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Educating, serving and advocating for a more just and humane world

Shadow Rock’s Justice Action Team (JAT) is open to all who want to join us in moving the cause of justice forward. Each year we choose a major focus for education, service and advocacy. In addition to that focus, we engage in a range of economic and social justice activities.

The Justice Action Team meets at 8:00 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month.

The team chair for 2016-2017 is Jim Robbins. Contact him at

The Two Parts of Justice

Economic Justice

Economic Justice is focused on the moral principles that guide us in designing our economic institutions (banks, corporations, small businesses, etc.) that make it possible to create a foundation for economic well-being. These Institutions determine how each person:
• Earns a living
• Enters into contracts
• Pursues trade with others
• Accumulates wealth through home ownership, savings, other investments
• Participates in supporting the economic well-being of our communities, state and nation through paying taxes and philanthropic giving

Shadow Rock’s Call to Action for Economic Justice –
Our Economic Justice Covenant

Social Justice

Social Justice encompasses Economic Justice. It guides us in creating economic institutions that when justly organized, provide all with access to what is good for people. It includes the institutions (government/nonprofit) – the safety nets – that keep the scales of Economic Justice balanced justly. It is the canary in the coal mine when they are not.

Monthly articles from the Justice Action Team:

February 2017 – “Homelessness in Phoenix” by Barbara Z.
January 2017 – “Microfinancing” by Liz C.
November 2016 – “Future of Water Use in Phoenix” by Tom P.
October 2016 – “Defining Economic and Social Justice” by Juliet G.

Annual Justice Award

Each year the Justice Action Team selects a particular area within the broad scope of Economic and Social Justice to highlight an outstanding community advocate for recognition.  Team members nominate and perform research on the candidates, and ultimately make the challenging decision to select one for the award, which is presented in April. Members of the congregation are also able to make nominations.


List of winners:

2011 – EJ Montini​
Arizona Republic columnist highlighting social and economic injustice​ issues in the Valley
2012 – Tamara Zivic
Executive Director of WHEAT, advocating for solutions​ to hunger
2013 – Timothy Schmaltz
Executive Director of PAFCO, advocating for family support​
2014 – Jeffrey Dirrim
Pastor for Rebel & Divine UCC, supporting LGBT rights​
2015 – Erika Andiola
Works with Promise Arizona on immigrant rights
2016 – Doreen Zannis
Outreach Director for Support Our Schools AZ, advocating for education​
2017 – Ted Taylor
Director of Family Promise, advocating for housing solutions

Gallery of Past Winners

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Our Current Agenda

Our Major Focus for 2016-17 Program Year – EDUCATION
Education encompasses both Economic and Social justice. Standing with teachers and schools to provide great learning environments for all our kids, we’ve partnered with Save Our Schools AZ, Expect More Arizona, and SpeakOut AZ at the Center for the Future of Arizona to inform community members on education issues on our ballots and other pressing needs and reforms in schools. We are also working to establish a volunteering partnership between Shadow Rock and one of Washington Elementary School District’s schools.

Food Needs
The Desert Mission Food Bank always needs food. We collect canned and boxed food throughout the year, as well as during special food drives, like Turkey Trot around Thanksgiving. Donations are always welcome – look for the large shopping cart in the parlor or out on the patio on Sunday morning!

Electronics Recycling
A Partnership with AZ StRUT (Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology) This project has three valuable justice outcomes: 1. Helps students learn a trade; 2. Helps schools and non-profits get needed equipment; 3. Decreases what goes into our landfills. Drives are held periodically and let you conveniently drop off your no-longer- needed electronics on your way into church.

Environment – Adopt-a-Street
Shadow Rock has adopted 31st Avenue between Thunderbird and Cactus. All are welcome to carpool from the church parking lot at 8:00 a.m. on a few Sunday mornings each year. Wear sturdy shoes! (Clean-up ends in time to participate in 10:15 worship.)

Market on the Move
Market on the Move, sponsored by the 3000 Club, a non-profit charitable organization, is at Shadow Rock on the second Saturday of each month, November through May, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. For a donation of $10 you can get up to 60 lbs. of fresh produce to use and to share with others. Doing so helps rescue good fresh produce from going to the landfills and creates community through the sharing of the produce with friends, family, and those in need.

Shadow Rock United Church of Christ
12861 N. 8th Avenue | Phoenix, AZ 85029
Rev. Ken Heintzelman, Senior Minister


Church Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Phone: 602-993-0050