Tucson AZ Institute of Religion aims to make connections

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A myriad of articles have been published indicating that young people and young adults have suffered emotionally and mentally during the phase of social distancing, isolation and detachment for many during the pandemic.

The offerings to Tucson AZ Institute of Religion (sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and built on the University of Arizona campus in 1937) actively meet these needs. This includes a chapel with worship services for singles aged 18-30 on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Additionally, noting that a stronger in-person connection and more social interaction are of vital importance, a recently completed renovation includes newly designed interactive classrooms, recreation space redone to include new basketball courts /pickleball/volleyball; more free food in the kitchen/dining room (which reduces stress during this inflationary period); a games room with a small grand piano, a large study room, and general gathering areas with comfortable sofas and chairs for face-to-face conversations.

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It is a center for young single adults (YSA) where they come to socialize and engage in meaningful community service. YSA leaders plan weekday and weekend activities together. It’s a great place to learn, worship and be part of a caring community. People of all faiths (or without a professed religion – whether students or not) are welcome.

A life skills workshop has been created and subject matter experts are invited to share financial, emotional, mental, physical and spiritual self-reliance/resilience skills to help YAs prepare for the future. The foundation of this course is grounded in faith — that when people include God, our loving Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ in their plans, they can help them achieve more with their lives than they could on their own. .

Faithful members seek to follow Jesus Christ’s exhortation to “love one another” as He loves us (see The Holy Bible—John 13:34.) A modern-day prophet, President Russell M. Nelson and the Apostles and Officers The Restored Church of Jesus Christ urged its members to embark on eradicating racism; end sexism, nationalism, tribalism and bigotry and become more inclusive and caring.

“For none of these iniquities is from the Lord; for he does what is good among the children of men; and he makes nothing clear to the children of men; and he invites them all to come to him and partake of his goodness; and he does not deny any who come to him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and all are alike to God, both Jew and Gentile” (see The Book of Mormon, Another Testimony of Jesus Christ—2 Nephi 26:33.)

YSAs are invited to learn more at a Sunday devotional Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., featuring Tracy Y. Browning, new global general church leader, at The Institute, 1333 E. Second St. Des refreshments will be served after the devotional with a chance to mix and mingle. Find us on Instagram (instagram.com/tucsonazinstituteofreligion) and Facebook (facebook.com/tucsoninstituteofreligion) and on churchofjesuschrist.org.

Faith leaders of Tucson, we would like to include your original sermon or scriptures of encouragement. Sermons must be written by the person submitting them, and not borrowed from another source or author. If you are a religious leader of any religion or denomination, please contact Sara Brown at [email protected].

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