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.


UUJAZ Quarter Notes

The Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona Network has released their quarterly newsletter and you can read it here.


Candlelight Vigil for the Lives Lost at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston

Friday, June 19, 7 p.m.

Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Join Rev. Jacqueline Ziegler, Interim Minister, for Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation for a candlelight vigil commemorating the lives lost at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.  Come and stand with our brothers and sisters in the Black community in love and solidarity.

Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, the congregation, the city, and African American communities throughout our nation. We are broken hearted at this tragic violence, rooted in hate, aimed at peaceful people gathered in prayer, who, following Jesus’ teachings, welcomed the stranger into their midst.

Acts of violence in a house of worship tear at our souls and leave us weeping in shock, anger, sorrow, and the question of when will it end? When will the hatred and racism end? We need each other at this moment.

Feel free to bring a short reading, poem or song to share.


Mothers’ Day Stand for Peace Rally

3 p.m. on Sunday, May 10, 2015
On Prescott’s Courthouse Square
At the Memorial Soldier Monument on Montezuma 

Granite Peak’s members and friends, women, men and children, are encouraged to participate in this second annual event. Prescott’s Tom Pettit Veterans for Peace chapter and Grandmothers for Peace and possibly Womansong are collaborating with us for this event. Following the original intent of Mothers’ Day, come rise up and speak out loudly to proclaim that we want and must create a world where children are protected from war and violence. Join with others who are assembling across the nation to reclaim the Mothers’ Day holiday as a day to stand for peace and against war.

There will be a program intertwined with great music. Feel free to bring a SHORT poem or reading to share during the program.


6th Annual Albert Lovejoy Social Justice Dinner held in honor of Dr. Ron Barnes

Granite Peak and the whole Prescott community celebrated the 6th Annual Albert Lovejoy Memorial Social Justice dinner on Saturday April 18th. Dr. Ron Barnes was awarded the annual social justice award for his lifetime of justice work.

Unitarian Universalist Association Moderator Jim Key delivered the keynote address.

Thanks to all who worked on the event and a special thanks to Dr. Ron Barnes for his service and leadership and to Jim Key for traveling cross-country to be with us.


2015 Tom Pettit Social Justice Award Announced

The Prescott College Freedom Education Fund was awarded the 2015 Tom Pettit Award. This $500 grant award was announced at the 6th Annual Albert Lovejoy Memorial Social Justice Dinner.

The Freedom Education Fund is committed to creating grant funding that would provide access to higher education at Prescott College for undocumented students. The money from this award would go directly into a fund that would create an opportunity for students who are blocked from receiving federal financial aid due to their undocumented status and who face other barriers to higher education in the state of Arizona.
Visit the Freedom Education Fund Facebook page for more information on the Fund.

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