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Worship Associates Program
Lifespan Faith Development:
Childcare at UUCT:
Children’s Religious Education (RE)
Coming of Age (CoA)
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU)
Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education:
Children (K-1st, 4th-6th)
Youth (7th-9th, 10th-12th)
Adults (Young Adult [<35], Adult)
Adult Faith Development:
UU Christian Fellowship
Economic Justice Groups:
Balkan Peace Support Group
Immigrant Rights Working Group
No More Deaths
Artist of the Month Gallery
Girls’ Night Out
Friends in Deed
Sundays Together Lunch and Coffee Hour
Board of Trustees
Committee on Ministry
Nominating Committee & Leadership Development Team
Buildings and Grounds Committee
Lifespan Faith Development Council
Stewardship Ministry Team
Worship is central to the life of our religious community. The Sunday worship service is a weekly communal event that gathers the entire community together for celebration and reflection.
Worship Associates Program—A Worship Associates program is a special kind of shared ministry, in which the minister and associates challenge each other to offer the richest, most diverse, most thoughtful and inspired worship they are capable of. If you would like to be part of shaping the worship life of the congregation by working with the minister, guest speakers, and other members of UUCT to develop and lead worship services, please consider applying to become a Worship Associate.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson has a vibrant music program that focuses on choral and instrumental music, congregational singing, and the social harmony amongst members.
Serving on the music staff as directors, pianists, and assistants are:
- Agnes Paulsen, Minister of Music;
- Leeza Beriyeva, Pianist/Accompanist.
Desert Chorale—A volunteer choir of about 30 members who sing for Sunday morning worship services twice a month and on special occasions. Rehearsals are every Wednesday from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Helen Koenig is the volunteer librarian for this choir. For more information or to sign up, please contact the director, Brian Moon.
Guest Musicians—In order to bring a wider variety of music into our Sunday morning worship services, we occasionally engage the talents of guest musicians.
Concerts—A cabaret and three or four concerts are held each year. This is an excellent way to showcase the beauty of our sanctuary and to do community outreach at the same time.
Lifespan Faith Development
Learning experiences in our congregation include the offerings of the Lifespan Faith Development (LFD) Program as well as many lay led groups. The LFD Program offers age appropriate and intergenerational opportunities for members of our community to develop and articulate their individual beliefs and Unitarian Universalist identity.
Childcare at UUCT:
Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education:
OWL is a comprehensive sexuality education program developed jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. We believe that teaching about sexuality in a comprehensive way is an absolutely crucial part of UUCT's ministry to children, youth, and adults.
Grades K-1 – Supports parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies and families. Following a Parent Meeting and Parent/Child Orientation, the 8 sessions engage children with stories, songs and activities and includes a weekly homework project for parents and children to do together in order to promote dialogue between parent and child.
Grades 4-6 – The focus of this 8-session program is on learning about and discussing the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Participants will read It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris and examine topics such as values and sexuality, communication, and decision making. Each session includes a homework activity for parents and children to complete together.
Grades 7-9 – A sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. A holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world.
Grades 10-12 – Using a comprehensive approach, this program helps senior-high youth gain the knowledge, life principles, and skills they need to express their sexuality in life-enhancing ways.
Young Adults, Ages 18-35 – Helps participants navigate young adulthood with accurate information, increased self-knowledge, enhanced safety, and strengthened interpersonal skills.
Adults – Using values, communication skills, and spirituality as starting points, this program explores sexuality issues for adults of all ages, builds understanding of healthy sexual relationships, affirms diversity and helps participants accept and affirm their own sexuality throughout their lives.
Adult Faith Development:
Adult Faith Development (AFD) Programs cover a range of themes critical to an evolving, progressive faith with offerings appropriate to new and long-time Unitarian Universalists.
For current AFD offerings which meet for shorter periods of time (4-8 weeks), read the weekly church emails or check the newsletter or the Lifespan Faith Development table Sundays in Goddard Hall. Below are AFD offerings which continue throughout the year.
Exploring Spirituality—A drop-in discussion session that meets before church on Sunday mornings in Servetus. The purpose of the discussions is to encourage each participant’s own spiritual growth and understanding. Newcomers are very welcome. Pick up a list of dates and topics from the LFD table in Goddard Hall after Sunday service.
Men’s Group—This group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 7 - 9 pm in the Awareness Room. It provides an opportunity for men to share issues, concerns, and celebrations, allowing everyone to engage in supportive confidential conversation about what is most central in their lives. Open to adult men of all ages.
Our congregation is committed to the work of social justice guided by justice and compassion. Involvement in social justice offers opportunities for transformation in our community and world, as well as for the individuals who participate in them.
Economic Justice Groups:
Economic Justice—Economic Justice supports various missions in the community such as Homeless Hospitality. Past efforts have included support for Casa Maria Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, and the Community Food Bank.
