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Sep 28: RE News

Families and Friends,

I’m sure you’ve seen the notes about Worship this Sunday, Sept. 30.  The focus of the morning is the Our Whole Lives program, the educational classes that UUCT offers to teach people of all ages about their bodies, their relationships, their identities and interacting with others in a safe, consensual way.  Because of the nature of the topic, issues such as sexuality and possibly even violations of consent (assault, domestic violence, etc) might come up in the service.

Because of this, we suggest that the service might not be appropriate for young children.  As always, you know what’s best for your kids and yourself. All RE classes and nursery are happening on Sunday, so bring the kids to the courtyard for fun and learning!

All the best,

--Jamili

Special Services

Child Dedication

Unitarian Universalists believe that every child brings new life and hope into the world.  We set aside a special time, called simply the Ceremony of Dedication, for the community to bless the child and celebrate the blessing of this gift of life. The ceremony does not make the life of the child sacred; we believe that life is sacred inherently. When we dedicate a child we acknowledge the truth that each child's life is sacred and hold that truth in the light of our faith.  A Child Dedication is a time to celebrate the blessing the child brings to us and our blessings for the child; a time for the family to share their hopes for the child, and a promise from the congregation to nurture the child and family on their journeys.

If a child (under 10yrs-ish)  in your life hasn’t been included in a Child Dedication, and you wish them to  be, please let Rev. Bethany (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.) know.  We will include the dedication on Nov. 18 during Service.

For Adults and Young Adults

Tucson UU Younger Adults (TUUYA) Meet Ups

Do you identify as a young adult?  Would you like to meet up with other UU young adults?  To stay in the loop make sure that 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. has your email or join us on Facebook: by searching Tucson UU Younger Adults (TUUYA).

Parenting Club for All People Who Are Doing The Work of Raising Children

Raising children is amazing, magical, wonderful --and difficult, challenging, isolating, frustrating.  It is the whole emotional spectrum, often in the space of a few minutes! Let’s come together as caregivers for children to share this ride to see if we can make it a little smoother.  The format of the “Parenting Club” is socializing and a light dinner for families, then, children will go to child care so the adults can talk.

**For this club, families should bring dinner for themselves.  Come as you are! Fast-food, leftovers, sandwiches, pizza, or gourmet meals are all equally welcome.

Who: UU Families with children or youth of all ages who are looking for support, encouragement, ideas, understanding.  Kids are welcome! Child care provided.

  • Time: 5-7pm
  • Location: UUCT
  • What: Socializing
  • Cost: a suggested donation of $5 per child but no one turned away.
  • When: Saturday, October 20
  • RSVP: to Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the Wednesday before the event.

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Unitarian Universalist Topics

Rev. Bethany will lead a discussion of a different spiritual and/or religious concept about twice a month.  Think Torah/Bible/sacred text study with a Unitarian Universalist twist! She will bring a reading, song, or short article for discussion and attendees will have the opportunity to share their personal beliefs on the topic, even (and especially!) if those beliefs are still evolving. This is an opportunity for newcomers, and long-timers alike, to consider what they believe to be true, and what is true for someone else.  While people of all ages are welcome, these classes will be discussion-based, about an hour long, and may not be engaging for every kid. Childcare is always available after worship.

  • Dates: Sundays. See weekly email or schedule below
  • Times: 12:00-1:00pm

Families in Service

Our numbers of families is growing and we are overjoyed to have you with us every week!  There are many options for where you and your children are on Sundays, and we support you in making the best decisions for you and the kids.

  • In Service!  Unless the topic is one specifically for adult ears, children of all ages are welcome to stay in the sanctuary every week.  We will hold specific “intergenerational services” about once per month and these will have active elements specifically to engage young people.

  • The Nursery for children under 10 years!  Families, remember, if you need to leave service to take your child to nursery, you’re welcome to return!

  • In Religious Education (RE)!  They can drop in as their needs dictate or attend every week.  There are no fees for RE; just a registration form found here: https://uuctucson.org/education/religious-education/254-religious-education-program-forms.html

Children and Youth Religious Education

Fall programming is here!  We are super excited about our pop-culture focus this year.  We’ll be developing mindfulness, completing service projects, learning about Unitarian Universalism and more.

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.

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

This week: We are growing friendships through kindness --exploring ways to be kind to our friends.

Jedi Academy (1st to 4th grades) --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.

This week: All lightsabers all the time!  Come this week to practice your control over your most powerful of weapons.

Harry Potter and UU (5th to 8th grades) --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.

This week: This week our students will learn how to register voters in preparation for a an opportunity to register folks on October 7 at Reid Park.  More details on this field trip will be emailed to families.

Wakanda Forever! (9th to 12th grades) --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.

This week:  How do you see the world?  How does who we are influence what we see?  Come explore these questions with us!

RE Notes

Youth in high school should start their Sundays at 10:30am in the RE classroom (Emerson) and NOT in service with the adults.  More details about this program will be emailed directly to high school families.

Movie Viewing Club

Come watch movies with us!  We will be screening popular films that reflect UU Values and then discussing the films after.  All films will be rated PG or PG-13, but the discussion will be most appropriate for teenagers as we will likely delve into sensitive topics (justice, race, violence, etc).  

  • Date: Oct. 14
  • Time: 12:30-3:30pm
  • Location: Emerson

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Unitarian Universalist Topics

Rev. Bethany will lead a discussion of a different spiritual and/or religious concept about twice a month.  Think Torah/Bible/sacred text study with a Unitarian Universalist twist! She will bring a reading, song, or short article for discussion and attendees will have the opportunity to share their personal beliefs on the topic, even (and especially!) if those beliefs are still evolving. This is an opportunity for newcomers, and long-timers alike, to consider what they believe to be true, and what is true for someone else.  While people of all ages are welcome, these classes will be discussion-based, about an hour long, and may not be engaging for every kid. Childcare is always available after worship.

  • Dates: Sundays. See weekly email or schedule below
  • Times: 12:00-1:00pm

Upcoming Events and Classes

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

Jamili Omar
Director of Religious Education
Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

RE COUNCIL

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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