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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Jan 20: 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

"And yet, the dawn is ours before we knew it. Somehow we do it. Somehow we weathered and witnessed a nation that isn't broken but simply unfinished." Amanda Gorman, "The Hill We Climb."
The Baja 4 Congregations continue to share ministers as we welcome 2021! Join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. 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.
Sunday Morning, January 24, 2021: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
Vespers Service
Thursday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m.
Join by computer: 
Password: 483148
Did you know you can also phone into vespers? 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
Previous Vespers Services can be found here: https://uuctucson.org/members/vesper-services.html 
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

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
Thursdays@6:30: Live Vesper Service
Widening the Circle: 8th Principle Mini-Conference on January 23rd from 9 am – 12 pm on Zoom
This church year, your Board of Trustees has asked all UUCT members and friends to consider whether we might adopt the 8th Principle as a congregation at our Annual Meeting in May.
The 8th Principle – which has been adopted by more than 30 Unitarian Universalist congregations – reads: "We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions."
To help members and friends learn about the 8th Principle, we are holding a mini-conference on January 23rd open to all who are interested. At the workshop, we will learn together, and discern what future learning we need – individually and collectively – to live out the proposed 8th Principle. Workshops will include:
  •   Ending Cash Bail with Janine Gelsinger, Executive Director of UUJAZ
  •    Microaggressions with Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
  •    Racial Justice and Somatics with Rylee Uhrich
  •    BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Space with Jamili Omar
We will meet on Zoom from 9 am – Noon on Saturday, January 23rd. Join us! https://zoom.us/s/7025890260   Password: 483148
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.
February 11, 2021: One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus, copyright 1998.
Lori S will lead the discussion.
"Based on an actual historical event but told through fictional diaries, this is the story of a remarkable woman who travels west in
1875 and marries the Chief of the Cheyenne Nation."
We meet online the 2nd Thursday of the month at 9:30am.
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

Social Justice Corner

Share the Plate
Our Share the Plate donation for the second half of January will go to The Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona's Diaper Banks Period Poverty : Period
What is Period Poverty?
One Quarter
1 in 4 U.S. women struggle to afford period supplies each year.
Work & School
1 in 5 low-income women report missing work, school, or similar events due to lack of access to period supplies.
Poverty & Lack of Awareness
The poverty rate in Pima County is 155% the national average. Only 4% of U.S. women are aware of a local resource where they could access free or reduced-cost period supplies.
Our Solution
The Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona is a proud member of the Alliance for Period Supplies. Through generous donations from U by Kotex and people like YOU, we provide period supplies through agencies that support women in continuing education and job training, as well as homeless youth and refugee support.
Join Us This Friday, January 22:
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons goes into effect on Jan. 22. The International Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is the group which brought this to the UN on 7-7-17, and for which they received the Nobel Peace Prize that year. Now the requisite 50 nations have signed on. Anyone wishing to show support for this milestone can come join us in front of the church at 11:45 on Friday morning. Bring signs such as No Nukes, Nuclear Weapons are Immoral, etc. to hold as we stand along 22nd St. At noon some churches around town will be ringing their bells to celebrate this occasion.
UUCT Continues to Collect Money to Purchase Lunches for Hospital COVID Workers
UUCT members have been so very generous with cash donations, for the CARE TEAM to purchase sandwiches, to show our appreciation, to all nurses, and other workers, working so hard, and risking their lives to care for our fellow Tucsonan's. They are often working 12 hour days with a half hour break! The donations have been pouring in, and we have already supplied food to TMC, and twice to St. Joseph's. We are at it again on Saturday. We had thought the COVID units were inundated with offers of food, but this is not the case. The workers have been delighted to receive yummy sandwiches from Baggins and Eegee's.
Please email Aston Bloom, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for info on how to donate. 
Our next volunteer opportunity for boiling eggs for Casa Maria Soup Kitchen, is next Tuesday, January 26th! A volunteer will carefully collect your hard boiled eggs during the UUCT sign vigil between 8 and 9am. Please hard boil your eggs a day or two ahead of time, shock in icy water, put them back into the cartons, and write HB in pencil on each egg. DO NOT PEEL THE EGGS! Write HARD BOILED on a piece of tape and stick that on the carton. We are always collecting gently used, clean clothing for the homeless and low income people too. Also, anything in your pantry, or from the supermarket during your grocery shopping trips, that would be suitable in food parcels, such as canned soup, beans, boxes of Mac and cheese etc. nothing goes to waste, and EVERYTHING is graciously accepted at CASA MARIA. Thank you in advance for your kind and generous gifts. Our little bit of help is greatly appreciated!!!
Beloved Conversations: Spring 2021
Register on Feb 1st, course begins March 15th
Beloved Conversations curriculum developers at Meadville Lombard Theological School have responded to the needs to learn how race and ethnicity shape our personal and collective lives and practices, in a virtual format. In 2020, 93 UUs from Arizona joined 1200 UUs in participating in the first half of Beloved Conversations: Within.
The first phase, Within will open for registration in February, and focuses on the internal work that each of us needs to do as we engage racial justice. This work is different for White folks and for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) and will be done entirely in race-based caucuses. You do not need to have taken the Fall session to register for Spring: the two halves of Within can be taken in any order.
Within work will include individual Lessons, using videos, music, and readings, accompanied by reflection prompts and suggested conversations with Critical Friends chosen by the participants; bi-weekly small group conversations in a Learning Pod; and larger, monthly, facilitated Meaning-Making Sessions on Zoom. You can expect to spend 3-5 hours each week.
We hope you will consider embodying racial justice as a spiritual practice, to heal the impact of racism on our lives, in order to get free together.
Registration coming February 1st.
Cafe Justo Coffee
Benefit two causes at once! Purchase Café Justo’s warm restorative coffee for Casa Alitas.  
Benefit yourself too! Purchase Café Justo coffee between January 20th and March 15th and you will be entered into a raffle to win a beautiful, gently used, women’s Trek bicycle (original purchase value $400). Each $10, 1 pound coffee purchase earns one chance to win. Purchase 3 pounds of coffee and get 5 chances to win. The winner will be announced on March 15th.
How to order/donate:  Place your order for a pound or more of Café Justo coffee with Sue Watts. Indicate that your order is for Casa Alitas and Sue will ensure that the coffee is delivered directly to the Casa Alitas Welcome Center. Coffee bought for yourself between January 20th and March 15th will also qualify as a raffle purchase.
Please contact Sue Watts for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Play and Learn With Us

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
TUUYA: Tucson UU Young Adults
January 29 | 6:30pm to ???
Films and friends! Let's gather [virtually] to share an evening of movies. We'll decide on the night what to watch, so bring some ideas.
Watch Facebook for Zoom links.
World Religions Watch Party for ages 12+
Jan. 31 | 12:15pm
Travel in Place! Even this year where we aren't physically visiting our neighbors, we can learn, explore neighboring faiths, and have some fun building our own community.
Come discuss the long roots of human faith with this 4th Sunday discussion.
Who: Youth ages 12+
When: 2nd and 4th Sundays starting at 12:15pm
Where: on Zoom, meeting ID 571-636-4277
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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