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Economic Justice Cov. Program
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After two years of education and discussion, Shadow Rock UCC in Phoenix became an Economic Justice Covenant Congregation.
Select this link to read Shadow Rock's Covenant
Select this link to find out more about Economic Justice Covenant Program
Videos
Liana Rowe speaking on gun violence

The Rev. Liana Rowe spoke as a rep of the SWC at a rally to end gun violence on Friday, April 12, 2013.
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John Dorhauer speaks out on LGBT rights at Phoenix City Council meeting
Feb 26: John Dorhauer spoke before the city council encouraging them to pass an ordinance protecting the rights of LGBT citizens. 
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Interfaith Voter Rights Rally
Decrying the injustice of voter suppression


Widening the Welcome
Widening the Welcome
In 2005, a General Synod resolution, called for all churches to extend an 'extravagent welcome' to those with physical, mental and developmental disabilities. 
This page has links to resources, and information about SWC congregations working to make our churches accessible to all (A2A).
Widening the Welcome

Prison industry: Advocating for Justice

"The most eye-opening issue for me is the privatization of prisons. Arizona incarcerates more than 13% of its prisoners in private prisons, which are profit-earning businesses. They have no interest in rehabilitation; the interest is in keeping beds filled. There is a great deal more to this, and I will gladly share a handout we were given.”

Cynthia Richmond,
Moderator-Elect, Church of the Red Rocks


From the church's June 2012 newsletter


At the 2012 Southwest Conference Annual Meeting, delegates approved a resolution recommending study of the private prison industry, authorizes our agents to advocate for justice and an examination of our investments, if any, in the private prison industry.

SWC Press Release
Abolish Private Prisons

SWC 2012 Resolution:
Advocating for Justice in the Prison Industrial Complex


Enlace Institute:
Information on Enlace’s National Private Prison Divestment Campaign


Justice Policy institute study:
Gaming the System

ACLU study:
Banking on Bondage

Faith Advocates for Jobs
Become part of a nationwide network
This is a campaign that we hope Southwest Conference churches will join to support unemployed and underemployed workers. Congregations that join Faith Advocates for Jobs (FAJ Network) become part of a nationwide interfaith network of congregations committed to assist the unemployed and the underemployed and their families in their struggle to survive and look forward to a better day.

More information at: www.faithadvocatesforjobs.wordpress.com.

UCC Creation Covenant
The SWC Executive Board has voted to affirm and live out a Creation Covenant and calls upon our covenant partners to discover ways to live this out more fully.

This covenant was written by a diverse group of UCC members who attended the national UCC's climate and environmental justice "Leaders in Koinonia" (LinK) event in Cleveland in April 2013.

The Covenant has seven detailed requests. The most urgent item on our list (#3) has to do with four "environmental" Synod resolutions. We do hope for strong leadership from the conference ministers and the conference delegations in passing these statements of moral witness.

The final three items on the list look at ways of deepening and broadening the UCC's theological reflection and practical action with regard to climate change, environmental justice and ecological sustainability.

Select to open: 'The Creation Covenant' [PDF]
Issues: Helpful Talking Points
You may find the information on the following links informative and helpful in discussions:

    IIC Principles on Immigration Reform
    Family Unity Resources
    Uniting America Family Act
   CIR Talking Points - Episcopal Church

Justice LED

Justice LED

The Justice and Witness committee of the Southwest Conference would like to schedule a weekend workshop on being Justice LED.

Justice and Witness Ministry, Christian strength and Biblical perspective are important issues to be addressed. As a Christian people, we need to be able to relate justice to the Bible and have God present in our efforts for a Just Peace society.

Learn more: Justice LED [PDF]
Our regional trainer/representative is Rev. Liana Rowe and she is ready to do this workshop! Contact the Conference office for more information.

Immigration Issues
Casas Adobes Members raise awareness of immigrant issues

Recent article on ucc.org

Members of Arizona UCC raise awareness of immigrant injustices
May 2, 2013
The plight of undocumented immigrants weighs so heavily on Grace Bunker's mind, it often keeps her up at night. The member of Casas Adobes Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Tucson, Ariz., is exposed to what she calls glaring injustices every day in her church, her community and even her own backyard. Deciding she could no longer sit on the sidelines, Bunker has joined other immigration advocates to raise awareness, debunk the stereotypes, and generate support for the area's immigrants who need it most.
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New Mexico Faith Leaders Announce Support for Marriage for Same Sex Couples
New Mexico Faith Leaders Announce Support for Marriage for Same Sex Couples

May 7
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico and Equality New Mexico (EQNM) has released a statement of support for marriage for same-sex couples signed by interfaith religious leaders in New Mexico.
Select this link to read this signed Interfaith statement


Rev. Dr. Randy J. Mayer, Guest Columnist
Arizona Daily Star, March 29, 2013
McCain and Flake become border-tour guides, but it's a one-sided affair
This week Arizona's Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake put on their tour guide hats and explored the border with fellow Sens. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

This excursion was important for the people who live along the U.S.-Mexico border because these individuals are part of the "Gang of Eight," a group of senators trying to come up with a bipartisan proposal for immigration reform that will have lasting impact on life along the border.
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Immigration issues focus for year
The SWC Justice Witness Team brought several options to the Annual Meeting asking the delegates to help choose the major area of interest for the next year. Although all causes are worthy, our limited resources could not be spread among every area of concern. So, while various causes will be supported and addressed by the JWM Team, its major focus will be on Immigration initiatives.
Check this page for updates and opportunities to become involved.

Larry and Luis Migrant Ministry in the SWCMany of the folks from Rincon have
been praying for my friend Luis over the past many weeks. Luis was brought to the U.S. by his Mother when he ... Read story

Regional Resources in the SWC
Arizona Interfaith Power and Light invites UCC congregations to join AZIPL and respond to the crisis of climate change through education, prayer, advocacy and action. There is no cost to become a member, just a commitment to be good stewards of God's creation. The Rev. Doug Bland and other members of the AZIPL Steering Committee are available to preach, lead workshops and worship, tell green faith stories and train leaders in living more sustainably.
Contact Doug Bland, doug.bland@tempeccc.com or 480-967-5266.