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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Our Mission

We transform ourselves, our community, and our world by intentionally living our Unitarian Universalist principles.

Our Commitment

We welcome diversity. We commit to undo racism and all other oppressions in ourselves, our church, and our community.

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Greetings and WelcomeRev. Bethany Russell-Lowe

Welcome! We are so glad you have found your way here. These are challenging times during our time of social distancing for the pandemic.  If you need words of hope, encouragement, and love click on my picture for a video message to you all.

Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe (minister@uuctucson.org)

 

Worship Service

Schedule

UUCT is not currently holding services in person due to safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic. We have moved online only at this time.  There are live zoom Vesper services on Thursdays at 6:30pm and pre-recorded worship services premiering on Sundays at 10:30  (and available thereafter) on YouTube and Facebook.

ThemeLead Minister(s) and/or
Worship Associate(s)

Feb 28
10:30 Premier

Authority
Fake Fights and Taboos

Baja 4 Ministry

Mar 4
6:30pm

UUCT Vesper Service Rev. Bethany

1UU Church of Tucson, 2Mountain Vista UU, 3Borderlands UU, 4Sky Island UU, 5Southern Arizona CUUPS (SAZCUUPS), 6UUJAZ

Stewardship 2021: Growing Hope Together

"We welcome diversity. We commit to undo racism and all other oppressions in ourselves, our church,

and our community."

Stewardship News

 
”Our church literally depends on you and me to keep going. […] Membership in a church is a solemn vow to support that church.  In return, we get to be part of a community that also supports us.”  -- Aston Bloom
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dearest members and friends,
 
This time last year, we were gearing up our annual pledge campaign on the theme of Our Common Ground. We had just held an all-campus workday in place of worship. We were imagining a year of continued focus on our facilities and caring for them more robustly than we had in prior years. We were imagining what seeing those improvements would feel like. 
 
Six weeks later, we found ourselves adapting to a pandemic. In 72 hours, we shifted worship online. Within a week, most of our staff were working from home and members were signing up for Zoom accounts. Later that month, we moved towards collaborative worship with our (now beloved) Baja 4. In two very short weeks, everything shifted. Gathering on our literal common grounds became a memory. 
 
Now, we find ourselves 10+ months into a pandemic unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes. Despite this, we have survived, and even thrived! Thanks to a determined Facilities Team, we have continued to make update to our campus including: resealing the Thoreau and Lincoln roofs, updating the electrical system on Goddard, and clearing the brush away from the west side of campus. Thanks to a new focus on racial justice and faith formation, UUCT had a robust engagement with the Beloved Conversations-Virtual course, with 10% of our membership, leadership, and staff participating this fall. Our Care Team has supported families sick with COVID and delivered food to hospital staff caring for COVID patients. We have leaned into our relationships with the Baja 4 and we are learning about what it means to be in covenant with other UU congregations. We have continued to do the work of church in new and exciting ways.
 
Which is why this year’s pledge campaign theme is Growing Hope Together. Because the buildings we share, though important, are not actually the church. We are the church! We are the ones who actually do the work of growing hope in our shared future as a community, and as Unitarian Universalists. 
 
You have helped keep my hope alive this past year. You have continued to support our beloved congregation with your generous pledges and donations (which have stayed steady amidst great economic uncertainty). You have shown up to meetings, learned Zoom, and figured out how to do the work of church in a pandemic. You have said “yes” to new ways of gathering because you know it is important that we show up for one another. You have leaned into our collaboration with the Baja 4, and we have learned that we are truly stronger together. You have kept my hope alive, and I thank you for that. 
 
In the 2021-22 church year, we will, eventually, return to in-person activities. This transition will not be easy and might not feel right for a little while. And, I have confidence that the hope we have grown together during this pandemic will sustain us through any awkwardness of this transition. The strength of our community will carry us through to that new normal. I am sure of that. 
 
Which is why your Stewardship Team and I are asking you all for your continued financial generosity, continued volunteer commitment, and continued hope in our shared future as a congregation. We recognize that the economic impacts of the pandemic have affected our members in drastically different ways. If you are someone who has not taken a financial hit, consider a donation to cover the impact on someone who has lost their job, or left a job to take care of children, or lost income due to other factors. Whether you are able to pledge more, or less, or just about the same this year, we welcome and appreciate your generosity.
 
Pledge cards can be mailed back to UUCT (4831 E 22nd Street, 85711), dropped off in person on Saturday, February 20th from 1-4 pm, or filled in on-line here. Your Stewardship Team and I will be happy to receive your pledge in-person and see you from a safe distance with masks on. There will be a surprise gift for the first few dozen members who drop off their pledge card. My baby bump will also be in attendance if that is something you are curious about. J
 
We have already surpassed the high bar of “holding steady” during a time of great economic and societal uncertainty. With your continued support, we will get to the day when we can gather all together again. When we can sing, and laugh, and eat, and simply be with one another. May we continue growing hope in that shared future. 
 
With great love and appreciation, 
Rev. Bethany
 

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Our Seven Principles

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Religious Education

Our Vision

Our lifespan learning community seeks to nurture and stimulate the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and social growth of people of all ages, stages of faith and levels of religious experience.

We envision a program that is rooted in our UU principles and a free and responsible search for meaning that through the thoughts and actions of our lives, transforms us, our community, and our world.

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No More Deaths - No Más Muertes

UUCT adopted No More Deaths as a ministry of the church in the summer of 2008. No More Deaths provides humanitarian aid to end the death and suffering of migrants crossing the US/Mexico border in southern Arizona.