Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

RE News

Aug 3: RE News

Friends and Families,

A BIG thank you to all the folks who made summer programming such a success! The program was held together by our regular RE teachers, Julie Omar-Makram, Gabi Burrow, Aurora Smith, Madeline Brooks, Jody Bergedick, and Natasha Warner. Then our guest teachers added their own creativity and flare! Thank you Amelia Weeks, Susan Proebsting, Shuping Zhao, Cheryl Lilian, Frank Valdes, and Brian Moon

The last event of the summer is the Makers Club bake sale to benefit Big Cat Rescue and the Hermitage. Aug. 5 during Coffee Hour.

**Don't forget to bring a dessert if you've agreed to.**

Children and Youth Religious Education

We are taking a break in RE for a couple weeks, and will kick off Fall on Aug. 19.

Fall Curriculum
Ready for fall? I know I am! We have some exciting plans for kids and youth of all ages!

Nursery (children birth to 10 years old) --We offer a loving and stimulating environment for the very youngest in our church family. Our nursery, staffed by paid and trained caregivers, gives our little ones a place to move around and play with people their size! Parents are welcome to stay with their children.

Pre-K (4-6 years old) --Kindness! Learn the UU Rainbow Principles and how to be kind to others, the environment, and ourselves.

Elementary (1st to 4th grades) --Jedi Academy. Many of us are familiar with and fans of the Star Wars movies (books, cartoons, comics and more). We will be using this series to inspire our real-life practices of spirituality, but knowledge of the movies is not required. The Jedi believe in the 'Living Force', a spiritual presence that surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds all the matter in the universe together. We will use these ideas to help students develop their own Mindfulness; The Jedi students learn to pay close attention to their experience of themselves and the world around them. And then, we’ll work to investigate and solve some of the social injustices we see in that world.

Middle School (5th to 8th grades) --Harry Potter and UU.
Yes, this is your formal letter from Hogwarts to join us in our own wizarding world! Students this year will use the Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling to immerse youth in the idea that one can work to make the world better. These books offer important moral and social values, guiding them toward making the right choices. Lessons provided include dealing with bullies, finding friends, and channeling disabilities to find empowerment. We will ponder hard questions such as: What does power mean? How can someone make a choice that seems impossible? Is violence ever justified? Then, we will find ways to engage in the world through service projects of our own.

High School (9th to 12th grades) --Coming of Age. Who are you? What do you believe? What do other UUs believe? These are just some of the questions we will explore this year in our Coming of Age program. Over the course of a year, youth gather for fun workshops, retreats, and justice projects. With mentors and advisors, participants explore what they believe, what they find meaningful, and how to build a spiritual “toolkit” to help them as they face the joys, sorrows, wonders, and challenges of being human. Our program will culminate with a rite of passage where each youth shares a Credo, a statement of their beliefs and values.

New RE Teacher Training
I will be offering a New Teacher/Substitute training on Aug. 12, 12:30-4:00pm If you’re interested in teaching in RE, but haven’t contacted me yet, there is still time!

Safe Sitter Class
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.

Date: Sunday August 5, 2018
Time: 12:00-5:30pm **Pizza lunch included!
Location: UUCT
Fee: $75, and scholarships are available.
RSVP: Please contact Mary Wiese at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Adults and Young Adults

Tucson UU Younger Adults (TUUYA) Social Action Potluck
If you are 18+ in generations x, y or z and self identify as a younger adult please join us Monday night July 30th at 6:30 pm at Janice's house (off of Grant and Mountain) for a Social Action Potluck. We will be making much needed no sew blankets and toys to donate to the Pima Animal Care Center (supplies provided). So please bring your favourite dish and come socialize and have some fun while helping out our local stray animals! More details and the address can be found on our FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/TUUYA/ or by emailing Janice (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Jamili (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If you need any accommodations to be able to come, please let us know and we will do our best!!

OWL For Adults
Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson will be offering Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education (OWL) this fall for Adults ages 50+. Classes will run August 19 to December 2, 2018 almost every Sunday from 12:15pm to 2:15pm.

The class will cover topics such as sexuality and Values, sexuality and Communication, sexuality and Spirituality, sexuality and Committed relationships, sexual Diversity, sexuality and aging, and sexual Health among many others. The class is limited to 16 adults, so register early! Cost is $67 per adult UUCT members (or $75 for non-members) with Scholarships and Fee forgiveness available based on need. Find a registration form at https://uuctucson.org/documents/2018_OWL_Adult_Rgistraion_form.pdf or at the RE table in Goddard after services.

Parents and Guardians and All People Who Are Doing The Work of Raising Children
Parenting Club will take a break for the summer months but we’re open to other types of events! If you have an idea or want to plan something, let me know. Join us on Facebook: Parenting Club at UUCT

Upcoming Events and Classes

Here are the Life-Span Faith Development events coming up:

All the best!

Jamili Omar
Director of Religious Education
Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson


The RE Council defines the overall philosophy and vision of the RE Program for children and youth and formulates policies to ensure that the mission and goals are effectively implemented. The RE Council is the oversight committee for the RE Program, and in association with the RE staff, motivates, enrolls, and coordinates volunteers.  The general responsibilities of the RE Council are:

  • The RE Council establishes the Policies and Procedures of the RE Program, oversees budget requests and expenditures, sets registration fees, schedules meetings and activities, promotes the mission of the RE Program, and publicizes the RE Program through its activities and through written documents.
  • The RE Council recruits and supports program volunteers including providing appreciation and recognition.
  • The RE Council meets at least quarterly and at other times necessary.
  • The RE Council members will occasionally serve as a Sunday Supervisor when DRE is unavailable.

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