>Newsletter: Worship & Community (Dec 6, 2023)

The 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

Sunday Worship, December 10, 2023, 10:30 a.m.

Online: December 10

or in person in the Goddard Fellowship Hall

“Faith on Fire: Harnessing Our Creative Fires and Limiting Our Destroying Powers”

Worship Lead:  Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe

Worship Associate: Watercolor Golightly

Worship Leaders: Jamili Omar, Brian Moon, and Danielle Mepham 

From the Office

The church administrator, Mary Wiese, is out of the office temporarily due to a family emergency. Please contact Rev. Bethany if you need anything from the office at this time.

Special Congregational Meeting: December 10, 2023

Your Board of Trustees is calling a Special Congregational Meeting, which will take place at 12 noon, Arizona time, on Sunday, December 10. The meeting will be live in Goddard and broadcast on Zoom. It will not be live streamed on YouTube.


Zoom ID: 5207481551


Password: 483148

To find out more, please click this link: Special Meeting

Worship in the Woods!

Worship in the Woods returns on Wednesday December 20th. More details will be forthcoming as dates draw nearer and we can assess the temperatures. If you are interested in either or both dates, please email me at McHutchLM@gmail.com

If you are new to Worship in the Woods or if your schedule or fitness level has changed, please complete our interest survey at


Let’s get outside!

Rev Lisa McDaniel-Hutchings

Affiliated Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson


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 given during Sunday service, or mailed to the office:

4831 E 22nd Street Tucson AZ, 85711Please make checks out to UUCT, and state the purpose of the donation in the memo line.

Connections in Community

-Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair


Many thanks to all who donated items for our rummage sale. Thanks also to the fantastic, hardworking volunteers who made the sale a success. We raised $3,500.

Winterhaven With UUs: All are welcome!! 

Friday, Dec 15 | 6:30-8:00pm | 3235 N Country Club (at Ft Lowell)

Join us for a fun filled adventure in Winterhaven! The hay ride will is a 40 minute tour of the Winterhaven Festival of Lights. Please arrive at 6:30pm so we can board the hay ride together. 

RSVP: HERE! The hay ride is limited to the first 20 RSVPs.

Cost: tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for children 2-13; free for children under 2. But no one turned away! Pay what you can at uuct.org/donate 

Meet at: 3235 N country club at Ft Lowe. Park south of the Circle K

Walking? Don’t want to join the hay ride? Meet us at 6:30 pm, and any walkers can stay until 10pm or when you can’t feel your toes. 

Find more information about Winterhaven at https://winterhavenrides.com/

We are at 3235 N. Country Club, Tucson AZ 85716 just north of the Circle K. Suggested parking is just south of us there are pay lots available. Also free parking just south of the pay lots! Happy Holidays!

Release and waiver of liability agreement: please read carefully before purchasing tickets as by purchasing tickets you agree to the terms of this release & waiver of liability release agreement and cancellation policy as seen on the release/wavier liability page of this website. Please be aware that by reserving/riding with us you acknowledge that you have been informed and agree to be seated next to other riders.


Join Us!

One of our members, Betsy McMillan, is recovering from knee surgery and we are planning a “post surgery celebration” at Beyond Bread, at 1:00 pm on Saturday, Dec 16. Many of us already know Betsy and others are certainly invited to join us! Take a break from holiday madness and enjoy delicious food, and good conversation! We look forward to seeing you, and do let Rosemary Axelrod know by Dec 15, of you plan to attend.  rosemaryaz155@gmail.com

Beyond Bread

Community Office Hours With Rev. Bethany, and Pastor Jamili

Join us for community office hours every Thursday from 12-2pm, at Tucson Coffee Roasters on Craycroft, just south of Broadway. These office hours are a great time for casual conversation with either Rev. Bethany, or Pastor Jamili, and whoever else shows up! Tucson Coffee Roasters is located next to Miss Saigon, on Craycroft, just south of Broadway. 

2nd Thursday UUCT Bookclub – December 14, 2023:

“The Door in the Nightmare” by

Galina DeRoeck

Arizona’s 7 million people all have unique stories to tell and perspectives to share. One such Arizonan, retired University of Arizona educator Dr. Galina De Roeck, has one of those one-in-a-million life odysseys.

It spans three continents and some of the most turbulent events of the 20th century: fleeing the Russian Revolution, surviving the World War II in Europe, witnessing the independence of Morocco, seeking a new life in Australia and then the United States, ultimately Arizona.

Released by Tucson-based PRAV Publishing, that journey is now a memoir, The Door in the Nightmare: From the Russian Revolution to Pax Americana.”

