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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Feb 26: Weekly Updates

Worship and Sunday News
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All Music Sunday:
No One is Alone
Sunday, March 1, 2020 10:30 a.m.
 
In Stephen Sondheim's musicals, the protagonist often struggles with a feeling of being along even when in a crowd, and the story and music guides them to the realization that they are safe in community the entire time. No one is alone.
 
Worship Leaders: Brian Moon, Chris Tackett, and Desert Chorale
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Flower Communion
Sunday, March 8, 2020 10:30 a.m.
 
Bring a Flower to Worship on March 8th
Bring a flower (or a few!) to worship on March 8th for an intergenerational flower communion ritual where we will honor all the volunteers it takes to make our congregation run. Pick a wildflower or buy some from the store! We look forward to seeing you there. 
 
Worship Leader: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate: Brenda Lundt
Music: Chris Tackett
Religious Education on March 1 and 8
Both of these dates are child- and youth-friendly Intergenerational Services. We welcome people of all ages in Worship!
 
  • March 1--ONLY C^3 will meet (for ages 12-19)
  • March 8--NO RE classes
 
Feel free to bring quiet, reflective activities such as coloring or knitting to keep hands busy. Nursery care is available for children 10 years and younger.
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
Membership News
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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.
Stewardship Updates
Thank you to all the people who have turned in a pledge card or pledged on-line. We have raised $190,806 so far towards our goal of $310,000. Sunday, March 1 is the last day to turn in your pledge and be eligible for the drawing for a special dinner at the Botanical Garden (and have increased your pledge at least 10%, or first time pledgers given at least $500). However, it is NOT the end of the pledge drive. We will start phoning all members and friends of the church to ask for their pledges of financial support for the next church year. We want to contact everyone. So help us out by pledging TODAY.
Deb Collinge and Margot Garcia
 
The Newcomers Club
The Newcomers club is canceled for the month of February and March. It will resume in April. Please contact Wendy Annis if you have questions:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mar 28: Getting to Know UU
SAVE THE DATE - The next Getting to Know UU: Orientation and Breakfast will be held on Saturday March 28th from 9:00 to 11:30 am in Holland. All folks new to the UUCT community are welcome to attend. There will be a light breakfast, time to meet new people and opportunities to learn about UU and UUCT. Please RSVP to Alma Byrd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Child care will be provided.
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Office Help Needed
The office is in need of some temporary, and substitute help:
 
  • Wednesday Office Volunteer- Wendy Annis, our wonderful regular Wednesday office volunteer, is out of the country until April. Wendy's duties include answering phones, data base entry, filing, mailing checks, and help keeping membership packets and newcomer information up to date.
  • Financial Secretary Help- Our wonderful Financial Secretary, Kathleen Hueser, is no longer able to do our weekly bank deposit because of health issues. Currently, our Monday office volunteer, Gail Ringer, is helping with this, but she has limited time to do so, and we need a few back ups to help on days she is not available. This job takes anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on the week, including travel to and from the bank. Knowledge of Excel and some background in finance is very helpful. Training will be provided.
 
Please contact Mary Wiese, our Congregational Administrator if you have questions or are interested in helping:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The Lost and Found is Full!
There are many items in our Lost and Found basket outside the church office. Please come check it out if you are missing anything. Also, there are some unclaimed items in the office leftover from the the auction. Please come pick them up soon.
If you drop something off at the office, please label so we know what to do with it. Thank you!
Social Justice
NMD Wins ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism
 
NEW YORK – The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) is pleased to announce that the 2020 ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism will go to No More Deaths in support of its humanitarian efforts to alleviate the suffering and end the fatalities of those crossing the southern border of the United States. One of the largest monetary awards for human rights in the world, the ALBA/Puffin Award is a $100,000 cash prize granted annually by ALBA and the Puffin Foundation to honor the nearly 3,000 Americans who volunteered in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) to fight fascism under the banner of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. This year’s award acknowledges the urgent need for humanitarian aid to safeguard the lives of immigrants and refugees worldwide, and the profound bravery of the civil disobedience sometimes necessary to accomplish that goal. The award ceremony will take place at the Japan Society in New York on May 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
 
Show Support for Scott Warren: Scott's Cabeza Sentencing this Thursday!
 
Despite our many victories in the last two years of legal battles, we have one more important court date coming up. In case you missed it, Judge Ranier Collins withheld judgement on Scott's misdemeanor trial in May until the conclusion of his felony jury trial in November. Moments after the jury acquitted him on two counts of harboring, Collins announced that he found Scott not guilty on abandonment of property due to religious freedom protections, but did rule that Scott was guilty of the other misdemeanor count.
 
Scott's sentencing for one misdemeanor charge of "operating a motor vehicle in a wilderness area" on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge is scheduled for this Thursday, February 27th, 10:00 am at the DeConcini Federal Courthouse at 405 W Congress. Please pull out your best court attire and come out and show support. There may not be an overflow room, so if it is crowded or the courtroom is full, treat each other with respect and courtesy, and make sure that priority is given to Scott's family and close support network.
 
 
 
 
UU the Votecontinues to build momentum in congregations around the country.
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.  
 
