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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Oct 13: Weekly Updates


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

and our community.

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Worship and Other Announcements

Sunday Worship, October, 2021:
Our theme in worship and RE this month is "Renewal." What are we renewing? Where in your life do you feel the need for renewal (like getting more sleep?) and where do you feel full up? What commitments are you willing to renew and which do you need to let go? Our resources this month ask us to think about Renewal in terms of our commitments to our communities, to our churches, to each other, and to ourselves. Let's explore!
Join Us Sunday October 17, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. The link will be posted in Sunday mornings email.
"UUJAZ, Movement Ecologies." A Baja 4 Worship led by Rev. Sam and Rev. Matthew. 
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
HeartSpace: an Evening Worship
Oct. 14 | 6:15pm | Zoom
Heartspace Evening Worship is BACK!! October's service is, IT'S ALIVE: Renewing the Spark of Life. Costumes welcome but not required!
Heartspace is an all ages immersive worship that will be held on the 2nd Thursday of each month starting at 6:15 for gathering and chatting and for service to begin around 6:30pm
In this dynamic, all-ages worship, we will experiment and play with different ways to be in community together. While we are still online, we’ll listen to music, listen to words, explore, interact and experiment together. There will be creative, hands-on time and time for reflection, laughter, and joy. We accept you however you come so full of energy you can't sit still or still laying down in bed. Please join us!
For questions email Jamili Omar at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Meeting ID: 571 636 4277
Password: 973902
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 checksmay be 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.
Rev. Bethany is on Study Leave this week, and is only available for emergencies. Jody Bergedick, the Church President, is now on vacation until October 24. Mary Wiese, the Congregational Administrator, is out of town until October 19.
 Town Hall, October 24, A Workable Proposed Project: 
The Facilities Team has been working throughout the pandemic and has accomplished many improvements to our campus. However, the current heating and cooling system in the Holland Sanctuary is more than fifty years old, and replacement parts have been hard to find for the past ten years.
Our minister is challenging us to practice “radical hospitality,” which is difficult to do with some of our current facilities.
Modern heating and cooling systems are smaller in size and more energy efficient than our current system. With a new system our energy usage will be decreased, air flow would be improved, and space will be made available in the building for other uses. 
The Facilities Team has contacted Bob Vint, a local architect known for his work with mid-century modern architecture like Holland, who has visited the Sanctuary many times over the years. Bob has recently completed a new HVAC/heating system for Southside Presbyterian Church as well as remodeling and building some new buildings. 
The process would be to hire him and his consultants to design a new system and configure the area released for more efficient use of our facilities. We would then request bids from qualified contractors, which he would assist us in evaluating , and selecting the contractor. The work would begin as soon as possible with a goal of having everything working by June of 2022. 
This is an ambitious plan, and requires congregational consensus and board approval. A congregational forum will be held on Sunday, October 24, after church on Zoom at 12:00 noon.The plan will be presented to the congregation at that time, and questions will be answered and Bob Vint, architect, will be present. 
COVID Guidelines
Rev. Bethany emailed you all UUCT's new guidelines for gathering in COVID recently. They are available on the website here (https://uuctucson.org/116-announce/5301-covid-gathering-guidelines.html). These guidelines will allow indoor gatherings once we have been at a "High" Risk Level on COVIDActNow for 7 consecutive days. Masking and social distancing is still required when on UUCT's property. As of yesterday, Pima County has been at High for 3 consecutive days. For now, only outdoor gatherings are permitted. 

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: uuct . You may 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.
Laughter Yoga
Tuesdays and Thursdays in October | 4:00pm | Zoom
Laughter Yoga is a unique concept that invites everyone to laugh without jokes, humor, or comedy. Through laughter exercises, hatha yoga breathing, and playfulness we will laugh into joy, health, and bonds within the Baja 4. Founded in 1995 by Dr. Mandan Kataria, today Laughter Yoga is practiced by thousands in over 115 countries. 
Rev. Matthew is a practicing laughter yogi who trained under Dr. Kataria and is a certified Yoga Laughter facilitator. Members and Friends of BUU will be joining Rev. Matthew to assist in demonstrating laughter exercises, yoga breathing, and Bollywood dance! Learn more about Laughter Yoga: https://laughteryoga.org/
Ages:  Everyone who wants to laugh
Dates and Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-4:30pm
October 5 & 7, 12 & 14, 19 & 20
Meeting ID: 990 7312 9659
Passcode: 574011
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
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.
Tucson UU Younger Adults
Tucson UU Young Adults (TUUYA) (18+, Generations X, Y, Z though it skews a little older) –If you identify as a young adult and would like to virtually meet up with others. This group is open to all Tucson UU or UU curious people who would self-identify as a younger adult. Activities include movie watch parties online and other social events when we’re back in person. Join our Facebook pageor reply to Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and I’ll add you to our email list.
Halloween Game Night with TUUYA 
Oct 28 | 6:00pm | Zoom
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the week with a little lighthearted competition. We’ll play PG rated games like Kahoot, Jackbox Games, and Improv. Having the ability to open zoom and a 2nd browser (on a computer, tablet, or phone) will be helpful, but not necessary. 
Meeting ID: 571 636 4277
Password: 973902
Young Adult Revival Network: An Opportunity for Young Adults
We are proud to introduce YARN, the UU Young Adult Revival Network. YARN is a project to rebuild the continental UU young adult network! This includes our growing identity groups, our worship services, monthly leadership calls, three online conferences, and more. Curious to find out more? YARN is on:

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