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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Nov 13: Weekly Updates

Worship Services

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! The theme this month is "the stomach" and how we feed our hearts and bodies.As you are able, bring a comfort food from your family or tradition and a story to share about it! We'll exchange recipes and share in a potluck at the end of our night.
Truthfulness as Kindness
Sunday November 17, 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
After Church, Nov 17: Congregational Forum
Come to the Congregational Forum on Sunday November 17th in Holland at 12:15 p.m. The featured topic will be our new Healthy Congregation Program and Team. This will be an opportunity to learn about and discuss this important area of church life. The forum will also include open time to raise any issues of concern or questions with Board, minister, staff, and other representatives.
Our Hearts Broken Open
Sunday November 24, 10:30 a.m.
There is so much in our world that breaks our hearts. How can we learn to practice loving through the pain of heartbreak? How can we learn to let our hearts break open to the pains of our world? 
Worship Leader:Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate:Howard Tolley
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.
Community Office Hours
Rev. Bethany will be at the Big Heart Coffee shop, across the street from the church, on Wednesdays, from 10-12. All are welcome.
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. 
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.
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  
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.
Dec 11: Cafe Justo Trip
Sign up for 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 HERE for 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.
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.
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/)
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
Building the World We Dream About II
Oct 31-Jan 9 | Thursday Nights | UUCT
Building the World We Dream About is a curriculum to help us navigate racism that is built in to our world. The first 8 weeks have been a wonderful experience of encountering ideas in covenanted relationship, and we heartily invite new participants to join us for the next 8-week session as we continue the 24-week journey. Bring a friend, too! We ask that you attend an introductory workshop to offer some of the materials and concepts we have already explored on Thursday October 31 from 6-8 p.m., in the Emerson room. The 8-week session actually begins on Thursday Nov 14, and continues Nov. 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19, Jan. 2, 9, 16. The final 8-week session will follow. Please contact Rev. Karla Brockie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to register and for any questions. Child care can be arranged with forward notice.
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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Special Events
The church is pleased to present a special art show in Holland Sanctuary, beginning on November 10,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 show will be on display through December 9. You may come to see it 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. 
Craft Sale, November 23 and 24
Join us for our first Annual arts and Crafts sale, 9-4, Saturday, and 9-1:30 Sunday. Buy some holiday gifts from talented folks in the congregation. 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
Thank youto everyone who made another 2nd hour a success! Without workshop leaders Bob Gordon, Margot Garcia, Carrie Cooper, EJ Millstone, and Migrant Art Show volunteers we couldn't make this happen!
If you'd like to lead a workshop, get in touch with Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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.
"How To" on 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 a 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.
November 30 | 5-8 pm | Goddard Hall
Join us for this family -friendly potluck to give thanks for all our friends and fortunes this year! We will gather at 5pm for sharing food and doing a small service project to benefitNo More Deaths. As you are able, bring supplies to donate including:
  • Gallon Water jugs
  • Backpacks
  • Tennis Shoes (Men’s 6-11)
  • Men’s Underwear
  • Warm Weather Clothing
  • Blankets
  • Men’s jeans, sweat pants, and athletic pants/shorts
  • Travel-sized toiletries
  • Toothbrushes
  • Razors
  • Cash or change to donate
We will assemble care packages as part of the festivities.
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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