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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Oct 28: Weekly Updates

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Worship and Special Announcements

The Baja 4 Congregations
will again be sharing ministers during the month of October to bring you wonderful, collaborative worship. Join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on UUCT'sYouTubepage 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.
Sunday Morning, November 1, 2020:Spiritual Preparation For the Election. With Rev. Tina and Janine Gelsinger, Executive /director of UUJAZ.Join usat 10:30 a.m. for the video premiere on YouTube:
It will be available thereafter on YouTubeto watch when you want.
Nov 1 @ 11:30am: Congregational Business Meeting:
The Congregational Meeting Will Replace the Social Hour This Week.Anyone may attend the meeting, but only members may vote.
November 1, 2020 at 11:30 (Zoom will open at 11:15 to certify membership).
A quorum is needed to vote on important bylaw changes.
Please read the agenda and supporting documents before the meeting.
Please note the correct zoom address:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86744387509
Meeting ID: 867 4438 7509. See the agenda link for dial by phone information.   
Election Week Vigils
Join the Baja 4 ministers, educators, and musical community as we stay grounded and stay connected-- to each other, to our ancestors, and to the ones who come after us.
Come for music, reflection, words of grief and words of care. Come for fellowship. Come because we are stronger together than apart.
Wednesday, November 4- 6PM
Thursday, November 5 - 6PM
Friday, November 6 - 6PM
Saturday, November 7 - 10AM
Sunday, November 8 - Join us for Baja 4 Worship on your church's YouTube Channel.
Zoom Link for All Vigils:https://uuma.zoom.us/j/93926344716
Meeting ID for All Vigils: 939 2634 4716 
Special Vespers Service: A Space to Grieve
Oct 29 | 6:30pm | zoom 
There is so much we are grieving right now. 220,000+ Americans dead from coronavirus, the rising tide of white supremacy and fascism, the loss of physical connection with loved ones, the climate crisis, and more... UUCT's evening vespers on October 29th will be a space for us to grieve together, intentionally and in community. If you feel in need of a space like this, please join Rev. Bethany and others for vespers on October 29th at 6:30 pm.
Join by computer: https://zoom.us/s/7025890260
Meeting ID: 702 589 0260
Join by telephone (audio only): 
  1. Dial: +1 669 900 6833
  2. Enter the Meeting ID: 702 589 0260
  3. Enter the Password: 483148
Previous Vespers Services can be found here:https://uuctucson.org/members/vesper-services.html 
Zoom to 2nd Hour
Nov. 8 | 12:15-1:15pm
Please join UUCT for 2nd Hour! It is a once -per -month afternoon of a variety of educational, spiritual, interesting, and fun workshops. Please join us in September to kick off the learning year.
This month pick from 
  • Exploring the Proposed 8th Principle with the Racial Justice Education Team
  • Exploring World Religions with Jamili Omar
  • Game Time! with RE Teachers
  • Transforming Hearts and Welcoming Congregation Renewal with Janine Gelsinger from UUJAZ
  • Candle Sigil Magic with Leigh and SAZCUUPS
Special Thanksgiving Fundraiser!
This drive-up gourmet dinner event will be noon to 1:30 pm on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26 in front of Goddard Hall. (Please stay in your vehicle while volunteers hand your dinners to you.)
The Fundraising Committee will make only 200 dinners, so order yours while availability lasts at
Your participation in this special holiday event will support UUCT financially, provide you with gourmet Thanksgiving dinners, and give you a way to donate dinners to staff and their immediate families. Rev. Bethany will lead a communal prayer of gratitude after the dinners are picked up.
The traditional turkey dinners with all the trimmings, even pie, are $25 each.
Full gourmet turkey dinners with generous portions will include side dishes of mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, a special green bean dish (not the soupy casserole), bread roll, cranberry sauce, spring salad-plus, and your choice of pumpkin or apple pie. Gluten-free and vegetarian versions are available.
To pay for your dinners, click here and fill in the amount using the Thanksgiving tab:credit card service
What's Up With SAZCUUPS November 2020?
What is Waning?We enjoyed a Stitch and Witch class with crafters of all kinds and had a great time! Our second Sunday classes are shaping up to be really awesome for the rest of the church year, keep an eye on this spot for future offerings!
What Is Waxing?OurSamhain Ritualwill be held Sunday, November 1st at 6:15 pm. Ana Ortiz will be leading us in celebration. Ritual will be held in our Zoom roomhttps://zoom.us/j/8239364868
Our Second Sunday class in candle magic will be taught by Leigh Mileur, On Sunday, November 8th at 12:15pm.
Leigh has been a practicing pagan since 2009 and they currently use the label “Norse-leaning eclectic”. They are a member of SAZCUUPS since 2017 and of the Heathen organization The Troth since April of this year. This class was previously offered in-person in October 2019 and will use Zoom in a participatory manner, though everyone is welcome to use pen and paper if they are more comfortable. In this beginners' class, Leigh will teach a candle magic method that uses a sigil made from letters in the English alphabet, which will be taken from a phrase of intent each participant will create. They will briefly cover positive vs. negative statements in magic, visualization, charging a candle, and the concept of dressing or anointing a candle. They will mention a few other methods of sigil creation as well. When you have completed this class, you will know how to use this method to create sigilized candles on your own, and Leigh will make available (through email or Facebook) a list of resources for further learning, as well as suggestions of local stores to purchase candles and holders.Necessary supplies:a writing implement and paper will be very helpful for sigil design. We will also be using the "annotate" tools in Zoom to draw for those who are comfortable. A method of taking notes would be recommended.
Join us in our Zoom room for this class:https://zoom.us/j/8239364868
How to Give to the Church
You are asked to use our credit card service (which can be reached by the link or the On-line Giving button on our website), the very easy to use Text-to-Give (1-833-361-5796),or checkssent to the office. The on-line giving gives you the option to identify the contribution and use the memo line for checks. A tutorial video on Text-to-Give is here. After setting up an initial “profile” these options are easy to use for subsequent donations.

