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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Apr 29: Weekly Updates


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The Baja 4 Congregationswill continue to have joint services throughout April. Join us Sundays at 10:30 am on UUCT's YouTube page to watch worship. Worship will be pre-recorded, but will go "live" on YouTube at 10:30 on Sundays. You can watch it with a group then, or watch it on your own later on.
UUCT YouTube Link
Social Hour
Join by computer: https://zoom.us/s/7025890260
Password: 483148
Did you know you can alsophoneinto social hour? Yes! Simply:
  1. Dial: 1-669-900-6833
  2. Use the keypad to enter the Meeting ID: 702 589 0260
  3. Use the keypad to enter the Password: 483148
May 3- Southern Arizona CUUPS with Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
For the ritual gather a candle, lighter, piece of bread, and glass of wine or juice before we begin,
May 10- Baja 4 Congregational Ministers
A Special Announcement From Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, President of The Unitarian Universalist Association
I hope you are making time to care for your well-being. I learned a long time ago that in order to provide care for others, one also must care for oneself. A dry well offers no water. Taking care of yourself matters. Your life and well-being are valuable and needed. Rest and renewal are an integral part of ministry.
And now to the update about General Assembly (GA). I am pleased to share with you this message from LaTonya Richardson, the UUA’s General Assembly and Conference Services Director:
General Assembly, the annual conference that gathers thousands of Unitarian Universalists, is a tradition beloved by many. It is a time of celebratory reunion, participatory governance, and leadership development. The UUA Office of General Assembly and Conference Services (GACS), along with a group of dedicated volunteers who form the General Assembly Planning Committee, scout cities, make commitments, and execute contracts years in advance to plan each conference.
In February, GA 2020 planning was off to a remarkable start. Almost 2,000 people registered early and the number of program proposals and guest speakers broke recent records. Then COVID-19 became a national pandemic and a state of emergency was declared. Everyone—including Unitarian Universalists and those of us planning GA—had to quickly assess how to stay socially and spiritually connected despite being physically distant. I am proud of our creativity and flexibility during this time of hard choices and difficult transitions.
As Director of GACS for the UUA, the safety and well-being of all GA participants was my paramount concern as I monitored federal and state regulations, meeting and convention industry predictions, and the status of other faith-based assemblies. The decision of what to do about GA was complex, with a variety of scenarios to consider and much collaboration between the Planning Committee, UUA staff, and UU identity and affiliate groups. A thorough analysis of our contracts was also necessary to determine our legal and financial obligations, and what penalties we would incur should we breach the contracts.
Everyone involved in GA in some way, from presenters to exhibitors to speakers and staff, were feeling the anxiety that comes with uncertainty. Thankfully, the investment of time and effort on the front end paved the way for us to come to a mutually agreeable resolution with our partners in Providence. Then, the UUA Board passed a resolution authorizing a 100% virtual GA for 2020. The Board’s decision alleviated much of the anxiety and gave the UUA’s Internet Technology Services team and program presenters time to plan a more robust and rewarding virtual experience.
 With so many UUs already online, this year’s GA could well be our highest-attended Unitarian Universalist gathering in history.
 A 100% virtual GA comes at a time when many UU congregations have embraced virtual meetings and virtual Sunday services. Although this pandemic has been challenging for many, a silver lining is that UUs are adapting to and seeing the value of incorporating technology into their religious lives. With so many UUs already online, this year’s GA could well be our highest-attended Unitarian Universalist gathering in history! It will be accessible to a more diverse and global audience. It will also help reduce our carbon footprint, which aligns with our commitment to care for the earth and environment.
Join us as we experiment in previously unimaginable ways! If you are already registered for GA, your registration has been converted to virtual and you will receive a survey regarding the options for applying your refund. If you have not registered for GA,please click here to do so now.
May we be ROOTED in our revolutionary and living faith tradition, INSPIRED by this opportunity to live our mission in innovative ways, and READY to celebrate in June...virtually!

Staying Connected In ChurchCommunity

Book Club
The next UU Book Club will meet Thursday, May 14th at 9:30 on Zoom. The group is reading  Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. To be added to the Book Group e-list contact Margo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 784-1198.
Join by computer: https://zoom.us/j/435065986
Join by Zoom app:Meeting ID 435 065 986
Did you know you can alsophonein? Yes! Simply:
  1. Dial: 1-669-900-6833
  2. Use the keypad to enter the Meeting ID: 435 065 986#
Other ways to stay connected to UUCT
Rev. Bethany's Blog: I have started a blog with the most up to date information about worship and other community events, as well as spiritual and community resources. You can find that blog here: https://uuctucson.wordpress.com/ 
Meeting List: The front page of our website now lists the Zoom links for every congregational event happening online. You can list your event there by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..To book a "Zoom Room" for your group's meeting, contact me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
Zoom Meetings
UUCT Lunch Togethers 
Due to low attendance, we will no longer host UUCT Lunch Togethers. UUCT staff are working together to think about other ways to gather regularly online. Stay tuned!
Circles of Care and Connection
Join us in offering care and connection to each other!

