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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Oct 16: Weekly Updates

Worship Services
Beginning Again in Love
Sunday October 20, 10:30am
Worship Leader:Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate:Carrie Cooper
Music:Leeza Beriyeva and Desert Chorale
 
Rev. Nancy McDonald-Ladd's book, After the Good News: Progressive Religion beyond Optimism, makes a case for Unitarian Universalism to adopt atonement practices. What would a theology of forgiveness rooted in Unitarian Universalism be like? How would we practice that theology?
 
This Sunday is a Share the Plate Sunday:
This Weeks Recipient isBlack Lives UU which expands the power and capacity of Black UUs within our faith, providing resources and support.
 
Share the Plate is an ongoing social justice activity of this church. Once a month, we share half of all non-pledge income in the offertory basket with a local nonprofit whose mission puts into action one or more of our Principles. Since its implementation, Share the Plate has increased congregants’ awareness of local efforts to improve our community as well as provide them information on how to help. As the name implies, Share the Plate is always split 50-50 between the local charity and our own church.
 
Connecting With the Ancestors
Sunday October 27, 10:30am
Worship Leader:Rev. Karla Stone Brockie
Worship Associate:Brian Moon
Music:Leeza Beriyeva
 
Grief and loss is a complicated journey that follows many paths, with unexpected challenges and gifts. Rev. Karla Stone Brockie is a community minister affiliated with this congregation.
 
Acoustic Worship: Heart Space
Thursday, October 24 | 5:30-8:00 p.m. | Holland
There is a center in the body where love and spirit are joined, and that center is heart. It is your heart that aches or fills with love, that feels compassion and trust, and that seems empty or overflowing. In our first experimental "Acoustic Worship" this year, we will explore ways that our hearts can fill when we practice intentional loving kindness with each other. "Unconditional love is not so much about how we receive and endure each other, as it is about the deep vow to never, under any condition, stop bringing the flawed truth of who we are to each other" (Mark Nepo). We hope to see your whole self there.
 
5:30pm --Goddard opens for anyone who wants to eat dinner together.
6:00pm --service begins
6:45pm --bring some potluck light snacks for socializing and a deeper discussion of the worship topic. We'll bring out the fire pit!
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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
 
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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, contactJoan 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.
 
 
Cafe Justo coffee-bean-roasting facility in Agua Prieta
Dec. 11 trip to Agua Prieta, Mexico
UUCT's Social Justice Council is leading a field trip to the Cafe Justo coffee-bean-roasting facility in Agua Prieta. The church sells this superb coffee every Sunday as a way to benefit growers in Chiapas, Mexico and to enjoy their shade-tree, USDA-certified organic, sustainably-grown coffee.
 
CLICK HEREfor online registration, or sign up at UUCT coffee table on Sunday.
The Dec. 11 carpool trip is a great opportunity to purchase socially conscious, coffee-related holiday gifts. (Passport or Travel ID required. Coverage with most U.S. car insurance covers claims up to 50 miles south of the border.)
Here is the schedule:
  • Leave UUCT via carpool at 8 a.m., on Dec. 11
  • Arrive in Douglas about 9:45 a.m.
  • Caravan to the roasting facility in Agua Prieta
  •  Tour the roasting facility 10-11 a.m.
  • Carpool to the Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee, AZ
  • Lunch noon-1:30
  •  Return to UUCT by 4 p.m
 
S. AZ Chapter of the Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPS)
 
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Samhain
Join us on Tuesday, October 29th at 6pm for Samhain ritual. Carol Garr will lead us in a Wiccan ritual. Please bring mementos and/or pictures of anyone you'd like to honor on the ancestral altar and a snack to share. Childcare available: email Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Social Events
 
Sunday Lunches!
This Sunday, October 20, Susie Meyer will be serving a deliciouslunch, vegetarian options are always available.
Our Kitchen Ministry Needs Help!Sign up to join kitchen ministry on the polka dot bulletin board by the kitchen. If you enjoy the lunches, and wonderful coffee hour spread that is served every week, please consider donating some time to this wonderful ministry. Also, if you do not eat lunch, but enjoy the goodies, please remember to donate when you can so we can keep it going.
 
 
CHARLIE KING’s Annual Concert
SAT. OCT 19 | 7 pm
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.
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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 and Notifications
 
Privacy Notices and Updated Directory
The church data base,Realm/ACS, has done some recent updates because of privacy concerns. Consequently, the office is now in the process of updating peoples information so we can have an accurate directory for publication. The directory will ONLY be available to members and friends of the church and is password protected on the churches website.If you do not want your information to appear in the directory, please let the church office know ASAP.Also, if you have had recent changes such as address, phone or email, please contact us.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Growth, Connection, and the Circle of Life
 
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 TUUR is going very well and good time is being had by all! This is a photo of the Colorado River near Lees Ferry.
 
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
 
Changes and Challenges in Religious Education
Oct. 22 | 6-7pm | UUCT
Are you curious about the changes we are making in Religious Education? Wondering how larger trends in the US shape Sunday mornings? Come find out! National presenter and Director of Religious Exploration at Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation,Amy Huntereece will share her research with us at thisfreeevent! Please RSVP to Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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All Are Welcome!
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.
 
HELP WANTED!
Sunday, Oct. 20, 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
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.
above: a graphic listing the steps to participating in RE which is listed to the right.
Rocky Horror Picture Show TUUYA Meet Up
October 19 | 11pm | The Loft | 18+ 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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