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Old 03-03-2014, 04:01 AM
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Here are a few things for the OP to explore:

Saint Francis in the Foothills, a very open and progressive spiritual community that is based on the Methodist faith. Located at Swan and River Roads, it's right in the center of the metro.

Tucson Shambhala Meditation Center welcomes everyone who would like to learn meditation practice and "aspires to expand the experience of gentleness and non-aggression into all areas of life." It's part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers. It's a social community of mostly American Buddhists, as well as a Shambhala training center with many weekend-long workshops. It's located on North Tucson Boulevard, not far from the University.
Home - Tucson Shambhala Meditation Center

Wat Buddhametta is a Buddhist monastery, temple, and meditation center observing the Theravada tradition. Ceremonies, meditation, and community services are held there. Many of the people who attend are Thai. It's located in the city on South Swan Road, between Broadway and 22nd Street.

Dharma Flower Temple is a Vietnamese temple of the Pureland Esoteric tradition. It's located on South Park Avenue and has a bi-lingual website, so I assume most of the people who attend are Vietnamese.
Dharma Flower Buddhist Temple - Tucson, Arizona

Christ the King Episcopal Church is located in Tucson's Northwest suburb. It's an Episcopal Church in the Celtic tradition, with a great emphasis of beautiful music. It's a gorgeous building surrounded by desert landscape where parishioners are encouraged to walk and pray. Once a month the church holds a candlelit contemplative Communion service drawing from the musical tradition of the Taize Community in France. It includes Scripture readings, silence, and prayers for healing, as well as participatory music.
Christ The King | Experience God. Transform the World.

The Aldea Spiritual Community, also in the Northwest suburb, asks the question, "Can exploring faith be as casual and honest as coffee with friends?" This fairly new community describes itself as progressively Christian and emphasizes social justice. They say they are a community of seekers who hold love as their highest value.
what to expect if you're new » aldea // love period

Unitarian Universalists have several churches in the Tucson Metro including the large UU Church of Tucson on South 22nd Street near the Wat Buddhametta and the Mountain Vista UU Church in the Northwest suburb on Thornydale Road. The church on 22nd St. emphasizes outreach to the Latino and Native American tribal communities. Mountain Vista describes it's purpose as "to welcome, to care for, and inspire."
Greetings and Welcome - UU Church of Tucson
Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation

St. Mark's United Methodist Church on Magee Road in the NW is a large and social community worship site. It's theme is "open hearts, open minds, open doors." It has traditional services as well as a more modern worship service called The Gathering. The church has a lot of social activities like author talks and theater presentations. Its grounds include a traditional Prayer Labyrinth, a Way of the Cross for a structured meditation, an outdoor Garden Chapel, and a Memorial Garden.
Welcome to St. Mark's UMC, Tucson, AZ

I'm sure there are plenty more.

There are atheists in Tucson, too. They have their own Meet Up group. Tucson Atheists (Tucson, AZ) - Meetup
For the philosophically minded, there is a group that explores the field of philosophical thought through salon-style conversation. The Tucson Philosophy Group (Tucson, AZ) - Meetup
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:28 PM
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Thank you to everyone that has replied considerately and with helpful information!
LaylaM, thank you for the Center of Spiritual Living suggestion, I will check that out. And yes I agree, the dessert itself a beautiful and spiritual place.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:02 PM
Location: Tucson, AZ
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Now that my initial rant is over...

Come on down. One word of advice. If you are able, come out in the fall the temps will be more bearable in October or November. This way you can "ramp up" slowly for the summer heat. You haven't seen anything until you see the desert in full bloom.
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:40 PM
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Originally Posted by tijlover View Post
The desert itself, lends itself to spirituality. If you miss the spiritual messages of the desert, you've missed the show!

Some of our greatest religions originated in desert-like environments (Buddhism, Islam, Christianity), and yes, I know, spirituality and religion are many miles apart, but didn't most of these faiths start out as spiritual?

I, too, would be interested in spiritual groups with my planned relocation to Tucson. and I know they must be there, somewhere, perhaps in Meet-up com.
great post

Arizona is an interesting and challenging place for Buddhist practice. Meditate up on a ridge out in the desert and listen to the wind blow through the saguaro needles and the palo verde branches and feel the sun on your face.
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