“Black Lives Matter: Dear Tamir”

See our BLM Service  — about Tamir Rice  — see UUCT’s “Black Lives Matter”

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.

Sunday Worship, February 12, 2023, 10:30 a.m.

Watch our BLM Slideshow/Video with Sermon

“Black Lives Matter: Dear Tamir”

Worship Lead: Stephen Kraynak

Worship Associate: Bob Gordon

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

Vocalists: Thomas Gregg and Darnell Roulhac

If you have a joy, sorrow, etc. that you would like to share this morning, you can submit that here before or during worship: https://www.menti.com/al41y41vpghx. Or go to menti.com and put in the code 1591 2902

Our Order of Service:

Element Worship Leader

Prelude Glen Thomas Rideout, Allison Halerz, Kari Gottfried

Welcome Bob Gordon

Call to Worship Stephen Kraynak

Chalice Lighting Bob Gordon

Hymn Brian Moon

Story Jamili Omar

Joys and Sorrows Bob Gordon

Offering Bob Gordon

Offertory Hangyu Bai 

Anthem Thomas Gregg & Darnell Roulhac

Readings & Responses Stephen Kraynak & Bob Gordon

Sermon Stephen Kraynak

Litany of the Beloved Ancestors Stephen Kraynak & Bob Gordon

Closing Words Stephen Kraynak

Chalice Extinguishing Bob Gordon

Postlude Darnell Roulhac and Thomas Gregg 


Prelude: “Change is Coming”: Words & Music by Molly Bajgot

Voices: Glen Thomas Rideout, Allison Halerz, Kari Gottfried

Guitar: Kari Gottfried

Arrangement: Kari Gottfried; used with permission


Call to Worship: “The Change” by Matthew P. Taylor, in BLUU Notes An Anthology of Love, Justice, and Liberation; BLUU and Skinner House, 2021 


Chalice Lighting: Mission Statement of the Harlem Unitarian Church; Egbert Ethelred Brown, pastor; “A Dream Aborted: Egbert Ethelred Brown in Jamaica and Harlem” in Black Pioneers in a White Denomination by Mark Morrison-Reed, Skinner House Books, 1994, p. 95

Hymn:  “Never Turning Back” by Pat Humphries of Emma’s Revolution

Story: Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi ; illustrations by Ashley Lukashevsky

Offertory: Deep River, an anonymous African-American spiritual, popularized by Henry Burleigh in his 1916 collection Jubliee Songs of the USA Anthem “Grief”: Music by William Grant Still; Words by LeRoy V. Brant; Vocalists: Thomas Gregg & Darnell Roulhac

Readings: from The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin; from Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates; from BREATHE A Letter To My Sons by Imani Perry

Closing Words: from “We Are Worthy” by Elandria Williams; In Memoriam: Elandria Williams, UUA Co-Moderator, 1979-2020; https://www.uua.org/pressroom/press-releases/untimely-passing-elandria-leaves-great-void-0

Chalice Extinguishing: “May I Be Light” by Rev. Mykal Slack in BLUU Notes An Anthology of Love, Justice, and Liberation; BLUU and Skinner House, 2021

Postlude: “Lift Every Voice and Sing” Words: James Weldon Johnson; Music: J. Rosamond Johnson; Vocalists: Darnell Roulhac and Thomas Gregg                     

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.

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