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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Nov 20: Weekly Updates

Worship Services

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
Inter-relatedness: The Miracle of Science
Sunday, December 1, 10:30 a.m.
This worship service kicks off our monthly theme of "Hope" and the extraordinary and every day miracles that propel us forward with hope. As Unitarian Universalists, we use the miracles unmasked through scientific discovery and research to help us make sense of our own lives. What hope can science offer us?
Worship Leader:Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate:Josue Ortiz
Music:Desert Chorale and 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
It's getting cold at night in the Desert.No More Deaths is looking
for donations of:
- Warm Weather Clothing
- Blankets
Other items that are always helpful are:
- Tennis Shoes (Men’s 6-11)
- Men’s Underwear
- Men’s jeans, sweat pants, and athletic pants/shorts
Donations may be dropped off at the church office.
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.
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.  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.
UUCT no longer collects food for the community food bank. 
Food should be taken directly to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, please see their website for donation locations:  https://www.communityfoodbank.org/where-to-donate .
As the holidays approach, UUCT may have many drives for needed items. Please see announcements for available dates items will be gratefully received.
Year-Round, UUCT collects pop-can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House (Holland Foyer) and used printer cartridges (Holland Annex next to bathroom). Some items are also accepted for No More Deaths.
Thank you for keeping our campus tidy.
Southern Arizona Covenant of UU Pagans
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. 
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.
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.
Dec. 9. TBIRDS Potluck + Sign Up
Winter members + visitors share a 6 pm meal Monday 12/9 in Goddard. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or bring a dish unannounced. Please provide your own plates and utensils so that we do not need volunteers to do cleanup of the church's place settings. 
TBIRD new member sign up forms are at Goddard welcome center. The Spring 2019 TBIRD Who's Who Directory, posted on the UUCT website, indicates arrival and departure dates, two addresses, and identifies personal interests for joint activities with others at UUCT, such as books, dining, theatre and volunteer service.  
For more information go to https://groups.google.com/d/forum/tbirds-uuct and subscribe if interested in regular announcements.
Growth, Connection, and the Circle of Life
Soul Collage New Year's Exploration Class
The New Year brings hopes, fears, and so many questions. This New Year join me for a collage class filled with fun, relaxation and maybe some answers to your coming year. You will make two unique and personal cards which will explore your inner self and nourish your soul.
Join me, Wendy Annis, on Saturday, January 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Goddard Hall. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to me atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you plan to attend. Also, please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions. There will be a $15 fee, (sliding scale for this event. Let's get together and start 2020 with creativity, reflection, and friendship!
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.We need help withset up and take down on Saturday morning and afternoon.Please contact Susan if you can help: 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
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 -friendlypotluckto give thanks for all our friends and fortunes this year! We will gather at 5pm for sharing food and doing small service projects to benefitNo More Deaths and other migrant aid organizations. As you are able, bring supplies to donate including:
  • Gallon Water jugs
  • Warm Weather Clothing
  • Blankets
  • Travel-sized toiletries
  • Packaged snacks
  • Cash or change to donate
Bring friends and family! All are welcome.
Up in the Sky! It's a Bird? It's a Plane? No...
It's OWL!
*Our Whole Lives, comprehensive sexuality education for children and youth!)
January 2020 | Sundays | at UUCT
All people deserve accurate, sensitive information about their bodies and relationships! OWL provides this and so much more from trained educators in age-appropriate ways. In Jan. 202, we will be offering classes for K-2 grades, 4-6 grades, and 7-9 grades. If you know a young person who is ready for this program contact the OWL Team atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Check out the UUA's website for more details:https://www.uua.org/re/owl
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).
Calling All "Weather Trackers"
Dec. 1 | 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 Faith Development programming (Sunday Morning RE, 2nd Hour, Thursday Night Lights, TUUYA, Parenting Club, and etc.).  Share your thoughts and input!
Questions? Contact Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Re-Bond to Re-Bound
Dec. 5 | 6-8pm | Goddard
Already feeling overwhelmed by the busyness of this time of year? Join us for a stress break! We will relax, socialize, and take a break from the hectic rush. Bring a comfort food and games to share.

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