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UU Booth at UA Book Fest
Mar 14 and 15
 
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.
Special Events
Feb 29: ILIVED Training
 
Saturday, February 29th from 9 AM - 5 PM
Your Board of Trustees and Minister have scheduled an ILIVED training for UUCT members to learn about how to respond if our campus were to become the target of an armed intruder in the future. While the likelihood of such a catastrophic event is very low, your leaders have heard a desire to prepare ourselves and learn about the most effective responses. Here is a description of the event from ICSAVE, the organization that will facilitate the training:
"This six-hour course is designed to educate the public on how they can mitigate the loss of life if they find themselves in a violent intruder incident. The goal of ILIVED training is for participants to recognize the need for immediate response to these types of incidents, recognize ways they may intervene, and empower them to make a difference in the event."
This training will take place on Saturday, February 29th from 9 AM - 5 PM. This event is FREE. Please bring $5 for a pizza/salad or bring a bag lunch. Please RSVP to Mary Wiese (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by February 26th. Let her know if you have any dietary restrictions if you would like pizza.
Mar 21: Healthy Congregations Workshop
 
Moving Forward Together Workshop on March 21st
 
Are you interested in investing in the long-term relational health of our congregation? Want to learn skills to work more effectively with others and understand those who are different from you? Yes?! Then Save the Date for a Moving Forward Together Workshop, part of our commitment to becoming a Healthier Congregation, on Saturday, March 21st. Whether you have been part of our congregation for 40 years and seen us through many conflicts, or whether you are newer to the congregation and don't know us to be a congregation in conflict, you will surely learn something valuable at this workshop. The goal is to give those who gather skills to deal with conflict while remaining in relationship with one another. There will be a morning workshop for all interested from 9 AM – 12 PM. Then in the afternoon we will have a workshop for the Board, Staff, and other leaders in the congregation. Please RSVP to Mary Wiese (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you would like to attend the morning workshop.
 
Southern Arizona Covenant of UU Pagans
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What's Up With SAZCUUPS March 2020?
 
What Is Waning?
We had a really fun Paganism 101 (part 2) class where we played energy ball and conducted a mini-ritual, as well as explored the meaning of cultural appropriation in paganism. We also enjoyed a gorgeous Imbolc ritual led by Ana Ortiz. Participants enjoyed crossing the ritual flames with new intentions for the year.
 
What Is Waxing?
  • Our Second Sunday class offering this month is Intro to the Celtic Wheel of the Year. The Celtic Wheel of the Year is the religious calendar for our ancestors of the British Isles. Come and learn about the history of these sabbats (holidays) and how they follow the cycles of nature. Join us on March 8th at 12:30pm.
  • Join us for Ostara Ritual on Thursday, March 19th at 6 pm. Come celebrate the spring equinox SAZCUUPS-style. Bring a snack to share (carpet-friendly, please). 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.
 
Pagan Tip of the Month
March is a time of birthings, sproutings, beginnings and the balanced equinox between light days and dark days. We are heading into the hot hot summer here in the desert southwest. Now is a good time to plant your intentions, along with seedlings in eggshells. Start a new project, create a new habit, dive into a new skill, or grow that savings account (leave a penny and some milk for the fairies on Ostara for an extra boost). What do you like to do in spring?
 
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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Sunday Morning Meditation
Morning Meditation for beginners will be in the meditation garden Sunday morning, at 9:00 a.m. Meditate for as little as 3 minutes to begin. Liz Ravenwood would love to show you her meditative technique that has proven very effective. Others will want to share their techniques as well. For information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or talk/text 520-661-7153.
Social Opportunities
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Book Club
Thursday, February 27th
The next UU Book Club will meet Thursday, February 27 at 9:30 at the home of Margo Newhouse. The group is readingJust Mercyby Bryan Stevenson. Everyone is welcome to attend. Questions? Contact Margo atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 520-784-1198.
UUCT Happy Hour Group
When: Fourth Fridays of the, month 4-7 pm
Date of Next Gathering: February 28, 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 (Questions? email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 
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TBIRDS
Mar 9: TBIRD Potluck
 
RSVP's to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. requested but not required for Monday March 9 city-wide pot luck, 6 pm in Goddard; Winter members, friends and visitors bring your own plates and utensils as well as a dish to share. Remaining pot luck— April 13.
 
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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.
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.
2nd Hour
March 8 | 12:30-1:30pm | UUCT
In this year of experimentation, 2nd Hour is one way for adults and children alike to learn, grow, and deepen in understanding, community, connection, and service.
 
This month we are offering:
  • Drummingwith Matt Conrad
  • League of Women Voterson the state Legislature's online "Request to Speak" service with Rex Graham
  • Dismantling Racism: Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture with Steve Kraynak
  • Banned Book Read Aloudwith RE Teachers
  • Celtic Wheel of the Year(90 min session) with CUUPS
 
Questions?Want to teach?Contact Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Movie Night
March 13 | 7-10 pm | UUCT
 
TUUYA invites you and all your peeps to a low-key, movie night! We'll pick a popular movie, pop some popcorn, and stretch out in the sanctuary to enjoy! Deep discussion likely, but optional! Need childcare? Contact Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to RSVP.
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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