Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

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Apr 20: RE News

Friends and families,

Another long email this week, everyone, so hang on!  Information about this week is at the top of the email. The events with Rev Bethany begin April 29, so I put them at the end of the email.  There are two events for youth and families, and I'd love for us to fill them.  Let's show Rev Bethany how much we care about UUCT!


Photos wanted
If you have any, would you please send photos of any RE events, activities, trips, or classes?  I am usually too busy to take any photos myself and I’d like to have some to use in end-of-year reflections.  Most of the photos will only be used for internal audiences (slide shows for the congregation, for example), but I will always follow your photo release preferences.

Actors/Actresses Needed
Rev Bethany’s service on May 6 will include the reading of a play, and we need some actors/ actresses!  I can provide the script in advance, but there’s no need to memorize!  Just come ready to join us on stage to read your part.

Survey About Parenting
Michelle Richards, the author of several books and UU curricula, is requesting input for the revision of Tending the Flame: the Art of Unitarian Universalist Parenting.  She writes: “The original Tending the Flame had stories and anecdotes from many Unitarian Universalist parents. I am now working on a second edition, and hope to get as many responses and stories from Unitarian Universalist parents as I can. I am especially interested to see what if anything has changed in raising children in a Unitarian Universalist family! And I'm looking for lots of stories of how parents have handled challenging issues.

The survey does cover some "how do you think you handled it" questions, those will not be used as in "Mary thought she did a poor job of talking about ..." but in aggregate, such as: "Most parents feel they did a poor job of talking about ..."

Here is the link to the survey. Please share with parents in your congregation. I need as much feedback as possible! Thank You!”

Contact: Michelle Richards, CRE-ML, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Religious Education

Classes will meet as scheduled this Sunday, April 22.

...Pre-K.  Sunday, April 15 was our last curriculum day with our youngest class.  Pre-Schoolers are always welcome in the Nursery until curriculum begins again.

...Elementary.  In keeping with our theme of World Religions, the focus of the Elementary class is Origin Stories from many different religious perspectives.  This week, students will study Buddhism.

...Middle School.  Our Middle Schoolers are traveling to Wat Buddhametta Buddhist Temple this week.  Check your email for more information from the middle school teachers.

...YRUU.  Principled Music is their curriculum and it asks students to explore their own values through music.  Students will listen to song(s) presented by the advisors, and be able to share their own music.  This week we will continue our discussion on the topic of  poverty and economic disadvantage and start planning for the Youth Supported Service.

...Young Adult.  Are you 18+ and looking to get involved in UUCT in a different way?  If so, we have a YA group that is just starting to form and is looking for ...you!  Several of our YA congregants are interested in getting a group going for social, educational, or spiritual experiences.  If you want to participate or have ideas, let me know!

...Parents and Guardians and 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: Saturdays

  • April 21 - Cancelled due to low RSVP
  • May 19

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.

Join us on Facebook: Parenting Club at UUCT

World Religions Book Club
Are you ready to delve into 8 of the world’s religions including Hinduism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Primal Religions? Older youth and adults who are curious about what various religions teach are welcome. If you can’t access the book, alternate materials can be provided, so don’t let that stop you from attending! Each member of the group comes to this study with open curiosity. No expertise needed! You’re welcome to attend all or drop in as your time allows.

Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: UUCT Emerson room
Date and topic: April 22 -- Confucianism and Taoism

For up-to-date information, follow us online: https://uuctworldreligions.blogspot.com/ or on facebook: World Religions Book Club at UUCT

Youth/Family Events with our Minister Candidate, Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe

You have likely seen the emails about Candidating Week.  The search committee has planned a week full of opportunities to interact with Rev Bethany, including numerous open forums for Q&A.  We want as many voices as possible at these events --including children and youth!  Childcare will be available all evening and weekend events.

Pizza With Rev Bethany
Calling all children and youth!  We are having pizza with Rev Bethany as a part of Candidating Week --and no adults are allowed (except the RE staff supervising)!  Bring your questions, ideas, hopes, and aspirations.  At this session, you’re the one asking the questions!

Date: April 29
Time: 12:00-12:45 pm
Location: Emerson (the YRUU Room)
Bring: a water bottle or other drink.  We’ll provide a light pizza lunch.

Meet ‘n Greet for Families
Have questions you want to ask?  Want to see how Rev Bethany interacts with our children and youth?  Come to this event!  It is similar in style to the Parenting Club -- bring food for your family, and extra for sharing if you like.  Families will have dinner, and the kids will have the chance to ask questions.  Then, we let the kids play in child care while the adults visit.

Date: Saturday, April 5
Time: 5:00-7:30pm
Location: Goddard Hall
Bring: dinner for your family.  

Intergenerational Service
Bring the kids to see how they react to seeing Rev Bethany in the pulpit!  This will be a fun, interactive service, and your child/youth will have a part to play.  Be looking for a request for young readers for a play and a “homework” assignment that we’ll share in service.

Date: Sunday April 6
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Holland Sanctuary

The Congregational Meeting to vote on whether to call Rev. Bethany as our settled minister will be Sunday April 6, 12:30 p.m. in Holland Sanctuary.

Upcoming Events and Classes

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

Apr 812150-1:30 pmRE Council MeetingTBAApr 1512:00-1:00 pmWorld Religions Book Clube - BuddhismEmerson

Apr 22 12:00-1:00 pm World Religions Book Clube - Confucianism Emerson
Apr 27-29 All weekend OWL Train the Teacher (Young Adult) Emerson
Apr 29 10:30-11:30am Rev Bethany Russell-Lowe in the pulpit.
No RE for elementary class.
Apr 29 12:00-12:45 pm World Religions Book Clube - Taoism Emerson
May 2 10:00am-12pm Rev Bethany at Big Heart Coffee  
May 3 10:00am-12pm Open Forum (A-L) Holland
May 3 6:30-8:30pm Open Forum (A-L) Holland
May 4 10:00am-12pm Open Forum (M-Z) Holland
May 4 6:30-8:30pm Open Forum (M-Z) Holland
May 5 10:00am-12pm Open Forum (everyone) Holland
May 5 5:00-7:30pm Meet 'n Greet for Families
with Rev Bethany
May 6 10:30am Intergenerational Service –Bring your kids! This is our time to see how “kid-friendly” Rev Bethany is in Worship.
No RE classes, but nursery will be available.
May 6 12:30am Meeting to Vote on Calling Rev Bethany. Childcare available. Holland
May 13   Last Day of Regular RE.
Summer RE will being June 3

All the best!

Jamili Omar
Director of Religious Education
Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Ways to Help

In RE we are looking for some help! We are always looking for teachers, but if you aren’t quite ready to teach but have a little time to give, I have the job for you! They are of varying time commitments and skills, and can be completed at various times of the week.

Librarian --We have some great books in the RE library! They are used in classes and in Service, but I don’t have a good list of what we have. This tasks asks 1-2 people to make a spreadsheet with our existing book titles and authors, then be sure they are on the shelves in alphabetical order.

RE Council --The Youth Religious Education (RE) Council will be re-forming this spring as the oversight committee for the RE Program. It will be a smaller, streamlined Council, and completely volunteer run. The Council will meet least quarterly and at other times necessary, with the first meeting on Feb 25 at 12:15pm. If you are interested in joining the Council, please contact Jamili Omar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



The Youth Religious Education (RE) Council will be re-forming this spring. 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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