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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Nov 6: Weekly Updates

Worship Services

Rest as Resistance
Sunday November 10, 10:30 a.m.
In a capitalist society that measures your worth by your productivity, rest is resistance. Especially in this high consumption time of year, how do we remember to "keep the Sabbath" as our Jewish ancestors remind us? Joy, pleasure, play, self-care, community-care and delight take on a different urgency when we think of them as acts of rebellion and not simply "self-indulgence."
Worship Leader:Jamili Omar, Director of Lifespan Faith Development
Worship Associate:Bert Meek
Music:Leeza Beriyeva
**There are no religious education classes this day, but the Nursery is open for kids under 10 years.
Truthfulness as Kindness
Sunday November 10, 10:30 a.m.
Our faith hold space for multiple truths to exist side by side. This means that, sometimes, our truths will be in conflict. Your truth may challenge another to learn about the complexity of our world. How can we tell our truths, and understand the truths of others, in an open-hearted way? What is the relationship between truthfulness and kindness? 
Worship Leader:Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate:Preston McMillan
Music:Leeza Beriyeva and Desert Chorale
Evening Worship: Feeding our Hearts and Bodies
Thursday Nov. 14 | 5:30-7:30 pm | Goddard Hall
Our year-long experiment in offering a worship service in the evening continues in November! Please join us in future months in this dynamic, all-ages space. Our theme this year is “the body” and each month we will reflect on questions about how we relate to a different body part –as a metaphor for our internal, spiritual, emotional lives, of course! Watch for more details!
Orders for poinsettias to decorate Holland for the holidays will be taken Nov. 3 and 10 in Goddard after the service. They are $10 each (check or cash) and may be purchased in honor of or in memory of a loved one. See Carolyn Saunders or Nancy McKean.  You may take them home after the last Christmas service.
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

