Video: UCC leaders reflect on General Assembly

Three leaders of the United Church of Christ—a liberal Protestant denomination with 5,600 congregations and 1.2 million members—attended the UUA’s 2012 Justice General Assembly in Phoenix. The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, the UCC’s general minister and president, toured the Maricopa County “Tent City” jail with UUA President Peter Morales and other ministers on June 23; […]

Video: Youth group shares highlights of Justice GA

UU World talked to the youth group of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka in Wayzata, Minn., who traveled to Phoenix as part of a 15-day pilgrimage. The teens, their minister, and the adults who traveled with them talk about the impact of the candlelight vigil at the “Tent City” jail and about the experience of […]

Takahashi Morris: ‘Tent City’ and internment camps

The Rev. Leslie Takahashi Morris tells UU World about her experience inside the Maricopa County “Tent City” jail, which she toured with other religious leaders and Sheriff Joe Arpaio on June 23, 2012. She draws parallels with her father’s family’s internment—as U.S. citizen—in the Japanese internment camps in Arizona during World War II. Reflecting on […]

Video: UUs arrive for ‘Tent City’ vigil

UU World filmed last night’s candlelight vigil outside Maricopa County’s “Tent City” jail. Watch this clip showing Unitarian Universalists arriving at the jail, passing counter-protesters, and gathering in witness.

Thousands wage peaceful protest at Tent City

Buses arrive at the 'Tent City' jail. (©Nancy Pierce)

Several thousand gathered outside the Tent City jail complex Saturday night to protest inhumane conditions maintained by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The peace vigil was organized by the UUA, and drew nearly 2,000 people, many of whom arrived in busses from the Phoenix Convention Center, site of the UUA Justice General Assembly. People lined […]

Religious delegation visits ‘Tent City’

The Rev. Susan Frederick Gray (front) and the Rev. Leslie Takahashi Morris tour 'Tent City.' (©Dea Brayden)

Unitarian Universalist Association President Peter Morales said he was “saddened and appalled” by what he observed inside the Tent City jails, an outdoor jail complex maintained by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio led Morales on a tour of a women’s and a men’s jail Saturday evening. He was accompanied by the Rev. Geoffrey A. […]

Tonight’s vigil may have armed counter-protesters

UUA Moderator Gini Courter

UUA Moderator Gini Courter opened Saturday afternoon’s plenary with an important series of announcements about this evening’s prayer vigil outside the Maricopa County “Tent City” jail. “I want to update you about what you should expect,” Courter said. “It will be very hot tonight, and there is no shade at the site of our vigil. […]

Sheriff closes jails to public ahead of GA witness

'Tent City' jail (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced on Thursday, June 21, that the county jails would be closed to public visitors on Saturday because of a public witness event the Unitarian Universalist Association has planned for that evening with Puente Arizona outside the Durango Road “Tent City” jail.

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