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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 has hybrid services -- in person and live streaming.  In person attendance is dependent on the COVID risk level.  Currently all who are fully vaccinated are welcome to attend in person.  Streaming is through YouTube Live.  Occasional services will be on-line as noted.  Services are also recorded and can be viewed here

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

Sep 28: Worship and Other Announcements

Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

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

 

 

Worship and Other Announcements

This Sunday, October 2, 2022,

10:30 a.m.

"An Intersectional Pride"

 

Worship Lead: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe

Worship Associate: Celeste Rogers

Worship Leaders: Jamili Omar, Brian Moon, and Hangyu Bai, 

 

Come join us in person, or online, October 2

 

 

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 may be sent to the office:

4831 E 22nd Street

Tucson AZ, 85711

Please make checks out to UUCT, and state the purpose of the donation in the memo line.

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GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORT GROUP

Sundays, after Church@12 noon, in the Reed Room. 

 

“A Warm Invitation to any church /community member who is experiencing a deep sense of grief or loss…Whether your loss is due to the death of a loved one, end of a marriage, a pet, even painful estrangement from children or others…Come and share with others who understand and are also healing their own hearts….

With sharing, there is comfort ahead for your broken heart…leave a message for facilitator Lynnie Bradley (520)235-5812 for meeting details.” This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Ways to stay connected to UUCT

 

Meeting List: 

1st Sunday @ 9am: Facilities Group (hybrid)

Oct 6 @ 2pm: Finance Committee (on zoom)

Oct 22 @ 1pm: Parenting of Preschoolers (on zoom)

Oct: Fully Living / Full Prepared (in person)

Sundays @ 9am: Discuss our Seven Principles (in person)

Weds @ 5:30: Choir Rehearsals (in person)

3rd Thursday @ 7pm: Board of Trustees (on zoom)

Tues/Thurs @ 4pm: Laughter Yoga (on zoom)

Sundays @ 12pm: Grief & Loss Support Group (in person)

Wednesdays @ 2:30pm: Conversation Among Friends (on zoom)

Oct 20 @ 9:30 - Book Club (on zoom)

 

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FALL RUMMAGE SALE COMING UP

Our annual fall rummage sale is scheduled for Nov. 11th and 12th. You may start bringing things to Goddard Hall now. Sunday mornings are a good time to bring things or call the church office to see if someone is there to take your items. Call Margo at 520-784-1198 to make special arrangements or if you want to help with the sale.

 

Office Updates!

We are up and running again, and it is so wonderful to feel the joyful energy around here that we have missed the last couple of years. That being said, here are some refreshers on how to make things work smoothly, for everyone:

  • We have two emails that go out every week. One mid week, and one on Sundays. The mid week email contains updates and announcements. Please try to limit wording to no more that 50 words. (We are happy to provide a link to our website for extra information.) Sunday's email is only for the Sunday service. There will be printed announcements available on Sundays for those who may need them. Please send email announcements to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our emails are our newsletter, so please read them!
  • All of our rooms are in use on Sunday's, and many of our rooms are in use during the week. If you need a room, please contact the office to schedule: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Please clean up after yourselves! Since many of our rooms are in use, there are others who will be using that space after you do. Please put it back the way you found it, and if snacks or food are involved, please take your trash out since we have critters that would love to help themselves.  
  • Open office hours are Monday, 10-1, T,W, and Th, 9-1. Our administrator works fulltime, and is available by appointment: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • The administrator and the custodian, work Sunday - Thursday.
  • Please contact the minister if you need to schedule time with her:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Save the Date! Campus Clean Up Day, Saturday, November 5, from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Details to follow.

Serve on the Board of Trustees:

Immediate board opening. Please inquire at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

 

The Board would like to thank everyone who pre-paid their pledges early over the summer. We are in healthy financial shape heading into fall!

The board minutes for September are now available online.

 

Adult Lifespan Faith Development with Rev. Bethany -- Resistance and Transformation: Unitarian Universalist Social Justice History – Starting October 12th!  

Grounded in the belief that even "failures" in our history can be instructive, this program presents the ongoing struggle of our tradition to live up to its ever-evolving ideals of social transformation. Themes include abolition, peace-making, civil rights, free speech, utopianism, counter-culture, the women's movements of both 19th and 20th centuries, sexuality education, and LGBT equality. Email Rev. Bethany if you would like to participate. 

This course will meet on approximately alternating Thursdays (with some exceptions due to Rev. B's schedule) at UUCT from 10 am – 12 pm from mid October thru mid April. Participants will have the ability to participate in person or over Zoom.

The program dates will be: October 12 and 19, November 2 and 30, December 14, January 11 and 25, February 8 and 22, March 8 and 29, April 12. 

 

Email Rev. Bethany: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesdays @ 2:30pm: Conversation Among Friends

Join a Conversation Among Friends on Wednesdays at 2:30pm on Zoom. Contact Gilbert Moore with questions or connection information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Computer: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7690063297

Zoom app: Meeting ID 769 006 3297

Phone: 1-669-900-6833 with ID 769 006 3297#

 

Lets get together and talk about it!