Social Justice Updates

Nominate a Share the Plate nonprofit for next year
UUCT’s culture of generosity and social justice will not wither during this time of physical isolation. The Social Justice Council (SJC), in one of its last pre-social-distancing acts, voted unanimously for two Share the Plate collections per month in the year starting July 1, 2020. The board approved the plan to double down on kindness toward local nonprofit organizations that make our community more just and loving.
As we go from 12 to 24 Share the Plate collections, the SJC asks for your help. We’ve come up with 36 nominations of 501(c) (3) nonprofits, but we’re asking for additional nominations. Go to:https://forms.gle/25NyawbrdnKdjZKt7to see the current nominees and to add your nominees by April 20.
The link to your online ballot will be published in the May newsletter. The 24 nonprofits that get the most votes will be our 2020-2021 fiscal year Share the Plate recipients.
Cafe Justo Coffee and Clothes Drive
Sales - and delivery - of Café Justo coffee are continuing. This Social Justice Council (SJC) project benefits small-scale, shade-grown organic coffee growers in Chiapas, Mexico. 
Social Justice Workshop
UUCT justice activists are invited to a Zoom workshop that will explore how we can better organize ourselves in order to harness the power at the intersection of faith and justice. Heather Vickery, Coordinator for Congregational Activism with the UU College of Social Justice, will lead “Faith in Action” workshop.
UUJAZ Updates
May 1st Day of Action for a People's Bailout
Now, more than ever, we need to fight for our voting rights! Partners like Mijente, Sunrise Movement, and UUSC have been pushing for a #PeoplesBailout in which the fifth principle demands protections of our democratic process. Join UUJAZ on social media May 1st for a day of online action. Learn more at thepeoplesbailout.org.
Join UUJAZ and Puente Human Rights Movement for a "car"avan protest 
Let's send a message to the governor and the Department of Corrections that we want migrants released from detention before it's too late... as confirmed Covid-19 cases make them tinder boxes waiting to explode. Join us in your cars, with signs or writing on the windows, on Fridays 4/17 (at the DOC) 4/24 (at Florence) 5/1 (at Lewis) at 4pm. Sign up here: https://bit.ly/freedomcaravanaz. If you can't join us in your car, don't forget to sign the petition, and send to five friends! https://bit.ly/decarcerateaz
Join UU the Vote for "How We Thrive!" a LIVE virtual event
Tuesday, May 12 at 4 pm AZ time
What does it mean to practice our principles during a pandemic? What are we doing to guarantee free and fair elections in states targeted by voter suppression? How is UU the Vote rising to the challenges of COVID-19, while creating a movement towards UU values in the 2020 elections?
Join us LIVE for a special update from UU the Vote. This event will feature musicians from across the country, a message from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, and opportunities for you to get involved and make meaningful impacts in 2020!
Email Scams
Several UUCT members have received a SCAM email that is supposedly from Rev. Bethany asking for the member to buy a gift card for the homeless. Rev. Bethany will never ask for money to directly help her or for a cause not sponsored by the church.
The hallmark of a SCAM is an element of urgency; take time to think and cross-check any email. DO NOT ACT ON AN EMAIL/TEXT REQUEST FOR MONEY FROM REV. BETHANY OR OTHER CHURCH PERSON. You may forward the email toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you are in doubt about the authenticity of any email related to the church.
Thank you,
Your UUCT Staff, Board of Trustees, and Finance Committee.

Play and Learn With Us

Baja 4: Our Creation
On April 19th during the Sunday Service, the ministers of the Baja 4 have invited us to join in the creative spirit during these times.
"Whatever it is that calls out in your heart to be made, make it."- Jamili Omar
Find examples and share your work at:http://www.borderlandsuu.org/baja-4-our-creation.html
Photo above is a photo of a desert plant in snow
This week we are looking for photos of drawings, buildings, sculptures, nature, or any other representation of the UU values of:
Need some inspiration? The photo on the left is of a desert plant in snow. We always trust that the snow will melt and the summer return.
Post to the Parenting Club facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/439341513150633/) or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We'll share anonymously with UUCT friends to lift our spirits. #StayAwayStayConnected
RE at Home Resources
Are you interested in "doing church" at home? I am collecting resources for at home religious education both on the Parenting Club facebook page and in a google drive. The folder is available to everyone! You'll find activities that take 5 minutes and one that take 5 days, so you're in control of how much time you spend on RE.
Social Justice Party!
April 30| 7-8pm |Zoom
Join TUUYA (Tucson UU or UU curious people who would self identify as a younger adult) for a letter writing Social Justice Party. On the call, we will sit together to create messages of hope for Casa Mariposa and then work out the best ways to send them.
Have on hand these supplies:
  • blank cards or plain paper
  • decorating supplies like markers, colored pencils, crayons, stickers
  • envelopes
Game Night (virtually, of course)
May 7 | 7-8pm | Zoom
Need a distraction from finals or well... the rest of the world? Bring the family for a virtual game night. We'll try out games like Pictionary, Apples to Apples, and maybe Vampire. All you need is a zoom connection and some patience as we figure this out!

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