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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Aug 21: Weekly Updates

Sunday Worship Service
A Radical Welcome
Sunday, August 25, 2019, 10:30am
What is radical welcome? How is it different than ordinary welcome? Come learn and grow and imagine how we might welcome someone who is different than us before they ever cross the thresholds of our congregation. 
Worship Leaders: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate: Wendy Gordon-Weeks
Music: Leeza Beriyeva
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
Help Lift Up and Preserve Our UU Rainbow History Has Been Fully Funded!
Thanks to the help of backers like you, Help Lift Up and Preserve Our UU Rainbow History has reached its funding goal.
This campaign can raise funds beyond the goal, so please continue to share the campaign page link with your friends! https://faithify.org/projects/uu-rainbow-history/
PRIDE will be here on September 28!Come march with us and see our booth at Pride in the Desert, which will be located at Reid Park. The parade is free and will start at Country Club and Broadway at 11 am. To attend Pride, you will need tickets; for more info on UUCT & PRIDE events, emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Creating Pride
Edward and Edwina Scissor Hands needed! The LGBTQIA+ Group invites you to join us onSunday, August 24in the foyer of Holland to help CUT and glue the very cool FAN that we're giving away at Tucson PRIDE in September. Bring your best smile and your fave scissors! 
Racism is in the news... Want to do something about it?
As Unitarian Universalists, we hope developing antiracist, anti-oppressive, and multicultural habits and skills will lead us to build the multicultural world of beloved community we dream about.
Building the World We Dream About is a Unitarian Universalist program that seeks to interrupt the workings of racism and transform how people from different racial/ethnic groups understand and relate to one another. We will offer this intensive curriculum shortly for UUCT members and friends and anyone interested.
To get a taste, come to the open workshop onSunday, September 8, 12:30 to 1:30.
For more information or to sign up, contact Rev. Karla Brockie:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Tickets are now on sale for UUJAZ's Issue + Action day.October 26th + 27that Surprise UU Church, join UUs from across AZ for building relationship, knowledge, power and capacity for justice. Powerful worship services with music from Phoenix Women's Chorus, a keynote from the UU College of Social Justice, delicious coffee and pastries from the Coronado, vegan meals from the Rez: an Urban Eatery, incredible workshops from justice partners around the state, and in the evening: the first annual Jazzy Awards to honor justice work of the past year. 
Reserve your tickets before they increase October 1st. Scholarships and sponsorships available.
Sunrise Organizer Training - Sept 14th + 15th 
Sunrise for an Arizona Green New Deal!
Global Justice Center
225 E 26th St, Tucson, Arizona 85713 
Sunrise Tucson is so excited to officially announce that we're hosting our first ever AZ-wide training.
If you are a young person (age 15-35) and/or a member of a frontline community - one that has been or will be affected most strongly by climate change and environmental injustice, and want to become involved with Sunrise, this training will be perfect for you!
Your training team (including national and local hub leaders!) will be sharing:
  • The Sunrise DNA – what unites each Sunrise hub in a national movement, including our story, strategy, and structure.
  • The Sunrise Arizona vision – how we're going to ramp up our actions to elect true progressive climate reps and enact our vision for a Green New Deal!
  • Organizing skills that will help us all kick ass and attract soooo many young people to our movement in 2019! 
  • And much more! 
And while we are zoomed in to the details of Sunrise AZ growth and goals at our hub meetings and local events, this chance to understand what role Sunrise AZ plays in the national movement will help you feel inspired and connected to other young people across the country, more empowered to bring others into the movement, and more confident in our strategy (and guiding our strategy!).
Our logistics team will be providing food (heck yeah!) - breakfast, lunch, and dinner for both Saturday and Sunday. Please arrange to arrive by Friday night. We will be accepting donations for the logistical aspects of this event (accommodation, food, transportation) for those who need it on a sliding scale of $0-$45 based on what you can afford. We are also arranging accommodation and possibly carpools for those who are coming from far away! Please direct any questions or concerns toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and put "training logistics" in the subject line.
Join us on September 20th from 2PM-6PM as we rally and march from Phoenix City Hall to the Arizona State Capitol. Our team has been working around the clock over the past few months to advocate for our futures. Stand with us and show our elected officials that we are not alone in this fight.
Fighting climate breakdown is about much more than emissions and scientific metrics – it’s about fighting for a just and sustainable world that works for all of us. If we are going to fight for this, we need everyone.
Let's show our government what people power is capable of. #ClimateStrike
Climate Change is the biggest problem we as a state, nation and world face today. On September 20th students from across the nation and the world will be striking again to protest inaction on the climate crisis. We will be marching from the Maricopa County Courthouse across from Phoenix City Hall to the State Capitol. It is a 1.3 mile walk. If you don't want to or are unable to march you can meet us at the capitol where we will be holding a rally. You don't have to be a student to come, all are welcome!
Please also sign up on action network so we can get a more accurate number. Thank you!https://actionnetwork.org/events/climate-strike-3
Puente Human Right Movement will be hosting a one day fellowship training to educate, empower, and resist in these trying times. We are inviting community leaders who have a passion for justice and energy for change to join our fellowship program. Through this program fellows will be connected with activist in the valley to hone in their skills to find new and creative ways of fighting the system. We will be creating 5 working groups that will be engaged for the next 3 months to develop and co-create the change we wish to see in Arizona. 
To become a Puente Fellow please apply on the following link:https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51510/c/279/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=11569
We will be conducting telephonic interviews before you are completely accepted into the program. There is a $100 non-refundable fee to participate in order for us to cover the cost of putting together the program. Fellows will receive Puente Swag, Support from Staff and Coaching in the committee each fellow decides to join. Committee will unapologetically focus on different aspects of ICE, Immigration Detention, and Police Violence. 
