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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Dec 11: Weekly Updates

Yes Virginia, The UU Church of Tucson Will Have Christmas Eve Services!
Tuesday December 24. 5:30 p.m. - A Holiday Pageant!This will be an all ages participatory service. Come join in the fun and the merriment.
Worship Leader: Jamili Omar
Tuesday December 24, 7:00 p.m. -The Desert: A Midwife Prophecy.This will be our contemplative service.
Worship Leader: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
The collection for both services, will be forThe Ministers Discretionary Fund.The Minister will have sole authority to disperse these funds to support people within, and beyond, our congregation who cannot have their needs filled another way.Please plan to give generously as you are able if you are in attendance Christmas Eve- and if you are unable to, feel free to write a check to UUCT, memo line: Minister's Discretionary Fund at any time before or after. 
Worship Services
Listening Space, an Evening Worship Service
Thursday, December 12, 5:30-8:00 p.m., Holland Sanctuary
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! 
This month we will all have the opportunity to share and listen to memories of favorite Christmases experiences! Come with a story to tell or just join us to listen, sing carols, and enjoy the company of friends.
Each service begins at 5:30 p.m. with a Bring Your Own dinner to eat with friends. At 6 p.m., 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! 
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:
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.
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!
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!
Book Club, Thursday, January 23rd, 9:30 a.m.
The next UU Book Club will meet Thursday, Jan. 23rd at 9:30 AM , at Fellowship Square. The group is readingThe Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Everyone is welcome to attend. Contact Linda French atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or303-621-4666 with questions or for directions to the right building.
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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Community request!
Betsy and Preston McMillan are getting a long awaited visit from a grandchild this December! Rather than purchase a car seat, they would like to borrow one for their 3 year old grandchild. They will need it from Dec. 22-Dec. 31. If you have one you're able to loan, contact Betsy at (612) 384-9929 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Special Thanks!
Mata Ortiz Pottery Sale
The Artisans of Mata Ortiz wish to thank the church for once again hosting a sale for them (in spite of the rainy circumstances). Unfortunately one of them was sidetracked because of illness and couldn't make it. Nevertheless the sale was a success and they earned a couple hundred dollars more than last year! They have donated 3 pots to UUCT to sell or raffle or auction off at our discretion. Thank you, Thank you!
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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OWL Classes Are Open!
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 our website for more details on the program:https://uuctucson.org/education/our-whole-lives-owl.html
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.
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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