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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Sep 3: Faith Development


Baja 4: Stronger Together Unitarian Universalists from across Southeast Arizona

Representing Unitarian Universalists across southeastern Arizona, we love beyond belief and find inspiration from a wide array of spiritual, religious, and secular sources. We come together as a Baja 4 because we know we are stronger together.

Celebrations and Special Days

It's always fun to celebrate and at the same time learn about cultures around the world. Here are a few things happening in September.
Fun and On The Fringe
  • National Skyscraper Day --Sept. 3
  • Cheese Pizza Day - Sept. 5
  • Be Late For Something Day - Sept. 5 
  • National Fight Procrastination Day - Sept. 6 
  • Constitution Day - Sept. 17 
  • International Talk Like A Pirate Day - Sept. 19 
  • World Gratitude Day - Sept. 21 
  • Elephant Appreciation Day - Sept. 22 
We are adopting a Baja 4 Mascot (a stuffie not a real animal) and we want your help in picking which animal! Coyote? Javelina? Cactus? Some thing else? Tell us! 
Click the link to vote on your favorite. Don’t forget to suggest a name. Deadline is 11:59pm on September 29. Check back on October 1 for the results. 
Our theme in worship and RE this month is Stories. We tell ourselves who we are and what we value through stories. What does your family value? Who are the heroes in your stories? How can we tell stories that encourage our children to be the heroes as their own stories?
Chalice Lighting to Share 
A New Story Into Being
Rev. Dr. David Breeden 
We tender this flame, opening the book,
turning to a page yet to be written.
Opening a story yet to be told.
May we fill this fresh page wisely.
May we write a new story into being.
May we together inscribe the page with hope.
Find more chalice lightings here.
No Mirrors in My Nana's House
by Ysaye M. Barnwell
Share a story together. “There are no mirrors in my Nana's house. No mirrors to reflect the cracks in the wall, the clothes that don't fit, the trash in the hallway. No mirrors. But there is love. The beauty in this child's world is in her Nana's eyes. It's like the rising of the sun...” This version includes the song sung by Sweet Honey in the Rock!.
by Alexandra Penfold 
Our worship this week includes this story about a school where diversity is cherished. Share the story again here and then consider these questions:
● Is our church a place where all are welcomed?
● What would make our time together feel even more welcoming?
● How can we be welcoming?
UU congregations share a lot of attributes, but at the same time, no two UU communities are the same. And often their uniqueness is rooted in a very particular event in their history: a fire, an act of justice, a new building, creating a memorial garden, an argument even or a church member who became famous. Story is what keeps that event alive, and even more importantly, story is what enables that event to become the glue that binds the community together.
Find out more about Unitarian Universalist history and our Baja 4 congregations with this activity.
PS. Have you joined the Parenting Club group on Facebook? Everyone in the Baja 4 is welcome!
Coming Events
What's Happening in September?
Parents and Caregivers of Preschoolers (POPS) 
Join on Zoom others with children ages birth to 6 years old to offer support as we come to understand our child's spiritual development, to build rituals that support this development, and to see ourselves as spiritual teachers. New to POPS? RSVP here.
Sept. 4, 1-2pm --Children's Story Time --designed for children ages birth to 6+, but everyone welcome
Sept. 25, 1-2pm --Grown Up meet up --designed for those adults raising children who are ages birth to 6, but everyone welcome
Zoom 101
September 23 | 9:30am AND 6:30pm | Zoom
Do feel like your zoom skills could use a little polishing? Do you want to practice screen sharing? Do you feel like you can't ever find the mute button? This session is for you! We'll start with the basics and then move to more advanced skills as we're ready. Come for the whole hour or just a part. Bring questions! RSVP to Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Movie Night! with Tucson UU Younger Adults
September 27 | 6:00 pm to ??? | Zoom 
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. More details here. 
The Hearth: September Social
September 22 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | Zoom
Let’s celebrate the changing seasons with an Equinox Craft Party. Have a favorite art medium? Bring it! Need some ideas? We’ll have them! Not into crafting? Come anyway! We will gather to create art together and to celebrate being in a virtual space together.  
Who is welcome to come to The Hearth events?
This space is for Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color. We are centering everyone who identifies as a Person of Color, for example, People of African Descent, Caribbean, Native/American Indian, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latina/o and Hispanic, Middle Eastern/Arab, and Multiracial. Please feel free to invite friends and family who are UU -adjacent, even if they don’t identify as Unitarian Universalist.
Not a BIPOC UU? Please share this information with the BIPOC folks in your congregation!
2nd Hour
October 3, 2021 | 12:15-1:15pm | Zoom
Please join us for 2nd Hour: a once -per -month afternoon of a variety of educational, spiritual, interesting, and fun workshops. Dates for the rest of 2021 are: 
  • November 7, 2021
  • December 5, 2021
See the UU Quest website for links and descriptions! 
**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 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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