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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Sep 15: Weekly Updates


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

and our community.

 Nothing is given to man on earth - struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible - the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen.

Worship and Special Announcements

Sunday Worship, September, 2021:
The Baja 4 Congregations will be back together twice a month for the month of September, and UUCT will be having our own services twice a month. 
Sunday September 19, 2021, 10:30 a.m.:
This coming Sunday the BAJA 4 continues with the theme of the month, "Telling the Story." Rev. Tina will be the lead minister, and Rev. Matthew will accompany her. 
You may view last weeks Livestreamed service here: 
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
Please join Southern Arizona Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans for our Fall Equinox ritual.
Tuesday September 21, 2021, at 6:15 p.m.
All Ages Welcome!
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 checks sent 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.
Updates from the Pacific Western Region
Rev. Carlton shared links to:
·        The UUA’s updated COVID guidance from R. Susan Frederick-Gray
·        USC’s ideas to help those in Afghanistan
·        UUA’s disaster relief fund for congregations facing natural disasters
Rev. Dr. Ian Evison was added to regional staff (part-time & temporary) to help with the dissolution of the PSWD and, now, the Pacific Northwest District as well. 
Grants are available for Widening the Circle of Concern (10 $3,000 grants available) and for Technology Upgrades (8 $1000 grants available). If you have the time to apply for UUCT, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for info.
 Registration is open for Regional Assembly in San Diego (or online) 2/4/22-2/6/22
 AIM, the Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry, is updating guidelines to amplify the voices of people with disabilities in UU congregations. See More 
o  10/6 Advocate Trans, Nonbinary & Intersex communities/Stop voter suppression
o  10/13 Covid/Undoing White Supremacy
 Compass Virtual Gathering – 12/11 & 12/12/01
 Pastoral Care By/For RE teachers by UUCT’s former member Rev. Sunshine-Wolfe. Thursdays, Oct-Feb
 Leading from the Heart 3-Part Series (10/13, 11/10, 12/8)
 UN Sunday- Climate Justice, Food equality, Sustainability (10/24/21)
 Youth Reboot Webinar Series (10/6 & 10/16) – to invigorate youth religious education
 Middleschooler MUUG virtual cons/gatherings
 Women & Religion Virtual Retreat by PCD, Paula Cole Jones keynote speaker (9/25/21)
Pacific Southwest District Business Meeting 10/2
Staying Connected In 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
The choir is now rehearsing 
For more information, please contact Dr. Brian Moon, our Director of Music:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Church Office is Looking For Volunteers. 
The hours we are looking to fill will be from 9-11 a.m. , M-F. If you are available any of these days, please contact our Congregational Administrator, Mary Wiese for more information:
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UUCT Book Club
The UUCT Book Group has selected the books for Sept, Oct and Nov so that participants will have time to acquire and read the books.
Oct 14, 2021: Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry, 2019
Discussion leader: Beth B
“In Breathe, Perry offers a lyrical meditation that connects a painful, proud history of African American struggle with a clarion call for present-day action to protect, defend, and celebrate the promise of the next generation.”
—Stacey Abrams, founder and chair of Fair Fight Action, Inc.
Nov 11, 2021: Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd, 2020
Discussion leader: Sally R
Did Jesus Ever Tie the Knot? A New Novel Considers the Question.
“Kidd’s bold narrative revisionism allows her protagonist to be in every respect the equal of her husband while posing this question: How would Western culture be different if men and women had grown in appreciation of each other’s spirit? It’s not such a leap—the gospels portray Jesus gently championing women.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
Dec 9, 2021: Henry Ossian Flipper: West Point's First Black Graduate by Jane Eppinga, 1996 
Discussion leader: Diana B
“In 1878 Henry Ossian Flipper appeared destined for a long military career. Four years later, he was courtmartialed at Fort Davis, Texas for embezzlement of government funds and dismissed from the Army. One hundred years later, his name was cleared ...”
This book was recommended to Diana by the late Winn Bundy, owner of the Singing Winds bookstore in Benson AZ. “The literary center of the universe is supposed to be in New York, but here was this shining light of the literary world living and working on a ranch outside Benson, Arizona,” said J.A. Jance. Bundy earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the UA in 1956 and later master’s degrees in history and library science.
We meet the second Thursday of each month via Zoom Meeting opens by 9:20am, book discussion starts at 9:30am.

Social Justice News

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 11am.  All are invited to participate.
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 nformation: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Share the Plate September, 2021
Our Share the plate for the month of August is Interfaith community Services
Since 1985, ICS has been helping people in need achieve stable, healthy, and independent lives.
Our Mission
While much has changed over the years, our focus at Interfaith Community Services remains consistent. Today, ICS continues to passionately pursue a single mission: to help people in need achieve stable, healthy, and independent lives.

Learn and Play With Us

Lots of exciting new things are happening in Lifespan Faith Development!!
Youth Poll
Help! We are trying to plan activities for our youth –kids ages 12-18 –and we need your help! What are “the kids into these days”? What do you think your youth would want to attend with the Baja 4? Please complete this short poll https://forms.gle/KN3NSQbz3gTY7qHB6 or email our youth advisors directly. Or better yet, have your youth fill it out with you!
Jamili at UUCT atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Stacie Sosa at MVUU at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please complete the poll by Sept. 14 so we can begin offering events in October. These events will be held online for the time being.
Sign Up for the Lifespan Faith Development Newsletter
With a new school year comes a new Newsletter! At the end of every week, your Lifespan Faith Development Team (programming for people of all ages) sends a newsletter. You haven’t heard of this, you say?. Well, now you have the chance to register to receive it! We send fun activities for adults who interact with children, resources for deepening your spiritual practices, and information on coming events.
To sign up for the newsletter, send an email to
Jamili at UUCT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR Stacie Sosa at MVUU at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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.
Baja 4 Mascot
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 here: https://forms.gle/FzBtQipJ5ibkqLSm6 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.
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: https://forms.gle/oV5r74oQBymLkkgJ9
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. This is an amazing group of parents that come together once a month to talk about topics relevant to our daily lives. We offer support, words of wisdom, and connect to those around us. We hope that you join and share with us.
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 can be found on our Facebook page and on UU Quest: https://dreuuct.wixsite.com/uuquest/tuuya
Zoom in at:
Meeting ID: 571 636 4277
Password: 973902
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: https://dreuuct.wixsite.com/uuquest 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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