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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

Weekly Updates

 
We welcome diversity. We commit to undo racism and all other oppressions in ourselves, our church, 
and our community.
 “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” — Stephen Covey
 
 
 
Worship and Special Announcements
 
Sunday Worship, September, 2021:
 
The Baja 4 Congregations will be back together twice a month for the month of September, and UUCT will be having our own services twice a month. 
 
Sunday September 12, 2021, 10:30 a.m.:
 
"The Stories that Bind Us" (Part 1)
 
This Sunday, September 12th worship will be a little different -- and you are invited! For the first time since March 2020 we will be live-streaming worship from the Holland Sanctuary. Another difference is that this service will be led by UUCT staff and lay leaders, rather than the Baja 4. Only people who need to be present to lead worship will be in Holland on Sunday. Most staff have chosen to prerecord their parts and submit videos. Worship Associate chair, Bert Meek, and I will be lead worship live from the Holland Sanctuary. 
 
Many thanks to Kassandra Klein, Cynthia Johnson, Larry Newhouse, and Worship Portfolio Board Liaison Mike Greenbaum who have worked hard the past few months to make sure we are ready to livestream this coming Sunday. It is going to take 3 volunteers each week just to make the livestream happen. So...we are in need of a few more people to support this team by doing sound, projection, and/or video on 2nd and 4th Sundays this fall. Training is available! Get in touch with me or one of the people listed above if you are interested in joining the team.  
 
I hope you will join us and watch the livestream at 10:30 am on Sunday!
 
- Rev. Bethany 
 
 
Rev. Julie Olson will be a Zoom chaplain during the livestream in the CUUPS room: 
Zoom meeting ID: 823-936-4868
 
 
Social Hour right after worship:
Join by computer: https://zoom.us/s/7025890260
Password: 483148
 
Did you know you can also phone into social hour? Yes! Simply:
  1. Dial: 1-669-900-6833
  2. Use the keypad to enter the Meeting ID: 702 589 0260
  3. Use the keypad to enter the Password: 483148
 
 
 
Equinox!
 
Please join Southern Arizona Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans for our Fall Equinox ritual.
 
Tuesday September 21, 2021, at 6:15 p.m.
 
All Ages Welcome!
 
Outreach to Veterans of the Baja 4
 
Hello Veterans of the Baja 4. Your ministers have been wondering about you. Particularly with the last year of upheaval and the recent US action in Afghanistan, we are aware that you may be experiencing the news differently. We would like to offer to host a space where veterans in the Baja 4 can meet each other and be introduced to one another -- we may also include baking you all cookies (or something else, if you'd like), but we need to know how many of you might be interested in meeting one another! Please connect with your minister or email Rev. Samantha Wilson directly (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). With care, Rev. Sam and the Baja 4 Ministers
 
 
How to Give to the Church
 
You are asked to use our credit card service (which can be reached by the link or the On-line Giving button on our website), the very easy to use Text-to-Give (1-833-361-5796), or checks sent to the office. The on-line giving gives you the option to identify the contribution and use the memo line for checks. A tutorial video on Text-to-Give is here. After setting up an initial “profile” these options are easy to use for subsequent donations.
 
Staying Connected In Community
Ways to stay connected to UUCT
 
Meeting List: The front page of our website now lists the Zoom links for every congregational event happening online. You can list your event there by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To book a "Zoom Room" for your group's meeting, contact 
Rev. Bethany at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
Zoom Meetings
 
The choir is rehearsing again. 
 
For more information, please contact Dr. Brian Moon, our Director of Music:
 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Church Office is Looking For Volunteers. 
 
The hours we are looking to fill will be from 9-11 a.m. , M-F. If you are available any of these days, please contact our Congregational Administrator, Mary Wiese for more information:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
UUCT Book Club
 
The UUCT Book Group has selected the books for Sept, Oct and Nov so that participants will have time to acquire and read the books.
 
