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Aug 16: RE News

 
Something for Everyone
Education | Fellowship | Service
Where's Jamili?
You won't see me at Church this weekend because I am starting my first semester at Seminary! This week is "Meet the Teacher" (New Student Orientation) and the first week of classes. Even though my 3 year old says that "adults don't go to school," we do sometimes. I'll be back in town next weekend to contine the program online. Thank you all for supporting me in this journey.
--Jamili
 
How To Do Sunday Morning
Not sure how to get involved? Here's the scoop:
  1. When you arrive at UUCT, sign up for your preferred class at the table outside Holland Hall.
  2. Enjoy Worship Service in Holland Hall (yes, even the youth)! We will dismiss everyone to class at about 10:45am, after the Message for All Ages. 
  3. Leave for your class in the Children’s Wing during the Children’s Benediction. Not sure which direction to head? Just follow the crowd! We’ll all go out together and there will be an officious person with a clipboard to show you which room to go to. 
  4. Learn, enjoy, share, participate!
  5. Repeat again next week. 
RE Role Models
Announcing a new name for a new role! Role Models, that is. As we were talking about this all-ages model of learning, we discussed the idea that we don't really "teach" so much as facilitate, lead, organize, manage chaos, help others explore, and model our own wondering process. How do you capture all that in a job title?
 
With Role Models!
 
Our Sunday morning "formerly known as teachers" will now be known as Role Models, and the best part, is that ANYONE (yes, you!) can be a Role Model! You can step into the classroom for a short time commitment (or a longer one if you're so moved). 
 
Jamili and the experienced facilitators will be preparing all the curriculum and supplies, and less experienced teachers will be paired with experienced folks! You'll have the day's activities in advance so you can be prepared, but there won't be any search for materials or books! Woohoo!
 
Complete the Fall RE interest form at:https://forms.gle/NsDCZd9USwuXsYTw6
Click for bigger image!
What's Happening This Sunday?
 
Art & Spirit
Servetus; all ages; under 6 years with adult
In this space we’ll tell another story that explores our theme for the day, offering additional avenues for deepening understanding. We will create beautiful paintings using the inspiration of Michael Servetus' life and Spain (his place of birth).
 
Movement & Games
Awareness; all ages; under 6 years with adult
Ready to move your body? This is the place! We will live Unitarian Universalist values through games, movement, dance, and other forms of physical self-expression. Two words:Escape Room! We won't actually lock anyone in a room, but we will be playing a game to answer questions and search for treasure. Come learn about the life of Elizabeth Blackwell and have lots of fun working with a team.
 
Explorers
Blackwell; 3-6 years old but adults of children this age are welcome
For our children who are ready to experience more formal learning, but not ready for full choices, this program offers a space where children and families can develop relationships with a consistent set of teachers and peers. Class will be structured around story time, play, and art.As UUs, we treasure the ways that people are different from each other and the ways they are the same. Every person is unique and important! We celebrate our first principle with games, songs, and art!
 
Youth Focus
Emerson; 12 – 19 years old, sorry adults, only advisors are allowed
Designed for older youth who are ready to really dig deep into the themes and ideas.What do Ralph Waldo Emerson, covenant, and compasses have in common? Come to this group to find out!
 
Worship
Holland; all ages
Of course, remaining in the sanctuary for the Worship Service is an option for all children and youth. There are coloring materials in the back of the Sanctuary and if the youngsters get too squirrely, you're welcome to take them to the Foyer where there are some quiet toys and adults can still experience the service.This week Randall Springer is our guest in the pulpit with a service called: Question: “Why?”; Answer: (a) “Because” or (b) “Why Not?” asking does the scientific method give us all the knowledge that we can possess?
 
Nursery
designed for children up to age 10 and their families
We offer a caring, compassionate day-care environment grounded in loving kindness, universal acceptance, and compassion for children birth to 10 years old. The Nursery opens at 10am on Sunday morning and welcomes children throughout Sunday Services and afternoon programming. Yes, we’re watching children until 2pm and sometimes later!   
What's Coming Up?
 
Sept. 8, 12:30-1:0pm.Racism is in the news... Want to do something about it? As Unitarian Universalists, we hope developing antiracist, anti-oppressive, and multicultural habits and skills will lead us to build the multicultural world of beloved community we dream about.Building the World We Dream Aboutis a Unitarian Universalist program that seeks to interrupt the workings of racism and transform how people from different racial/ethnic groups understand and relate to one another. We will offer this intensive curriculum shortly for UUCT members and friends and anyone interested.
 
