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Something for Everyone

Something for Everyone

Education | Fellowship | Service

We welcome diversity. We commit to undo racism and all other oppressions in ourselves, our church, and our community.

Repose Ritual
Nov. 21 | starting at 6:15pm
 
This ritual is a SAZCUUPS tradition, focused on peace and wellbeing, to give us a little breathing room before the holiday rush. This year's ritual will be led by James in our Zoom room: https://zoom.us/j/8239364868
 
Where will we travel?
Judaism, Christianity and Catholicism, Evangelical Christianity, Society of Friends (Quakers), Islam, Hinduism, Paganism, Buddhism
World Religions Watch Party for ages 12+
next meeting | Dec. 13 | 12:15pm
 
Travel in Place! Even this year where we aren't physically visiting our neighbors, we can learn, explore neighboring faiths, and have some fun building our own community.
 
Who: Youth ages 12+
When: 2nd and 4th Sundays starting at 12:15pm
Where: on Zoom, meeting ID 571-636-4277
 
 
Parents and Caregivers of Preschoolers!
Story Time | Dec. 5 | 1-2pm
Meeting ID:571-636-4277
 
Join the Baja 4 families in this POPs is a video-based, at-home curriculum grounded in Unitarian Universalism and designed for parents and caregivers of children ages 2-5.
 
By engaging with POP videos, parents and caregivers will come to understand their child's spiritual development, to build rituals that support this development, and to see themselves as spiritual teachers. 
 
Each month, 
  • On your own, watch three short videos on the theme of the month. 
  • With our POPS adults, meet once a month to check in and share.
  • With our children, join other kids for story and crafts time!
 
All activities are optional and free for Baja 4 families!
 
Questions? Contact Jamili at:
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POP Curriculum Trailer
Curious?
 
Join any time!
 
 
 
Then, registerwith Baja 4here!You'll get the password for videos after you register.
Vigils For Justice
Every Tuesday Morning | 8:00am
 
The Social Action Committee is sponsoring vigils in front of our church each Tuesday morning from 8:00 to 9:00. We have dozens of signs covering current topics which align with UU Principles. We also encourage the sincerity and creativity of home-made signs. We are supporting causes UUs believe in and advertising the values of our congregation. Please don a mask and join us.  
High School Aged Youth
(14-18 years & in high school or homeschool equivalent)
 
Regional Conferences offer you so much!Are you are looking for more connection with UU Youth? This fall, Pacific Western Region will tentatively continue into the winter/spring on 3rd weekends through the 20-21 year.
 
Each hosted by a different district & open to all youth (14-18 & in high school or homeschool equivalent) across the Pacific Western Region. Cost is $35/event or $100 for all three andscholarships are available.
 
You can expect each event to fall within the hours of 6pm-8pm (Pacific Time) on Friday night and 1pm-8pm on Saturday. While each one may differ slightly, this is the longest time period on each day that each event will occupy. (Rumor has it at the PNWD September con there MAY be an optional late night or all night virtual space if we can get enough adult presence, so don't forget to recruit your sponsors!)
 
Tucson UU Young Adults
(ages 18+ generations X, Y, Z)
Nov. 27 | 6:30pm to ???
 
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.
 
WatchFacebookfor Zoom links.
Family Resources
 
Are you ready for some faith development as a family? I am collecting resources for at home religious education both on the Parenting Club facebook page and in a google drive. The folder is available to everyone! You'll find activities that take 5 minutes and ones that take 5 days, so you're in control of how much time you spend on RE.
 
