Fred Taylor, the Director of Special Programs & Community Engagement for the Office of the Arizona Attorney General, would like to connect with faith communities to offer training and resources involving opioid abuse. Training can include how to identify persons abusing Opioids, and how to utilize Narcan for people who have overdosed and other treatment possibilities. Mr. Taylor is especially (but not exclusively) interested in connecting with Spanish-speaking faith communities.Read More
Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Student Pavilion, Ballroom, Arizona State University, Tempe campus
This event is for middle school, high school and university students.
This is the first Arizona Youth Climate Summit, led by Arizona Youth Climate Strike and GreenLight Solutions, a day of workshops empowering students and providing them with new skills to address the climate crisis in their own communities.Read More
Saturday, September 21, 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Prescott
A professor who teaches graduate classes on immigration/theology at Boston University
An immigration attorney
A holocaust survivor
A representative from local law enforcement and
A local member of the migrant community.
Want to know more about the asylum process of our guests? See below or click here to open a pdf graphic, courtesy of CWS, of the process that explains it pretty well.
Thanks to Rincon Migrant Shelter for the heads up on this. They are still looking for more drivers and still hoping to move all drivers to WhatsApp for a more convenient communication method. Email Sarah to volunteer or for more information.Read More
Location: Church of the Beatitudes, Phoenix
November 1: Mental Health First Aid – a training program that teaches members of the public how to help a person developing a mental health problem (including a substance use problem), experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem, or in a mental health crisis.
November 2: W.I.S.E. Conference – includes a keynote by Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund, workshops, basics of starting a mental health ministry, opening and closing worship, and more.
Participants are encouraged to attend both events.Read More
Update: If you have visited the shelter within this past week you'll have noticed a difference - we've been FULL! The Monastery moved to their new location at the Juvenile Detention Center this past week and they are primarily serving at this time as a Welcome Center., meaning guests are not staying there but going out to the Shelter Locations. This means we have received a new group pretty much every day.Read More
The 2nd Annual Border Ministries Summit provides an opportunity to share information, build partnerships and increase awareness of the important ministries taking place on both sides of the border.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO.
United Church of Christ ministers and congregations play prominent roles in two current documentaries about progressive religion: a feature-length film on an "unlikely" success in Oklahoma and a shorter video news piece on immigration policy in Arizona.Read More
UCC clergy in the Southwest Conference frequently minister at the U.S./Mexico border and occasionally lead immersion experiences or participate in prayer vigils and liturgies with partners from both sides of the border. After a visit to the area a few weeks ago to meet Deacon Roger Babnew, who leads Cruzando Fronteras, a new border ministry partner with the Southwest Conference, Conference Minister the Rev. Bill Lyons shared this reflection, noting the irony of a welcome sign wrapped in razor wire.Read More
Conference Minister Rev. Bill Lyons is currently in La Antigua, Guatemala for a month of Spanish immersion.
The familiar words jumped into my ears during noon liturgy at the cathedral in Antigua, Guatemala today. En el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo... Recemos... y con tu espiritu... Señor, escucha nuestra... And then these words that I wasn’t expecting, offered by the priest before he pronounced the closing prescription during the prayers of the people, “Oremos por nuestros hermanos y hermanas en los Estados Unidos que sufrieron violencia...” “Let us pray for our brothers and sisters in the United States who are suffering violence...”Read More
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is set of human sexuality curricula across many age levels that is published jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. OWL combines accurate and straightforward information about sexuality with a set of core values: self-worth, sexual health, responsibility, and justice & inclusivity. OWL facilitators are trained specifically to lead this program and teach in teams.Read More
Saturday, August 3, 2019, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
First Congregational Church, 740 North Turquoise Dr., Flagstaff, Arizona
Can science and religion agree on the most urgent issues of conservation and climate change?
The First Congregational Church of Flagstaff and Northern AZ Climate Change Alliance (NAZCCA) are hosting a film, presentation, and discussion to explore the details of this question.Read More
On the heels of Trump barring refugees from seeking asylum if they travel through another country to reach the U.S. southern border, some administration officials have proposed resettling zero refugees in 2020 - all during the worst refugee crisis in history, with more than 25 million refugees worldwide in need of safety.
We are calling on Members of Congress to do everything in their power to end the administration's attacks on asylum seekers and return refugee resettlement to historic norms—95,000 refugees per year. The administration has already dismantled the U.S. asylum system and refugee resettlement program. Zeroing out refugee resettlement would amount to a full refugee ban, with grave long-term implications.
As people of faith and those called to love our neighbor; we care deeply about refugees. Hundreds of our congregations in the United Church of Christ have helped resettle and support refugees fleeing violence through the UCC’s Refugee and Asylum Ministries. Now is not the time to stop these efforts and turn our back on those in need. We must urge Members of Congress to publicly denounce this proposal and let the administration know directly that we should not stop the welcome. Instead of closing the door on those in need, we should instead commit to resettling 95,000 refugees (the historic average) next year.Read More
3 p.m., Sunday, August 18th at First Church UCC Phoenix
This event is open to everyone and the goal of the community conversation is to define shared terms and understand each other (why white people call the police when they are afraid and people of color’s fears of calling the police), and to break bread with each other.Read More
Mind, Body, Spirit: Linking Lives for Health and Wholeness
The Wellness Ministries of the UCC Newsletter
(formerly The Faith Community Nurse Health Ministry Newsletter)
From Repairers of the Breach:
We are calling on faith leaders and people of faith whose conscience compels them to join us. We are calling on all congressional leaders who similarly are compelled by their conscience and our Constitution to join us.
RSVP online now: https://www.breachrepairers.org/moralmondayborderlands
From Sarah, migrant shelter manager:
Don't live locally? Here's how you can help:
We are partnering with CCS to create a country-wide support network for asylum seekers. We are looking for two things.Read More
Many of you remember Holly Herman as the Administrator of the Southwest Conference office for several years. See where Holly’s leadership gifts have led her. (Thanks to Rev. Dr. Tina Campbell for the heads up.)Read More
Prison phone rates are out of control, with local 15-minute phone calls costing up to $25 in some states. For the 2.7 million children with an incarcerated parent, this often means losing essential relationships.
A new bipartisan bill in Congress would re-establish federal authority to provide the same consumer protection to communication in prisons, jails, and detention centers as there is outside of those facilities and will bring down the cost of these calls.Read More