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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

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Sep 19: Faith Development

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Baja 4

Unitarian Universalists from across Southeast Arizona

Stronger Together 

We are the Baja 4!

 

Representing Unitarian Universalists across southeastern Arizona, we love beyond belief and find inspiration from a wide array of spiritual, religious, and secular sources. We come together as a Baja 4 because we know we are stronger together.

 

Learn more about each congregation!

 

Celebrations and Special Days

It's always fun to celebrate and at the same time learn about cultures around the world. Here are a few things happening in September.

 

Fun and On The Fringe

  • International Talk Like A Pirate Day - Sept. 19 
  • World Gratitude Day - Sept. 21 
  • Elephant Appreciation Day - Sept. 22 

 

Interfaith

  • Mabon/Autumn Equinox - Wicca - Sept. 22 --For ideas about how to bring equinox into your home, check out this resource or SAZCUUPS.
  • Rumi Day - Sept. 30 (b. 1207)
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Baja 4 Mascot 

 

We are adopting a Baja 4 Mascot (a stuffie not a real animal) and we want your help in picking which animal! Coyote? Javelina? Cactus? Some thing else? Tell us!

 

Click this link to vote on your favorite. Don’t forget to suggest a name. Deadline is 11:59pm on September 29. Check back on October 1 for the results. 

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Youth Poll

Help! We are trying to plan activities for our youth –kids ages 12-18 –and we need your help! What are “the kids into these days”? What do you think your youth would want to attend with the Baja 4? Please complete this short poll or email our youth advisors directly. Or better yet, have your youth fill it out with you!

  • Jamili at UUCT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Stacie Sosa at MVUU at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please complete the poll by Sept. 24 so we can begin offering events in October. These events will be held online for the time being.

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2nd Hour

October 3, 2021 | 12:15-1:15pm | Zoom

Please join us for 2nd Hour: a once -per -month afternoon of a variety of educational, spiritual, interesting, and fun workshops. Dates for the rest of 2021 are:

  • November 7, 2021
  • December 5, 2021

 

See the UU Quest website for links and descriptions!

**Seeking 2nd Hour Workshop Leaders**

Right now I’m building a schedule of workshops for 2nd Hour and would love to include you in the line up. What do you have to share with the world? Bring me an idea and we’ll work together to develop it! No need to worry about technical support. I’ll have assistants available to manage the Zoom, so you can simply lead.

If you have any questions or want to lead a workshop, please contact Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Check This Out!

 

We Are a People of Stories. Our theme in worship and RE this month is Stories. We tell ourselves who we are and what we value through stories. What does your family value? Who are the heroes in your stories? How can we tell stories that encourage our children to be the heroes in their own stories?

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Chalice Lighting to Share

A New Story Into Being

Rev. Dr. David Breeden 

 

We tender this flame, opening the book,

turning to a page yet to be written.

Opening a story yet to be told.

May we fill this fresh page wisely.

May we write a new story into being.

May we together inscribe the page with hope.

 

Find more chalice lightings here.

 

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What’s Your Sentence?

 

Author and motivational expert, Daniel Pink advocates distilling the essence of your life’s story down to one single sentence. It’s a focusing device that connects people to clearer purpose. Here’s how Pink describes the exercise:

 

 

Here’s how classrooms of children and youth took on the exercise:

 

After you come up with your sentence, figure out a way to keep it front and center. Carry it in your purse or wallet. Hang it by your desk. Leave it in your sock drawer or glove compartment in order to stumble upon it when you need it most.

 

Most of all, use this exercise to ask yourself: Do I know the purpose of my life’s story? Or have I allowed my life to become a muddle of mixed and undeveloped storylines? Do I know the central theme of my life or do the plotlines of others dictate my days?

 

Come to your group ready to share how the creation of your sentence helped you see or embrace something new about your story.

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Zoom Your (or Their) Story

 

We hold on to each other by holding on to our stories. And yet too often we let those stories slip away.

Grown Ups long to remember the youth and children in their lives were like when they were young. Likewise, children and youth wish they captured more stories of their elders before they were gone. So why wait? During Covid, Zoom has become a way for us to connect across distance, but it also offers us a way to capture each other’s stories. All we need to do is hop on, hit record and let the storytelling begin!

For this exercise, think of someone whose story you want to hold tight. Invite them to join you on zoom. Be sure to come with a rich question. For instance: What has been the best day of your life? When did you first fall in love? What was war like? Who is your best friend and why? What was your proudest moment? What was life like when you were my age? It’s likely you already have a burning question to ask; use that!

Or maybe it is the story of your relationship you want to capture. In that case, think of this less like an interview and more like a conversation. Come with a sparky question you both can answer, like: Are there things about me that you’ve always wanted to know but have never asked? Or What is your first memory of me? Maybe you just record telling each other jokes!

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One song that I love is "Everything Possible" by Fred Small. Check out this version sung by Lea Morris.

Share A Song

Many families have songs that bring comfort and connect us across distances. What songs hold that place for you? Share a family friendly song with us and we build a playlist to share with everyone! Post your link on Facebook or email Stacie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tell Me A Story: What Narratives Reveal About The Mind

From Hidden Brain

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/09/794683840/tell-me-a-story-what-narratives-reveal-about-the-mind 

On stories as magic tricks that expose the peculiar biases of our minds.

Coming Events

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What's Happening in September?

 

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The Hearth: September Social

September 22 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | Zoom

Let’s celebrate the changing seasons with an Equinox Craft Party. Have a favorite art medium? Bring it! Need some ideas? We’ll have them! Not into crafting? Come anyway! We will gather to create art together and to celebrate being in a virtual space together. 

Who is welcome to come to The Hearth events?

This space is for Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color. We are centering everyone who identifies as a Person of Color, for example, People of African Descent, Caribbean, Native/American Indian, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latina/o and Hispanic, Middle Eastern/Arab, and Multiracial. Please feel free to invite friends and family who are UU -adjacent, even if they don’t identify as Unitarian Universalist.

Not a BIPOC UU? Please share this information with the BIPOC folks in your congregation!

Register for the Hearth: September Social hereat https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIode-pqj4vGNdD5Pbd4U_QscebubU4VGoa

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Zoom 101

September 23 | 9:30am AND 6:30pm | Zoom

Do feel like your zoom skills could use a little polishing? Do you want to practice screen sharing? Do you feel like you can't ever find the mute button? This session is for you! We'll start with the basics and then move to more advanced skills as we're ready. Come for the whole hour or just a part. Bring questions! 

 

Zoom in at: 

https://zoom.us/j/5716364277

Meeting ID: 571 636 4277

Password: 973902

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Parents and Caregivers of Preschoolers (POPS)

Join on Zoom others with children ages birth to 6 years old to offer support as we come to understand our child's spiritual development, to build rituals that support this development, and to see ourselves as spiritual teachers. New to POPS? RSVP here

Sept. 25, 1-2pm --Grown Up meet up --designed for those adults raising children who are ages birth to 6, but everyone welcome. This is an amazing group of parents that come together once a month 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.

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Movie Night! with Tucson UU Younger Adults

September 27 | 6:00 pm to ??? | Zoom

Films and friends! Let's gather [virtually] to share an evening of movies. We'll decide on the night what to watch, so bring some ideas.

 

Zoom in at:

https://zoom.us/j/5716364277

Meeting ID: 571 636 4277

Password: 973902

Looking for More? 

 

If you're curious about what else is happening in Lifespan Faith Formation, check out: https://dreuuct.wixsite.com/uuquest

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PS. Have you joined the Parenting Club group on Facebook? Everyone in the Baja 4 is welcome!

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