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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Feb 20: Weekly Updates

 
 
 
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"All Music Sunday"
Worship Sunday, February 24, 2019
 
 
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Worship Leader: Brian Moon
Worship Associate: Nina Tolley
Music: Leeza Beriyeva and Desert Chorale
 
A lively intergenerational musical service focusing on the the principles that our religious education classes are exploring this year: Kindness, Mindfulness, Service, and Self Awareness. 
 
 
 
Sunday Classes for Children and Youth
 
This Sunday is an inter-generational service for all ages. Nursery is available for our little ones. Most Sundays, Children are welcome to stay in Worship for the entire service, or to join in an age-appropriate class after the "Message for All Ages" during Worship. High School aged youth will begin their class at 10:30am in Emerson room; all others will leave Worship together. See the RE Section below for more details. More Information
 
HELP NEEDED! This Sunday, February 24, our wonderful custodian Jesus, is taking some time off. We need help setting up for church, lunch, and programming for children and adults. We will also need to do some minimal clean up. Set up begins at 8:00 a.m.! Please contact Mary if you can help. It takes a village! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
Auction Dinners and Events
Howdy Pardners -- the Annual Auction was a great success. Thanks to all who donated, bought, helped, and attended. There are still availability for some dinners and events.
 
 
Donate Flowers for Sunday Service
Nancy McKean has offered to coordinate weekly flowers for the Worship Committee. The idea is to have many different folks volunteer to provide flowers for Sunday mornings. Each week we will acknowledge that day's volunteer. 
 
You may bring flowers in honor or memory of someone if you like, and either take the flowers home, or give them to someone else, after the service. Arrangements can be as simple as flowers from your garden or the supermarket in a church vase, or as elaborate as a professional arrangement. Please volunteer for one or more dates by contacting Nancy at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 301-802-4683.
 
 
TBIRDS March 4 Potluck and Who's Who Directory
Winter Members, Friends and Visitors are invited to bring a pot luck dish for a dinner and discussion Monday March 4 at 6 pm in Goddard. BYO (bring your own) dishes and utensils.  For a Who's Who Directory of the UUCT Tucson Snow/Sun Birds (TBIRDS) email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will have sign up forms available after church for part year residents.
 
 
 
 
Alternative Worship Experiment
 
Once a month for the remainder of the church year, UUCT will have an alternative worship service. These will be participatory and experimental worship services. We will start with a 45-minute family friendly worship service followed by light snacks and time for socializing and/or deeper discussion of the worship topic. Some will be led by staff and many will be lay-led.
 
Save the Dates!
  • Thursday, February 28
  • Sunday, March 31
  • Thursday, April 25
  • Sunday, May 19
 
All are at 6-8 PM in Holland Sanctuary
 
 
Open Mic Entertainment This Sunday!
The fourth Sunday of each month from 12:30pm to 3:30pm there is open mic entertainment in Holland. Musicians, poets, storytellers, magicians, dancers and entertainers of any kind welcome along with anyone who loves live entertainment. Contact Bo or Sandy Ongley for details. We will have a drumming circle at this same time at the monthly open mic, after coffee hour on Sunday, 12:30 to about 3:00 pm. If you have a drum, please bring it. Otherwise, we will have some other percussion instruments to play. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
Cottage Meetings for UUCT
 
