>Newsletter: Worship and Community (Feb7, 2024)

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, February 11, 2024

“Five Smooth Stones Series: Hope”

Worship Lead: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe

Worship Associate: Tom Greg

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

Worship In the Woods Returns!

Our February Worship in the Woods will be Monday morning 2/12. More details will be forthcoming as the date draws near. We’re hoping for 2 different routes at the Sweetwater Preserve Trailhead—one shorter, one longer. Carpool(s) will leave from UUCT since this area is northwest of Tucson. If you are interested in either hike, please email me at McHutchLM@gmail.com

Again, 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 enjoy the crisp air in a desert location!

Rev Lisa McDaniel-Hutchings

Affiliated Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson


UUCT’s Board of Trustees currently has a vacancy. If you are interested in being part of the Board (or would like to learn more about it), please email bot@uuctucson.org. The Board meets on the third Sunday of each month from 12:30 to 2:30.

How to Give to the Church

You are asked to use our credit card service, which can be reached by the link or the Online 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, 85711

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

Connections in Community

UUCT Annual Auction

Come One, Come All – to the UUCT Auction!

The time is upon us.  The UUCT church auction will take place this Saturday from 5 pm to 8 pm. Our “Sing It Blue” auction will feature Blues and Jazz music with performances from several talented church members.  Wear your best “jazzy” clothing. Yummy southern food will be served.  Over 100 items will be up for auction via both silent and live auction. Items include dinners, gift cards, household items, artwork and jewelry.  There is something for everybody with prices starting as low as $5. Tickets are still available for $15 at the door on Saturday night. If you cannot afford to pay, come anyway – everybody is welcome. 

Any questions, contact Barb Ricca at auctionteam@uuctucson.org

Pop-Up Pledge Parties

The Stewardship Team has started to work on this year’s pledge campaign that will feature Pop-Up Pledge Parties. However, hosts are needed!

You are invited to host any kind of party that sounds like a fun way for a few UUs from your area to get together. After a fun activity—swimming, dining, hiking, dancing, board games —you can

also discuss why pledging to UUCT is important.

Each host determines what type of activity they will provide, how many guests they can accommodate, and when it will be held during Pledge Month, Feb. 18 – Mar. 17.

As Pop-Up Parties are scheduled, they will be posted in Goddard and advertised in the weekly e-blast. Guests can sign up by contacting the hosts.

Email Carolyn Saunders at: c_saunders1@msn.com , you are interested in hosting a Pledge Pop-Up Party.

Help make this a FUN fundraiser!

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. 

Newcomer Breakfast

Newcomers to UUCT are invited to a light breakfast and orientation on February 11 at 9:00 am in Servetus. Come join us in conversation and social time, while learning about our church. To RSVP, contact MaryHolly at (240) 602-8164.

Spirited Conversations

Feb 15 | 5:00-7:00pm | Panera Bread at 6129 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85711 (east side) 

Wonder. Values. Wisdom. 

Join Jamili at Panera Bread on the Second Thursdays of the month for deep discussions over your favorite beverage or dinner. I’ll come prepared with a few opening questions and you bring yours! Let’s talk about the meaning of life or just the things that make life meaningful.  

Make New Snowbird Friends + Keep the Old 2/21 MVUU

UUCT TBIRDS return to MVUU for a citywide monthly potluck at noon on Wednesday February 21, bringing their own beverages, dishware, and utensils as well as food to share. Returning snowbirds have welcomed newcomers to Tucson this winter, increasing turnout at each monthly gathering. Contact howard.tolley@gmail.com to subscribe for TBIRD google group announcements. 

End-of-Life Study Group

Monthly, 3rd Wednesdays, On-going

Date: February 21, 2024

Time: 2-3:30 pm

Place: Goddard Hall

Led by Rev. Linda Bunyard, Retired Minister, in Affiliation with UU Church of Tucson

The End-of-Life Study Group is a time and place:

*to share our individual progress on the tasks of preparing for our own death (grief, practical, legal, medical, financial, memorial and burial);

*to share information on state and local resources such as Five Wishes, Choice & Dignity, Inc., AZ Attorney General’s Life Care Planning;

*to listen and to talk about grieving, about facing our own death;

*to be a support to one another as we each face the end of life.

