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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Apr 3: Weekly Updates


Sunday Worship April 7, and April 14, 2019

White Supremacy Culture Teach-In
Sunday April 7, 10:30am
Worship Leader : Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate: Celeste Rogers
Music: Desert Chorale and Leeza Beriyeva
This teach-in will be an entry point into a conversation about whiteness, racism, and white supremacy culture and how these cultural forces influence our lives. We will explore how whiteness has defined by law and different definitions of white supremacy culture. There will be a few testimonials and a ritual to embody our aspirations to dismantle white supremacy culture. This teach-in will be open to people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. We will have a simultaneous facilitated discussion in a different space for people of color only. People of color can choose to participate in either the teach-in or that discussion. 
Destroying Empire with Palms
Sunday April 14, 10:30am
Worship Leader: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate: Preston McMillan
Music: Leeza Beriyeva
When Jesus walked into Jerusalem during his last Passover Week on this earth, there was a grand parade. People laid down palms on the road in front of his donkey. These palms were a symbol of the protest against the Roman Empire. What are our palms today? When should we lay them down? And for whom?
Other Worship Opportunities
Alternative Worship Experiment 
Join us, on Thursday, April 25 and Sunday, May 19.
Southern Arizona Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, 
April - May Events
SAZCUUPS will hold our annual meeting on April 14 at 3pm in the Servetus Room. We will be electing officers and voting on bylaws revisions. The slate of candidates and proposed bylaws revisions can be found on our webpage: http://uuctucson.org/worship/sazcuups.html. Please bring a snack to share. Email Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request childcare.
SAZCUUPS Beltaine Ritual will be led by Druid David Foster on May 1 at 6pm on the Patio. David will lead us in guided meditation, song, and in making offerings to the Divine and the Kindreds. Please bring a snack to share. Email Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request childcare.
 e Supremacy
Interfaith Community Services (ICS)
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.
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.
Open Mic 
The fourth Sunday of each month after church, there is open mic entertainment in Holland. The next one is Sunday, April 28. 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. 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.
Community Carnival 
May 11 (11am-3pm). Great food. Visit KababeQue Indian Grill (Great vegetarian dishes!). Enter the baking contest (extra desserts will be available at bake sale). Categories for best youth bake, best tasting, and best Unitarian Universalist theme! See Sam Meyer on Sunday for sign-up or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Oct 14: Come on the UUtah Tuur
UUtah Tuur Leaving on October 14, 2019
Calling all UUCT wanderers: registration is underway for another UUCT tuur, this time to Northern Arizona and Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in Utah.
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..
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. or (612) 384-9929.
Community Office Hours with Rev. Bethany
Rev. Bethany is at the Big Heart Coffee, across from the church, Wednesday mornings from 10 until noon. Rev. Bethany will not be at Crave Coffee Bar on Thursday this week, April 4th.
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 
April 14         Sin
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

Apr 7: Social Justice Group
Social Justice folks will gather in Blackwell on Sunday, April 7 to discuss social justice topics that members are working on and support each other. We will meet 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. so there is time to participate in the Challah for Gaza brunch fundraiser immediately after the service.
Apr 16: Considering Matthew Shepard
Tuesday evening April 16 in the UA Centennial Hall, the University of Arizona Presents Conspirare: A Company of Voices: Considering Matthew Shepard, a three-part oratorio – Prologue, Passion and Epilogue – composed by Craig Hella Johnson in response to the brutal murder of young, gay college student, Matthew Shepard, near Laramie, Wyoming in 1998.
Reveille Men’s Chorus, Desert Voices and some UA choruses will perform the final number with Conspirare. This will be a significant event this year in the Tucson/Pima County GLBTQIA community. Please support this performance as part of being a Welcoming Congregation.
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
UUCT carpool tour to Agua Prieta, Mexico – April 24
Please join Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe and UUCT members and friends on a tour of the Café Justo coffee-bean roasting facility in Agua Prieta, Mexico. Our congregation and its members and friends have made a commitment to purchase incredibly flavorful coffee direct from Mexican growers through Café Justo. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/DYujfQNAQMe4MwSa8
New orders for Café Justo coffee can be made at https://forms.gle/k95yKouDbCmF4vSA6 We will email you when your coffee arrives at UUCT for payment and pick-up after Sunday services.
This, 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
Office Updates:
UU World magazine
We are updating our UU World subscriber list. If you are a member of the church, and you are currently not receiving a hard copy of the UU World Quarterly Magazine and would like to, please let our Congregational Administrator Mary Wiese know by Friday, April 5, to receive the summer edition:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The UU World Magazine can also be read on line: https://www.uuworld.org/
Apr 15: Annual Reports Due
It is that time of year again! Annual Reports are due no later than April 15. Our Annual Meeting is on May 5. Questions? Contact your portfolio holder on the Board of Trustees. 

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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