Want to share with others hopes and dreams for our church? Interested in getting to know members from your part of town? Then whether or not you have already pledged for next year, come to one of the following small group discussions facilitated by a UUCT Board member. RSVP to host by phone or email if planning to attend.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Dowling's, 702 S. Front Royal Dr. (near Old Spanish Trail & Camino Seco), at 2 p.m., capacity of 8 guests, Margot leader; phone 940-7930 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Carolyn Saunders, 4686 S, Camino Rosa, (near Swan & Skyline) at 7 p.m., capacity of 10 guests, Susan leader, phone 299-3854, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thursday, Feb. 21, at Hoffman's, 4225 E. Kilmer St., (near 5th and Columbus) at 3 p.m., capacity of 12 guests, Margot leader; Phone This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Friday, Feb. 22, at Bob & Rae Consigli's, 7207 E. Onda Circle (near Tanque Verde Wash & Sabino Canyon, at 1 p.m., capacity of 8, Susan leader; Phone 607-437-8468, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Friday, Feb. 22, at Howard & Nina Tolley's, 2770 W. Daffodil Pl.,(West side, near Speedway & Greasewood), at 7 p.m., capacity of 12 guests, Frank leader; Phone 408-348-1181 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sunday, Feb. 24, at church, Blackwell Room off courtyard in RE area , 12:15, Margot Leader This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 
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Save the Date: May 19 will be UUCT's Community Carnival and Open House.  A planning meeting will be March 10 at 9 a.m. Some ideas so far: Small group discussion, community building activities, food trucks, bounce houses, game booths, crafts, dunk tank, popcorn & lemonade, and face painting. Join us for a lively planning meeting! Contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
 
Help Wanted: Our newsletter editor, Craig Rock, has stepped down after more than 2 years of providing excellent newsletters. We are in need of a new editor. The newsletter editor is responsible for soliciting and collecting articles and announcements, editing and formatting as needed, and publishing news of interest to the UUCT community. The means by which this is done is flexible and may include a traditional electronic newsletter on a fixed schedule (e.g. monthly) or a more innovative method for disseminating articles. It need not be the same as previous newsletters. The editor may engage people to assist as needed. To apply or for questions send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see Frank Valdes.
 
 
 
 
The Stewardship Campaign will be starting February 17
 
Sign up to attend a Cottage Meeting the week of February 17-24. There will be meetings every day, Monday through Friday, in members' homes, afternoon or evening, and on Sunday, the 24th, after church. You may sign up at the table in Goddard after church on the 10th and 17, or by calling me, Susan Call, at
444-0338. Pick a convenient location and time of day, for the group you wish to attend.
 
 
 
UUCT Volunteer Opportunity
We need additional people to be available to change the outside church service announcement display board. Wednesday mornings twice in March and weekly for about four months this summer. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 763-442-2351 before the end of February.
 
 
 
 
 
Community Office Hours with Rev. Bethany
Rev. Bethany is at the Big Heart Coffee, across from the church, Wednesday mornings from 10 until noon. She is also at Crave Coffee Bar, 4530 E Broadway Blvd, on Thursday afternoons from 4-6. 
 
 
Unitarian Universalist Topics
 
About twice a month from September through June, Rev. Bethany will lead a discussion of a spiritual and/or religious concept. 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. Here is a list of the topics for discussion this year. Childcare is available.
 
Sundays from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
in the Holland Sanctuary 
 
March 10           Sacrament
March 24           Covenant
April 7             Sin
April 14            Redemption
May 5             Spiritual Practices (1)
May 19            Spiritual Practices (2)
June 2             Evil
June 9             Goodness
 
 
Small Group Ministry
There will be a discussion group meeting every other Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 in Goddard Hall. The group will meet 8 times, starting 1/17 and ending 4/25. Text Shirley McLane at 802-310-5049, if you are interested.
 
Grief and Loss Group
For those experiencing a difficult time after the loss of a loved one, a pet, a job, or any other significant loss, UUCT now holds a Grief & Loss support group. There you can find recovery in the caring & comfort of other church members (and friends) who are also grieving a loss. Meetings are held every Sunday from 12:15-1:15 pm in the Reed Room. Childcare is available.
 
 
Social Justice
 
Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona network
Seeking a half-time Executive Director. UUJAZ focuses its justice work based on relationships by strengthening congregational justice ministries, connecting congregations and activists across the state, and working for socially just public policy at the state legislature that allow our progressive values to be heard and have impact over the long haul. If you feel passionate about a variety of justice issues and enjoy working collaboratively, we encourage you to contact us! Fundraising, event planning and maintaining a social media presence are all part of the job responsibilities. Visit our website www.uujaz.org to see the job description and salary range and to discover how to apply.
 