The group is open. We have a covenant for how we will work together. There are local speakers and resources that we may bring to the UU Church of Tucson this year.

For Information:  LindaBunUU@aol.com 

2nd Thursday UUCT Book Club

February 8, 2024

“109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos”

by Jennet Conant

From the bestselling author of Tuxedo Park, the extraordinary story of the thousands of people who were sequestered in a military facility in the desert for twenty-seven intense months under J. Robert Oppenheimer where the world’s best scientists raced to invent the atomic bomb and win World War II.

In 1943 J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant, charismatic head of the Manhattan Project, recruited scientists to live as virtual prisoners of the U.S. government at Los Alamos, a barren mesa thirty-five miles outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. Thousands of men, women, and children spent the war years sequestered in this top-secret military facility. They lied to friends and family about where they were going and what they were doing, and then disappeared into the desert. Through the eyes of a young Santa Fe widow, who was one of Oppenheimer’s first recruits, we see how, for all his flaws, he developed into an inspiring leader and motivated all those involved in the Los Alamos project to make a supreme effort and achieve the unthinkable.



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

Caring Curmudgeons in Covenant: Article II Revision Discussion, four Wednesday afternoons in February: Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28 | 3:00pm to 4:30pm | At MVUU 3235 W. Orange Grove Rd

This month, Rev. Matthew from MVUU will be leading a discussion group, “Caring Curmudgeons in Covenant” on the Article II changes. 

Using the Wellspring curriculum that has inspired Jamili and Rev. Tina Article II gatherings, this online group will meet on the four Wednesday afternoons in February: Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. 

If you care about the future of Unitarian Universalism and identify as a curmudgeon please contact Rev. Matthew (Matthew.FunkeCrary@MVUU(dot)org) for the Zoom link and preparatory materials.

Can’t make the Article II Discussion in February? Look for the one at UUCT in March with Pastor Jamili

Fridays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 | 11am-12:30pm | at UUCT Servetus Room and on Zoom

Details and RSVP Here by February 26

Care Card Creation

Feb 11 | 11:30am in social hour | at MVUU, UUCT, and SIUU

Care. Connection. Service.

Join your congregation in creating Care Cards! Make one for someone you know and then make one to leave with the Care Team who will send it to a person in the congregation when one is needed. Supplies will be provided, but if you have paper crafting supplies, feel free to bring them. 

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 passing, and 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.   deerprayers@gmail.com

Festival of Books

The Baja 4 is once again sponsoring a table at the Festival of Books March 9 and 10. What a great chance to reach out to other readers and talk about our liberal faith! Steve Bottorff and Melody Luepke are organizing a collection of UU read books to give away to festival goers. We think this will show people that we are good readers AND liberal thinkers! To that end, you may start dropping books off at church on Sundays: We will provide white laundry baskets labeled BOOKS FOR THE FESTIVAL. We will collect books in February and then take them to the festival for distribution. 

We also need volunteers to work in our booth! It is a relatively easy job, chatting with interesting people and passing out books and bookmarks. Each shift is 3 hours with a break.

We will have a Zoom planning meeting February 8 at 6:00. All are welcome.

Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 216 650 2034

Passcode: pewter

Please contact Steve steve@bottorff.com or Melody  melodyluepke@gmail.com for details or to sign up for slots.

Check out the Festival itself at https://tucsonfestivalofbooks

Social Justice

Share the Plate

Our Share the Plate recipient for February is The Hermitage No Kill Cat Shelter:


Our Vision

All cats have permanent and loving homes, and euthanasia of convenience is non-existent

Our Mission

To advocate for the welfare of cats by being a model cage free sanctuary and no-kill shelter

Our Core Values







Dear Beloveds, 

Registration for our Spring Within programs is OPEN!!!

We are currently building new communities of learners in both of our Gathering Our Selves programs (for Black, Indigenous, People of Color participants) and our Un/Learning for Liberation program (for white participants). Join us for a deep dive into the personal, transformative, spirit-growing work each of us needs to do around issues of race, identity, and justice, in relationship with other folks who share some similar experiences!

Within is a 12-week spiritual formation program that mixes multi-media learning and reflection at your own pace, processing in small groups, and worshipping together in community! You can access it entirely online and the materials are accessible for up to a year after the start of the program.

