Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona Network
My experience with social justice began with LGBTQIA+ rights and immigration. These days, I’m most passionate about antiracism organizing, smashing the patriarchy, and building community. I believe in the power of storytelling, both as a tool for promoting justice and as justice-making in itself. We all have stories to tell, unique voices to bring to our common work of building a better world – I want to hear and amplify stories told by people who our society silences. I am dedicated to inviting people in to partnership and collaboration, in an ever-expanding movement.
This spirit of inclusion and comfort with diversity is one of the first things that drew me to the UU world and to UUJAZ. The demands made by the 7 Principles are not easy – to truly affirm the worth of EVERY person and respect the interdependence of ALL existence are challenging tasks in this society. I am glad to have this chance to join the passionate, committed members of UU congregations and organizations across Arizona in living out these Principles.
I am excited and honored to be part of UUJAZ, and can’t wait to see how this community grows and advocates for change in the coming months and years. I look forward to meeting y’all at services and events, to learning from you and supporting this work as we walk the way together.
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The UUJAZ Board of Directors and I are extremely pleased to welcome our new Justice Coordinator, Alison Wood! Liz Swan, UUJAZ Board President, and I were gratified to receive so many qualified applications (about a dozen). In fact, she and I interviewed many impressive candidates before selecting Alison, who is the best fit for UUJAZ at this time. Please read her letter below to learn more about Alison, her background, qualifications and passion for justice.
We are excited to have Alison join the UUJAZ staff team!
In faith, Rev. Lisa
Dear supporters and friends of UUJAZ,
I grew up in Virginia, and retain the “sir’s” and “ma’am’s” that were ingrained in me in those Southern suburbs. I grew up too in the Presbyterian Church (USA), daughter of a pastor and a social worker. This background shaped and continues to shape my commitment to social justice. For the past six years I’ve lived in Tucson, working in the non-profit world and raising my social consciousness. I am a newly minted Master of Social Work (thanks, ASU!) and I speak Spanish.
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