– Margaret Willard, The Arizona 100


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

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

Bible Literacy for UUs

Sunday December 3 and December 17 | 12:15-1:00pm | UUCT Patio (outdoors if the weather cooperates! If not, we’ll be in Awareness room)

The next topic in Bible Literacy For UU will be a 2-parter: “The Cutting Room Floor” In one session we’ll look at books that were included in some Bibles — like the Ethiopian Bible with 84 books — but not other Bibles — like the Protestant Bible with 66 books. In the other session we’ll take a look at some books — like the Gospel of Thomas — that didn’t make it into anyone’s Bibles. Questions? Contact Mike Horn-Mitchem at mhornmit@gmail.com 

TBIRDS Wednesday December 20 Lunch

Seasonal residents attending UUCT and Mountain Vista UU in flight from snow, rain, fog and/or frigid temperature gather on the third Wednesday of the month at noon for citywide lunches from November 2023 to March 2024. 


The TBIRD/Snowbird group will meet at MVUU (3235 W Orange Grove Rd) for a potluck lunch on Wednesday December 20 at noon. In addition to bringing food to share, please bring your own plates, cups, silverware and beverage.


 Google Group subscribers receive event announcements as posted at https://groups.google.com/g/tbirds-uuct. The November 11, 2023 post has the Fall 2023 Directory attached. Contact howard.tolley@gmail.com for more information.


Grief Group, Sundays, after Church@12:15, in the Emerson 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 for meeting details.”   deerprayers@gmail.com

Social Justice

Share the Plate

Our Share the Plate recipient for November is Gospel Rescue Mission:


Where Homelessness Ends

and Lives are Restored

That starts with treating people with love, dignity, and respect. We provide for basic needs such as shelter, food, and clothing. We also provide addiction recovery, employment, and housing programs to those experiencing homelessness. Furthermore, we partner with over 30 organizations to provide even more services to individuals and families in need. And we reach out to the community to offer help for those on the brink of homelessness. All of these services work together holistically to bring an end to homelessness in their lives.

About Homelessness

Gospel Rescue Mission

Angel Heart Pajama Project


We are doing the Angel Heart Pajama Project again this year. The pajamas you donate will be given to boys and girls of all sizes as they are being taken into foster care. We’ll collect only new pajamas until the end of December. Place your donation in the labeled container in Goddard Hall. Any questions – email margonewhouse25@hotmail.com

No More Deaths Holiday Donation Drive

No More Deaths – Donation Drive

In the spirit of holiday generosity, please make a donation to No More Deaths.  UUCT is collecting the following items for No More Deaths: backpacks, blankets (not huge ones), travel size toiletries, toothbrushes, men’s new underwear and socks. Please leave the donated items in the boxes near the south Goddard doors.  The donation drive will from now until Dec 10th. Contact Barb Ricca at barbicca@yahoo.com if you have questions.

Cafe Justo!

Sales – and delivery – of Café Justo coffee is now for sale on Sundays! This Social Justice Council (SJC) project benefits small-scale, shade-grown organic coffee growers in Chiapas, Mexico. All bags of coffee are just $12 a piece.

We need help selling coffee on Sunday mornings. No one wants to miss out on coffee hour visits, but how about doing it once a month. Can you commit to doing the coffee sales on the 1st Sunday of each month or maybe the 2nd Sunday. First come first served on Sunday choices. Email Margo at margonewhouse25@hotmail.com to volunteer.

Please contact Sue Watts for more information: wluckydog@aol.com




Many of our members prepare hard boiled eggs for Casa Maria, for our monthly egg run, which is always the last Tuesday of every month. A volunteer is always at the church parking lot from 8am until 9am on that day to receive them. Do NOT peel the eggs. Once chilled, place them back in the egg cartons and write HB on each one, and write HARD BOILED on the top of the carton.

Please contact Sue Watts for more information: wluckydog@aol.com.

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 Baja4Sonora@gmail.com or sign up here.

Welcome to Sunday Mornings!

Join us for UU Identity, History, Biography… learn about famous UUs …deepen your understanding of this faith… etc…

Calling all young people! This summer our Super Hero Academy will explore all things food. From growing to cooking to insuring that all people have access to good, nourishing food, we will spend Sunday mornings playing with our food!

Sunday Mornings 

See our websites for details about everything in Lifespan Faith Development! Baja 4 UUCT, LFD

Proposed Article II Revision Small Discussion Groups

Have you heard? The UUA bylaws include a stipulation that they must be reviewed every 15 years? We are currently in the middle of this process which, this time around, includes some revisions. Are you curious about the revisions? Do you want to know more? Have you heard something that has you upset, confused, worried, or excited? Join us to explore the proposed changes, your feelings, and the ideas of others from the Baja 4!

There are several options to pick from. Please RSVP for ONE here. Attendance at every session is requested. If these sessions don’t work for you, look for more options starting in January 2024.

The brief descriptions are below. More detail and RSVP links are found here!

Lunch ‘n Learn with Pastor Jamili

Fridays, Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15 | noon-1:30pm | UUCT Servetus Room and on Zoom

Wondering Wednesdays with Rev Tina

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27 | 6-7:30pm | Zoom