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.

Monday
Oct262015

Faithify! Action in Arizona

Thirteen donors have come together to support UUJAZ Action Teams in the year to come.

Peter Eldridge, Liz Swan, Sharon Travis, Andy Burnette, Ronnie Pahres, Walt Wieder, Matthew Funke Crary, Abigail Gaines, Joanne Giannino, Earl Holt, and Karla Brockie

Thank You!  Thank You! Thank You!

Your donations make all the difference.

Will you join them?If you haven't had a chance to make your donation- now is a great time.  Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by The Unitarian Universalist Funding Program!  That means each dollar you give is worth $2!
Donating is easy.  Go to

http://www.faithify.org/projects/action-in-arizona/

And click "Fund."  

Enter your donation—from $5 to $50 to $500.  Any amount is appreciated. It’s as easy as shopping online!

Wednesday
Sep302015

National Coming Out Day Event

On Saturday, October 10th, the 2nd Annual Prescott LGBTQ+ Event will take place in our own Davis Hall. The time is from 5 to 9 PM with a carnival atmosphere of food, games, a cake walk, and dancing. We are extending a special invitation to Granite Peak and PUUF Families and Friends to join in this special occasion. The FREE event will be “family friendly” with special events for children of all ages! 

Sunday
Sep272015

UUJAZ Issue and Action Day 2015

The UU Justice Arizona Network will be holding it's annual Issue and Action Day on Saturday, October 10 at the UU Church of Surprise. Focus issues to be discussed include education, water, economic inequality, racial justice, and immigration. Registration is now open and more information is available here.

Friday
Aug282015

Granite Peak Support for the Black Lives Matter Movement

“To display the sign, Black Lives Matter, is an act of cultural resistance, of public witness. This action is a symbol of something larger, and a spiritual practice as wellfocus, attention, and steadiness. The aim and desire is to keep the spotlight on the complex set of issues affecting Black people in this country, dating from slavery through to 2015. Not since the Civil Rights Era has there been such a sustained commitment to make broad change. Black Lives Matter is a statement about that renewed commitment, a vow to keep looking, watching, and struggling.”

-- Rev. Louise Green, Minister for Congregational Life, River Road UU Church, Bethesda MD

Ever since the UUA General Assembly in Portland, many of us at Granite Peak have been discussing and considering the role of Unitarian Universalist congregations in the Black Lives Matter movement. From heart wrenching events across the country to open sharing about racism at the Social Justice Reflection Service to the moving personal stories shared GA Sunday Service to the service that Rev Karla Brockie offered this past Sunday on “Black History in Unitarian Universalism” there is a broad and deep conversation taking place within our congregation about how this movement applies to us here in Prescott. The Social Justice Ministry Council heard those voices and realized that we need to act on them. We will continue this conversation and this journey together this Sunday Aug 30, with an Open Forum Discussion about Black Lives Matter in the Faith Development Building at 9:00 am. We invite and encourage everyone who has thoughts or feelings or questions about Black Lives Matter to join in this discussion as we delve deeply into the issues surrounding this movement. And then after this Sunday’s Service (Aug 30) we invite everyone to join in hanging the Black Lives Matter banner on the outside of our church to show that we stand publicly in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement and as an act of public witness of our faith, living out our First Principle that we believe in the worth and dignity of all people.

For more information and further reading check out these websites:

UUA GA-2015 Action of Immediate Witness in Support of Black Lives Matter

The Power of a Black Lives Matter Banner

Friday
Aug282015

UUJAZ Issue and Action Day

The Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona (UUJAZ) state advocacy network brings people together from across the state to learn about issues that have broad impact on Arizona. We discuss issues and plan action we can take to turn things around. In the past UUJAZ has focused on prison reform, immigration rights and economic inequality.

This year we will be meeting on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 9 am until 3:00 pm at the UU Church of Surprise. We welcome new people, as well as hope some established activists will join us. Visit us at our website for more information.

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