9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship Service
Readings, music, prayers insights from three people intimately acquainted with the challenges to immigrants in the US:
Nora Montanez Patterson-Plymouth member
Nora Montañez is an Afro-descendent Indigenous Peruvian director, actor, singer, educator, and playwright. She was raised in Paterson, NJ, and holds a BFA from Florida Atlantic University. In Minneapolis, Nora has performed at Theatre Latte Da, Children’s Theatre, Jungle Theater, The Guthrie Theater, Theatre Mu, Mixed Blood, and many others. She is a Staff Theatre teacher at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists (SPCPA) and a teaching artist with Upstream Arts. Nora was a 2018 Next Step Grant recipient, a 20/21 Many Voices Mentee at the Playwrights Center, a 2022 Creative Support Grant recipient, and is currently the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies Artist-in-Residence at the University of Minnesota. Nora is also the Founder of ALMA (Alliance of Latine Minnesota Artists), which facilitates alliances among the spectrum of Minnesotan Latine artists.
Sara Adams is the AID coordinator for Minnesota Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM). AID is one of three programs at ICOM and works to provide small stipends for emergency assistance and other forms of support, such as finding legal representation, court accompaniment, locating community resources, and emotional support. Before joining ICOM in 2021, Sara worked for eleven years as a coordinator for a home visiting program that served immigrant children and their caregivers, and in that capacity learned a lot about the legal and economic realities immigrant families face on a day-to-day basis.
Barbara Read’s experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer teacher trainer in Concepcion, Chile, strengthened her commitment to understanding, respecting and valuing cultural differences. As a community college administrator, she supported clubs and events celebrating the college’s diverse student population. At Plymouth, Barbara finds great joy in serving meals to Third Sunday guests, coordinating orders for Just Coffee from Agua Prieta, MX, and participating in the Immigrant Welcoming Working Group. Memories of Plymouth’s 2020 Border Trip continue to shape her values and actions.