To get a taste, come to the open workshop on Sunday, September 8, 12:30 to 1:30. For more information or to sign up, contact Rev. Karla Brockie:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Sept. 28, all day.PRIDEwill be here on September 28! Come march with us and see our booth at Pride in the Desert, which will be located at Reid Park. The parade is free and will start at Country Club and Broadway at 11 am. To attend Pride, you will need tickets; for more info on UUCT & PRIDE events, emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Tucson Young Adult UUs (TUUYA) Meet Ups
Do you identify as a young adult (generations X, Y, or Z)? Would you like to meet up with other UU young adults? TUUYA regularly hosts events and meet ups and we will be starting again in September! To stay in the loop make sure that Jamili has your email or join us on Facebook: by searching Tucson UU Younger Adults (TUUYA).
 
RE Re-Registration
If you haven't registered your child for RE, please see the board in Goddard for NEW STUDENT registration forms. Families who have completed registration in the past, I have a RETURNING STUDENT registration for for you that only requires a quick signature! I won't be at Church this Sunday (Aug. 18) but will "track you down" in future weeks!
Safe Sitter Training
Sept. 15 | 12:00-5:30pm | UUCT | $75 fee | Scholarships available
Do you know a youth entering grade 6 or older who would benefit from learning how to SAFELY be home alone or while watching younger children? If so, consider registering them for the Safe Sitter® training.  
 
This program is designed to prepare youth to be safe when they're home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. The Instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. Students learn:
  • Safety Skills: Students learn how to prevent unsafe situations and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies.
  • Child Care Skills: Students learn tips to manage behavior that will help them stay in control of themselves and the children in their care. Students also learn the ages and stages of child development, as well as practice diapering.
  • First Aid & Rescue Skills: Learning skills such as choking rescue and CPR is often students' favorite part of the class. Students also learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses. 
  • Life & Business Skills: The ability to screen jobs, discuss fees, and greet employers will set students up for success now and in the future. Students practice these skills through various role plays.
 
**Pizza lunch included**
RSVP: Please contact Jamili Omar atThis 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.
 
Something for Everyone
Education | Fellowship | Service
Thank you Summer Volunteers!
Thank you to everyone who helped make Summer so successful: Janice Hayhoe, Sam Meyer, Janet Moore, Kate Schleinkofer, Kai Bilby, Cat Brown, Julie Omar-Makram, Eve Hady, Natasha Warner, Samantha Zitola, Cubby Lash, Jody Bergedick, Becky Keyes, Aaron Brown, Amelia Weeks, Trinity Trail-Wardell, and everyone else I have forgotten here!
 
How To Sunday Morning
Not sure how to get involved? Here's the scoop:
  1. When you arrive at UUCT, sign up for your preferred class at the table outside Holland Hall.
  2. Enjoy Worship Service in Holland Hall (yes, even the youth)! We will dismiss everyone to class at about 10:45am, after the Message for All Ages. 
  3. Leave for your class in the Children’s Wing during the Children’s Benediction. Not sure which direction to head? Just follow the crowd! We’ll all go out together and there will be an officious person with a clipboard to show you which room to go to. 
  4. Learn, enjoy, share, participate!
  5. Repeat again next week. 
RE Role Models
Announcing a new name for a new role! Role Models, that is. As we were talking about this all-ages model of learning, we discussed the idea that we don't really "teach" so much as facilitate, lead, organize, manage chaos, help others explore, and model our own wondering process. How do you capture all that in a job title?
 
With Role Models!
 
Our Sunday morning "formerly known as teachers" will now be known as Role Models, and the best part, is that ANYONE (yes, you!) can be a Role Model! You can step into the classroom for a short time commitment (or a longer one if you're so moved). 
 
Jamili and the experienced facilitators will be preparing all the curriculum and supplies, and less experienced teachers will be paired with experienced folks! You'll have the day's activities in advance so you can be prepared, but there won't be any search for materials or books! Woohoo!
 
Complete the Fall RE interest form at:https://forms.gle/NsDCZd9USwuXsYTw6
Click for bigger image!
 
