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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Dec 9: Weekly Updates

"We welcome diversity. We commit to undo racism and all other oppressions in ourselves, our church,

and our community."

Worship and Special Announcements

The Baja 4 Congregationswill again be sharing ministers during the month ofDecemberto 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, December 13, 2020:Join us at 10:30 a.m. for the video premiere on YouTube:
It will be available thereafter on YouTubeto watch when you want.
Social Hour Right After Worship
Join by computer: https://zoom.us/s/7025890260
Password: 483148
Did you know you can also phone into 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
Zoom to 2nd Hour
Dec. 13 | 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.
This month, pick from
  • Practice with Pronouns with our Ministerial Intern, Rylee Uhrich
  • Show and Tell with the UUCT Social Justice Council 
  • Acrostic Lament with Rev. Bethany
  • Exploring World Religions with Jamili Omar
  • The Pagan Origins of Christmas with SAZCUUPS
See the UUCT website for links and descriptions!
Vespers Service
Thursdays, 6:30pm
Join by computer:
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 
Participate in the Virtual Christmas Pageant
This year we can't hold our regular Christmas Pageant chaos night, but we don't want to miss all the fun!
The Christmas Eve Pageant Service will be posted on UUCT's YouTube and Facebook page mid-day on December 24th. You can watch at your leisure, or join with your UUCT family for a zoom watch party! We'll open the room Dec. 24 at 5pm and start streaming the Pageant at 5:30pm. 
Meeting ID: 5716364277
Stuffie Pick Up
If you brought a stuffie friend to act in the pageant, please come pick them up on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9am to 3pm or by appointment.
Pick up your Christmas Eve candle and submit a picture of yourself holding it!UUCT has a candle and wax drip protector with your name on it! Drop by UUCT on Saturday, December 12 between 9am and 3pm to pick up your Christmas Eve candle (and a special holiday surprise!). Then, take a picture of yourself/your family holding your candle(s) and submit to Rev. Bethany before December 15th. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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.
Amazon Smile:Did you know that if you buy anything from Amazon, you may designate that a small portion of your purchase amount can go to the church through the Amazon Smile Foundation? It is easy to do, just select the church as your charity of choice. We received $61.80 from Amazon Smile for purchases made July 1-Sept 30 of this year!
Year End Pledge Request:
Pledges have been down slightly the last two months. Please consider sending in your pledge by December 31 to receive credit for tax purposes.
Thank you,
The Finance Committee

Staying Connected In Church Community

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
UUCT Book Club
The UUCT Book Club has chosen books for the next three monthly meetings. Hopefully this provides enough time to purchase/borrow and read the books.
December 10, 2020: “Golden Poppies” by Laila Ibrahim, copyright 2020.
Diana B. will lead the discussion.
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.
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
Listening Class
Does it ever feel like everyone is shouting to be heard and no one really feels understood?
Listening is an important part of personal health, relationships, and community - but it’s a skill many people never study or develop! Hearing each other can be even harder in this political climate and during the holiday season.
Beyond the current challenges, listening is a particularly important skill for UUs because when we covenant together we aspire to come from a place of respect and understanding. Do you think practicing the skill of listening could help you? Join Rev Samantha and Ministerial Intern Rylee for a deep dive introduction to listening skills.
This class is open to all Baja 4 congregations.
Dec 19th 9:30am-12:30
Jan 9th 10am-noon
Registration here:
TBIRDS/Snowbirds' Pandemic Travel Woes December 15 
Seasonal members, visitors and friends of UUCT and MVUU, whether in Tucson or afar, we will connect via Zoom at 7 pm MST on Tuesday 12/15
ID: 203 419 7034. Passcode: 1234. Phone 253 215-8782 
Returnees who made it back safely can share words of wisdom or warning of interest to those with travel concerns and varied comfort levels about outdoor home visits at a safe distance, shared Tucson outings to hike or bike, and out of town southern Arizona destinations worth local travel.
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive monthly activity email updates.
Just about everyone played a part in our dinner of Thanksgiving, even Elsie the church cow, who carefully placed bags of hot boxed dinners into waiting cars. Plenty of food, plenty of cheer and plenty of work!
The planning team could not have done this without this list of volunteers. Namely, Bob Gordon, Dennis McRitchie, Susie and Rick Meyer, Dex Blue, Betsy McMillan, Georgia Conroy and our very own Chris Tackett, who didn't have time for piano forte!
We fed close to 100 of us, as well as some hungry passersby.
A big THANKSGIVING THANKS to all who purchased meals for themselves and for donating meals to offer complimentary dinners to our staff and low-income members of our congregation. Our fundraiser raised a whopping $2,200!
The day was complete with a heartwarming thanksgiving prayer, live on ZOOM at 3pm, with our minister, Reverend Bethany.
Sue Watt, Rex Graham, Margo and Larry Newhouse
Poinsettia Fundraiser
A big thank you to everyone who purchased a poinsettia for this years fundraiser, and thank you to the Care Team for delivering nine poinsettia's to members who would not have received them otherwise. Carolyn Saunders and Nancy McKean were responsible for making this happen this year. A round of applause for Carolyn and Nancy !

Social Justice Corner

Share the Plate
Our Share the Plate donation for the first half of December will go to TIHAN
Mission: TIHAN provides community resources and caring support so that people with HIV can live well. Through education, we work to encourage everyone to get tested, get involved, and reduce the stigma of HIV.
Vision: Creating a community where everyone knows their HIV status, and where every person – regardless of status – is supported and affirmed to live as well as possible and stay healthy and engaged in the community.
Cafe Justo Coffee
What a great Holiday Gift Café Justo coffee would make!
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.
More Deaths/No Más Muertes is in need of cold weather clothes!
They need clothing for small sizes: Men's jeans, size 28 to 32. Jackets and sweaters can be larger.Scarves, mittens, socks are also needed.You can either mail them or utilize our local drop-off option: St Mark's Presbyterian Church during office hours. 11am-3pm Mon-Thurs. St Mark's Presbyterian Church 3809 E. 3rd Street, Tucson, AZ 85716 (office entrance on 2nd street). Please ring the doorbell and someone will answer and accept your donations. Thank you so much and let me know if you have any questions.
Yolie Contreras - Fundraising Coordinator
No More Deaths • No Más Muertes
The Social Action Committee is sponsoring vigils in front of our church each Tuesday morning from 8:00 to 9:00.  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

The Baja 4 Racial Justice Education Team
If you're looking for opportunities to deepen your knowledge of racial justice, our team has a couple of workshop series listed on the Baja 4 website.
Follow this link:https://baja4.weebly.com/racial-justice-education-team.html to see our video introduction and the descriptions of White Fragility Conversation Circles, Dialogue on Racial Justice & Our 7 Principles, and The Fire This Time. The links to register for these options are included with the descriptions. Join us on the journey!
Parents and Caregivers of Preschoolers!
Sign up is ongoing. Join anytime.
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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