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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Oct 2: Weekly Updates

Sunday Worship Services
We Forgive Ourselves
Sunday October 6, 10:30am
This worship service kicks off our monthly theme of "Forgiveness." This three-week series will explore the different steps of forgiveness, and move us towards a Unitarian Universalist practice of identifying harmed caused, offering forgiveness, and moving forward in covenant. This week we will explore how we know when we have caused harm. And what the first step in seeking forgiveness is. 
 
Worship Leader:Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate:Betsy McMillan
Music:Desert Chorale and Leeza Beriyeva
 
We Forgive Each Other
Sunday October 13, 10:30am
Intergenerational Service
The second step of forgiveness is seeking forgiveness from the person or thing we have harmed. This week, we will lean into the Jewish practice of seeking forgiveness as a way to understand our own forgiveness practices. 
 
Worship Leader:Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate: Gary Luce
Music:Leeza Beriyeva
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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.
 
Congregational Event
 
Save the Date!
Covenant Workshop
November 9 | 9 AM – 12 PM
Mark your calendars! All members and friends of UUCT are encouraged to attend a workshop where we will begin to re-create our congregation's covenant. In this workshop, we will think together about what our congregation values, collect our individual and collective ideas, and then send a group off to wordsmith and later present a covenant which reflects our shared aspirations and agreements. Childcare will be provided, contact Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you will need childcare. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!  
 
Social Justice
 
Mental Health First Aid
October 5 | 8am-5pm | UUCT
More than 2 million people in the U.S. have been certified in Mental Health First Aid. This 8-hour interactive course will teach you how to understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
 
First Lady Michelle Obama, after taking this course, said "it really gives you the skills you need to identify—and ultimately help—someone in need." Join your UUCT leaders and friends as together we tackle this difficult topic to help those around us on October 5. We will start promptly at 8am in Holland Sanctuary and will be done by 5pm.
 
You will need to bring a brown bag lunch or can buy lunch of sandwich/salad for $5. The course is free to those interested. There is space for several more people, if you are interested please email Sam (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Tuesday, October 1, so I can forward accurate information to our instructions from Interfaith Community Services.
 
Social Justice Council Meeting
October 6 | 12:15pm | Blackwell
The Social Justice Council will have several guest speakers at its
October, 6 (12:15 pm) meeting in the Blackwell Room, who will talk about humanitarian treatmentof prisons/detainees. They will describe their efforts to improve the sometimes appalling treatment of inmates at local detention facilities and prisons.
  • State Rep. Pamela Powers-Hannley, a UUCT member and member of the Arizona House's Health and Human Services and other committee, will talk about her growing concerns about treatment of state prisoners.
  • A representative of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), will talk about its advocacy for ethical and humane treatment of prisoners as part of the organizations mission to advance social, racial and economic justice.
  • Elizabeth Smith, Development & Communications Coordinator with Casa Mariposa Visitation Program, will describe her organization's efforts to provide support, friendship and encouragement to immigrants in detention - in hopes of breaking the cycle of isolation.
 
Opportunity Sunday
October 20 | 11:30am
Meet representatives of 20 Tucson nonprofit social justice organizations following services on Oct. 20 in Goddard Hall. 
 
UUCT’s 12 Share the Plate (STP) recipients and other non-profit organizations will provide information about the good works they do in our community.  Stop by to get to know them and check out their volunteer opportunities. You might even decide to nominate one or more of these organizations to be a recipient of a Share the Plate collection next year. 
 
To make room for the organizations, many of our round tables and chairs will be positioned on the patio so those enjoying lunch can take advantage of the balmy October weather. 
 
For more information, contact Joan Feldman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Judy Jessing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
There are many other social justice events happening in the next two months. Please visit our website for more information:https://uuctucson.org/programs/social-justice/4297-sep-oct-upcoming-justice-events.html
S. AZ Chapter of the Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPS)
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The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) exists in part to promote the practice and understanding of Pagan and Earth-centered Spirituality within the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and to enable networking among Pagan-identified Unitarian Universalists.
 