This Saturday!
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

Holiday Card Project
The Social Justice Council will host the first of four Sunday morning holiday card parties at 8:30 am, Sunday, Nov. 10 in Goddard Hall. (Same time and place Nov. 17 and 24, and Dec. 1). No experience necessary. Please invite your friends. Children are especially invited, too. If anybody would like to sing or play an instrument while we make our cards, that would be very cool.
We will have lots of examples of Spanish words and phrases for you to choose from. We don't want to offer false hope, but we can let the recipients know that they are not forgotten - no matter how isolated and forgotten they may feel.
There will be blank UNICEF cards to fill out.ICE does not allow any stickers, glitter, bows, sequins can be on the cards or envelopes. However, color is OK. If you have colorful markers, please share them on Sunday.
The church is pleased to present a special show in Holland Sanctuary, beginning onNovember 10.You will be surprised when you arrive that Sunday by the transformation of the space, with a show of art curated by Valarie Lee James and her collaborator, Antonia Gallegos.The artworks, made by migrant children mostly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico, are amazing, and are displayed as simple drawings or on quilts made by the Esperanza Quilters.
The day of the opening there will be a reception after the church service, and Valarie will lead a brief tour of the show. The show will be on display through November, to be taken down about December 9, so you can bring friends and neighbors to see it during the hours of the week when the office is open, M-F, 9-1, or on Sundays after service until 1. Call the office at 520-748-1551 to be sure someone is there to open the door for you. 
Faith Floods the Courtroom
Answer the call for people of faith and conscious to flood the federal court room at 405 W. Congress St. in Tucson, on November 20th at 8 a.m. We will show up in support of Dr. Scott Warren, human rights activist with Tucson UU's ministry, No More Deaths, facing 10 years of jail for providing life saving aid to migrants in the desert. During the last trial, over 100 faith leaders from across the country showed up. RSVP HERE  
No Community Office Hours on November 13 or 20
Rev. Bethany will be witnessing and assisting organizers for Dr. Scott Warren's trial on November 13 and 20. Due to the this, she will not have community office hours on November 13 or 20. 
On November 21st, our UUCT Social Justice Council, in partnership with Tucson'sMASS LIBERATION PROJECT, will present speaker Marvin Mutch, who became a prison reform activist after spending 41 years in San Quentin wrongly convicted on circumstantial evidence and continually maintaining his innocence in parole hearings.  He is the co-founder of the Men's Advisory Council, a prisoner advocacy group first established inside San Quentin to represent the collective needs and grievances of California's prisoners, a hospice volunteer and BrothersKeeper co-founder. He will speak from personal experience about prison reform and his life as a prisoner.  In Holland Sanctuary, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  Refreshments provided.
Southern Arizona Covenant of UU Pagans
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. 
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
What Is Waxing?Our Second Sunday class offering this month is Amulet Making with EJ on November 10th at 3pm. We'll discuss what kinds of things you can hand make as part of your magic practice, and what materials and skills you might want to learn. Then, we'll make our own amulets! Bring any supplies you might like with you, and I'll provide some as well.
Our ritual this month is Repose:An Evening With Kuan Yin on November 23rd, 6-8 p.m. Carrie invites us to a quiet gathering before the holidays hit. We'll hear stories about Kuan Yin, the Buddhist bodhisattva who is regarded as the embodiment of compassion and the Goddess of Mercy. Our circle will include short meditations and some singing/chanting. Bring a stone or crystal that you would like to bless and a snack to share. 
Pagan tip of the month:It might be time for a little kitchen witchery this month as we cook for various holidays! Make your own incense using blends from your spice cabinet. With a charcoal burner, you can burn that incense as you prepare holiday meals for extra love and luck. Here's a sample recipe: End Negativity Incense: Marjoram, Thyme, Oregano, Bay Leaves, Cloves (Read more:https://wiccanspells.info/wiccan-pagan-articles/incense-recipes/)
Volunteer Opportunities
Our Kitchen Ministry Needs Help!
Sign up to join kitchen ministry on the polka dot bulletin board by the kitchen.This weeks lunch will be bagged lunches: sandwiches, fruit, veggies, etc., to accommodateallof events that will be happening after church this week.
Kitchen crew will now be serving lunch only on 2nd Sundays due to lack of volunteers.
Care Team Seeks a Rides Coordinator
Recently, staff and members have heard an uptick in the number of people asking for rides to church on Sunday morning. There are many reasons why someone need a ride to church: they don't have access to reliable transportation on Sunday mornings, they have chosen to stop driving, and more. The Care Team is looking for a volunteer or two who might be willing to create and monitor a rides program so that those who need a ride to church can be matched with people who live in their neighborhood who can give them a ride to church. Rev. Bethany is happy to help you think about how this might work if you have the skills, but haven't done this before. Contact her if you are interested! Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Custodial Help Needed
Our wonderful custodian, Jesus Carrillo, will be taking a family vacation and will not be herethis Sunday, November 10.We need you to help! If you can help with set up and clean that Sunday, 8 a.m. -2 p.m., please let the office know, or just show up. Many hands make light work. mwiese@uuctucson.
FYI: Veterans Day is Monday November 11. The office will be closed.
Greeters and Ushers needed