Beyond the Baja 4
 
The Church of the Larger Fellowship is the the longest online UU worship and fellowship organization serving folks around the world. They are compiling a list of UU options that are online and open to all. See details or sign up for the email list here:https://www.communitynowuu.org/
 
Stay Connected to UUCT
 
Parenting Club Facebook page: For resources and support from other folks who are parenting.https://www.facebook.com/groups/439341513150633/
 
Tucson UU Young Adults:Do you identify as a young adult? Would you like to meet up with and interact with other UU younger adults in Tucson? Then you're in the right place! This group is open to all Tucson UU or UU curious people who would self identify as a younger adult.https://www.facebook.com/groups/TUUYA
 
Meeting List: The front page of our website now lists the Zoom links for every congregational event happening online. You can list your event there by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To book a "Zoom Room" for your group's meeting, contact me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
Questions? Jamili Omar |This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Something for Everyone

Education | Fellowship | Service

 
 
Brain Teaser
A shooting star crashes onto Earth and a hideous blob emerges. It creeps and leaps, it glides and slides. It's also unstoppable: no matter what you throw at it, it just re-grows and continues its rampage. The only way to save the planet is to cut the entire blob into precise acute triangles while it sleeps, rendering it inert. Can you stop the blob from destroying the planet? 
 
CW: some mild military imagery
 
Can you solve the riddle? Let us know at the UU Quest blog!
 
Can you solve the unstoppable blob riddle? - Dan Finkel
UU Quest
Have you gone on UU Quest yet? There are new challenges and adventures that you can do anywhere! Then, post your results for us all to see. 
 
 
Earworms: Those songs that get stuck in your head - Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis
 
Learn more about... Earworms: Those songs that get stuck in your head
by Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis
 
Have you ever been waiting in line at the grocery store, innocently perusing the magazine rack, when a song pops into your head? Not the whole song, but a fragment of it that plays and replays until you find yourself unloading the vegetables in time to the beat? Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis explores earworms — a cognitive phenomenon that plagues over 90% of people at least once a week.
 
Mind Shift from Big Life Journal
 
If you follow the UUCT Parenting Club on Facebook, you'll remember the resources I've shared from Big Life Journal. While most of their resources are for purchase, they send freebies weekly, which are also pretty awesome. This week, Aleandra's message is one I wanted to share with you all. Read below for her reflections.
 
sending you all love and light,
--Jamili
 
******
Since we're talking about entering the new school year, I want to offer my related parenting tip (which might sound more like a mindset shift...)
 
Many of us are concerned whether or not our children are being traumatized by the current experience they're going through.
 
Not being able to see friends, feeling lonely and isolated—what does this do to our kids? 
 
I suggest we (adults) shift our perspective from "This is traumatizing my child" to "This is helping my child build resilience for the lifetime.”
 
Think about it...this time is a great opportunity to PREPARE them for all the difficult situations they will be facing in the future.
 
Remember, our character, our resilience muscles, our growth mindset are being built when the times are TOUGH, not when everything is going well.
 
We can COACH our children how to face the difficult times, share our coping techniques with them, and demonstrate that we can find gratitude even in the hardest of times.
 
More importantly, we don't need to prevent our children from feeling difficult emotions like loneliness, sadness, or disappointment.
 
What we can do is to offer our emotional support and coach them through these BIG feelings.
 
You can say something like:
 
"I know this is very hard. You feel lonely. You wish you could see all your friends and go to the same places as before. It's tough to deal with the things we cannot control. In these situations, what helps me is to focus on what I CAN do instead. I like to think about what I GET to do rather than what I cannot do. Like finding a new interesting hobby or learning something fun."
 
So we're coaching our child about how to deal with situations they cannot control and what things they can do to find ways to feel better.
 
I hope this was helpful! 
 
Be sure to download our FREE resource above and share it with ANYONE who might find this useful! 
 
Warmly,
 
Alexandra
Big Life Journal, creator
 
UU Kids Resources
Fall Cons (Conferences) 
for High School Aged Youth
14-18 years & in high school or homeschool equivalent
 
Are you are looking for more connection with UU Youth? This fall, Pacific Western Region will offer 3 high school cons:
 
  • Sept 18 & 19, 2020
  • Oct 16 & 17, 2020
  • Nov 20 & 21, 2020
  • Tentatively to continue into the winter/spring on 3rd weekends through the 20-21 year.
 