The Southern Arizona Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (SAZCUUPS) connects people in the Tucson region, including the "Baja 4" UU congregations in this area. Chapter meetings and worship services are open to all people.
 
Childcare available upon request; email Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. EmailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
All traditions are welcome! Southern Arizona CUUPS: A Chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans Mail: Southern Arizona CUUPS c/o UUCT, 4831 E. 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85711
 
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Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/SAZCUUPS/(FB messages can be sen tom.me/SAZCUUPS)
 
Social Events
 
Sunday Lunches!
This Sunday, October 6, we will be servingCajun Pork roast, vegan beans and rice, and salad.
Sign up to join kitchen ministry on the polka dot bulletin board by the kitchen.
 
Happy Hour Meetup
Friday Oct. 11th, 4 PM atOn the Border 5205 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85711https://goo.gl/maps/ivgMNdY3rsGZqHAYA  
Call, email or text Sandra Ongley 520-465-9082,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
CHARLIE KING’s Annual Concert
SAT. OCT 19 | 7pm
On October 19 Charlie and Friends (YOU included) will be raising awareness and money for the Peoples Defense Initiative [PDI]sponsoringProp 205 making Tucson a SANCTUARY CITY and help keep Tucson Families Free and Together.
 
For years the evenings have been paid for by ITZABOUTIME so they can be
presented for free. They rely on their success from free will donations and $1.00 raffle ticket buyers. The house has never failed to be packed.And every cent spent that night goes directly to PDI!
 
Maria Garcia, La Indita herself, shall provide a free vegan Mexican meal
at 6 Ppm and the music starts at 7 pm.
 
There will be plenty of cool raffle prizes to whet your appetite for winning also.
 
This is a community building endeavor. Come join friends and neighbors for good food and music provided by “one of the finest singers and songwriters of our time”according to Pete Seeger. And he should know!
 
In Search Of:Bridge Card game Meetup
Looking for people to start a weeklyBridge Card gamemeet up. I will help you get it going. If interested contact Sandy Ongley 520-465-9082 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Book Club
The UU Book Club's book selection next month is Colson Whitehead's new novel, "The Nickel Boys", based on a fictionalized version of the Dozier School for Boys. 
 
We will meet on Thursday, October 24th at 9:30am at the home of Carolyn Cooper. All are welcome to join in with the discussion. For more information, contact Carolyn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 520-270-4052.
 
Newcomers
 
Sundays of Hospitality and Grace
How can we welcome everyone? Will you practice radical hospitality and grace, especially to visitors and guests, for one Sunday each month? See your suggested Sunday welcoming challenge and examples at this link(https://uuctucson.org/2-uncategorised/4299-sundays-of-hospitality-and-grace.html)
 
The Newcomers Club
We are rolling one again, and looking for folks who are seeking new friendships, want to share ideas on Newcomer needs, and potential activities. Our kick off meeting is this Sunday, October 27, at 12:30 p.m., in the Servetus Room. Follow up meetings will always be on the fourth Sunday of the month, although the room is subject to change. Please contact Wendy Annis if you have questions:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Growth, Connection, and the Circle of Life
 
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Small Group Ministries Starting in November
This year, we will be starting new Small Group Ministry circles at UUCT. A Small Group Ministry (SGM) is a group of 8-10 people who meet at least monthly to have in depth discussion on topics of personal and spiritual importance. These groups will be facilitated by lay leaders and will meet at various times during the week. This year's groups will meet from November 2019 through June 2020. We have room for up to 30 more people to participate. If you are interested, email Rev. Bethany at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know a few days/times when you could meet (for example: Tuesday evenings or Sundays after church).
 
Grief and Loss Group
Every Sunday | 12:15-1:15 pm | Reed Room
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
Every Sunday | 9:00-10:00am | Servetus Room
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.Ronna James facilitates.
More information, contact Gilbert Moore, phone 520-790-7568, email at 
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The Camp de Benneville Pines Fall Volunteer Camp
will held Monday, October 14 – Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Come join in the fun and fulfillment in the mountain air of our PSWD camp. For more information and to register check out the UUCT announcements page or clickHERE.
 