Learn about the Seven Principles with us.

Learn about the Seven Principles starting here: https://theprinciples.today/

Our first meeting, a discussion of the first principle of UU, went very well! Six UUCT members discussed topics ranging from how to employ the first principle toward people we don't like, people who are doing things we struggle with, and politicians and other leaders who seem to cause more harm than good to the world. How do we sit with everyone having worth and dignity when we don't agree or feel harmed by them? We also explored the meaning of the word dignity, and what it might mean to treat others with dignity. Thanks so much to Kate and Chuck for giving us a space to have these complex and important discussions. Please join us for the next one on October 16th, 9am on the patio.

Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(Coffee and donuts will be available, yum!)

Book Club, October 20, 2022: 

 

2nd Thursday Book Club – NOTE: Just for October, discussion will be the 3rd Thursday – October 20th

 

"The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail" by Óscar Martínez, English translation 2013

 

Previously published in Spain in 2010 and in Mexico in 2012, Martínez’s debut is the hard-won result of immersive journalism. After several large-scale kidnappings of migrants, the author spent two years following the routes used by undocumented travelers though Mexico.

Martínez develops attentive portraits of the migrants, officials, aid workers and criminals he encounters; his first-person account is executed with passion and grit, illuminating a heartbreaking yet easily ignored reality.

A harrowing look at the real costs of globalization, immigration and drug-prohibition politics, short on solutions and absent hope. -- Kirkus Review

 

 

 

ZOOM LINK:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88412604078 ?pwd=SWl0dGdyTzZrRTlYaDk1VExINnBlZz09

 

The Zoom meeting opens by 9:20am, book discussion starts at 9:30am

 

 

Social Justice

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Share the Plate

TBA, the Share the Plate for October. Stay tuned!

 

Social Justice Group

The Social Justice Reimagining was a success! Stay tuned for submitting your favorite Share the Plate organizations. Questions? Please contact us:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Cafe Justo!

 

Sales - and delivery - of Café Justo coffee will be starting again soon! This Social Justice Council (SJC) project benefits small-scale, shade-grown organic coffee growers in Chiapas, Mexico. 

 

Please contact Sue Watts for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

https://www.justcoffee.org/

 

 

MONTHLY CASA MARIA EGG RUN
The last Tuesday of every month, we collect hard boiled eggs, other food items, good used clothing, towels, toiletries, pet food and other suitable items for one of our favorite non profits, the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen. Every day, Casa Maria feed up to 500 hungry homeless and low income Tucsonans. Many members of our congregation make hard boiled eggs, and meet a UUCT volunteer at our church, on the last Tuesday of each month, between 8 and 9 am. 
Each month, a UUCT member can sign up to drive along with donations for an unforgettable tour of Casa Maria. 
If you would like more information about our UUCT commitment with Casa Maria, please email Sue Watts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Save the Date!
Our annual Mata Ortiz pottery sale is scheduled for November 6th at 11:45 AM! This will be the first time in two years that we are able to again host Ana Trillo and Julio Mora, skilled artisans who will bring a wide selection of pots from the world-famous village of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico. This fundraiser supports families from the region. What an opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts for family and friends!

Religious Education Opportunities

 

Lifespan Faith Development Newsletter!

At the end of every week, your Lifespan Faith Development Team (programming for people of all ages) sends a newsletter.

To sign up for the newsletter, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

POPS

 

Parenting of Preschoolers (POPS) –Grown Ups Meet Up

Oct. 22 | 1-2pm | Zoom

 

This monthly group is designed for those adults raising children who are ages birth to 6, but everyone is welcome. This is an amazing group of adults that come together 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.

 

Join us on Zoom: 

https://zoom.us/j/97578924511 

Meeting ID: 975 7892 4511 

Passcode: 973902

 

Raising Adolescents 

Oct. 15 | 10-11am | Meetings held on Zoom

This group is designed for those adults raising children who are ages 10-ish to 18-ish, but everyone is welcome. We will meet regularly on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays. Drop ins welcome, but RSVP to get the materials in advance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

We realize that raising older children –whether you call them tweens, teens, adolescents, or just youth –brings particular joys and frustrations. Come share your experiences with us! We will begin our group around one of the most sensitive topics for us and our youth: Gender Identity, Relationships, Social Media, Safety and Consent, and more. We will dig into the topics and curriculum called “Grown Ups [Parents and Caregivers] As Sexuality Educators” which will guide our discussions. For more information about this curriculum check out https://www.uua.org/families/sexuality-educators

 

As we explore how we support our children in building healthy, safe relationships, who knows what else will emerge! Topics to be determined by the group. Bring your wisdom and questions to share. 

 

Join us on Zoom: 

https://zoom.us/j/97578924511 

Meeting ID: 975 7892 4511 

Passcode: 973902

 

**Watch this space for an announcement about the Tween/Teen Youth Group! Events coming soon!**

 

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Our Eight 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.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson adopted an 8th principle in May, 2021:
  • Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

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.