them here, along with tips for contacting your legislator: https://leg.mt.gov/legislator-lookup/

To send an email to an individual legislator OR (this is brilliant!) a whole committee at once, find the form here: https://leg.mt.gov/web-messaging/  

To email a whole committee, such as the House Judiciary Committee, scroll down to “Send Message to” and click Committees, then select (H) for “House,” Judiciary.  

Input the bill number, HB (for House Bill) + number, (112, for example); click “for” or “against” to indicate how you want them to vote, and then type up your message.  

There IS a character limit of 1250, and no emojis or other characters allowed. I like to type my message in advance and cut and paste it into the message field. Easy-peasy. You just emailed the whole committee! OR you can choose “Legislator” and choose your contact from the dropdown list of legislators.

If you would like to testify virtually, from the comfort and safety of your own home, you can sign up on the MT Legislative website. Again, it’s https://leg.mt.gov/. Written testimony and sign-ups for virtual testimony must be submitted by 12 pm the day before the bill is heard.

Want to learn more? On January 20th, 7pm on Zoom, join a “Virtual Tour” of the Montana Legislative Website and advocacy “how to” The Montana League of Women Voters is hosting this virtual tour of the Montana Legislature website.  You will learn how to track bills, locate live-stream committee hearings and House and Senate floor sessions, how to participate in hearings and how to get your views to legislators. To attend, send an email to the contact Nancy Leifer nancleifer@gmail.com with the subject line: TOUR

-Montana League of Women Voters - https://my.lwv.org/montana-league-women-voters

A selection of groups who follow issues and will send out legislative updates and action alerts. Many of these groups work together to follow and advocate on a variety of issues. Some websites are more up to date than others, but nearly all have a place to sign up for an email alert.

Groups covering human rights and a variety of issues:

- ACLU: aclumontana.org / right on homepage, enter email address to join action alerts (national and Montana)

- Montana Women Vote - http://www.montanawomenvote.org/action-alerts/

- Forward Montana - www.forwardmontana.org - scroll to bottom of homepage to sign up on email list

- Empower Montana – Human rights and diversity issues, youth, schools, and racial and Indigenous justice. https://www.empowermt.org/

- Montana Human Rights Network - https://mhrn.org/, has a legislative team tracking a number of issues for example: Indigenous justice, LGBTQ+ rights, hate crime, and immigration issues, gun safety, reproductive healthcare, domestic abuse. Their Facebook page is updated regularly with action items.

- Montana Association of Christians, http://www.macmt.org/

Scroll down on the page to sign up for their email. They hire a lobbyist each session who should be keeping folks posted. This group addresses healthcare, human services and other human rights issues, and in a typical session, we would jump on a charter bus with a group from Missoula and go to a lobby day with MAC partners from across the state.

Gun Safety  

- Montana Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety - https://momsdemandaction.org/montana-moms-demand-action-everytown-criticize-montana-house-for-passing-dangerous-gun-bill/  

Healthcare and Reproductive Justice

- Planned Parenthood - https://www.plannedparenthood.org/, scroll to bottom of homepage  

Climate

- 350 Montana - https://www.350montana.org/, Montana environmental issues. A number of UCC folks are involved here.

- Faith and Climate Action, Montana - https://faithandclimateactionmontana.weebly.com/ A coalition of faith-based climate advocates, including UCC-ers and friends.  

- Families for a Livable Climate - https://livableclimate.org/ Family-oriented climate action.  

- Sierra Club Montana – Sign up for legislative updates and action here: https://www.sierraclub.org/montana/legislative-political David Merrill and Summer Nelson from UCC are involved in Sierra Club Montana leadership.

Analysis and Budget

- Montana Budget and Policy Center- Our own Montana policy wonks. They do great analysis and support many of the groups above with data and analysis. Their website is kept up to date.   www.montanabudget.org  

Don’t see your favorite advocacy group listed here? Let us know who they are, what legislative issues they are focused on and how folks can connect with them to take action. Non-partisan groups only,  please.  

