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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Dec 4: Weekly Updates

Worship Services
Blue Holidays
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
Living in the Future Today
Sunday, December 15, 10:30 a.m.
On the cusp of 2020, we’ll examine being people of hope living in the future that our religious ancestors believed was possible.
Worship Leader: Rev. Mathew Funke Crary
Worship Associate: Carrie Cooper
Music: Chris Tackett and Desert Chorale
**Sunday December 15 will be a Share the Plate Sunday for Casa Alitas:
Listening Space, an Evening Worship Service
Dec. 12 | 5:30-8:00 p.m. | 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.
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Please Join Us in Welcoming Our New Acting Pianist to the Church, Chris Tackett!
Exciting news!! We will have a new pianist joining us starting this Sunday. Chris Tackett will be familiar to many of you, as he has subbed for Leeza a number of times in the past few years. Chris has signed a contract to be our Acting Pianist through mid-April, and possibly beyond. Brian Moon is pulling together a hiring committee to identify a new permanent pianist sometime this spring. 
Chris Tackett is a Masters Degree graduate of Indiana University. He has been involved with many different instrumental and vocal ensembles all over the country. He has previously served as the Artistic Director of Desert Voices, the Director of Music at Temple Emanu-El in Tucson, and Director of Music at Saguaro Christian Church. While working for these organizations he composed, edited, or arranged much of the music that they performed. Recently he has been working with the Civic Orchestra of Tucson. As a composer and arranger he has worked for many groups around the world including the Gregg Smith Singers, the BBC Big Band and Concert Orchestra, and the Brodsky Quartet. His clients have included Dave Brubeck and George Shearing. For over fifteen years he served as music librarian and archivist for Mr Shearing.
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.
Social Justice
Homeless Task Force Meeting: Sunday December 15, 12:30 p.m. in the Holland Sanctuary.
If you are interested in being on this task force, or just have ideas to share concerning the issue of homelessness around our church, and in our community, please join us.
It's 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.
Wednsday, 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
LGBTQA Sponsored Event:
TIHAN Dinner/Dance, December 18!
We need four more volunteers, please, to set-up and serve.
If you have never participated in a TIHAN monthly lunch (POZ Cafe) it is an experience worth having. The guests are folks living with HIV/Aids and a guest of their choosing. The event will include a DJ, chef-prepared dinner, care-packages, and 'gifts' which we will be collecting in Goddard the next two Sundays. We can also accept monetary gifts payable to TIHAN.
Please contact Jerry Cuffe: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer or see Ray VanHoosear or Eve Hady in Goddard. 
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
If you do your holiday shopping next Sunday, Dec. 8, at the UUCT annual Mata Ortiz pottery sale, you can cross some names off your gift list as well as help the potters of Mata Ortiz support their families. Recent State Department travel advisories have warned against travel to the Mexican state of Chihuahua because of the increase in violent crime. Mata Ortiz is located in Chihuahua, and without tourists coming to buy their pottery, their economy has taken quite a hit. That is why we at UUCT continue to invite our friends from the village to sell pottery here once a year. So come meet some of the potters, see how their pottery is made and buy beautiful art work for yourself or your friends and family.
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 "Do" 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! 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.
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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 on the program:https://www.uua.org/re/owl
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).
Whine, Cheese, and Chocolate
Dec. 5 | 6-8pm | Goddard
Formerly called Re-Bond to Re-Bound, join with friends and family to eat, drink, and wHine. 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
Bag lunches will be available after church: Turkey or veggie wraps, with carrots, celery, and holiday cookies.
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..
…Deepen faith …Strengthen connections
…Serve community
Dec. 19 | 6-8pm | Goddard Hall
After a very successful first game, we will be holding another Monthly UU Role-Playing group or MUURP. 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.

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