Staying Connected In Church Community

Halloween CARnival
Oct 31 | 5-6pm | At UUCT with many safety precautions
It might not be safe for traditional trick-or-treating, but UUCT volunteers are scaring up a fun alternative. With many safety precautions* we'll be holding a "drive through" event so we can share our costumes and wave from a distance.
Come to UUCT between 5 and 6pm to wave at ghosts, zombies, and spirits of all kinds, view some spooky decorations, and even have your photo taken. You're invited to drive through or walk so everyone is welcome. And, of course, there's candy to take home!
*Masks and physical distancing required at all times. No restrooms will be available.
Ways to stay connected to UUCT
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
Rev. Bethany at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Zoom Meetings
Board of Trustees
3rd Tuesdays @ 7pm.
Next Meeting: November 20
UUCT Board of Trustees meetings are open for all to attend, except during special Executive sessions. 
Join Zoom Meeting
Minutes for the last meeting are posted here:
Longing for deeper connection with others and with your inner being? We are too.
New Small Group Ministry at UUCT
Circles of Trust for Unitarian Universalists are coming to UUCT, beginning the week of October 19. These ongoing small groups will run through the end of May. Each Circle of 8 people will meet either once a month for 2 hours, or twice a month for 1½ hours, over Zoom. Modeled after Quaker teacher and writer Parker Palmer’s Circles of Trust, now in wide use all over the world, the groups will be facilitated by UUCT Affiliate Ministers and experienced lay leaders.
UUCT Book Club
The UUCT Book Club has selected the books for October and November so
that participants will have time to acquire and read the books. We are not ready to meet in person and will continue to use Zoom. We meet online the 2nd Thursday of the month at 9:30am.
The book for our November 12th meeting is "The German House" by Annette Hess.
To be added to the book club email list, contact Jan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88412604078 ?pwd=SWl0dGdyTzZrRTlYaDk1VExINnBlZz09
go to: zoom.us
select: Join meeting
  • Meeting ID: 884 1260 4078
  • Password: 484848
Looking to expand your social connections?
If you are new to UUCT, or a current member looking for more ways to connect with other members, check out our online Volunteer Interest Form. The new form gives you a quick way to learn more about UUCT interest activities and volunteer opportunities. Joining an interest group or volunteering is a great way to increase socialization and contribute to the greater good.
To get more information and/or sign up for an interest group or volunteer, complete the online Volunteer Interest Form.
After you submit the form, you’ll be matched up with the lead contact person who, in turn will reach out to you with more information.

Social Justice Updates

Share the Plate
Our Share the Plate donation for the second half ofOctoberwill go toMass Liberation Arizona.
Our Project was launched in 2019 to bolster the growing movement to end mass incarceration and abolish the criminal legal system as we know it. Our vision is to build a bigger movement and to help change the political conditions necessary to make community liberation possible for BIPOC. We are working toward this by focusing on the grassroots organizing capacity of directly-impacted people and their loved ones, including people who are formerly incarcerated, have a felony conviction, have a sentence of probation or parole or whose lives have been directly affected by the criminal legal system in other ways. Our programs of support include skills training, coaching, political education, organizing & electoral strategy and a fellowship program for new and emerging directly-impacted organizers.
Cafe Justo Coffee
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. Please contact Sue Watts for more information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Social Action Committee is sponsoring vigils in front of our church each Tuesday morning from 8:00 to 9:00. We have dozens of signs covering current topics which align with UU Principles. We also encourage the sincerity and creativity of home-made signs. We are supporting causes UUs believe in and advertising the values of our congregation. Please don a mask and join us.  
The Social Justice Council, chaired by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 9am.  All are invited to participate.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 823 1979 8034
Passcode: 483148
Join by telephone (voice only): +1 669 900 6833, Meeting ID: 823 1979 8034

Play and Learn With Us

Parents and Caregivers of Preschoolers!
Story Time | Nov. 7 | 1-2pm | Meeting ID: 5716364277
Join the Baja 4 families in POPs, a video-based, at-home curriculum grounded in Unitarian Universalism and designed for parents and caregivers of children ages 2-5. By engaging with POP videos, parents and caregivers will come to understand their child's spiritual development, to build rituals that support this development, and to see themselves as spiritual teachers.
Each month,
  • On your own, watch three short videos on the theme of the month.
  • With our POPS adults, meet once a month to check in and share.
  • With our children, join other kids for story and crafts time!
All activities are optional and free for Baja 4 families!
  • Contact Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Stacie atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Check out thePOPS website
  • UU Questhas more details
Then, register with Baja 4! You'll get the password for videos after you register.https://forms.gle/ZVmNfUY1vR4kgKNw6
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.

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