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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Jul 3: Weekly Updates

Sunday Worship Services
Why Build the Wall?
Sunday, July 7, 2019, 10:30 a.m.
Worship Leader: Benjie Messer, Music Director of UU Church of Phoenix
Worship Associate: Brian Moon
Join us for this service that promises to be intense and musical, and examines contemporary racism.
A Public Health Model For Social Justice.
Sunday, July 14, 2019, 10:30
Worship Leader:  Pam Powers Hannley, member AZ House of Representatives, and UUCT member
Worship Associate, Celeste Rogers
A public health model for social justice
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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
No More Deaths is in Need of Supplies:
Donate to Northern Mexico Projects.
*Sneakers *Backpacks *Socks *T-Shirts *Hats *Tarps *Non-perishable food *Toothbrushes and toothpaste *Towels *Razors *Ace bandages *Cough drops *Antacid *Soap *Antibiotic ointment
Items can be brought to the church or taken to the office at 225 E 26th St. For more information, please contact the Logistics Coordinator:
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Social Justice Meeting:There will be a gathering of those committed to social justice onSunday, July 7 at 12:15 p.m. in Blackwell.Rex Graham and Marilyn Gentry will provide updates on current projects. Bring your own updates on church or community opportunities. Marilyn Gentry atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.has more information.
Emergency help for Migrants:We will be redirecting our efforts in helping the Inn2 America, for they are in desperate need of volunteer help. Please emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on how to volunteer. 
Fellow UUs from the Edmonds UU Congregation in Edmonds, Washingtonare expressing interest in coming to Tucson this summer to volunteer with the immigrants in Inn2 America, and are asking about home hospitality for a week or two, or maybe just a few days. If interested in considering such an offer of home hospitality this summer, please contact Steve Kraynak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.
Gifts Of Love Backpack and School Supply Drive (ICS)
Help children in need get a good start to the school year! Donate backpacks and school supplies for students in grades K-12. Donations accepted through July 21. Most needed supplies can be found at the following link:
Donations may be delivered to Marsha Newcomb, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or dropped off the the church office.
Faithify Campaign to Lift Up and Preserve UU Rainbow History
In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising (June 28, 1969), the Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Association (UURMaPA) has launched a UU Rainbow History Project, focused on collecting and preserving the history and stories of LGBTQIA ministers, their partners, and allies. 
The UU Rainbow History Project has begun gathering memories, photographs, sermons and other memorabilia on a website (www.uurainbowhistory.net) and in social media. The UURH Project will produce a book to document this significant turning point in UU history. And all materials will be placed in UU archives, so future generations can learn about this incredible story, hopefully from many firsthand testimonials. 
Faithify Campaign Goal = $3000. Financial contributions are welcome @  https://faithify.org/projects/uu-rainbow-history/
Please direct any questions to Steve Kraynak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Southern Arizona CUUPS 
Our next ritual will be on August 1st, 2019.Join us for a gathering celebrating both the annual harvest and the awesome power of storms.Ana Teresa Ortiz is an ordained Interfaith Minister (One Spirit Interfaith Seminary 2011), who blends Wiccan with Indigenous Taino perspectives and practices. Participants will have the opportunity to communally celebrate the accomplishments and bounties of the summer and to prayerfully contemplate the recent monsoon season and the start of the hurricane season. Set up starts at 5:30, ritual will begin at 6pm.
Childcare available upon request; email Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
SAZCUUPSis a Chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans 
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SAZCUUPS/ (FB messages can be sent to m.me/SAZCUUPS
Social Events
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Open Mic
The fourth Sundayof each month after church, there is openmic entertainment in Holland.Thenext one is this Sunday, July 28, at 12:00. 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.
The UUtah Tuur
October 14 to 21, 2019
On Oct. 14 the UUtah Tuur will leave from UUCT and you can still be in the group! Only 3 rooms are still availabledepending on whether you want a double or private room. So that you will not miss out on this fun trip, download a reservation form from www.uuctucson.org or pick up one in the church office. Mail it to the church office with your check for $700 right away to reserve your place. Final payment will be due Sep. 1. Julia Mehrer,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and Carolyn Saunders,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tour leaders, are out of town, but can be reached by email if you have questions. The complete itinerary is also available online.  
Book Club
Jul 11:Waking up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
The next UU Book Club will meet July 11 at 9:30 am at Carolyn Cooper's home, 4050 E. la Cadena. The group is readingWaking up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Raceby Debbie Irving. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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Office Updates:
Help Wanted:The office is in need of office volunteers on Wednesday and Thursday, from 9-1. Skills desired include good people skills, organization, computer skills, experience with data entry, and most of all, a willingness to learn. Please contact Mary if you are interested:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Community Bulletin has had its biennial paper change. Please bring your business cards, non-profit pamphlets, and community event notices! Anyone can post on the community bulletin board in Goddard Hall next to the kitchen, and many outside groups see the information. This is a great place for your classified ads and UU life articles & poems. Please date all submissions!
If you are interested in posting something on the main bulletin board, located outside Holland Sanctuary, please submit a flyer (during office hours) and we can have it posted for you. You can also place it in the community life/Sam Meyer mailbox on Sunday's.  
Personal Growth
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.
Sunday Morning Discussion Group:Conversation Among
Friends. 9 a.m. weekly, Servetus Room UUCT Campus. Ronna James is presently facilitating. All adults welcome. More information, call Gilbert Moore 520-790-7568, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Religious Education News
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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Jamili (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) has your email or join us on Facebook: by searching Tucson UU Younger Adults (TUUYA).
Summer in RE: Choose Your Own Adventure!
Remember those old books where you got to select the next thing that your character did? Or for our hip, tuned-in friends, first person video games let you control your character's every move. Now, you have that same control of your worship experience! 
 
This summer, we are "working the bugs out" of the Choose Your Own Adventure Model and will roll out a full program in Fall 2019. In short, on Sunday when you arrive at church, children, youth, and adults will have the option to sign up for one of three experiences:
 
  1. Youth Focus (Emerson; 12 – 19 years old, sorry adults, only advisors are allowed): designed for older youth who are ready to really dig deep into the themes and ideas. Discussion, service, leadership, art, and a good amount of laughter await our oldest youth.
  2. Art & Spirit (Blackwell; all ages): in this space we'll tell another story that explores our theme for the day, offering additional avenues for deepening understanding. Following the story, we will wonder about the lessons we learn from our stories and engage in self-directed art-making in response to the themes, lessons, or feelings that emerge.
  3. Movement & Games (Awareness; all ages): Ready to move your body? This is the place! We will live Unitarian Universalist values through games, movement, dance, and other forms of physical self-expression. Each week the activities will be different, but we'll work on understanding what we can learn about our spirits from moving our bodies.
 
Of course, the 4th option is Worship.   Remaining in the sanctuary for the Worship Service is an option for all children and youth. Staying in Worship with their family is a good option topic really speaks to them or they need a quiet space away from other young people.
Summer Activity Leader
The best part of the Choose Your Own Adventure format is that ANYONE (yes, you!) can step into the classroom for a short time commitment (or a longer one if you're so moved). 
Jamili will be preparing all the curriculum and supplies, and inexperienced teachers will be paired with experienced folks! You'll have the day's activities in advance so you can be prepared, but there won't be any search for materials or books! Woohoo!
Sign up to lead Summer RE: https://forms.gle/j2JBoXre2TsVmZyG9
And while you're there, tell me what you're interested in leading in fall! Complete the Fall RE interest form at:https://forms.gle/NsDCZd9USwuXsYTw6
 
Questions? Contact Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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