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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Mar 20: Weekly Updates

 
Sunday Worship March, 24, 2019
"To Each Their Own: Feminism's in Plural"
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Worship Leader: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate: Nina Tolley
Music: Leeza Beriyeva and Desert Chorale
"There are many feminisms. The one you know of might be very different from the one I practice. Come explore the concept of feminism over the past 60 years and how this concept has evolved to what it is today." 
 
Sunday Worship March, 31, 2019
Reveille Men's Chorus 
For the 6th consecutive church year, Reveille Men's Chorus will bring us about 30 minutes of music. Reveille, in its 24th season, is Tucson's GBTQ and allies chorus, whose mission is to change lives through music. Reveille features a high level of musicianship, and their performances
always feature a mixture of serious and light music guaranteed to lift your spirits. Come early. Holland is always full for this service.
 
 
 
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Spring Equinox Ritual
Tonight, Wednesday March 20, 6pm
Julie Olson, Ministerial Intern of the Sacred Well Congregation
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. Casual dress, all ages welcome. Childcare is available if requested. Childcare is provided.
 
Potluck of shared snacks: Bring a non-alcoholic beverage or something you can eat and enjoy!
 
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. 
 
For more information, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
Alternative Worship Experiment with BYO Dinner at 5:30 on Sunday, March 31st 
Last month we had 31 people of all ages attend our first alternative worship of the year. A fabulous turnout! This month, we will start with a BYO dinner and socializing time at 5:30 PM in Goddard. This will be followed by a ~45-minute family friendly worship service followed by time for socializing (around a fire, if you so desire!), crafts, and/or deeper discussion of the worship topic. This worship service on Sunday, March 31st will be led by Margot Garcia, who will be presenting on water in Arizona through the medium of a reader's theater. Join us! And save the date for future alternative worships on Thursday, April 25 and Sunday, May 19. Because two dogs were part of the gathering last month, starting on March 31st there will be a pet free zone in worship for those people with allergies. 
 
 
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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.
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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. The next one is this Sunday, March 24. 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 11, will be UUCT's Community Carnival and Open House. Meet the pocket person, they have a prize in every pocket! Volunteer face painters needed, see Sam on Sundays for more info and sign-up links. 🎡 
 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 TUUR 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..
 
 
TBIRD April 1 Potluck + Who's Who
On Monday April 1, at 6 pm in Goddard Winter members, visitors and friends hold their final pot luck of this season until next season begins in November.  In addition to an entree, salad, bread, dessert, or other goodies for sharing please BYO (bring your own) dishes, utensils, and beverages. Newcomers may join and view the 2019 TBIRD Who's Who Directory at https://groups.google.com/d/forum/tbirds-uuct or by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 
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 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
 
 
 
Asylum Shelter Volunteering
 
The Inn2 America shelter for asylum seekers at St. Francis has suspended operations as winter volunteers depart. The Justice committee now encourages all UUCT Volunteers to support Casa Alitas. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.mThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on requested donations and volunteer service opportunities. Financial contributions can be made online at https://www.ccs-soaz.org/donate/form
 
 
 
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 forum on the US Supreme Court reviewing recent landmark decisions of the prior year, previewing upcoming cases of import and explaining the basics of the court's decision making process and ideological alignment with time for Q&A and discussion.
 
 
CHALLAH for GAZA
On Sunday, April 7th, The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) will serve their 13th annual brunch of French toast, yogurt and applesauce. This is the 6th one to be held at UUCT. These brunches are fundraisers for The Middle East Children’s Alliance providing money to bring safe drinking water to children and families in Palestine. Please plan to join us. For information on MECA and the MAIA Project go to www.mecaforpeace.org
 
 
 
 
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
 
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