Valley Interfaith Project AZ Justice Reform Meeting

Valley Interfaith Project AZ Justice Reform Meeting

October 14, 6:30 p.m.
Shepherd of the Hills UCC, 5524 E Lafayette Blvd, Phoenix 85018

From the VIP Justice Reform Team at Shepherd of the Hills UCC:

There could be big change coming in justice reform. With all that is on the horizon, you don't want to miss the VIP Justice Reform Team meeting on Monday evening. Please share this notice with members of your core team, congregation or school community who might be interested.

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Introduction to Compassionate Communication

Saturday, October 19, 1 – 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 216 E Gurley Street, Prescott AZ

Find your voice, speak your truth, and listen deeply. Would you like to be able to hear others and speak your mind in a clear and kind way without needing to be defensive or go on the attack? Find more ease in everyday conversations. Stay focused on what really matters to you and listen for the concerns behind others' words.

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2nd Annual Border Ministries Summit

2nd Annual Border Ministries Summit

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.

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October JPANet Newsletter: A Letter to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

October JPANet Newsletter: A Letter to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

This month Madison Mayhew, UCC Justice and Peace Policy Advocate, shares an open letter to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in honor of one year since her brave testimony.

Dear Dr. Ford,
One year ago, we watched you bravely recount your experience of sexual assault by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh. We, the faith community, honor your story, and stand with you as we witness the anniversary of this significant moment. We recognize your life has been forever altered because of your remarkable courage, and we thank you. We have watched you suffer from hateful threats of violence against your life, and we are so sorry. (Read more).

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Church of the Red Rocks: singing border trip

Church of the Red Rocks: singing border trip

Monday, October 21 – 22

Travel to Yuma, sing songs of hope and compassion in the spirit of God's love to the Border Patrol office in Yuma, then sing at the wall of the detention place located behind the Border Patrol offices, for the detainees inside. Travel to San Luis where entry to Mexico is located and sing near the entry on the USA side.

Stay overnight in Yuma, then travel on October 22 (Tuesday) to Phoenix and donate money and supplies and sing at the Welcome Center, run by rescue.org. Return home on October 22.

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Jim Moos to Join PBUCC Staff as Executive Director of Newly-Formed Faith and Finance Ministries

The Rev. James Moos, Ph.D. will join the Pension Boards team on October 15 in the new role of Executive Director of PBUCC’s Faith and Finance Ministries. In this position, which reports to the President and CEO, Moos will oversee the organization’s Ministerial Assistance, Philanthropy, Communications and Church Relations, and Corporate Social Responsibility functions.

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No More Funding for Immoral Detention, Deportation, and Border Militarization

Support the work of your Conference Ministers and ask your member of Congress, as they work on appropriations legislation, to not invest any more money in policies that fuel and feed the administration’s efforts to continue terrorizing immigrants. How we invest our money reflects our values as a nation, and right now those values are corrosive and harmful. This has to stop. Congress should instead invest in policies that uplift family unity, address the root causes of forced migration, and prioritize human needs by respecting the rights and dignity of every person.

Take action and ask your member of Congress to reject funding for detention, deportation, and border militarization!

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Living on the Hinge of History with Defiant Hope: Engaging the Climate Crisis

 Living on the Hinge of History with Defiant Hope: Engaging the Climate Crisis

Sunday, Nov. 10 - Friday, Nov. 15, Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center, Abiquiu, New Mexico
Rev. Dr. Jim Antal

Use code CLIMATEANTAL at checkout BEFORE November 1 and receive $250 off!

The climate crisis provides people of faith with opportunities to embrace new vocations rooted in hope expressed in action. We will move from despair and feeling overwhelmed to joyful engagement as we understand and experience our call to make a difference on a local, national and global level. Climate activist and denominational leader Rev. Dr. Jim Antal will examine the most recent science as well as our grief over the loss of our home as we identify and commit to grounded, resilient strategies to thwart the impending crises, amidst the poignant locale of Ghost Ranch.

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Guest preaching schedule for Mental Health Weekend

Several speakers, workshop leaders, and facilitators from Mental Health Weekend on November 1 and 2 will be guest preaching at various churches in Arizona on Sunday, November 3.

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Bill Lyons' press statement from D.C.

Bill Lyons' press statement from D.C.

I am here to tell Congress the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ has zero tolerance for political policies that violate human dignity and dehumanize our neighbors – migrating people, federal agents, and residents of America’s militarized southern border communities alike. With the righteous anger of Jesus overturning tables in the Temple I am here to say, “Pass a moral budget! Defund the hate.”

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Mental Health First Aid and W.I.S.E. Conference on November 1 & 2

Mental Health First Aid and W.I.S.E. Conference on November 1 & 2

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.

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Stand With Youth and Take Action on Climate

Join in the climate strikes and demand action to protect the sanctity of creation. Urge Congress to promote a just and equitable transition to a 100% clean energy economy in order to build a more sustainable future for all. We need moral leadership to help protect our public health and environment, strengthen our economy through clean energy, and mitigate the worst impacts of climate change.

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