Sept 9, 2021: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann, 2017
Discussion leader: Linda F
The book investigates a series of murders of wealthy Osage people that took place in Osage County, Oklahoma in the early 1920s after big oil deposits were discovered beneath their land. Writing for The New York Times, Dave Eggers called the book "riveting" and wrote, "in these last pages, Grann takes what was already a fascinating and disciplined recording of a forgotten chapter in American history, and with the help of contemporary Osage tribe members, he illuminates a sickening conspiracy that goes far deeper than those four years of horror. It will sear your soul.”
 
Oct 14, 2021: Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry, 2019
Discussion leader: Margo N
“In Breathe, Perry offers a lyrical meditation that connects a painful, proud history of African American struggle with a clarion call for present-day action to protect, defend, and celebrate the promise of the next generation.”
—Stacey Abrams, founder and chair of Fair Fight Action, Inc.
 
Nov 11, 2021: Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd, 2020
Discussion leader: Sue R
Did Jesus Ever Tie the Knot? A New Novel Considers the Question.
“Kidd’s bold narrative revisionism allows her protagonist to be in every respect the equal of her husband while posing this question: How would Western culture be different if men and women had grown in appreciation of each other’s spirit? It’s not such a leap—the gospels portray Jesus gently championing women.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
 
We meet the second Thursday of each month via Zoom Meeting opens by 9:20am, book discussion starts at 9:30am.
 
LINK:
 
 
Social Justice News
 
The Social Justice Council, chaired by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 11am.  All are invited to participate.
 
 
 
Cafe Justo Coffee
 
Sales - and delivery - of Café Justo coffee are continuing. This Social Justice Council (SJC) project benefits small-scale, shade-grown organic coffee growers in Chiapas, Mexico. 
 
Please contact Sue Watts for more nformation: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
Share the Plate September, 2021
 
Our Share the plate for the month of August is Interfaith community Services
 
Since 1985, ICS has been helping people in need achieve stable, healthy, and independent lives.
 
Our Mission
While much has changed over the years, our focus at Interfaith Community Services remains consistent. Today, ICS continues to passionately pursue a single mission: to help people in need achieve stable, healthy, and independent lives.
 
 
 
TUCSON PRIDE TO POSTPONE 2021 PARADE AND FESTIVAL
Events rescheduled for October 2022
 
Learn and Play With Us
 
 
 
Lots of exciting new things are happening in Lifespan Faith Development!!
 
 
 
 
 
Youth Poll
Help! We are trying to plan activities for our youth –kids ages 12-18 –and we need your help! What are “the kids into these days”? What do you think your youth would want to attend with the Baja 4? Please complete this short poll https://forms.gle/KN3NSQbz3gTY7qHB6 or email our youth advisors directly. Or better yet, have your youth fill it out with you!
 
Jamili at UUCT atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Stacie Sosa at MVUU at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Please complete the poll by Sept. 14 so we can begin offering events in October. These events will be held online for the time being.
 
 
 
 
Sign Up for the Lifespan Faith Development Newsletter
With a new school year comes a new Newsletter! At the end of every week, your Lifespan Faith Development Team (programming for people of all ages) sends a newsletter. You haven’t heard of this, you say?. Well, now you have the chance to register to receive it! We send fun activities for adults who interact with children, resources for deepening your spiritual practices, and information on coming events.
 
To sign up for the newsletter, send an email to
 
Jamili at UUCT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR Stacie Sosa at MVUU at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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 the link here: https://forms.gle/FzBtQipJ5ibkqLSm6 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.
 
 
 
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: https://forms.gle/oV5r74oQBymLkkgJ9
 
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. This is an amazing group of parents that come together once a month to talk about topics relevant to our daily lives. We offer support, words of wisdom, and connect to those around us. We hope that you join and share with us.
 
 
 
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 can be found on our Facebook page and on UU Quest: https://dreuuct.wixsite.com/uuquest/tuuya
 
Zoom in at:
Meeting ID: 571 636 4277
Password: 973902
 
 
 
 
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!
 
       
 
 
 
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: https://dreuuct.wixsite.com/uuquest 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..
 
 

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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
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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.