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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Apr 17: Weekly Updates

Sunday Worship Services

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 
Sunday, April 28, 10:30am
Worship Leader: Bill Keyes & friends
Worship Associate: Carolyn Saunders
Music: Leeza Beriyeva
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
Thursday, April 25, 6:00pm
Join us Thursday, April 25 and once a month for the remainder of the church year, for 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.
Beltaine Ritual
Wednesday, May 1, 6:00pm
with Southern Arizona Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans
AZCUUPS 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. General questions? email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Need childcare? email Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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.

Social Justice

Emergency Help Needed!
Last night ICE released over 100 asylum seekers at the greyhound bus station due to the release, St. Francis has opened an emergency shelter. Currently they have a total of 50 guests and are in great need of many clothing items as well as volunteer help. Kitchen, laundry, drivers. People to come play with children. These type of volunteers are greatly needed.
Donation items list
  • Socks (women’s, men’s & children)
  • Underwear (women’s, men’s & children)
  • Pants (women’s, men’s & children)
  • T-shirt’s (women’s, men’s & children)
  • Shoes: women’s size 7-8, Men’s sizes 7-9, Children’s all sizes  
  • All clothing donated must be sizes small or medium for adult sizes. Average height is about 5’1-5’3 women. 5’4-5’6 men. 110 lbs-140lbs. Items may be dropped off at St. Francis United Methodist church around to the back towards the northwest side.
Help is also needed at Rincon United Church of Christ in preparing meals and Casa Alitas housed over 400 guests last night. This all may relate to president Trumps releasing many refugees into progressive cities. This will be going on for the next few days as we help asylum seekers unite with their sponsors. Usually the process takes up to 2-3 days. 
To get involved:
  1. As far as St Francis is concerned, if you're on their sign-up genius already, sign in and do the usual.
  2. If you can drive for St. Francis, call Doris directly at 520-481-536. Spanish speaking not necessary though helpful.
  3. For information about 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.. Financial contributions can be made online at https://www.ccs-soaz.org/donate/form
Seeking Donations for UUCT Family
A family here at UUCT finds themselves suddenly caring for a 6 year-old boy and they are without any supplies for him. They are particularly looking for the following items:
  • boy's clothing (kids size 6 bottoms and 8ish tops, for a 5/6 year old), including PJ's.
  • a dresser
  • bookshelf
  • toy box/bin
  • books (learning to read level 1, picture books, simple books for parents to read to child. He gravitates towards animal books.) He is loving reading to me and me reading to him!
  • toys (learning toys for kinder into 1st grade, dinosaurs, cars, trucks, bath toys, super heroes, stuffed animals)
  • DVD's/bluerays (we can't afford cable so the only age appropriate things we really have is PBS.)
  • favorite color is blue
Drop off items at the church office and we will be sure they get into this family's grateful hands! Thank you!
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.
UUCT carpool tour to Agua Prieta, Mexico 
April 24, 2019
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.
Online Scam Alert!
Online Scam Impersonating Ministers' Accounts
A warning that there is a new email phishing scam being employed against faith communities, misleading congregants into sending money. People set up fake accounts that imitate the minister's account, and send messages to email addresses they collect from the church website or published newsletters. This link has a pretty helpful description of how the scam has developed and how to avoid it. Be exceedingly cautious if you receive a message from a leader in your congregation asking for rushed money.
This has been happening at other churches though not our church (yet).

Social Events

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-2pm.
Looking for a fun way to promote your business? Or even better, the NON PROFIT that you volunteer at? Have a table at the Community Carnival! We will provide a game and prizes, unless you have promotional products you would prefer to give away.
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..
Donate or Volunteer for the Carnival!
  1. The photo booth needs to borrow the following items for Carnival: Park Bench or other like item, assorted goofy props - feather boa, crown, cape, interesting jackets, hats, boots, large/huge glasses to wear or drink from, canes, swords, or any other intriguing items individuals can use for their $5.00 5x7 photo taken between 11 & 2 in patio area during Carnival. 
  2. Bounce House supervisors needed! 30 minute shifts and will welcome responsible high school students to volunteer. 
The UUtah Tuur
October 14 to 21, 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. An amazing 7 days of vistas, sight-seeing, and companionship. You can sign up for the trip in Goddard Hall on Sundays, or find the complete itinerary and registration form on the UUCT website and mail in your registration and $200 deposit to the church office. If you have questions or would like additional information contact Julia Mehrer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Carolyn Saunders, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There are only 32 spaces available, and some are already spoken for. So sign up soon for this exciting adventure!

Personal Growth

A New Member signing will occur immediately after church on April 21 in Rev. Bethany's office. The office is towards the back of the sanctuary. We always welcome new members into our congregation and look forward to this monthly time of commitment.
Community Office Hours with Rev. Bethany
Join Rev. Bethany for deep philosophical chats or just sharing a cup 'o joe! She is at the Big Heart Coffee, across from the church, Wednesday mornings from 10am until noon and 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 
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.
Book Club
The Book Club will meet next on May 16 at 9:30 am at the home of Beth Britton. The reading for May is Jodi Picoult's "Small Great Things". Contact Beth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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.
Annual Meeting Call from the Board of Trustees and Slate of Candidates:
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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