Register by September 4th. Child Care will be provided for those who indicate it on the application. We look forward to fighting for freedom by your side!
SAZCUUPSis a Chapter of the Covenant of
Unitarian Universalist Pagans.Join SAZCUUPS for a divination round table onSeptember 8th at 3pm. Bring your Tarot, Oracles, Bones, Runes and more to trade readings with other members and friends of SAZCUUPS! (We don't mind if you use the book!) Childcare available, contact Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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
Last Chance!! There is only one room left for the UUtah Tuur. This can be for one or two people.  If you have been thinking about making the trip, download the registration form from the church website, www.uuctucson.org, and mail or bring it with a check for the complete payment to the church office(4831 E. 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85711). ​MaKe checks out to UUCT with Uutah Tuur in the memo line, and "Attn: Carolyn Saunders" on the envelope. Hope you join us!
Book Club
The next UU Book Club will meetThursday, Sept. 12th at 9:30 AMat the home of Pat Riker. The group is reading Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. Everyone is welcome to attend. Questions? Contact Pat atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 520-638-6233.
Come experience SAWUURA!
2019 Labor Day Weekend Camp Out. Friday – Monday, August 30th – September 2nd, 2019. You 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. More information here:
Getting to Know UU- Newcomer Orientation and Breakfast will be held Saturday September 7 from 9:00 to noon. If you have not attended one of these sessions in the past, we welcome you to do so. Please contact Alma at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP.Please email Jamili Omar: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for childcare needs.
Office Updates
Room Usage Requests
Do you need a space for an event or a meeting?Allroom requests need to be made with Mary Wiese, our Congregational Administrator ahead of time. Please do not advertise an event or plan a meeting until you confirm that the space is available.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Lunches start soon!This year we are using the "lead and follow" sign-up method. If you want to help in the kitchen, there will be three spots every week (2 for prep and 1 for dishes). You can sign up for on the new kitchen bulletin board -- look for the pink and white polka dots. We are always willing to have more than three helpers.
THANK you for interest as we kick off another year of healthy, filling, fundraising food!
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 at:This 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.
Holland Foyer Bulletin Board
The foyer bulletin board has the photos of most of the UUCT staff, and the photos and terms of office of most of UUCT lay leaders: Board of Trustees (portfolios held), Committee on Ministry, Nominating Committee/ Leadership Development Team, and the CUUPS officers.
Please thank Kathy Hueser and Marsha Newcomb for taking the photos, and thank Marsha and Jerry Newcomb for processing, labeling and paying for printing the photos. Displaying the photos of our staff and lay leaders is a welcoming courtesy for all newcomers and members alike.
Growth, Connection, and the Circle of Life
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.
Church member Bob Reuss,is in New York recovering from a major heart attack. He is improving slowly and would appreciate cards.Bob's address is St. Joseph's Hospital 301 Prospect St., Syracuse, NY 13203.
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
All UUCT members, friends and visitors are invited to attend Conversation Among Friends. Our hour-long discussion group meets every Sunday at 9 a.m. on the UUCT campus in the Servetus Room, last classroom on the southwest side, Come a bit early for socializing. Try not to come late.
Ronna James is our able facilitator. She has stimulated record summer attendance with her thought-provoking topics. This discussion group has been a staple at UUCT for more than 15 years. More information, 
contact Gilbert Moore, phone 520-790-7568, email at 
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Office Hours: Our Congregational Administrator, Mary Wiese, will be out of the office this week. Please call the office ahead time to make sure someone is there before dropping in. 
Join the Choir!!!
Rehearsals begin again on Wednesday, August 14th, from 5:30-6:45 in the Sanctuary.
The Desert Chorale is comprised of a range of abilities and experience in singing. All are welcome. 
We sing twice a month, with a few extra services sprinkled through the year, beginning in late August and singing through early June.
Singers and Friends of Singers can join us afterwards for dinner at a local restaurant. Details about dinner and choir and other questions can be directed to Brian atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Sunday Morning:
Choose Your Own Adventure!
Have you heard the news?
EVERYONE of any age is welcome to leave worship on Sunday mornings and explore their faith through art, discussion, reflection, and even games. If a Sunday morning class says "All Ages," we welcome adults to come explore with us!
Classes generally offered are:
  • Art & Spiritin Servetus; all ages; under 6 years with adult
  • Movement & Gamesin Awareness; all ages; under 6 years with adult
  • Explorersin Blackwell; 3-6 years old but families of children this age are welcome
  • Youth Focusin Emerson; 12 – 19 years old, sorry adults, only advisors are allowed
Want to hear about the specific classes offered in advance? Email Jamili to be added to the weekly Religious Education newsletter:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
How To Sunday Morning
Not sure how to get involved? Here's the scoop:
  1. When you arrive at UUCT, sign up for your preferred class at the table outside Holland Hall.
  2. Enjoy Worship Service in Holland Hall (yes, even the youth)! We will dismiss everyone to class at about 10:45am, after the Message for All Ages. 
  3. Leave for your class in the Education Wing during the Children’s Benediction. Not sure which direction to head? Just follow the crowd! We’ll all go out together and there will be an officious person with a clipboard to show you which room to go to. 
  4. Learn, enjoy, share, participate!
  5. Repeat again next week. 
**As always, children, youth (and adults) are welcome to stay in the Sanctuary for Worship any Sunday.
Sunday, Aug. 25, I need at least 2 more peole to assist in our all-ages classrooms. Come create art, play games, and help our young people learn about the first principle: Inherent Worth and Dignity of All.
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!
Questions? Contact Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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 Sitter® 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 Young Adult UUs (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 and we will be starting again in September!
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).

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