Welcome to Sky Island UU Church!
Visit Us Sundays 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM!
4533A N. Commerce Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ
For directions, click here to view our map.
Call us at (520) 378-0197 (M & F, 11a-3p)
Introducing Our New Minister, Rev. Linda Lawrence
It is with great happiness that we announce the hiring of a half-time minister for our current year. The Rev. Linda Lawrence has accepted our contract offer and will start with us on August 16. Her first sermon will be September 6.
Rev. Linda was most recently Assistant Minister at the UU Church of Phoenix (in Paradise Valley), a church that is well known for its work on justice for immigrants. Linda worked closely with lead minister Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray who speaks very highly of Linda’s work with UUCP. Linda joined the staff at UUCP in 2010 and, according to Rev. Susan, “She developed an impressive Welcoming Ministry program, reorganized our Pathway to Membership process, and helped to better link new people and new members into engagement and service at UUCP.”
In addition, Linda helped expand UUCP’s Small Group Ministry program by leading groups, recruiting and training additional leaders, providing pastoral care, expanding and nurturing leadership, and participating in UUCP’s Unicare (pastoral care) Ministry. Rev. Susan said, “Linda brought a beautiful generosity of caring to the staff team. I say this as both a witness and a recipient of Linda’s caring and ministry.”
Rev. Linda, who has been a UU for 30 years, began her career as a school psychologist in Rockford, Illinois after having obtained a BA in Psychology and Elementary Education and an MS in School Psychology. She did this work for 20 years but found herself increasingly drawn to the UU Ministry. She then obtained her Masters in Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School, a UU affiliated school for ministers.
She has served in a variety of congregations in Wisconsin as a student, intern and lead minister. She also served as a chaplain resident at Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, as a hospice chaplain in Rockford, Illinois, and as a pastoral counselor before moving to Mesa, AZ with her husband Gary.
Linda and her husband Gary (who teaches online writing classes for Glendale Community College) were impressed by this area when they visited and have already made arrangements to move to Sierra Vista for the contract year while keeping their home in Mesa.
Welcome, Linda and Gary!
Spoon River Anthology,
The Spirits of Spoon River are going to be visiting the Sky Island UU Church during our August 30th Sunday Service. We want to prepare you for our coming because we are a unique group. You see, we have been dead for over 100 years and now are arising from “The Hill” cemetery in Spoon River to finally speak the TRUTH of our lives. You will hear our life stories summed up in free verse monologues telling you of the strange fates and ironies of life we experienced. We will tell you about human pain, misery and deep secrets, as well as love, success and good humor.
Some of us are related family members, so our stories intertwine. Some are related through business and love relationships. But many of us stand alone as memorable characters of Spoon River without a story that intertwines with the others.
Please come and be with us. Perhaps you will recognize some of your life secrets reflected in ours. Maybe you will ask yourself, “How would I sum up my life?” “How do I want to be remembered?”
SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY is considered an American classic book of poetry by Edgar Lee Masters. It was published in 1915 and still delights readers with its 250 dramatic monologues of the citizens of mythical Spoon River. Many of the characters are actual people he knew and are buried with him on “The Hill”.
Be sure to visit us after the service for coffee and refreshments.
For more information, check this link for this Sunday’s service and upcoming services for this month: http://skyislanduu.org/wordpress/sunday-services/
We have children’s programs every week as well:
For more information, check this link for this Sunday’s Children’s Program and upcoming religious education for this month: http://skyislanduu.org/wordpress/childrens-religious-education/
Hearts and Minds: An Adult Faith Development Opportunity
Third Wednesday of every month, beginning Oct. 21st
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Sky Island UU Church Community Room and Sanctuary
Have you ever heard of a covenant group, a chalice circle, or a small group ministry? Hearts and Minds is our name for such a group at Sky Island UU. Our group will be open to any teen or adult who wants to explore the monthly worship themes in more depth in a safe and caring environment with the help of trained facilitators. Each group meeting will use a structured but experiential and interactive format.
There is no registration or fee to participate in this group, but we ask that you add your name each month to the Hearts and Minds list posted in the community room so that we have enough materials available for all participants. Our facilitators will be Rev. Linda and Mr. Gary Lawrence. The group will meet in the community room and, if necessary due to attendance size, divide into two groups with one group meeting in the sanctuary.
While regular monthly participation is encouraged, it is not required. If you have a friend you think might be a “closet UU,” Hearts and Minds might be a great way to introduce him/her to our congregation. Guests are welcome!
Sky Island UU is a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association. As a Welcoming Congregation, we affirm and promote the full participation of persons in all our activities and endeavors without regard to race, color, gender, physical or mental challenge, affectional or sexual orientation, class or national origin.
As Unitarian Universalists, we do not come together around a single set of beliefs, but we gather around the promise we have made to treat each other with respect and compassion as we each seek out and nurture our own best selves, while encouraging others to do the same.
Create a welcoming community of caring people where all receive emotional support, intellectual stimulation, and respect for their individual spiritual paths; Work for justice and equality in our community and the world; Increase respect for the natural environment; promote the Principles of Unitarian Universalism.
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