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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Mar 6: Weekly Updates

 
 
This Is Me: Centering the Stories of Unitarian Universalists of Color
Worship Sunday, March 10, 2019
 
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Worship Leader: Steve Kraynak
Worship Associate: Bob Gordon
Story Tellers: Carrie Cooper, Bert Meek, MaryHolly Allison, Julie Olson
Music: Leeza Beriyeva and Desert Chorale
 
Together, we hope to become intentionally multi-cultural and aware of systemic oppression of historically under-represented cultural groups in Unitarian Universalist congregations and ministry.  To this end, we, the members of this congregation, accept our responsibility to continue to offer...opportunities to increase our ability to function in a multiracial, multiethnic capacity.  (From the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson Statement of Intent in Agreement May 6, 2018)
This worship service, in which we will center the stories of Unitarian Universalists of color, is such an opportunity. 
Come. Listen to their stories.   
 
 
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Sunday Classes for Children and Youth
 
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
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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.
 
 
 
 
 
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
 
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Open Mic: 
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.
 
Apr 5: ICS, Interfaith Community Services, Lunch and Learn
Spring 
Lunch & Learn
April 5, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fountain of Life Lutheran Church
710 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson AZ 85710
 
Join us for a discussion on handling life changes facilitated by H. Clarke Romans of NAMI with Pastor Elwood McDowell of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. John Angiulo of Casas Adobes United Church of Christ, Dr. Frank Williams of Casa de la Luz Foundation.
 
Audience-involved discussion will include topics such as
life changes that can sometimes affect your mental state,
how to work at managing your perspective of these changes,
and understanding that it’s okay to not be “okay” all the time.
 
plus a behavioral health information fair
$20 registration includes lunch
For more information and registration visit our website,
or contact Tandala Kidd 
520-526-9299 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. 
 
Coming Soon!
 
Eve Hady is going to be our new newsletter editor! Eve has experience and it will be in a different format. Please continue to send articles for publication to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
A tour to Zion National Park, Bryce National Park and points beyond is in the works. We will be leaving from UUCT on October 14th early in the morning and returning probably late on Sunday, October 20th. No prices yet, but SAVE THE DATES! 
 
Book Club
Apr 16: Becoming by Michelle Obama
 
The UUCT Book Club will meet at Beth Britton's home on April 16 to discuss Michelle Obama's book, Becoming. To join the group, contact Beth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
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 Mary Wiese in theoffice, mwiese@uuctucson, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 763-442-2351.
 
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Newcomers
 
Getting to Know UU: A Breakfast & Orientation for Newcomers and for anyone who wants to know more about UUCT. Saturday, April 6th from 9:00 - 12:00 in Goddard Hall. Join us for food, fun and information. A great way to meet new people!  Register by April 3rd so that we will save a spot for you. Child care is available but please make sure to register. Call or email Alma Byrd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (520) 344-9071 or Betsy McMillan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (612) 384-9929.
 
Mar 17: New Member Signing
 
If you wish to join the church, we suggest you visit the Welcome Center and complete a Yellow Card or chat with Rev. Bethany first. The opportunity to become a member will be March 17, immediately after church.
 
 
 
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
 
 
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
LGBTQIA+ meeting this Sunday after church, Fuller room in Goddard Hall, 12:15.
 
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.
 
Mar 17: Social Justice Group Meeting
Our gathering of social justice folks will move from the first Sunday to the third Sunday this month. The Social Justice group will meet on Sunday, March 17th at 12:15 in Blackwell to support each other in our ongoing work. 
 
 
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!
 
Save the Date:"Supreme Court 2018-19: Politics, Preference and Principle" Sunday March 31, 12:15 - 1:30 Holland Sanctuary
 
On behalf of the Justice Committee, winter member and University of Cincinnati Professor Emeritus Howard Tolley will do a presentation on the US Supreme Court reviewing landmark civil rights decisions of the prior year, previewing upcoming cases of import and explaining the basics of the court's decision making process with time Q&A and discussion.
 
 
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CUUPS Spring Events:
The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) exists in part to promote the practice and understanding of Pagan and Earth-centered Spirituality within the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and to enable networking among Pagan-identified Unitarian Universalists. The Southern Arizona Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (SAZCUUPS) connects people in the Tucson region, including the "Baja 4" UU congregations in this area. Chapter meetings and worship services are open to all people. 
 
 
Field Trip: Labyrinth Walk We'll meet at UUCT near the Servetus Room on March 10 at 3pm. Used since ancient times, labyrinths are walking meditative paths. They come in a variety of patterns, but all allow for spiritual contemplation since they follow a prescribed form. There are several labyrinths here in Tucson that are open to the public. Most are based on European designs. Our plan is to walk the labyrinth at UUCT first, then travel to the home of a UUCT member to learn about and walk a Native American style labyrinth. Admission is free. Children are welcome. There will be no childcare at this event since we are not staying at UUCT.
Spring Equinox Ritual: On March 20th, Julie Olson, Ministerial Intern of the Sacred Well Congregation, will lead our Spring Equinox celebration from 6-8pm. As we usher in the beginning of spring, we’ll consider the balance of equal night and day and the ways we find that balance in our lives. We’ll gather at 6pm to socialize and prepare for the ritual which will begin promptly at 6:30. Potluck of shared snacks immediately following ritual. Bring a non-alcoholic beverage or something you can eat and enjoy! Free admission (donations gratefully accepted), casual dress, all ages welcome. 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..
 
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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