Balkan Peace Support Group—This group focuses on the Balkan culture and languages through dialogue, role modeling, and reconciliation. They meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the church for education, films, discussion and projects.
In June 2012, NMD was the recipient of the UUA’s annual Wilton Peace Prize for their contributions to “peace and human progress.” In 2010, our congregation was the winner of the prestigious UUA Bennett Social Justice Award for its partnership with No More Deaths and the work of its Immigrant Rights Working Group.
Immigrant Rights Working Group—The Immigrant Rights Working Group presents educational forums, speakers, films and slide shows about comprehensive immigration reform, border justice and immigrant rights to the congregation. They also participate in Social Witness such as immigrant rights candlelight vigils, marches, and rallies in Tucson and Phoenix, including protests against SB 1070 and other racist bills in the State Legislature. They hosted an Immigrant Rights and Border Justice Fair for partner organizations. They conducted a special service on No More Deaths with Rev. John Fife as the guest speaker and gave awards to 17 members of the congregation who volunteered for No More Deaths. They successfully introduced a Study/Action Issue at General Assembly in 2010 on “Immigration as a Moral Issue” that was approved by a large majority of the delegates.
Embracing our church community in a hospitable manner is something we strive for. Community Life in our church begins when visitors walk through our doors on Sunday and extends to all members in various stages of their lives. You are encouraged to come and connect with us by participating in any of our activities.
Alliance—The Alliance is a service group that has been active in the church for 60 years! Many members of the group are retired but there are no age restrictions.
Artist of the Month Gallery—The Artist of the Month Gallery strives to bring high quality artwork to the walls of our sanctuary. Artists from a wide variety of media are invited to exhibit in our gallery. The goal is to enhance the religious experience of the congregation through artistic expressions. Members of the committee are engaged in inviting and evaluating prospective exhibiters, hanging the art show, sales, publicity, and staffing the reception for the artist. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 9:30 am.
Bridge Club—Bridge players meet every Monday afternoon from noon to 3:00 pm. Coffee is provided. Cost is $1.25 per person. Five tables are set up, 4 rounds per table. It's open to members and non-members of UUCT, and you do not need to bring a partner. Most people play at an intermediate level.
Book Club—The Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday of each month in Awareness at 7:00 pm. The Book Club is open to anyone, not just church members. We have lively discussions and a lot of fun. Readers Unite! Come and express your opinions.
Friends in Deed—This group coordinates a network of volunteers who provide personal service, comfort and care for members and friends. The mission is to be a helping hand to our church community in times of need. New volunteers and helping hands are always needed. FID meets once each quarter at a member’s home. Please contact Reah Barrows (881-1252) or Alli Hansen (319-7875) for more information.
Grocery Program—This is a program whereby members and friends of the church can purchase groceries from Albertsons, AJs, Bashas, Frys, Safeway and/or Sprouts, and UUCT will receive a rebate on those purchases. There is no extra cost for you. A Grocery Program table is set up weekly after services inside the door of Goddard where information and necessary material are available to become involved. It is easy, only takes a moment and is most appreciated.
Kitchen Ministry—This group strengthens the spirit of community and supports Sunday afternoon programming by providing Coffee Hour, and (on most Sundays) an easily accessible and reasonably priced lunch after the worship service.
QUUilters—The QUUilters meet every Wednesday afternoon at 2 pm, at the church in the Awareness room for quilting and socializing. They welcome experienced quilters, needle workers of any level or anyone who would like to learn. For more information please contact Jackie Barnes at 792-8021.
Sundays Together Lunch and Coffee Hour—Sundays Together is an ad hoc group whose mission is two-fold:
· to strengthen the spirit of community at UUCT
· to support Sunday afternoon programming for the spirit
The quality of the leaders of our church is assured through its carefully crafted bylaws, policies, and procedures. Copies of these documents, as well as of the current Strategic Plan, are available to members on our website. Please ask a church leader for current copies if you can’t access them online.
Chalice Lighters—A program that assists UU congregations with the initial financial hurdles that most experience as they grow. UUs throughout the district pledge monies for grants, responding to needy or growing congregations within PSWD. Becoming a member of Chalice Lighters means that you agree to contribute at least $20 for each call for action, with the expectation that there will be no more than three calls per year. For more information, contact Susan Call at 886-2281 or Byron Skinner at 647-7836.
Stewardship Ministry Team—The SMT functions as a council, with each member responsible for certain areas: monitoring the income and expenses of the church, fundraising, endowment, planned giving, and capital campaign.
Youth-Adult Committee (YAC)—The YAC is a group of YRUU youth and advisors. Event specific YACs are formed when needed for youth to organize and implement special events and projects, such as, Youth Cons.