Tie Resendiz

Full name: Tie Resendiz (she/her)

A light skinned woman with short brown hair smiles at the camera, wearing tortoise shell glasses, red earrings, and a black shirt; a row of seats is in the background.

Hi! My name is Tie! I have served as the Director of Children’s Ministry at UUC Phoenix since July of 2015. I like museums, colored pens, stories, dancing, rivers, and writing. I live in two places! Downtown Phoenix and the Picuris Pueblo in Northern New Mexico. I have a dog named Ambrose and 5 chickens that we didn’t name Parmesan, Nugget, or Saltimbocca.

I work to make sure that children are an integrated and integral part of our faith. I support kiddos and their families as they grow spiritually, socially, and emotionally. I also make sure that the wisdom children carry can be conveyed to the adults in their community. Sometimes, I like to describe my job this way, “I help kids explain peace, love, and death to their parents.”

I love thinking about, talking about, and building community. I believe that a strong network of love and care can soften life’s hardest moments. That same network can also be the tool that changes the world. One person’s willingness to order pizza can mean that someone else can do childcare so that yet another community member can speak out against racism at city council. Together we make things better.

I am passionate about radical inclusion. This means I think that communities are stronger when we make space for everyone in the community to be a full part of the community. This means we have to give people the tools and opportunity to talk about who they are, figure out their identities, and continue to change throughout their lives.

Accessible spaces include accessible language. As much as I love to write flowery, eloquent journal entries, I try to make sure what I share is easy to understand and engaging (That includes things like bio pages).

Things I’ve done that help me do my work in the world:

  • Listened and watched and learned from great storytellers
  • Received amazing occupational therapy and remedial education (This means people helped me to do the things I was expected to with the unexpected way my body and brain work.)
  • Went to college a few times, got some degrees, one of them with a focus on Education and Peace-building
  • Lived in intentional communities and multi-generational households
  • Taught elementary and middle school
  • Developed and delivered adult curriculum on very hard issues like human trafficking and sexual health
  • Let myself completely geek out on any corner of my work that has sparked my interest. Want to talk about the Shakers’ willingness to take care of children in need and their commitment not to indoctrinate those kids? Or do you want to know how Buckminister Fuller’s childhood church life “shaped” the geodesic dome? (Did I mention I love puns?)

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This panel presentation focused on supporting neurodivergent children and youth. Tie Resendiz, Rev. Sierra-Marie Gerfao, April Rosario, and Meredith Plummer joined us. Between them they have extensive experience across many kinds of neurodivergence and decades of experience with...

Webinar | By Sierra-Marie Gerfao, Meredith Plummer, Tie Resendiz, April Rosario | February 24, 2023 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Disability & Accessibility

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