Registration will run from February 1st through February 29th and the Spring Term will kick off on March 12th, 2024.

Questions may be referred to Steve Kraynak @ commonread@uuctucson.org


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 Newhouse

at margonewhouse25@hotmail.com to volunteer.

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




TUESDAY, February 27, 2024.

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 8 am until 9 am 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: 


Lotsa Pasta – Food Drive

During the month of February, UUCT will once again collect pasta for the ICS food bank.  Collection boxes will be located near the south entrance to Goddard. Items being collected are bags / boxes of dry pasta, cans or plastic bottles of pasta sauce (NO GLASS) and boxes of macaroni and cheese.  Contact Barbara Ricca at barbicca@yahoo.com if you have questions.


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.

Baja 4 Calendar of Events

It’s the Baja 4 tool that will allow you to predict the future. You’ll know what events are happening before anyone else!


You can also sign up for the LFD newsletter! Simply send an email to Sonora at Baja4Sonora@gmail.com or resister HERE. https://forms.gle/6Z3ZcH4WQnXub6am9

Check out our calendar of events at HERE. https://dreuuct.wixsite.com/uuquest/calendar

Welcome to Sunday Mornings!

Sunday mornings with the Baja 4! Where can you learn about what makes us Unitarian Universalist, famous UUs, UU values, UU history, and what YOU personally believe? Sunday mornings in the Baja 4, of course!

Come learn about who we are and how YOU fit in here. Find more information on each website. 

Sunday Mornings

• UUCT –weekly Information at https://uuctucson.org/

• MVUU –weekly Information at https://mvuu.org/

• SIUU –drop in when you can! Information at https://skyisland2.skyislanduu.org/

Parenting: the Early Years

March 3 | 10:00-11:00am | Zoom

Values. Connection. Inspiration. 

This monthly group is designed for those adults raising children who are ages birth to 10, but everyone is welcome. This is an amazing group of adults that come together to talk about topics relevant to our daily lives, specifically about navigating ethical, religious, and spiritual questions with a UU lens. Monthly topics will reflect the learning the kids experience on Sunday Morning. Come talk about ways to extend these lessons through the month! 


  • Feb = Love 
  • March = Generosity 
  • April = Transformation 
  • May = Community 

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: 


Meeting ID: 975 7892 4511 

Passcode: 973902

Raising Adolescents 

Feb 10 and 24 | 10-11am | Meetings held on Zoom

Connection. Inspiration. Acceptance. 

If you’re an adult raising children who are ages 10-ish to 18-ish, join us for a supportive environment to discuss all the joys and frustrations of “kids these days.” Everyone is welcome, though we will focus primarily on the experiences of tweens and teens, particularly around issues of sexuality, Gender Identity, Relationships, Social Media, Safety and Consent, and more.

Topics to be determined by the group. Bring your wisdom and questions to share. 

Join us on zoom


Meeting ID: 975 7892 4511 

Passcode: 973902

Chalice Lighters

Are you interested in participating in Worship at UUCT on Sunday morning? Sign up to be a Chalice Lighter! 


Our long-term members will remember our beloved tradition of having someone from the congregation light the chalice candle during the reading. Our move to Goddard up ended that tradition, and now is a good time to bring it back!

The actual chalice lighting is fairly simple and risk free. Here are the details:

1. If this is your first time plan to meet with Pastor Jamili or the Worship Associate before 10:15 am to practice and review the Order of Service.

2. Try to sit near the front so there’s only a short walk to the chalice.

3. The chalice lighting will be some time after the welcome. You’ll be able to follow along with the Order of Service and slide show to know when it’s time to go up.

4. Lighting the candles. There will be a tea light burning. You’ll just light the taper candle from the tea light and then light the big candle in the chalice.  

5. Usually the chalice lighting will be a unison reading so you won’t have to say or read anything.

6. Children are welcome to participate in this! Please have an adult assist children under 10 years. They can stay in service after the Chalice Lighting or you can walk them to the nursery.

7. No special attire is required –though you may prefer something non-flammable. 😊  

Questions? Contact Pastor Jamili at DRE.UUCT@gmail.com.