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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

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

and our community.

There really is a kind of insane beauty around us all the time. It's just a question of learning to slow down, take a deep breath and meet the moment.
Sabino Canyon

Worship and Other Announcements

Sunday Worship, November, 2021: 
"Beloved Community"
Join the Baja 4, this Sunday November 7, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., "Setting the Table" led by Rev. Bethany. 
The YouTube link will be sent in the Sunday morning email. 
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
Heart Space: An Evening Worship
November 11 | 6:30pm-7:30pm | zoom
Evening Worship returns! In this dynamic, all-ages worship, we will experiment and play with different ways to be in a reverent community together. While we are still online, we’ll listen to music, listen to words, explore, and experiment. There will be creative, hands-on time and time for reflection, laughter, and joy. Please join us!
The room opens at 6:15pm for some social time and a heart-felt worship to follow at 6:30pm.
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 checks may 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.
COVID Guidelines
"Indoor gatherings are not currently allowed at UUCT. COVIDActNow has assigned Pima County a "Very High" Risk Level as of today, November 3. Once Pima County has been at "High" for 7 consecutive days, indoor gatherings will be permitted." 
A colleague of mine from The Association of Unitarian Universalist Administrators (AUUA) shared this with several of us this morning. I know I am feeling it, and I am sure many of you are too. I thought I would share it with all of you. In faith, Mary Wiese, Congregational Administrator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dear Congregations
October 30, 2021
Dear Congregations,
There are a couple of things that have been on my heart lately. I’ve been saying them to each of you in every phone call, every board retreat, every staff start up I’ve been doing, but I feel the need to say it broadly, to all of you. Here are the truths I wish to give you right now:
  1. This sucks. Flat-out. We are dealing with a situation we didn’t sign up for. We are forced to solve problems that no one prepared us for. We live in a constant state of unease and disruption. It’s terrible. The last time we felt optimistic about the possibility of gathering again, our hopes were dashed with rising rates. As cases are on the decline once again, it is very natural to feel apprehension. That is the trauma surfacing in our bodies, and it’s going to keep us on edge for a long while. I just want to take a moment to recognize how much it all just...sucks.
  2. There is nothing wrong with you. I know it feels like everything is wrong with you, but I assure you, it isn’t YOU who is wrong, it is the world. You are not fundamentally broken, and we are all stumbling our way through each day. Everyone is having a hard time right now, and no one is doing it better than you are. We need to stop behaving as if everything is normal and we should be able to go about our functioning as if everything is fine.
  3. Since there is nothing wrong with you, nothing will fix you. There is no workshop, training, or webinar that is going to take the anxiety out of your congregation. People are short, on edge, and easily hurt. I know that you want anything to take the pain away, but that is mere distraction. All feelings are for feeling, and right now, this is difficult. We will find our way through together.
  4. Don’t turn on each other, turn to each other. We’re all we’ve got. Give everyone else the grace you need. Everyone experiences hurt, but trauma is only caused when we experience hurt alone. The anxiety and unease we feel makes us short with one another, and we look to conflict to release the pressure that we feel. But if we resist this urge, we can lean into one another and become communities of support and resilience.
Congregational Meeting
A virtual Congregational Meeting is set for November 14 after service to learn more about the HVAC replacement, bathroom remodel, and ramp to lower stage project. We need you to make a quorum so we can vote to authorize a fund drive to pay for these needed improvements. The details are on the website at:https://uuctucson.org/ 
(That is the mechanical room to the left. The pipes are wrapped in asbestos insulation, which needs to be professionally removed.)

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
Other Events:
Rummage Sale, Friday, Dec. 3rd, 7 a.m. -1 p.m. & Saturday, Dec. 4th, 7 a.m. - noon.
It’s time to start planning for our big UUCT Rummage Sale. Start gathering your gently used and saleable items to donate for the sale. Bring books, tools, household items and clothing that you think will sell. Drop items off from 9:00 to 11:00 Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting on November 9th. Knock on the office door if Goddard isn’t open. Call the office (748-1551) to arrange drop-off at other times. Pajamas for the Angel Heart Pajama Project can be dropped off at these times also.
We will need many volunteers to help set up the sale and price items as well as people to work the days of the sale and afterward to clear out the unsold items (hopefully not so many this time). If you can help in any way, require pickup of items for donation or have questions email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Power of (In Person) Kindness
Greetings and an invitation. It's been a while since we saw each other in person.
The Membership Team has planned a mini-social hour for Wednesday, November 17th at 10:00 a.m.  We'll meet outside on the UUCT patio for some safely distanced, masked, conversation.
Plan on spending an hour getting acquainted (and reacquainted) with each other in a safe, fun environment. Joan Feldman and Judy Jessing will facilitate.
We're simply looking for a way to re-socialize and rejuvenate with our UUCT community and hope you will join us.
Key COVID protection measures will be in place:
  1. Participation limited to 25 people.
  3. NO BATHROOMS (plan accordingly!).
  4. BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR No church chairs or other furniture will be available.
  5. NO FOOD OR DRINK on the patio. Personal, non-disposable water bottles will be allowed.
  6. Attendee names will be recorded
Please contact either Joan or Judy at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (for Joan) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (for Judy) if you have any questions or concerns.
Come Join the Choir 
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.
UUCT Book Club
The UUCT Book Group has selected the books for November, and December, so that participants will have time to acquire and read the books.
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.
Laughter Yoga
Tuesdays and Thursdays in November | 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
November 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18
Meeting ID: 990 7312 9659
Passcode: 574011
2nd Hour
This coming Sunday!
November 7, 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. The final date for 2021 is December 5, 2021
See the UU Quest websitefor links and descriptions!

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