Newsletter: Worship and Community (Feb21, 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 25, 2024

“Love at Every Size”

Worship Lead: EJ Millstone

Worship Associate: Watercolor Golightly

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




Worship In the Woods

Dear Worship in the Woods Aficionados and Those New to Worship in the Woods,


We are sorry to let you know that each of us in the WW team is experiencing medical issues that affect our hiking, and we need a break. Therefore, we are canceling the February and March events in an effort to heal. Worship in the Woods will return in the fall.



The Worship in the Woods Team:

Rev Lisa McDaniel-Hutchings

Bill Keyes

Janet Moore





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 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 above. Other options include Online Giving button on our website, the very easy to use Text-to-Give number (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




Pop-Up Pledge Parties

PopUp Pledge parties are a way to get to know fellow members and friends of UUCT. For information about and/or RSVP for a scheduled party or to volunteer to host a party, contact Carolyn Saunders. Signup sheets for the parties are also posted in Goddard Hall.  

Feb. 23 Game Night at Bob Gordon and Steve Kraynak’s

Feb. 26 Afternoon Tea at Margot and JD Garcia’s

Mar. 2  Card Party at Nina and Howard Tolley’s

Mar. 2  Afternoon Coffee at Susan Call’s

Mar. 9  Brunch at Carolyn Saunders’

Mar. 14 Birding Walk at Janet Moore’s

Contact: PopUp or email




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. 

Save the Date: Lunch and Learn!

Saturday March 2, at 11:00, in Goddard Hall. Personal cyber, and data security, and other helpful tips. For questions, or to sign up Please email:




Game Night!

Join us for a game night this Friday, February 23rd, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Servetus room. This is a family-friendly game night; those with or without children are welcome, and if you have a friend who isn’t a member but loves games, they can certainly come along!

We’ll have plenty of games on hand, but if you have a favorite board game, card game or party game, please bring it. If you would like to bring food and eat before playing, or pitch in to order pizza with others, join us at 5:15pm.

If you need child care, please contact Jamili Omar at; if you have any other questions, contact Brad Weeks at




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 Thursday of the month for deep discussions over your favorite beverage or dinner. Jamili will come prepared with a few opening questions, and you bring yours! Let’s talk about the meaning of life or the things that make life meaningful.  




End-of-Life Study Group

Monthly, 3rd Wednesdays, On-going

Date: Wednesday March 20, 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: 




2nd Thursday UUCT Book Club

March 14, 2024

“The Other Americans”

by Laila Lalami

Late one spring night in California, Driss Guerraoui—father, husband, business owner, Moroccan immigrant—is hit and killed by a speeding car. The aftermath of his death brings together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui’s daughter Nora, a jazz composer returning to the small town in the Mojave she thought she’d left for good; her mother, Maryam, who still pines for her life in the old country; Efraín, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, an old friend of Nora’s and an Iraqi War veteran; Coleman, a detective who is slowly discovering her son’s secrets; Anderson, a neighbor trying to reconnect with his family; and the murdered man himself.

As the characters—deeply divided by race, religion, and class—tell their stories, each in their own voice, connections among them emerge. Driss’s family confronts its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies, and love—messy and unpredictable—is born. 


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




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.

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 or Melody for details or to sign up for slots.

Check out the Festival itself at




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.