Temple Emanuel of Tempe

Social Justice Discussions at Temple Emanuel — The series of discussions of Social Justice topics continues on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 6:30–8:00 p.m. with Hannah Miller and Rev. Deborah Hutterer moderating a discussion on Social Justice and Refugees: The US refugee resettlement program began in 1975, and since then the country has welcomed more than three million refugees, helping them build new lives in all 50 states. These refugees have added an immeasurable amount to the richness of American culture, contributed to our economic strength, and honored our core values as a nation. Hannah Miller and Reverend Deborah Hutterer of Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest will explain how a person becomes a refugee, the process of refugee resettlement, how refugees come to the United States, and what assistance they receive when they arrive.

Hannah Miller is Faith and Community Engagement Coordinator at Refugee Focus, a division of Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, where she has worked since July 2014, beginning as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with the Women’s Empowerment Program, then as a full time staff member with Women’s Empowerment in 2015, and more recently in her current position. She has led programs for refugee women from more than 10 countries. Hannah has a B.A. in International Politics and Peace and Conflict Studies, speaks French, and has traveled in France, West Africa, and Central and South America.

Rev. Deborah Hutterer is the Chief Development Officer of Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, which she joined in 2012. She is responsible for strategic direction and implementation of fundraising efforts, volunteer management, communication, congregational relationships, and the Partners in Caring Division. She is a graduate of Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. Prior to seminary, Deborah created and launched two businesses, worked in the insurance industry, and held various positions at Augsburg College. She graduated from Luther Seminary and was ordained in 2004. After seminary, she served St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pontiac, IL. With the hashtag #travelingrev, on weekends she can be found in surprising places across the state hiking and preaching.

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Karen McLaughlin and Beth Rosenberg will moderate the Social Justice Discussion on Arizona's Child Welfare System – Problems and Possibilities. [Karen McLaughlin is Director of Budget and Research at the Children’s Action Alliance, and Beth Rosenberg is Director of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Policy at the same organization.]

Stay tuned for announcements with more details to follow.

Serve I-HELP dinner during 2017 — Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP) volunteers are needed! As part of the activities maintained by the Social Justice Committee at Temple Emanuel, on the first two Sundays of every month, Temple Emanuel is responsible for preparing and serving a meal for approximately 40 homeless people at a nearby church. It is a most worthwhile experience in support of an organization that fills a great need. Jim Flegenheimer, Temple Emanuel I-HELP coordinator, needs groups of 3-4 families (children are welcome, but should be 12 or older) who would be willing to cook and serve. These are tasks that are easier than you might think. If you have volunteered before, please sign up again. New volunteers are always welcome. Jim will help guide you through the process. Volunteers are needed for the first two Sundays of each month. Please e-mail Jim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at 480-390-1514.

For more information about working with the Social Justice Committee, contact Richard Newhauser