Welcome to Sky Island UU Church!
Visit Us Next Sunday!
4533A N. Commerce Drive in Sierra Vista, Arizona
Call us at (520) 378-0197 (M & F, 11a-3p) if you have questions.
For directions, click here to view our map.
Our services are Sunday: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
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!
Covenant of Right Relations Workshops
Developing this covenant is an important step in clarifying expectations on how we will relate with one another and in creating a safe environment for the members of our congregation. “Covenant” is Latin for “come together” and means a “solemn agreement” or “promise from the heart” regarding a course of action between parties.
Here is the website that updates our progress:
Building A New Way,
“We are at our best when we work together; together we create new possibilities” was the opening statement of Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association. This was to the General Assembly of about 5,000 UUs in attendance at the Portland, OR, Convention Center. The overall theme of GA was “Building a New Way,” new ways of living a life of authentic, courageous compassion in our lives and our congregations, and new ways to move the world toward more love, justice and peace.
Speakers: Sharon Travis, Jean MacKeen, Susan Fawcett and Dave Weigel
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/
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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