New Classes 

Vincent and Frida

Instructor - Nancy Wilkinson,

M.A. in Arts Education

Tuesdays thru November 19th

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Ravenscroft Hall

How can they influence the art we create? Come join this art class to learn about their art and lives. And create your own art along the way. All art supplies are included. $90 for all 6 weeks, or $15 per class.


Sign up by contacting the instructor at

If you would like to participate, please send an email to Art Aldag at, so we can order you a book. The books are $24.50 and should be in by early January.  The presentations in the books are prepared by experts in the particular area and  copies of the books from the previous years are available in the library if you would like to see the format.

We are starting to prepare for the 2020 Great Decisions discussion group at St Francis.  This will be our 7th year of offering this program and we’ve grown in attendance for each year.

The program will start on January 30th and meet each Thursday evening in Ravenscroft from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm through March 5th.  As in the past, we will have a short 20 minute DVD on the topic being addressed that evening followed by a lively group discussion.  The topics for discussion this year are:

Climate Change and the Global Order by Ronald Bee

Climate change has become one of the defining issues of our time. As much of the world bands together to come up with a plan, the U.S. remains the notable holdout. What is the rest of the world doing to combat climate change? What impact will the effects of climate change have on global geopolitics?

India and Pakistan by Barbara Crossette

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode a wave of Hindu nationalism to a historic reelection in 2019. His first order of business was to revoke the special status granted to the Kashmir region, inflaming the rivalry between India and Pakistan. How will the Kashmir situation affect the region, both economically and politically?

Red Sea Security by David Shinn

The Red Sea has remained vital for global trade since the time of ancient Egypt. Once home to the spice trade, the Red Sea now sees millions of barrels of oil a day transported across its waters. With major nations like China, France, Italy, and the U.S. building large ports and bases in the region, what does the future of the region look like? How important is Red Sea security for global security? Can the region be a place of global cooperation?

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking by Ronald Weitzer

Almost every nation has enacted laws criminalizing human trafficking, and international organizations, governments, and NGOs sponsor a large variety of projects to curb trafficking and slavery. Billions of dollars have been allocated to these efforts. What is the international community doing to combat slavery and trafficking? What are the experiences like for those being trafficked?

U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle

by Michael Shifter and Bruno Binetti 

Combatting illegal immigration has become a priority of the Trump administration. The Northern Triangle of Central America, made up of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, is a special target of the administration, which hold the nations responsible for the large flow of migrants from Latin America to the U.S. With funds from the U.S. cut, how can the Northern Triangle countries curtail migration?

China’s Road into Latin America by Margaret Myers 

As the Trump administration continues to withdraw from the world stage, China is looking to fill the void. How does Latin America fit into China’s “One Belt, One Road” plan? How will the relationship with China affect the region? Should the U.S. be concerned about China’s growing “sphere of influence?”

The Philippines and the U.S.

by Julio Amador and Deryk Matthew N. Baladjay 

The Philippines has had a special relationship with the United States since the islands were ceded by Spain to the United States after the Spanish-American War at the end of the 19th century.  However, since the election of Rodrigo Duterte, the country has pivoted more toward China, and away from the U.S. Duterte has also launched a large-scale war on drugs that many criticize for its brutality. What does the future hold for U.S, relations with the Philippines?

 Artificial Intelligence and Data by Susan Ariel Aaronson

Policymakers in many countries are developing plans and funding research in artificial intelligence (AI). Global growth is slowing, and not surprisingly, many policymakers hope that AI will provide a magic solution. The EU, Brazil, and other Western countries have adopted regulations that grant users greater control over their data and require that firms using AI be transparent about how they use it. Will the U.S. follow suit?


Weekly Classes & Groups

Peace. Flexibility. Strength. Balance.

Gentle Yoga

Monday/Wednesday 9:00 & 10:30 am in the Community Center



No experience needed. Start where you are. Yoga practice, not yoga perfect!


To signup, call Trish at 520-490-4012,


Sophia's Circle weekly group
Sophia's Circle Women's Breakfast


Wednesdays, 6:45 am in Ravenscroft Hall. Newcomers are always welcome! 

For more information, contact 299-9063.


Sundays, 6:30 pm in room 30/31.

Reality on the Floor

NA Group


Elder Circle . . . . 

The Wisdom Journey 


Thursdays, 7:00 am

in Ravenscroft Hall.

Newcomers are always welcome! 

Chrysalis Men's Round Table 
Joy and Wisdom
Discussion Group

Meets the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at 1:00 pm in the San Francisco Room. 

We discuss many different topics, from books by progressive Christian authors to DVD programs and much more. Newcomers are always welcome!

Iskashitaa Food Workshops 

St. Francis in the Foothills

Community Center kitchen.

Come join us in the kitchen to transform recently gleaned produce into delicious food products for sale at local Farmer's Markets.


For more information, or to volunteer, email 

1st and 3rd Fridays of every month at

7:15 pm in Ravenscroft Hall.


Congregation Kol Simchah is a Jewish family that celebrates the gift of life by reaching out to the Divine, our fellow human beings, and the delicate web of life in the world of nature.


Our Jewish identity begins with each unique individual, and we build a better world together through prayer, study, observance and social action.


We share building space with St. Francis in the Foothills and partner with the greater religious, spiritual and peace communities to 'do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our Creator'.

The second Friday of every month, 

10:00 am in Ravenscroft Hall. 

Join us for discussion on living, dying

and our legacies. Newcomers are

always welcome!

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4625 E River Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 299-9063

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