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Sky Island UU Church – A caring community forging a compassionate, just and sustainable world.
Our services start at 10:30 AM, every Sunday
In this 3rd installment of sermons about happiness, we will find out if there is a correlation between happiness and music or happiness and pets. We will also hear a little about the “business” of happiness. Last but not least, we will attempt to answer the question, “Why is happiness important?”
Before she retired, Terry Zapotocky worked in health care for over 40 years. She has been a member of Sky Island UU Church for almost 10 years.
We will honor one of our youth during this service in a special “Coming of Age” ceremony as he turns eighteen, and we will explore these questions: “What do we promise our children? How are we, as a congregation, coming of age?”
When the Unitarian Universalist website speaks of covenant it asks, “What Do We Promise One Another?” and considers “What calls human beings into deeper relationships with the holy, one another, and all beings?” But what about our relationship with ourselves? Are we aware of what we promise to our own being and do we have a responsibility to fulfill those pledges?
Tina Squire is a United Church of Christ minister who has called Sierra Vista home for more than a decade. Most recently, she pastored Tombstone Community Church for eight years and has served as the chaplain for Valor Hospice for almost four. The daughter of a Foreign Service Officer, she spent her early years in Moscow and teen years in Canberra, Australia and St. Petersburg, Russia. This has given her a love for multiple cultures and faiths, something she gets to encounter every day in hospice. Her mother grew up a fourth generation Unitarian. Tina got her Masters of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary, an institution committed to social justice. She values progressive Christianity and postmodern worship and is part of a group that meets at Sky Island one Saturday evening a month for a small, interactive service
Rev. Somerville writes: “On reflection, I can see my career as the result of searching for fulfillment of a Covenant given to me at a very young age. Covenant has legal, religious, spiritual, personal and cultural dimensions, depending on use. I will share with you how I view my life as representing the combination of a personal and spiritual struggle with covenant. I am honored to be asked to return as a substitute preacher.”
Rev. Somerville was born in Georgia in 1940, reared in West Virginia, graduated West Virginia University, graduated The School of Theology of The University of The South, and was ordained by the Episcopal Church. He married Mary Anne Somerville, has two sons, and a grandson and granddaughter. Before ordination, he was a car salesman, gas station manager, retail clerk, an assistant financial loan manager, and a sales representative in the printing industry in West Virginia and Georgia. After ordination, he served in Georgia, Maryland, Connecticut, Wyoming, and New York. He moved to Sierra Vista to serve as Rector of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in 1999, and retired in 2006. He has served as a Priest of rural, suburban, small town, and urban congregations, as a Campus Minister at an art college, and as an assistant to a Bishop in the Episcopal Church.
Coffee and Refreshments, along with great conversation will be provided after every service. Please join us!
In keeping with the vision of Sky Island Church to become better known in the community, Gary Lawrence will be conducting a series of six Creative Writing workshops to be held here at the church. Gary holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College, has published a book and several short stories, and teaches English and Creative Writing at Cochise and Glendale Community Colleges. His short story “BJ” won last year’s Creative Writing Celebration fiction contest.
Workshops will be held on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 am till noon starting October 8 with “(Creative) Writing As A Process.” The workshops will each include lecture, discussion, Q&A, and practice of that workshop’s “lesson” in your own writing. All interested persons are welcome. You can come to any of the workshops or all of the workshops — they are each self-contained.
Cost is $20/person/session; $10/seniors (65 and over), students and church members. This is the same hourly rate as charged by the Center for Lifelong Learning at Cochise College. Proceeds will be donated to Sky Island UU Church.
Please spread the word to your fellow readers, writers, and lovers of literature. Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to Gary before or after church. Stay tuned for more details.
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
Our minister is Rev. Linda Lawrence
Our address is :
4533A N. Commerce Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
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Call us at (520) 378-0197 (Tues, 11a-3p & Fri, 11a-1p
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Photos From the May 29, 2016 Memorial Day Service
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