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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

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Our Mission

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

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Our Commitment

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

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.  There are pre-recorded worship services premiering on Sundays at 10:30  (and available thereafter) on YouTube and Facebook.  Starting September 12th there will be UUCT live streamed services (no in person attendance) twice a month.  Read here.

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

Sep 12
10:30am MST

Stories That Bind Us

Rev. Bethany1UUCT Live Stream on YouTube

Sep 19
10:30am MST

TBA

Baja 4 Ministry

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

About Fall Worship

 

Letter from Rev. Bethany about Fall Worship

 
 
August 26, 2021
 
Dearest congregation, 
 
I’m writing with news about plans for worship this fall. The exciting news is that starting on September 12th, UUCT’s worship services will be live-streamed from Holland on 2nd and 4th Sundays. The other Sundays we will continue the rerecorded Baja 4 worship services. This schedule will continue through December.
 
Now, here is the news that might be harder to digest. For now, only worship leaders will physically in Holland on these Sunday mornings. The service will be broadcast live on YouTube to everyone else. 
 
Take a deep breath, here. 
 
I know that this news is disappointing to some, relieving to others, and a good mix of both emotions for many. Personally, I am sad, angry, and frustrated. Research about the Delta variant has thrown a wrench in our hoped-for return to large group in-person worship this fall. And I personally cannot take the risk of leading in-person worship just yet. But this isn’t just about me. Most of UUCT’s staff and several UUCT worship lay leaders are living with children who cannot yet be vaccinated. For families with children attending in-person school and daycare, our risk of getting and spreading COVID is high. UUCT is a multigenerational community, so we are not out of this pandemic yet. This is why we are not gathering altogether for worship yet. 
 
And still, we are moving forward! Since before the pandemic began, our long-term vision has been to have multi-platform worship. “Multi-platform” is an emerging term used to describe simultaneous in-person and live-streamed events. Soon, we will start down this path. I hope you will join us on 2nd and 4th Sundays this fall and start this journey with us.
 
As the ever-shifting landscape of this pandemic changes, your Board and I will consider ways to continue moving towards in-person large worship services. The COVID Response Team* met last night to review the UUA’s current guidance and discuss our reactions to that guidance. I am working with members of that team to update our policies for gathering in-person on our campus. You will hear from the CRT soon about ways to engage in this process and to voice your feedback and emotions.
 
There’s a gospel song called “I Need You to Survive” by Hezekiah Walker. These lyrics has been playing on repeat in my head for much of the past 18 months. When I sing "I need you to survive..." at least two meanings of that phrase are true. I need you to survive because I know that everything I do impacts you, and vice versa. In the midst of a viral pandemic, this truth cannot be avoided. And, also, I need you to survive. Because I love you. And I want to gather with you all again.
 
I look forward to seeing you soon. I am currently working from church on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I am available for 1-on-1 appointments online or in person, for the time being. You can respond directly to this email if you would like to set up a time to chat.
 
With great love and hope for our shared ministry,
Rev. Bethany
 
*Your COVID Response Team includes: Gary Luce, Jody Bergedick, Beth Britton, Bert Meek, Jamili Omar, Mary Wiese, and myself 
 

Letter from Your Board

 
 
The Board is committed to supporting our staff and volunteers involved in worship as they transition us to live streaming over the next month. The COVID Response Team continues to monitor the changing situation and make recommendations. However, right now, there is a great deal of concern in supporting our members as they deal with the stress, anxiety, and grief that has accompanied the pandemic. After the COVID Response Team gets some initial responses from members, we plan to have listening sessions to come together and support one another through the many challenges we face. If you miss seeing someone from your church community, I encourage you to reach out and make a phone call, send a text or email and check in with each other.
 
Your Board continues to meet and make sure regular business happens. I encourage you to see what happened in our last minutes.
 
Sam Meyer for the UUCT Board

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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.