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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Jan 27: 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

"Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part."
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 31, 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 28, 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
Affinity Groups Call You!
Covenant is something we as UU’s practice on large and small scales. It is a spiritual practice which means that being in community is one of our spiritual practices.
We four congregations have many small and large groups that gather based on shared identity, location, activities, and interests. There are people who hike together, discuss theology, connect as parents, and stay in touch as neighbors. Each of these affinity groups engages the spiritual practice of being in community.
We want to invite you to join a Baja 4 Affinity Group to deepen your connection to others in our community! On the form (see below) you can sign up for a new Affinity Group that we've designed or even offer to start a new one. After you sign up, we'll be in touch with the names of others in your group starting around Feb. 15.
Questions? Contact Rylee Uhrich atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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.
8th Principle Study Resources
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 will share some learning resources. Read, share, discuss.
Check out previous resources and the 8th Principle Mini-Conference athttps://uuctucson.org/education/8th-principle.html
What is Happening With UUJAZ? LOTS!
UU Day at the Legislature: Voter Suppression and the AZ Legislature
Monday, February 8th, 2021
As UUs we affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. We know that democracy is at its best with full participation of the people impacted.
Join UUJAZ to learn from former Maricopa County Attorney Adrian Fontes about what bills are being introduced by members of the legislature that would make it harder for Arizonans to vote, the history on why this is happening now and what made this possible, and what you can do to defend democracy! Discussion to follow.
Trans Inclusion in Congregations from Transforming Hearts Collective
UUJAZ is thrilled to provide access to this online course on radical welcoming for all AZ UUs, thanks to a generous grant from the UU Funding panel.This course on transformational culture shift counts towards your annual Welcoming Congregation renewal.
Contact us for your free login code (usually $125 per person) to explore this course at your own pace, or join a group to take it together!
  1. If you're interested in taking this course through UUJAZ, facilitated by Janine Gelsinger, fill out this form, and groups will be scheduled soon.
  2. If you're interested in taking this course through UUCT, complete thisform. Meetings will be two Friday nights per month. Detailshere:
Book GroUUp
3rd Fridays, 12-1:30 pm
What legacy will you leave your beloved: your children, grandchildren, congregation, community, and/or country about how you worked to dismantle systemic racism during your lifetime? What will you bequeath to your beloved? What is your hope for their future, for Beloved Community?
Join Rev. Tina Squire and Steve Kraynak on the third Friday of each month for a justice-centered book discussion from the perspective of our Unitarian Universalist values. Here we will use reading, conversation, and writing to answer these questions.
  • February 19, 2021: Discuss The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • March 19, 2021: Discuss Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • April 16, 2021: Discuss BREATHE – A Letter To My Sons by Imani Perry
  • May 21, 2021: Read aloud our own letters we've written to our Beloved.
Register here.
And More!
Visit our website:https://www.uujaz.org/
Race Matters in the Supreme Court
Tuesday’s March 9th, 16th, 23rd from 4-5:30 pm
As UUs, we recognize the existence of many realities and even more so, how those realities are interwoven. The connection between law and race is one of these ever-present truths. Join Political Science Professor and UU,Howard Tolleyfor three 90 minute sessions examining the impact of race, political ideology, legal principles, and personal preference on the selection of Justices and the decisions they reach.
Register here.
Well, We beat our record with hard boiled eggs for Casa Maria soup kitchen on Tuesday, 1/26!! Together, we boiled a whopping 43 dozen eggs!! Some of us are telling our friends, who are also boiling and adding to the pile!! Tuesday’s delivery was very cold and snowy, but it didn’t stop the hungry from lining up for food. We also had donations of clothes, shoes, and cans of food. These items always welcome!
The eggs will all be eaten within two days! Thanks to all who donated! A huge list now! Our next egg run will be February 23rd. A volunteer will meet you at church between 8 and 9am that morning. See you then!!!
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

2nd Hour
Feb. 14 | 12:15-1:15pm | Zoom
Please join UUCT for 2nd Hour! It is a once -per -month afternoon of a variety of educational, spiritual, interesting, and fun workshops.
See the UUCT website for links and descriptions!https://uuctucson.org/education/2nd-hour.html
**Seeking 2nd Hour Workshop Leaders**
Right now I’m building a schedule of workshops for 2nd Hour and would love to include you in the line up. What do you have to share with the world? Bring me an idea and we’ll work together to develop it! No need to worry about technical support. I’ll have assistants available to manage the Zoom, so you can simply lead.
If you have any questions or want to lead a workshop, please contact Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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 details. Zoom Meeting ID:571-636-4277
Brave Space: Talking About Race
Feb. 21 | 1:30-4:30pm | Zoom 
In a space where we are all brave in speaking our truths, we use the film Color of Fear as a starting point for talking about race in the US.
Parents and Caregivers of Preschoolers!
Grown Up Meet Up | Jan 30 | 1-2pm
Zoom Meeting ID:571-636-4277
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
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: 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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