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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Jul 31: Weekly Updates

Sunday Worship Service
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Bless All You Carry
Blessing of the Backpacks
Sunday, August 4, 2019, 10:30
   Worship Leaders: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe, Jamili Omar, and Brian Moon
Worship Associate: Bob Gordon
 
After Service,there will be an informal gathering to share memories about the Rev. David Johnson. We will meet at 12:15 in the Holland Sanctuary.
 
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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.
 
Nancy will be on holiday July 14-August 11. Bob Gordon will be handling flowers for worship while she is gone.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Social Justice
 
 
There will be a social justice group meeting thisSunday August 4, after church in the Blackwell room. All are welcome to discuss social justice topics. Topics discussed will include our current border situation and shelter information. 
 
 
Donation Request: Blessing of the Backpacks
OnSunday, August 4, our inter-generational service will include a "Blessing of the Backpacks" as we honor the changing seasons and the return to school for many of our congregants. We would like to encourage folks to bring backpacks forSt. Francisto worship that day, so we can extend our blessing to migrants who will carry bags of things with them as they go on their journey.
 
 
No More Deaths continues to be 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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Honor All Children's Peace
Sunday,August 4, 2019at the church, 4-5:30 p.m. The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, WILPF, presents Back From the Brink, Celebrate Nuclear Resistance.
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 TOMORROW, August 1, 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!
 
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
Open Mic
The fourth Sundayof each month after church, there is openmic entertainment in Holland.Thenext one is Sunday, August 25, 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
The next UU Book Club will meet Thursday, Aug. 15 at 9:30 AM at the home of Margo Newhouse. The group is readingBorn a Crime by Trevor Noah. Everyone is welcome to attend. Questions? Contact Margo atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 784-1198.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
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Office Updates
 
Projection Volunteers Needed
We're in need of volunteers to learn to run the screen projections and videos for Sunday morning services once or twice a month and for other special events as available. We'll provide training. If you are interested, email Larry Newhouse atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or see him or Cynthia Johnson on Sunday morning before or after the service.
 
The New Church Year Has Begun - Happy New Year! YourBoard of Trustees requests that all committees, groups, teams, and programs submit their preferred name, leader/contactee, and a contact email. This will be published so everyone can find your group and a Board portfolio liaison can be assigned to support your work. Please send information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
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Facilities
 
The landscape team is proposing some changes to the Peace Garden (fenced area east of the Goddard patio). We propose adding additional fencing inside the north end of the Peace Garden and further enclosing approx. 15 feet of the north end of the garden. This newly fenced area will be used as a shady, secure area to do the composting, transplanting and care for the potted plants in the patio area.  The landscaping team is looking for input and comments on this plan.  We do not see the plans as significantly changing the usability of the Peace Garden but it will greatly enhance the ability of our team to care for the patio plants.  If you have comments, please email Luz Martinez at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or attend a brief meeting on Sunday Aug. 18 in the Peace Garden immediately after the Sunday service.
 
Did you know?Many things happen at the church during the week, especially to our church grounds and buildings. During the month of June we have our annual fire inspection. We only needed to make a few upgrades and recharge our fire extinguishers this year. All done!
Speaking of fire extinguishers, we have them in every building on campus. They are located in both kitchens, classrooms, and maintenance closets. We also have an AED, Automatic External Defibrillator, located in Goddard Hall, right inside the entrance. The AED is from the Steven M. Gooter Foundation, which distributes hundreds of AEDs to non profits through out Southern AZ.
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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.
 
Community Office Hourshave begun again. Rev. Bethany will be at the Big Heart Coffee shop, across the street from the church, on Wednesdays beginning August 7, from 10-12. All are welcome.
 
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
Safe Sitter Training
Sept 15 | 12:00-5:30pm | UUCT
 
Do you know a youth entering grade 6 or older who would benefit from learning how to SAFELY be home alone or while watching younger children? If so, consider registering them for the Safe SitterĀ® training.  
 
This program is designed to prepare youth to be safe when they're home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. The Instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. Students learn:
  • Safety Skills: Students learn how to prevent unsafe situations and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies.
  • Child Care Skills: Students learn tips to manage behavior that will help them stay in control of themselves and the children in their care. Students also learn the ages and stages of child development, as well as practice diapering.
  • First Aid & Rescue Skills: Learning skills such as choking rescue and CPR is often students' favorite part of the class. Students also learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses. 
  • Life & Business Skills: The ability to screen jobs, discuss fees, and greet employers will set students up for success now and in the future. Students practice these skills through various role plays.
 
Date: Sunday Sept 15, 2019
Time: 12:00-5:30pm **Pizza lunch included!
Location: UUCT
Fee: $75, and scholarships are available. 
RSVP or More Information: Please contact Jamili Omar at 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 (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 Sunday Mornings
 
Here's our schedule for the next two weeks:
 
  • August 4--Inter-generational Service (No RE).
  • August 11--Fall RE begins! Check back here for more details.
 
**Every Sunday, the Nursery will be open for children under 10 years.
 
Fall 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!
 
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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