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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Jan 22: Weekly Updates

Worship Services
Evening Worship: 
Thursday, January 23 6-8 p.m., Holland Sanctuary
"I brought myself to be with you, hoping that by inhaling the compassion, the courage, the hope found here, I can exhale the fear, the selfishness, the separateness I keep so close to my skin" (Kristen L. Harper).
Do you need to take a breather? To breathe deeply after the hustle and bustle of the end of the year? Maybe you are seeking a way to connect with others? Join us in January to reflect on the power of breath through meditation and song.
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 adessert potluckafter. When the weather cooperates, we’ll drag out the fire pit and toast marshmallows! 
The Pleasure of Activism: The Joy of Resistance
Sunday, January 26, 2020 10:30 a.m.
Writer and activist Adrienne Maree Brown, describes pleasure activism as “a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth, that changing the world is just another form of work.” What is the role of desire and joy in justice work? What do you need in order to curate more joy in your work for a better world? 
Worship Leader: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate: Betsy McMillan
Music: Chris Tackett and Desert Chorale
AFTER CHURCH:Jan 26: Town Hall
A Town Hall gathering in Holland will be held Sunday the 26th starting at 12:15 for no more than 1 hour. The meeting will include updates, respond to informal requests for input, and an opportunity for talk back on issues and concerns. Come listen and participate in this part of our congregational life.
Don't Yuck My Yum
Sunday, February 2, 2020 10:30 a.m.
What we do when we disagree, and the impact of our disagreement is purely personal.
Worship Leader: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate: Celeste Rogers
Music: Chris Tackett and Desert Chorale
Coming Soon!,February 8th,from 5-8:30 for our fabulous UUCT Auction. Tickets on sale now for $15 for auction and dinner. Sign up now in Goddard with your donations or on-line, large and small. Also buy your 50/50 raffle tickets, and volunteer for our most important fundraiser!
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.
SAVE THE DATE – Healthy Congregations Workshop on March 21st
Interested in investing in the long-term relational health of our congregation? Save the Date for our Healthy Congregations Workshop on Saturday, March 21st. More details forthcoming. 
Membership News
The Newcomers Club
We are looking for folks who are seeking new friendships, want to share ideas on Newcomer needs, and potential activities. Our next meeting is Sunday, January 26, 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.
Social Justice
Save the Date: NMD Fundraiser:February 13, 2019
No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes is excited to announce that critically
acclaimed author, Luis Alberto Urrea, is once again coming to Tucson to
host a fundraiser to support our work. 
Mr. Urrea is the author of TheDevil's Highway and 16 other books, which reflect his cross-cultural experiences as a Mexican-American. Born in Tijuana, Mexico to an American mother and a Mexican father, Urrea is best known as a "border writer."
The event will take place at the El Casino Ballroom, 427 E 26th Street,
on Thursday, February 13th, 2020.  A reception with the author at 5:30 p.m.
precedes the main program, which will begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets are
currently available at 
NOMOREDEATHS.BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM at two levels: reception and program ($60) or for the program alone ($40).
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States
You are invited to join the reading and discussion of the 2019-2020 UUA Common Read, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States   https://www.uua.org/books/read 
A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time and can build community in our congregation and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations.  
Time frame: Read An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by February 29, 2020. Group conversations to follow.
If interested, please contact Steve Kraynak:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Mar 14/15: UU Booth at UA Book Fest
Volunteers Needed!Southern Arizona UU Booth, March 14 & 15, at the University of Arizona Book Festival in Tucson
To volunteer to be a greeter in the booth, just click on the link below to sign up. You only need to be at the booth for 3 hours, so you can have the rest of the time at the Book Festival for yourself. Also, a week or so before the Festival, we send you a reminder with tips for booth volunteers as well as the specific booth location.
If you have questions or need help signing up, please feel free to contact Erin Chadwell, Administrator at MVUU at 520 579-7094 or me at 520 664-5323.
Thank you for helping make the UU Booth a success.
Southern Arizona Covenant of UU Pagans
What Is Waxing
Join us for Imbolc Ritual on Saturday, February 1st at 6 pm.Ana Ortiz will lead us in this cross-quarter ritual. Bring a snack to share (carpet-friendly, please). This is a child friendly event, but childcare is available by emailing Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request it.
Pagan tip of the month
I like to use Imbolc as an opportunity to do some early spring cleaning, and cleansing my space of unwanted or old energy is no exception! You can do the same, if you desire.
Ring a bell in the corners of your home, smudge with local dried herbs, spritz some salt water, use your besom (or any broom) to sweep the dog hair and the stale energy out the front door, and say an incantation to your own house spirits!
As you're cleaning, be mindful to invite in what is welcome and block out what is not. And consider donating any clothing or items you don't need to a local shelter.
Have a pagan tip to share? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
All traditions welcome!
Southern Arizona CUUPS: A Chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans 
Mail: Southern Arizona CUUPS c/o UUCT, 4831 E. 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85711
Web: http://uuctucson.org/worship/sazcuups.html  | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SAZCUUPS/ (FB messages can be sent to m.me/SAZCUUPS
Growth, Connection, and the Circle of Life
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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Mystical Experiences Group
Have you had prophetic dreams? A near death experience? Do you follow the messages of your intuition, etc...etc? Do you typically keep these amazing aspects of yourself hidden, knowing that many people would probably think you’re a nut case.....LOL!!
The Mystical Experiences Group is for folks like you...and me. It will be a private meeting in a private space, and best of all NO NAY-SAYERS OR VOYEURS allowed.
February 2, 2020. 12:30 p.m. in the Blackwell Room
Facilitator: Ronna James atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or(217) 355-0601 call, text or email for questions.
Social Opportunities
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.
Come Join the UUCT Happy Hour Group!
When: Fourth Fridays of the, month 4-7 pm
Date of Next Gathering: January 24. 2020
Where: On the Border, at north side of Broadway between Swan and Craycroft.
Cheap prices for food and drink. We may try other places eventually. Just show up and ask for the UU's (if questions, email 
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Ice Cream Sundae and Mulled Cider social
Sunday 2/2/2020LGBTQAI+ group is having an Ice Cream Sundae and Mulled Cider social time in Goddard Hall following service. Come enjoy yummy sundaes and warming mulled cider. Hope to see you there!
Educational Opportunities For Everyone!
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!
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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Game Night and Farewell Potluck
Jan. 25| 5-8pm | Goddard
Please join the Parenting Club and Tucson UU Young Adults for an evening of friendly competition. We will breakout the table games to celebrate the Brown family who is moving to CA. Everyone is welcome! Bring a potluck item and a game to share. 
**Child care is available from 5-7pm for a suggested donation of $5 per child, but no one turned away.**
Calling All "Weather Trackers"
Feb. 2 | 12:30-1:30pm | Awareness Room
Have you ever wondered how things get decided for RE, LFD, and 2nd Hour? Are you interested in getting involved with activities but aren't quite ready to face a classroom of participants? Do you have some time to give us feedback about what you’ve seen and what you’d like to see? Consider attending the "Weather Trackers" meeting!
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.
Monthly UU Role Playing group (MUURP)
Feb. 27 | 6-8pm | Goddard Hall 
We are starting a Monthly UU Role-Playing group, MUURP. We will be meeting one Thursday every month. Jim Myers will be running the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons adventure: Dragon of Icspire 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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