Coming Out Under Fire Film
LGBTQAI Group will be hosting a movie on Saturday, February 23 from 6 - 8pm in Holland. The film is Coming Out Under Fire. A documentary highlighting nine service men and women who found themselves fighting a war for the right to serve. Shown at UUCT. FREE admittance; FREE popcorn; FREE water; Lively discussion after. Please RSVP to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Traces of the Trade Film
A documentary film revealing a women's powerful story of her ancestors slave trading empire and her wish to repair the harm they caused, will be shown Feb 20, 6-9 at the YWCA, 525 N. Bonita. 
 
PLEASE HELP A UU CHURCH BECOME A SANCTUARY FOR IMMIGRANTS! James Reeb UU Congregation, Madison, Wis., voted overwhelmingly to become a Sanctuary Congregation. We have already raised $25,000 needed for remodeling! Please help us reach the last $5,000 of our goal! Donate to our GoFundMe site, https://www.gofundme.com/build-immigrant-sanctuary, or contact Leila at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  THANKS!
 
 
 
 
 
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Festival of Books
 
We are getting an early start, so you can get the Book Festival at the University of Arizona in Tucson on your calendars now. In 2019, the Southern Arizona UU's will once again have a prominent booth at the Festival. Like last year, the volunteer slots are only 3 hours. During that time, you get to meet new people, talk about books and handout cool UU bookmarks. If you would like to sign up and get to pick your time slot, just use the link below and place your name on the time slot that you would like. 
 
In case you do not remember, last year saw an estimated 130,000 attendees at the Festival, and thousands of these attendees saw the well-placed UU Booth. The UU Booth is supported by all four UU Congregations in Southern Arizona. 
 
So pick your time slot to volunteer and sign up. Questions? Call Erin Chadwell at the MVUU church office at (520) 579-7094 or Mary Nell Hoover at (520) 664-5323.
 
Dates: Festival of Books in Tucson, March 2 & 3 2019
 
 
Pot Luck Dinner & Calendar Girls Movie
 
Feb. 21st (Thur)
5:00 - 9:00 PM in UUCT Sanctuary
Need a minimum of 10 people
RSVP Kathy Hueser 612-202-2946 or send e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
CUUPS: Business Meeting & Divination Roundtable
 
The first part of this event on Feb. 13 will be a short business meeting. Our Administrative Council will be proposing some major bylaws revisions for our Annual Meeting. We would like to present them with our rationale and discuss 
how this will change our governance going forward. Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting. The second part will be a divination round table where we bring our favorite tools (tarot, runes, i ching, etc.) and read for each other. Please 
bring a snack to share and whatever non-alcoholic beverage you'd like to drink. Childcare is available if requested. 
 
To request childcare, email Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We're meeting from 3-5pm in the Servetus Room. 
 
For more information, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
Religious Education News
Seeking RE Teachers
Are you ready to join all the cool kids and teach RE? At your convenience, we will schedule a time for you to find out more about the time commitment, get the paperwork completed, and learn about the curriculum. Once you're officially a part of the team, there is no obligation to teach every weekend! You will collaborate with the other teachers to set 
your schedule. Won't you join us? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Tucson UU Younger Adults (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.
 
To stay in the loop make sure that Janice or Jamili has your email or join us on Facebook: by searching Tucson UU Younger Adults (TUUYA).
 
Classes for Children/Youth!
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 advisers, 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.
 
Questions about RE events? email Jamili: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or find us online at: https://uuctucson.org/education/re-news/3579-re-news.html
 
 
UUCT Office Hours
The Office is generally open 9-1, M-F, but it is always advisable to call ahead of time to make sure someone is there to help you. The office is always closed for federal holidays. 

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