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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.

 

Welcoming Congregation

Greetings and WelcomeRev. Bethany Russell-Lowe

Welcome! We are so glad you have found your way here. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson has been a beacon of liberal religion and a place to pursue a free and responsible search for truth and meaning in Tucson for over 70 years. If you are looking for a place where you can explore your own spiritual truths in community with others, you have come to the right place! As Unitarian Universalists, we believe that we need not think alike to love alike. Our community is bound together by our Seven Principles which include: the dignity and worthiness of all people, equity and compassion in human relations, and respect for the interdependent web of life. We take inspiration from multiple religions as well as humanist, secular, and scientific thought. Come join us to learn more!  Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe (minister@uuctucson.org)

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Worship Service

Spring Equinox Ritual

Wednesday March 20, 6pm

Julie Olson, Ministerial Intern of the Sacred Well Congregation

As we usher in the beginning of spring, we’ll consider the balance of equal night and day and the ways we find that balance in our lives. We’ll gather at 6pm to socialize and prepare for the ritual which will begin promptly at 6:30. Potluck of shared snacks immediately following ritual. Casual dress, all ages welcome. Childcare is available if requested. To request childcare, email Jamili at dre.uuct@gmail.com.

Post-Service:

  • Potluck of shared snacks: Bring a non-alcoholic beverage or something you can eat and enjoy!

 

To Each Their Own: Feminisms in Plural

Sunday March 24, 10:30am

Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe

There are many feminisms. The one you know of might be very different from the one I practice. Come explore the concept of feminism over the past 60 years and how this concept has evolved to what it is today. 

Childern & Youth: Children start in service and then go to classes, Teens gather in YRUU  program.

Post-Service:

  • Discussion Group with Rev. Bethany - Covenant: ~12pm
  • Grief & Support: Reed @ 12:15pm

 

Reveille Men's Chorus

Sunday March 31, 10:30am

Bob Gordon

For the 6th consecutive church year, Reveille Men's Chorus will bring us about 30 minutes of
music. Reveille, in its 24th season, is Tucson's GBTQ and allies chorus, whose mission is to
change lives through music. Reveille features a high level of musicianship, and their performances
always feature a mixture of serious and light music guaranteed to lift your spirits. Come early.
Holland is always full for this service.

Childern & Youth: Intergenerational service.  No classes but nursery is available.
Post-Service:

 

Water in Arizona

Sunday March 31, 5:30pm

Margot Garcia

Alternative Worship Experiment with BYO Dinner at 5:30 on Sunday, March 31st 
Last month we had 31 people of all ages attend our first alternative worship of the year. A fabulous turnout! This month, we will start with a BYO dinner and socializing time at 5:30 PM in Goddard. This will be followed by a ~45-minute family friendly worship service followed by time for socializing (around a fire, if you so desire!), crafts, and/or deeper discussion of the worship topic. Join us! And save the date for future alternative worships on Thursday, April 25 and Sunday, May 19. Because two dogs were part of the gathering last month, starting on March 31st there will be a pet free zone in worship for those people with allergies. 

Social Justice Council: Policies and Procedures

1. Name: The full name of this group is the Social Justice Council of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson.

2. Mission: The Social Justice Council is responsible for initiating and/or coordinating social justice activities for the Congregation and projects which support the mission of the church and are consistent with the values expressed in the Seven Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association (see appendix).

3. Membership and Structure – The membership of the Social Justice Council consists of members and friends of the Congregation, and members of the Tucson community. There no restrictions on the number of voting members on the Council except that Church members must make up the majority of the Council. The Council shall have a Chairperson initially appointed by the Board of Trustees. After a period of one year, voting members of the Council shall select their chairperson yearly and submit the name for confirmation by the Board of Trustees. New members shall be considered by the Council upon application as long as the majority of members continue to be church members. Ex-officio positions will be the Minister and a liaison member appointed by the Board of Trustees. A Secretary and Treasurer shall be chosen from the members, and members will be assigned to projects as coordinators. Terms should run concurrently with the UUCT fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).

4. Funding – The Social Justice Council will have a budget from the Congregation for use on Congregational projects. For other projects (see 6A below), the Council will raise the necessary funds or request funding from the Board of Trustees at appropriate budget hearings.

5. Meetings -- The Social Justice Council will meet once a month. All decisions of the

Social Justice Council will be by majority vote of those members present as long as   a majority of those voting are church members. At any one meeting, if the number of non-church-member voters are equal to or more than church-member voters, the Chair shall reduce the number of non-church members to a minority, eliminating first the most recent to join the Council. The Chair shall vote only in the event of a tie vote, to break the tie. A quorum of seven Council members must be present to conduct business at a meeting. A special meeting may be called at the request of three members and must be announced to all members.

6. Projects

  1. The Council shall undertake the completion of projects of three types.
    1. Congregation: Activities as decided by the Congregation;
    2. Council: Activities as decided by the Social Justice Council;
    3. Denomination-to-Congregation: Any ongoing project involving action taken at the UUA General Assembly, viz. Study/Action Issues for Social Justice, Actions of the Immediate Witness, and Resolutions.
  2. It is understood that Council support of a project does not necessarily imply Congregational support of, nor commitment to, that particular project. The Council shall not make public statements purporting to be in the name of the Congregation (unless the project is an all-Congregational activity) but shall act and speak only in the name of the Council. The Chair shall be the official spokesperson for Council unless others are designated by the Chair or Council.
  3. Any person proposing a project to the Council shall be responsible for presenting to the Council a general project time-line (including evaluation of the project as it progresses) and a Project Leader who will carry out the project with appropriate assistance from the Council.
  4. Before a project is implemented by the Social Justice Council, it shall be submitted to the Minister and the Board of Trustees for review, in order to ensure that the project is in compliance with the UUCT’s tax-exempt status and that it is not in violation of the Seven Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

7. Duties and Responsibilities

  1. The Chair will facilitate each meeting (or appoint a facilitator to fill in). The Chair   shall be a member of the Church.
  2. The Secretary will keep minutes of the meeting and deliver them to all members within a week.
  3. A list of participating members and a list of ongoing Projects with the name of the Project leader, the Project timeline, and pertinent details of the Project will be posted for accessibility for all members of the Congregation and published in the newsletter.
  4. The Council treasurer will keep track of the current budget (funds available and expenditures). The treasurer will also keep track of the 50/50 collections, insuring the UUCT treasurer has contact information for all recipients and reporting back to the Council on funds disbursed. Other reimbursement requests will be presented to the UUCT Treasurer for payment if there are sufficient funds in the social justice account. Each reimbursement request must be signed by the Council Chair. If the Chair is unavailable, Congregational policy will be followed.
  5. The Social Justice Council will submit to the Board of Trustees semi-annual committee reports including an activity information sheet.

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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.

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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.