Each hosted by a different district & open to all youth (14-18 & in high school or homeschool equivalent) across the Pacific Western Region. Each con will be a few hours Friday night and a few hours Saturday afternoon, look for registration(s) by mid-August.
Other Resources
Are you ready for some faith development as a family? I am collecting resources for at home religious education both on the Parenting Club facebook page and in a google drive. The folder is available to everyone! You'll find activities that take 5 minutes and ones that take 5 days, so you're in control of how much time you spend on RE.
 
 
UU Adults and Families 
The Return of 2nd Hour
Better than Return of the Jedi!
Better than Frozen II!
Better than Godfather II!
 
2nd Hour returns to a computer screen near you every 2nd Sunday starting September 13, 2020! Join us after social hour for education, fellowship, and service opportunities with folks of all ages (yes, even YOUR age!) once per month. Workshops will be as diverse as we are: from Small Group Ministry to hospitality, from music to socializing, and from Get out the Vote events to trying new artistic techniques. Watch the Wednesday Newsletter for announcements. 
 
**Seeking Workshop Leaders**
Right now I’m building a schedule of workshops 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..  
Vespers 
Every Thursday | 5:30pm | Zoom
 
Rev. Bethany and UUCT Worship Associates will lead a 30-40 minute vespers service on Zoom starting at 5:30 each week. This will be a live service with songs, readings, and a short reflection from Rev. Bethany or another speaker. Join us!
 
Social Hour
After Worship, we'll stick around on Zoom for some social time! Just like on Sunday morning, we'll break into small groups --one especially for families and younger friends.
 
Join by computer, tablet, or smartphone (video and audio): undefined
Meeting ID: 702 589 0260
Password: uuct
 
Join by telephone (audio only):
  1. Dial: 1-669-900-6833
  2. Use the keypad to enter the Meeting ID: 702 589 0260
  3. Use the keypad to enter the Password: uuct
Live(ish) Sunday Service
Aug. 23 | YouTube
The Baja 4 Congregations will continue to have joint services. Join us Sundays at 10:30 am on UUCT's YouTube page to watch the pre-recorded program when it goes "live" on YouTube at 10:30 on Sundays. You can watch it with a group then, or watch it on your own later on.
 
UUCT YouTube Link
 
Social Hour 
Join by computer: undefined
 
Note for Families
This week we are starting a several part series on the 7 Principles. There will be stories for the little ones and reflections on how folks live these principles in their daily lives that all ages will connect with. I've loaded a new set of coloring pages if you want to encourage creativity while watching!
Beyond the Baja 4
 
The Church of the Larger Fellowship is the the longest online UU worship and fellowship organization serving folks around the world. They are compiling a list of UU options that are online and open to all. See details or sign up for the email list here: undefined
 
Dear Creative UU's, of ALL Ages
 
The Tucsonitarian wishes to showcase your poetry, photos, short prose, artistic graphics, latest sewing project - anything that is original. Or maybe you have a favorite poem that speaks to UU principles or some other aspect of our lives in a pandemic. Please send them directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
 
(Collage to the left by member Wendy Annis)
 
Stay Connected to UUCT
 
Parenting Club Facebook page: For resources and support from other folks who are parenting. undefined
 
Meeting List: The front page of our website now lists the Zoom links for every congregational event happening online. You can list your event there by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To book a "Zoom Room" for your group's meeting, contact me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
 
Questions? Jamili Omar | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RE at Home Resources

Are you interested in "doing church" with your littles? I am collecting resources for at home religious education both on the Parenting Club facebook page and in a google drive. The folder is available to everyone! You'll find activities that take 5 minutes and one that take 5 days, so you're in control of how much time you spend on RE.
 
 
A new activity this week is Sabbath week 3 from Soul Matters. Follow the customizable activity guide to add more elements to our home altars/chalice homes. Missed Week 1 & 2? It is available in the same folder.

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