Fire Drill Sunday!
In addition to discussing Covenants in all our classes, RE will have afire drillon Aug. 11. Come prepared for a loud noise and evacuation practice.Adults, if your little one might be afraid, feel free to join us for class to help out! Otherwise, we'll meet you in the dirt parking lot (by the labyrinth) or back in our classrooms.
 
Starts August 11
 
Art & Spirit
Servetus; all ages; under 6 years with adult
In this space we’ll tell another story that explores our theme for the day, offering additional avenues for deepening understanding. Create your passport, explore our covenant, and other fun art projects!
 
Movement & Games
Awareness; all ages; under 6 years with adult
Ready to move your body? This is the place! We will live Unitarian Universalist values through games, movement, dance, and other forms of physical self-expression. Ever wonder how the pieces of our covenant come together to create a fun and peaceful class? This Sunday in M&G we will create a board game out of our class agreements --and then play a game YOU create!
 
Explorers
Blackwell; 3-6 years old but adults of children this age are welcome
For our children who are ready to experience more formal learning, but not ready for full choices, this program offers a space where children and families can develop relationships with a consistent set of teachers and peers. Class will be structured around story time, play, and art.Create your passport, explore our covenant, and other fun art projects!
 
Youth Focus
Emerson; 12 – 19 years old, sorry adults, only advisors are allowed
Designed for older youth who are ready to really dig deep into the themes and ideas.Youth, your first assignments are to come up with a better name for your group and to start to revise our RE Covenant. What great ideas will you come up with??
 
Worship
Holland; all ages
Of course, remaining in the sanctuary for the Worship Service is an option for all children and youth. There are coloring materials in the back of the Sanctuary and if the youngsters get too squirrely, you're welcome to take them to the Foyer where there are some quiet toys and adults can still experience the service.This week Rev. Bethany is exploring the idea of welcome in a service titled A Dynamic Welcome.
 
Nursery
designed for children up to age 10 and their families
We offer a caring, compassionate day-care environment grounded in loving kindness, universal acceptance, and compassion for children birth to 10 years old. The Nursery opens at 10am on Sunday morning and welcomes children throughout Sunday Services and afternoon programming. Yes, we’re watching children until 2pm and sometimes later!   
What's Coming Up?
Aug. 11, 10:45-11:30, Fall RE Classes begin!
 
RE Re-Registration
If you haven't registered your child for RE, please see Jamili or the table in Goddard for NEW STUDENT registration forms. Families who have completed registration in the past, I have a RETURNING STUDENT registration for for you that only requires a quick signature! Let's see how many we can get done Aug 11!
Safe Sitter Training
Sept. 15 | 12:00-5:30pm | UUCT | $75 fee | Scholarships available
Do you know a youth entering grade 6 or older who would benefit from learning how to SAFELY be home alone or while watching younger children? If so, consider registering them for the Safe Sitter® training.  
 
This program is designed to prepare youth to be safe when they're home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. The Instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. Students learn:
  • Safety Skills: Students learn how to prevent unsafe situations and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies.
  • Child Care Skills: Students learn tips to manage behavior that will help them stay in control of themselves and the children in their care. Students also learn the ages and stages of child development, as well as practice diapering.
  • First Aid & Rescue Skills: Learning skills such as choking rescue and CPR is often students' favorite part of the class. Students also learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses. 
  • Life & Business Skills: The ability to screen jobs, discuss fees, and greet employers will set students up for success now and in the future. Students practice these skills through various role plays.
 
**Pizza lunch included**
RSVP: Please contact Jamili Omar atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Sad News Continues
I'm sure many of you are getting the newsletter from Beacon Broadside, but if you haven't seen it, this week's contained resources to help us all process the news of more mass shootings. The introduction starts:
 
"Like most of us living in the US, I was sickened by this weekend’s news of shootings in El Paso and Dayton. Coming into work, feeling so stricken by these events, I was heartened by the fact that I could turn to a group of colleagues and immediately begin talking about what kind of resources we could offer in the wake of these senseless tragedies. I feel, as I often do, heartened to be working in an environment where it is our job to try to create these resources."
 
 
 
They have some free resources for folks dealing with, taking action on, and grieving violence.
 
In peace,
--Jamili (she/her)
Questions? Jamili Omar |This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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