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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

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Changes at UUJAZ: Position Open


Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona Network



A letter from Liz Swan, Board President

Dear UUJAZ Supporters,

It is with great sadness that I share with you that Lisa McDaniel-Hutchings, our outstanding Executive Director, will be leaving her position on June 30, 2019. Lisa has brought all her many talents to her role at UUJAZ and we can say without hesitation that UUJAZ would not be as strong as it is now and as recognized across the nation as a leading State Action Network without her leadership and dedication. We are all thankful that we have had the opportunity to work with Lisa over her tenure at UUJAZ.

I want to assure you, although it will not be the same, the Board is dedicated to continuing the work of UUJAZ after Lisa departs. The search for a new Executive Director has already started. We will be advertising for candidates on the internet, through the UUA and the Pacific Southwest Region. You will see announcements of this search in the member congregations’ newsletters. Please share the announcement widely when you receive it. More information is available at www.uujaz.org.

Change is always challenging, but we will continue the work of UUJAZ. Plans for UU Day at the Legislature are in the works. Anne Schneider continues to publish the Legislative Alert. We continue to have much work to do in Arizona to make our voice heard so our progressive views can be reflected in new legislation. 

If you would like to discuss this transition with me, please feel free to call me at 602 369-3432.


Liz Swan
UUJAZ Board President


A letter from Lisa McDaniel Hutchings, Executive Director

Dear Members of the UUJAZ Network,

Come June I will have been serving in Community Ministry for seven years, the last 5½ years as the Executive Director for UUJAZ. I’ve realized that I am ready for a change. I will be leaving my position on June 30th. During my sabbatical I plan to take six months to decompress, reflect, and discern what will be next for me and my ministry. 

My life has been greatly enriched by my experience at UUJAZ. I’ve had opportunities to visit and lead worship at all of the congregations and fellowships, meeting many justice-focused Unitarian Universalists along the way. I’ve had the pleasure of working with UU activists who are passionate about justice-building in Arizona regarding immigration, education, and water issues. I’ve been inspired by the dedication of Anne Schneider who consistently produces the Arizona Legislative Alert and with the volunteers who so enthusiastically serve on the UUJAZ Board. It has been an honor to work with all of you these past years, and I believe UUJAZ is in a great position to bring in its next leader. 

As Liz explained in her accompanying letter, we have a process in place for hiring a new Executive Director, and I encourage you to share the job description widely when it is available.

I look forward to full justice-building engagement with you through the next six months as the search committee does its work. I hope to see a great many of you at UU Day at the Legislature on February 18th! Registration is now open at www.uujaz.org. I will miss you as I take my leave, and look forward to good things from UUJAZ in the future.

Interdependently yours,

Executive Director, UUJAZ

UUJAZ Executive Director Position Opening

Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona network is seeking a half-time Executive Director to begin mid-June. For full details visit our website www.uujaz.org to see the job description and salary range and to discover how to apply.


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