 
Room Usage
 
If you are using a church room for an event, or a meeting, please remember to check to make sure all doors and windows are locked, including sliding glass doors, food is put away, full trash cans are emptied, and if necessary, the floors are swept. Thank you for helping to keep our church home safe and clean.
 
Save The Dates!
 
 
 
Putting the Fun in Fuundraisers!
 
 
Church Yard, Plant, and Book Sale
November 1, 2, and 3
We need your gently used items and we need your help with our annual sale!If you can help, please contact Margi Magruder atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Craft Sale
November 23 and 24
The church will be holding an Arts and Crafts Sale. If you would like to participate, please contact Susan Call atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mata Ortiz Pottery Sale
December 8
This annual sale provides economic support to the talented artisans from the village of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua,MX. If you are interested in helping, contact Julia Mehrer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Plan to buy some fantastic holiday gifts AND let all your friends and neighbors know about the sale. The prices for the pottery at our UUCT sale are the best in Tucson!
 
Educational Opportunities For All
 
Join the "Weather Trackers"
October 6 | 12:30-1:30pm | Servetus Room
Have you ever wondered how things get decided for RE and 2nd Hour? Are you interested in getting involved with activities but aren't quite ready to face a classroom of participants? Consider joining the "Weather Trackers"!
 
This team will be composed of folks from across the church to "track the weather" in and around Lifespan programming (Sunday Morning RE, 2nd Hour, Thursday Night Lights, TUUYA, Parenting Club, and etc.). 
 
In other words, I would like:
  1. a group of folks who have different roles in the congregation,
  2. to get together every few months (maybe 3-5 times a year as we see a need)
  3. to "take the temperature" of how things are going and make recommendations for improvements/adjustments.
 
My intention is that the additional time commitment is minimal. Just keep doing what you're doing! Participate in LFD programming, bring your kids, or whatever it is you're doing. But also be my eyes and ears. When you hear or see something, let me know. I would also like some other brains to help in thinking up new ideas and to bounce my ideas off.
 
Questions? Contact Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Fall Festival
October 10 | 6-8pm | Goddard Hall
All Are Welcome! Join us at UUCT for Fall Fest, a family-friendly potluck and game night. We'll play all kinds of fall-themed games like pumpkin painting, bobbing for apples, and maybe even face painting! Bring your board games for even more friendly competition. Costumes are welcome! Bring your spare change to share with a community organization (or two) who share our pride in our diverse community.
 
HELP WANTED!
Sunday, Oct. 6,I need at least 2 more people to assist in our all-ages classrooms. Come create art, play games, and help our young people learn about a famous UU. Curious who it is? Come join us!
 
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.
"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.
 
Ready to...
…Deepen your faith?
…Strengthen connections?
…Serve your community? 
2nd Hour!
October 13 | 12:30-1:30pm | Across UUCT
In this year of experimentation, 2nd Hour is one way that Rev. Bethany and I want to answer the call to offer more opportunities for adults to learn, grow, and deepen in understanding, community, connection, and service.  
 
From 12:30-1:30pm, one Sunday per month, we will offer opportunities for people of all ages to participate in community-led activities or classes. Offerings will vary every month, so watch the weekly email next week for details including descriptions and age restrictions. 
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. To stay in the loop make sure that 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.
 
Rocky Horror Picture Show Meet Up
October 19 | 11pm | The Loft | 18+ years only
Lets go see the Rocky Horror Picture show at The Loft together! You can purchase ticket on their website or at the door...but this is the October show so I would probably recommend doing it online if you're able. I'll be there at 11pm we can hang out front for a bit before the show. The show starts at midnight. You have to be 18 or older to see RHPS unless you have a parent come and stay with you. So come join me in becoming a creature of the night!! Dressing up and props welcome!!https://loftcinema.org/film/rocky-horror/

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