Opioid Abuse Training & Resources for Faith Communities

Opioid Abuse Training & Resources  for Faith Communities

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.

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Asylum Process graphic

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.

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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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A Full House at Rincon Migrant Shelter (can you help?)

A Full House at Rincon Migrant Shelter (can you help?)

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.

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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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UCC Conference Minister: The harsh, dehumanizing realities of the border wall

UCC Conference Minister: The harsh, dehumanizing realities of the border wall

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.

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Bill Lyons: Words from Guatemala re: mass shootings in U.S.

Bill Lyons: Words from Guatemala re: mass shootings in U.S.

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...”

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Our Whole Lives program beginning this fall

Our Whole Lives program beginning this fall

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.

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Keeping the Earth: Religious and Scientific Perspectives on the Environment

Keeping the Earth: Religious and Scientific Perspectives on the Environment

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.

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Rise for Refuge Day of Action to Stop Refugee/ Asylum Bans

Rise for Refuge Day of Action to Stop Refugee/ Asylum Bans

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.


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Denounce Proposal for Zero Refugees in Fiscal Year 2020

Denounce Proposal for Zero Refugees in Fiscal Year 2020

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.

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Don’t Price-gouge Kids Calling Their Incarcerated Parents!

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.

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