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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Nov 26: Weekly Updates

Happy Thanksgiving to All of Our Members and Friends!
The church office will be closed November 27, 28, and 29. In case of an emergency, please call the church office and you will be forwarded to an emergency contact.
Worship Services
Wonder: Where Faith Meets 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. Wonder is the origin of both scientific discovery and faith. What hope can science offer us? What can wonder teach us? 
Worship Leader:Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate:Josue Ortiz
Music:Desert Chorale and Leeza Beriyeva
**This is an intergenerational service, so there are no RE Classes. The Nursery is available for children under 10 years.**
Resilience: The Miracle of Life
Sunday, December 8, 10:30 a.m.
This is our Blue Holidays service, when we acknowledge the sadness that many experience in the holiday season. In this worship service, we will explore the extraordinary ability of the human spirit to survive hardship and heartbreak. What hope sustains us through hard times? 
Worship Leader:Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate:Nina Tolley
Music:Chris Tackett
Listening Space, an Evening Worship Service
Dec. 12 | 5:30-8:00pm | Holland Hall
Our year-long experiment in offering a worship service in the evening will continue in December with a 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! 
Each service begins at 5:30pm with a Bring Your Own dinner to eat with friends. At 6pm, we will start a 45 minute service with a dessert potluck after. When the weather cooperates, we’ll drag out the fire pit and toast marshmallows! 
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.
Rev. Bethany will not be at the coffee shop tomorrow, Wednesday November 27.
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.
Social Justice Meeting: Sunday December 1
Join us for updates about our Social Justice programs. After church, in the Holland Sanctuary.
Dec 11: Cafe Justo Trip
There is still room on our Dec. 11 carpool trip to Agua Prieta to stop at these places:
·       The Exodus Migrant Assistance Center (the only migrant assistance center in the city).
·       Café Justo's coffee roasting, packaging and distribution center and coffee bar.
·       Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee for lunch.
We will leave UUCT at 8 am and get back by 4 pm. Here is the detailed itinerary and signup form: https://forms.gle/ibuMPKULQVHyYa6V6
Southern Arizona Covenant of UU Pagans
What Is Waxing?
Our Second Sunday class offering this month is Board Games! On December 8th starting at 12:30 and going on as long as we want to go. We're meeting in the Servetus Room. Bring games to play and a snack to share. This is a child friendly event, but childcare is available by emailing Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to request it.
Join us for Yule Ritual on Saturday, December 21st at 6 pm.Julie will lead us in a ritual celebrating the winter solstice! Bring a snack to share. Bring a snack to share. This is a child friendly event, but childcare is available by emailing Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to request it. 
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:There are so many ways to celebrate the longest night of the year and the return of the light to the world. Some ideas:
  • Burn a Yule log
  • Make sun cookies and yellow foods
  • Light candles and make wishes for the world for the upcoming season of light Write your gratitude list and burn it as an offering
  • Donate your time and treasure to those less fortunate and bring your light to others
  • Party with SAZCUUPS!
Social Opportunities
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. 
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!
This Sunday, Dec. 1, is an Intergenerational Service, so there are no children and youth classes. Our young friends are welcome to stay in Worship with us, to play at the small table in the lobby, or enjoy the soft space in the sanctuary. As always, the Nursery is open for children under 10 years.
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. 2020, 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
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.
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.
2nd Hour
December 8 | 12:30-1:30pm | 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 for details including descriptions and age restrictions. In December, pick from:
  • UU 6 Sources discussion with Rev. Bethany
  • Night of Silence Choir with Brian Moon
  • Mindfulness. Mindful eating. Chocolate tasting. With Sam Meyer
  • Board Games with CUUPS
Children are welcome in classes indicated by “all ages" and those with an age indicated, but childcare is available for those under 10 years. 
Questions? Want to teach? Contact Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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