We need a few people to join our team of Greeters and Ushers. Please email me at:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,or see me at church to find out more about this easy way to serve the church. CarolynValdes
This is Jimmy.
Jimmy is 95 year old.
Be like Jimmy and teach Religious Education.*
*Broken hip optional. Past presidency of the United States not required. Contact Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Social Opportunities
Book Club: Thursday, November 21st
The next UU Book Club will meet Thursday November 21st at 9:30 AM at the home of Margo Newhouse. The group is reading "My Time Among the Whites: Notes From an Unfinished Education", by Capo Crucet. 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.
The Newcomers Club
We are rolling once again, and looking for folks who are seeking new friendships, want to share ideas on Newcomer needs, and potential activities. Our next meeting is Sunday, November 24, 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.
New to UU Orientation
Nov 16 | 9-11:30am | Holland
Calling all Newcomers! The  next New to UU breakfast and orientation will be held on Saturday, November 16th from 9 to 11:30 am in Holland (the Sanctuary). All folx new to the UUCT community are welcome to attend. There will be a light breakfast, time to meet new people and opportunities to learn about UU and UUCT. Please RSVP to Alma Byrd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Child care will be provided. 
Growth, Connection, and the Circle of Life
Grief and Loss Group
Every Sunday | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | 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 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 | 9:00-10:00 a.m. | 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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Craft Sale
November 23 and 24
Sign up for the Arts & Crafts Sale on November 23 and 24 after church in Goddard Hall this Sunday, October 27. See Susan Call (behind the sign!) to sign up or just to get information.Also,we are in need of finding someone to handle the Holiday Season sales ofPoinsettiaswhich brighten our sanctuary in December. Please let me know if you are interested--you can call Susan at 520-444-0338. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dec 8: Mata Ortiz Pottery Sale
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
2nd Hour
November 10, 2019 | 12:30-1:30pm |Across UUCT
…Deepen faith …Strengthen connections …Serve community
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. 
This month's workshops are:
**New**Circles of Our Multicultural Selveswith Bob Gordon
11 yrs+ | Awareness
Who are you? We all have multiple identities, some visible, others not. We'll share some of them and talk about how they affect our lives. Thoughtful discussion led by Bob Gordon.
Stitch with a Witch(sit and stitch) with Carrie Cooper and EJ Milstone
13 yrs+ | Emerson | Limited to 15 people
Do you knit, crochet, tat, cross-stitch, or otherwise play with thread and yarn? Bring your own project to work on or extra hooks, needles, and yarn to share. Beginners welcome! Two members of our SAZCUUPS community, Carrie (crochet) and EJ (knit), will be on hand to help out with techniques or project issues.
UUs Celebrating Holidayswith Margot Garcia
12 yrs+ | Servetus
Who is the family that gathers at Thanksgiving? Creating family out of relationships. How should we celebrate Christmas? What is its meaning for UUs? How do we live our values? Interactive discussion with Margot Garcia
Campus Care
All Ages (under 10 with an adult) | Patio
With cooler weather and gentle breezes comes unsightly garbage blowing around our beautiful church campus! Join this group in a gentle walk around the facilities to pick up trash or, if you’re feeling ambitious, pull a weed or two! We’ll meet on the Patio to distribute trash bags and latex gloves (or bring your own), and then we will split up to wander the campus!
Art of Hope and Healing gallery tour and craft
All Ages | Holland 
The church is pleased to present a special show curated by Valarie Lee James and her collaborator, Antonia Gallegos hung in our very own Holland Sanctuary, beginning on November 10. The artworks, made by migrant children mostly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico, are amazing, and are displayed as simple drawings or on quilts made by the Esperanza Quilters. Come hear Valarie a brief tour of the show and Gale Hall present works of the Esperanza Quilters. Then enjoy the art and draw your own messages of welcome on fabric squares.
Children are welcome in classes indicated by “all ages.” Nursery is available for those under 10 years. 
All Ages Sunday
Sunday, Nov. 10 is anIntergenerational Service. This means that we will NOT offer our regular Religious Education classes during worship. Everyone is encouraged to stay in the sanctuary for a service geared towards cross generational interaction and FUN!
**The Nursery is open for kids under 10 years**
Game Night
Join the Parenting Club and Tucson UU Young Adults for an evening of friendly competition as we break out the table games! Everyone is welcome to thisfamily friendly game night!
  • Day: Nov. 8, 2019
  •  Time: 6pm until we are too tired to roll
  • Bring:your own dinner to eat and games to share.
  • Location: UUCT education wing
Childcare available 6-8pm. $5 suggested donation per child, but no one turned away.All are welcome!
Nov. 21 | 6-8pm | Reed Room
We are starting aMonthly UU Role-Playing group, MUURP. We will be meeting one Thursday every month. The first meeting will be November 21st 6-8 pm. Jim Myers will be running the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons adventure: Dragon of Icespire Peak. Children as young as 12 are welcome to attend with parental supervision. Jim will provide characters for new players, but if you would like to learn to make a character, plan on coming a half hour early. Contact Jim atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with additional questions.
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! 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 (TUUYA).

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