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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

The Deep Work of Relationship

Thursday February 20, 6pm

Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul.
If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas. For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.
--Kahlil Gibran "The Prophet"

Each service begins at 5:30 p.m. with a Bring Your Own dinner to eat with friends. At 6 p.m., we will start a 45 minute service with a dessert potluck after. When the weather cooperates, we’ll drag out the fire pit and toast marshmallows!

Childern & Youth: Family Friendly

When the Gods are Asleep

Sunday February 23, 10:30am

Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe

There is a Hindu story about one of their gods, Shiva, keeping watch over the world at night. On one night of the year, Shivaratri, Shiva sleeps and the people stay up to watch the world for him. What happens when the gods are asleep? Whether we are theistic, atheistic, agnostic, or something else... what is our responsibility to this world?

Childern & Youth: Re options and nursery care available.

Also:

  • Discussion Group: Servetus @ 9am
  • Grief & Support: Reed @ 12:15pm

 

All Music Sunday

Sunday March 1, 10:30am

Brian Moon, Directory of Music

An all Sondheim program.

Childern & Youth: RE options and nursery care available.

Also:

  • Discussion Group: Servetus @ 9am
  • Grief & Support: Reed @ 12:15pm

 

Flower Communion

Sunday March 8, 10:30am

Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe

Childern & Youth: Intergeneration (no RE) and nursery care available.

Also:

  • Discussion Group: Servetus @ 9am
  • Grief & Support: Reed @ 12:15pm

 

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

An Invitation to the UUA Common Read:  An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

You are invited to join the reading and discussion of the 2019-2020 UUA Common Read, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.  https://www.uua.org/books/read   

Audiobook  @  https://www.audible.com/pd/An-Indigenous-Peoples-History-of-the-United-States-Audiobook/B00P1RW1CC

The UUA website reminds us of the following:  A common read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time and can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations.

The year 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the much-mythologized encounter at Plymouth between colonists and those native to the land. The UUA General Assembly 2020, in Providence, RI, will speak to the truths that contradict the mythology...This Common Read invites UU congregations, communities, and individuals to learn the story of trauma and resilience that is the Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.

In a recent online letter Rev. Meg Riley, senior minister of the UUA Church of the Larger Fellowship, writes the following about doing something that some deem “too hard”:  “Facing history affirms that I am part of an interdependent humanity, that what affects any of us affects all of us.  In King’s words, that Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  What we do, or don’t do, matters. Facing painful reality offers me the choice to locate myself on the side of love and justice.  Denial puts me squarely on the sidelines.”

I found facing US history in An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States to be hard, a painful reality, a heartrending Trail of Tears. Many times, I had to put it aside, just had to walk away from it. I had to admit that I was ignorant of this history of my own country, and resentful of the lies my teachers told me and my textbooks taught. I learned that the land in Tucson to which I hold a deed and the land on which our UUCT sanctuary is built, are the traditional and stolen land of the Tohono O’odham people.  (See the Native Land website:  https://native-land.ca/ ).  

When I finished our Common Read, Rev. Meg Riley’s words resonated with me: “I knew more profoundly the horrors which white people have unleashed on Black and brown bodies in my country.” And, “…I want to be held accountable for facing up to historical and contemporary horrors, despite the pain…I invite you to remind yourself that doing hard things helps to build resistance for doing other hard things.”

I invite you to take part in an activity that some may find “too hard” – face, and understand, our history. Please read the UUA Common Read and participate in discussing it in community.

Time frame: Read An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by February 29, 2020. Community conversations to follow.

“They (white people) are, in effect, still trapped in a history which they do not understand; and until they understand it, they cannot be released from it.”  James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

If interested, please contact Steve Kraynak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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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.