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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

Faith Development Newsletter

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Baja 4: Stronger Together

Unitarian Universalists from across Southeast Arizona

Religious Education News

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X

We are the Baja 4!

Representing Unitarian Universalists across southeastern Arizona, we love beyond belief and find inspiration from a wide array of spiritual, religious, and secular sources. We come together as a Baja 4 because we know we are stronger together.

 

Learn more about each congregation!

Celebrations and Special Days

It's always fun to celebrate and at the same time learn about cultures around the world. Here are a few things happening in September.

 

Fun and On The Fringe

  • National Skyscraper Day --Sept. 3
  • Cheese Pizza Day - Sept. 5
  • Be Late For Something Day - Sept. 5 
  • National Fight Procrastination Day - Sept. 6 
  • Constitution Day - Sept. 17 
  • International Talk Like A Pirate Day - Sept. 19 
  • World Gratitude Day - Sept. 21 
  • Elephant Appreciation Day - Sept. 22 

 

Interfaith

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Baja 4 Mascot 

We are adopting a Baja 4 Mascot (a stuffie not a real animal) and we want your help in picking which animal! Coyote? Javelina? Cactus? Some thing else? Tell us!

 

Click this link to vote on your favorite. Don’t forget to suggest a name. Deadline is 11:59pm on September 29. Check back on October 1 for the results. 

We Are a People of Stories

Our theme in worship and RE this month is Stories. We tell ourselves who we are and what we value through stories. What does your family value? Who are the heroes in your stories? How can we tell stories that encourage our children to be the heroes in their own stories?

Chalice Lighting to Share

A New Story Into Being

Rev. Dr. David Breeden 

 

We tender this flame, opening the book,

turning to a page yet to be written.

Opening a story yet to be told.

May we fill this fresh page wisely.

May we write a new story into being.

May we together inscribe the page with hope.

 

Find more chalice lightings here.

What makes a language... a language? 

by Martin Hilpert

 

Outside of China, Mandarin and Cantonese are often referred to as Chinese dialects, despite being even more dissimilar than Spanish and Italian. On the other hand, speakers of Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish, which are three distinct languages, can usually communicate with each other in their native tongues. So, when is speech considered a dialect versus a language?

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Yes… And! ... A Story Telling Game

If you’re feeling stuck in the same conversations, consider spicing up your routine with a new game! This one, called Yes… And! is inspired by improv training (thank you Amy Pohler and Tina Fey) and can be found in full here.

This is a classic improv game that teaches the value of accepting each others ideas and cooperating with one another. The game may be played in pairs onstage or with the whole group in a circle.

In Our Mothers' House 

by Patricia Polacco

In the stories we tell about families, there is often a thread of love. Families come in all shapes and sizes, but at the center of them all is love! Here’s a story about the creation of a new family. Share with your family and then talk about how you became a family. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljInlgQZVM4

 

Reflect on it: How does it feel to hear a story about love and diversity?

 

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Who We are as Anti-Racists

Our faith teaches us that stories and storytelling is a very important part of fighting racism. For instance, racial justice leaders remind us that the work - and story - of anti-racism is never over; we are always in the middle of the story. Racial justice leaders also remind us that we need to reclaim and re-tell ALL the stories of our history so everyone’s experience is honored and so our country lives in a true story (even if it is a painful one to accept). And we are also reminded that there are things we can do to alter and interrupt hurtful stories by changing people’s minds, perspectives and ways of treating each other. 

 

Full activity and and idea for a service project here.

 

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Mindfulness Meditation

It’s never possible to fully understand someone else’s experience but stories help us move closer to someone’s experience and to understand it a bit more sympathetically and compassionately. By doing so, stories connect us to others and motivate us to help address the challenges, wounds and struggles of others. The Meditative Story today will explore this.

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Coming Events

What's Happening in September?

Parents and Caregivers of Preschoolers (POPS)

Join on Zoom others with children ages birth to 6 years old to offer support as we come to understand our child's spiritual development, to build rituals that support this development, and to see ourselves as spiritual teachers. New to POPS? RSVP here.

 

Sept. 4, 1-2pm --Children's Story Time --designed for children ages birth to 6+, but everyone welcome

Sept. 25, 1-2pm --Grown Up meet up --designed for those adults raising children who are ages birth to 6, but everyone welcome

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Zoom 101

September 23 | 9:30am AND 6:30pm | Zoom

Do feel like your zoom skills could use a little polishing? Do you want to practice screen sharing? Do you feel like you can't ever find the mute button? This session is for you! We'll start with the basics and then move to more advanced skills as we're ready. Come for the whole hour or just a part. Bring questions! RSVP to Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Movie Night! with Tucson UU Younger Adults

September 27 | 6:00 pm to ??? | Zoom

Films and friends! Let's gather [virtually] to share an evening of movies. We'll decide on the night what to watch, so bring some ideas. More details here.

Zoom in at:

https://zoom.us/j/5716364277

Meeting ID: 571 636 4277

Password: 973902

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The Hearth: September Social

September 22 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | Zoom

 

Let’s celebrate the changing seasons with an Equinox Craft Party. Have a favorite art medium? Bring it! Need some ideas? We’ll have them! Not into crafting? Come anyway! We will gather to create art together and to celebrate being in a virtual space together.  

 

Who is welcome to come to The Hearth events?

This space is for Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color. We are centering everyone who identifies as a Person of Color, for example, People of African Descent, Caribbean, Native/American Indian, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latina/o and Hispanic, Middle Eastern/Arab, and Multiracial. Please feel free to invite friends and family who are UU -adjacent, even if they don’t identify as Unitarian Universalist.

 

Not a BIPOC UU? Please share this information with the BIPOC folks in your congregation!

 

Register for the Hearth: September Social here.

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2nd Hour

October 3, 2021 | 12:15-1:15pm | Zoom

 

Please join us for 2nd Hour: a once -per -month afternoon of a variety of educational, spiritual, interesting, and fun workshops. Dates for the rest of 2021 are: 

 

  • November 7, 2021
  • December 5, 2021

 

See the UU Quest website for links and descriptions!

 

**Seeking 2nd Hour Workshop Leaders**

Right now I’m building a schedule of workshops for 2nd Hour and would love to include you in the line up. What do you have to share with the world? Bring me an idea and we’ll work together to develop it! No need to worry about technical support. I’ll have assistants available to manage the Zoom, so you can simply lead.

 

If you have any questions or want to lead a workshop, please contact Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for More?

If you're curious about what else is happening in Lifespan Faith Formation, check out: https://dreuuct.wixsite.com/uuquest

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PS. Have you joined the Parenting Club group on Facebook? Everyone in the Baja 4 is welcome!

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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.