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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Apr 10: Weekly Updates

Sunday Worship Services

Destroying Empire with Palms
Sunday, April 14, 10:30am
Worship Leader: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate: Betsy 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?
Renewal: Us and Them
Easter Sunday Intergenerational Service
Sunday, April 21, 10:30am
Worship Leader: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate: Preston McMillan
Music: Leeza Beriyeva and Desert Chorale
Resurrection is all around us. What resurrection do we witness? From the bursting forth of flowers to the transformation of souls. What does resurrection mean for me? 
Poetry Sunday 
April 28, 2019
Calling all UUCT poets! Sunday, April 28 is All Poetry Sunday. If you would like to share your work in the service, please submit up to three poems via email or regular mail to Carolyn Saunders, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Bill Keyes, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by Wednesday, April 17. They will be back in touch once they assess how much of the poetry can fit into the service. 

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 3:00 p.m. 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. 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 6:00 p.m. 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.
Donate Flowers for Sunday Service
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..
The next opportunity to join the church will be on April 21, right after Sunday service.
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 11th.
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

The LGBTQAI+ Group will meet in the Fuller Room in Goddard on Sunday, April 14 at 12:15. Everyone welcome. 
Challa for Gaza a Success!
Many thanks for supporting the Challah for Gaza event last Sunday. Members of WILPF took in $1,175 to send to the Middle East Children’s Alliance to help provide safe drinking water to families in Palestine.
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.
Apr 19: Good Friday Faith Floods the Desert
Join people of faith across Southern Arizona on Good Friday for a Faith Floods the Desert Liturgical Action. On Good Friday, April 19th as Christians around the world remember the crucifixion of Jesus, we are painfully aware of the way in which our current border policies are leading to the ongoing “crucifixion" of migrants in our desert. Join us in a sacred journey into the desert to provide humanitarian aid on this most holy of days. We will meet at 7am on Good Friday at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church at 3809 E 3rd St, Tucson, AZ 85716 for a brief liturgy and press conference at 7am and then will head out to provide humanitarian aid along migrant trails. We hope that you will consider standing with us as we stand with those who are most directly impacted by our border policies and with those, like No More Death’s volunteer Scott Warren, who are being criminally charged with humanitarian aid. We gather to say the deaths must end and the charges against humanitarian workers must be dropped.
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.

Office Updates:

Administrator Out of Office: 4/11-4/22
Our Congregational Administrator, Mary Wiese, will be on vacation April 11-22. Volunteers will be staffing the office T-F, 9-1. She will be working on the Annual Report while she is gone so keep them coming! She can also be reached in the event of an emergency and will be checking email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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. 
Annual Meeting Call from the Board of Trustees and Slate of Candidiates: 
The Board of Trustees is hereby notifying all members that the annual congregational business meeting will be held on Sunday, May 5th, 2019 at 12:15 P.M. in Holland Sanctuary. The Board of Trustees has authorized absentee voting for those out of town but note that a quorum of physically present members is still required to conduct business.

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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