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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

May 1: Weekly Updates


Sunday Worship Services

Sunday May 5, 2019, 10:30 a.m.
Ramadan: "The Spiritual Practice of Fasting"
Worship Leader: Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate: Bob Gordon
Music: Desert Chorale and Leeza Beriyeva
After Church:
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.
Sunday May 12, Mothers Day: A Messy, Beautiful, Bouquet
Annual Flower Communion
A beautiful, messy, bouquet. There are fewer metaphors that better describe Unitarian Universalists. We who value diversity accept the beauty and the inevitable mess of that diversity. On this Flower Communion Sunday we will celebrate our diversity -- beauty, mess, and all! Bring a flower to add to our communal bouquet. 
Worship Leader: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate: Gary Luce
Music: Desert Chorale and Leeza Beriyeva
Other Worship Opportunities
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..
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

Seeking Donations for UUCT FamilyA 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!

ICS Food Bank Drive May 11-24Walmart Neighborhood Markets are partnering with the ICS Food Bank to fight hunger. Food drive is being held May 11-24 at all Tucson Walmart Neighborhood Markets. Your participation is welcomed!Thanks,Marsha NewcombICS Faith Council Representative for UUCT


Emergency help at St. Francis is no longer needed but we will continue to support the monastery in donation/volunteer opportunities. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions.

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.

Social Events

Open Mic The fourth Sunday of each month after church, there is open mic entertainment in Holland. The next one is this Sunday, May 26, at 12:15. 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. 


SAWUURA Memorial Day CampoutFriday – MondayMay 24-27, 2019
SAWUURA, our UU camp in the Sierra Ancha Mountains hosts a campout every Memorial Day and Labor Day, where UUs and their family & friends are invited to tent camp, share meals & kitchen duties, activities and worship. Relax and deepen your spiritual connection with nature, play, hike, bird/star watch, sing & singe s'mores around the campfire.
Fees are $45 for adults and $25 for children under 16 (or $35 & $25 for members).
Important: SAWUURA is located in wilderness near the town of Young, AZ. 2 miles down a rough dirt road. Also, our latrines are pit toilets/outhouses.
Please join us at www.sawuura.org .






The UUtah TuurOctober 14 to 21, 2019
The UUtah Tuur needs 6 more people to sign up in order to reach the minimum number of 20 needed for the trip to go. Please let your friends and neighbors know about this great, fun way to travel to an exciting part of the Southwest. But let's fill that tour bus with a full load of 32 people, have fun, see amazing scenery, learn interesting things and raise some funds for the church! Stop by the registration table in Goddard on Sunday.
Come One, Come All! To the exciting trip to Zion and Bryce Canyon this October 14. We expect to have an interesting, fun and educational time at Arcosanti plus the National Parks and other spots. Hiking is available, but optional, and the trip is a fundraiser for UUCT. Contact Julia Mehrer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Carolyn Saunders This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see us after church in Goddard Hall!



  Personal Growth

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 12          Spiritual Practices (1)
May 19          Spiritual Practices (2)
June 2           Evil
June 9           Goodness



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).
Summer 2019 in RE
We have one more Sunday of Regular RE and then we begin our Summer schedule!
  • May 5 --Last day of regular classes
  • May 12 --Intergenerational Service; no RE, but nursery is available
  • May 19 --Bridging Service; no RE, but nursery is available
  • May 27 --CUUPS service; no RE, but nursery is available
  • June 2 --First day of Summer RE. Watch for more details!
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.
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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