This Week's Worship

This past week, our nation reached a tally of deaths from COVID-19 that passed 500,000 people. Other statistics include 83.1 Million Estimated Total Infections, 70.4 Million Estimated Symptomatic Illnesses and 4.1 Million Estimated Hospitalizations. The toll the pandemic has taken on emotional well-being related to these illnesses and deaths, not to mention the toll of quarantine itself, is uncountable. Most of us have taken some kind of role in stopping the spread of this disease, but those on the COVID-19 front lines—the first responders and medical staff—deserve special recognition. This Sunday, the Montana/Northern Wyoming Conference and several churches present a worship service centered around gratitude and prayers for our UCC COVID-19 front line. Special tributes naming many of our UCC Missoula church members are included. We hope that you will join us for this regional worship experience, connecting us all.

University Congregational Church Missoula, United Church of Christ

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About Us

No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here! We are an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.

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Purpose

At UCC Missoula, we proclaim a Gospel that is Progressive, Inclusive and Inspired by the never-ending love of God.

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Cool Stuff @ UCC

We do a lot of cool stuff at UCC because our hearts are “warmed” by the Gospel of Love. (Luke 24:32)

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Youth and children's ministry

Youth Ministry creates a basis for parents and their children to become more thoughtful, kind and compassionate.

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Open and Affirming

Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ's (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. UCC Missoula became an ONA Church in 1993, and we have LGBTQ people active in leadership and in all areas of church life.

Creation Justice Covenant

We created a Creation Justice Covenant to guide how we care for God’s creation. The covenant is also part of UCC Missoula becoming a Creation Justice Church within United Church of Christ.

Climate crisis is an urgent, all-encompassing, worldwide emergency. In affirming the divine gifts of creation and in affirming our connection to God, each other, and the world around us, we unconditionally commit ourselves as individuals and as a congregation to the intertwined responsibilities of caring for creation and seeking justice for the oppressed. With purposeful resolve, we commit ourselves with an awareness of how the abuses of creation inevitably cause human suffering and of how factors such as race, class, and global inequality inevitably cause some to suffer more than others.

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Small Groups

Small groups are a wonderful way to deepen your relationship with God and with the community at UCC. At our church, we joyfully believe that humans, in all of our beautiful and complex diversity, are created in the image of God, so building relationships with each other is sacred work.

Small groups happen in many forms at our church. Some meet long term (for years!), others gather for a 4-6 week study on a specific book or topic, and still others gather to learn a skill or complete a project. Our Contemplative Prayer Group meets every Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m., and other prayer groups are often formed during the special seasons of Lent (spring) and Advent (winter). Anyone can drop in on Theology Pub, which gathers monthly at a local brewery or coffee shop for discussion and fun. Small groups include retreats 2-4 times each year, on or off-site, and our annual Contemplative Backpack trip for 15+ years. Getting involved in a small group will help you grow spiritually, mentally, socially, and through serving others.

Worship/Music

We encourage worshiping God 24/7, but we gather on Sundays at 10 a.m. to sing, pray, and learn together. Worship is "traditional" in some ways and improvisational in others. Every week has a theme based on scripture and every theme points us toward some new or refreshed understanding of who we are called to be as God's people in the world.

We celebrate a wide variety of musical styles. We showcase two adult choirs, Flute choir, Bell choir, Woodwind ensemble, String ensemble, Brass ensemble, organ, piano, guitar, drums and solo instrumentalists and voices. Our children's ministry program also produces two musicals each year.

Our Ministry Team

We proudly claim that our ministers are "all the members of the church." Meet our staff of amazingly talented, motivated, and compassionate people who supports our larger ministry.

Rev. Dr. Jennifer Yocum (she/her) is a storytelling, kayak-paddling, gaze-in-wonder-at-God-in-the-world kind of person.

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Rev. Laura Folkwein

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Laura (she/her) is passionate about strengthening communities, treating all people with dignity and respect, and connecting people to care for and advocate with each other.

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"I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my savior"

Habbakuk 3:18

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Worship Service 10:00 a.m. Sundays

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