Social Justice Ministry News

Granite Peak is committed to organizing a Social Justice Ministry that will:

Strive to get at the root causes of injustice, as well as direct service work;

Develop connections with the local community and neighborhood so we would know our neighbors and work together for justice issues;

Develop relationships with local faith based groups, schools, businesses and institutions to form a strong cohort working for justice in the larger community:

Actively support the developing state-wide UU justice advocacy network so that Arizona congregations can work together on broad based issues.


Defying the Nazis

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War airs on PBS this Tuesday, September 20, at 9/8c. This courageous story of two Unitarians who helped hundreds escape Nazi Europe is being broadcast across the country. Get inspired to defy hate and fear today. We can carry on the Sharps' legacy by taking action with the refugee crises and religious discrimination in our time. A Ken Burns documentary, directed by Artemis Joukowsky.
On social media: #wedefy #SharpsWarPBS #DefyingtheNazis.

Who is Dayani Cristal?

September 30 6:30 pm at  Granite Peak

In preparation for our Social Justice focus on Immigration issues for the month of October we will be showing the film “Who is Dayani Cristal?” at GPUUC in the Sanctuary.

This film was recommended by the UUJAZ Immigration Justice Group. “Who Is Dayani Cristal?” tells the story of a migrant who found himself in the deadly stretch of desert known as “the corridor of death” and shows how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration.

As the real-life drama unfolds we see this John Doe, denied an identity at his point of death, become a living and breathing human being with an important life story. Winner of the Sundance 2013 Cinematography award and nominated in the World Documentary Competition, “Who is Dayani Cristal?” has been described by The Hollywood Reporter as “A deeply moving doc [which] finds a new way of making the immigration debate personal.” Everyone is invited to attend. 


Where to Invade Next

September 20 6:30pm at Granite Peak

Academy Award®-winning director Michael Moore is back with Where to Invade Next: a provocative and hilarious comedy in which Moore, America's favorite political provocateur, will stop at nothing to figure out how
to actually make America great again. Just in time for election season; honored by festivals and critics groups alike,

Where to Invade Next is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which the Academy Award®- winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling For Columbine has returned with an epic movie that’s unlike anything he has done before—an eye-opening call to arms to capture the American Dream and restore it in, of all places, America. This showing will be open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.


Woman in Song VI

September 16, 2016 at 7pm

A women’s music concert featuring local musicians: Celia, the Gurley Girls, Meg Borhman and others. This is a fundraiser for Arizona Family Health Partnership which is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to making reproductive healthcare and education available and accessible to all women, men and teens in Arizona, even if they lack health insurance or money.


Native America: Then and Now

September 15, 2016 at 4pm

Guest speaker Manuel Lucero, of the Cherokee Nation, and head of the Prescott Pow Wow, will address the treatment of Native Americans from the landing of Columbus to the present day. Cooperatively sponsored by: Temple B'rith Shalom, Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation and First Congregational United Church of Christ.