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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Nov 9: Social Justice and Education

 

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

and our community.

 
We are living in an historic moment. We are each called to take part in a great transformation. Our survival as a species is threatened by global warming, economic meltdown, and an ever-increasing gap between rich and poor. Yet these threats offer an opportunity to awaken as an interconnected and beloved community.
— Desmond Tutu
 
 
 

Social Justice

 
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.
 
 
The Social Justice Council is once again holding sign vigils in front of the church on Tuesdays from 8:00 to 8:45. We have signs reflecting our values, or you can bring your own. If you haven't come before, come join us!
 
Come to the Congregational Meeting On November 14!
 
What does this have to do with Social Justice? Glad you asked! 
 
The Holland Sanctuary was designed by a renowned architect in the early 70's, It is beautiful, and it is full of history. However, it is not ADA compliant. Making our sanctuary ADA compliant is a step for justice, equality, and making our place of worship more welcoming to all. That my friends, is radical hospitality! 
 
The meeting will talk about how we can do this, but we need your participation to make it so. 
 
Click the link below, and scroll down for more information:
 
The Unitarian Universalist
Church of Tucson
Welcomes All Who Seek Refuge
 
We invite you to join our fundraiser in support of Afghan Refugees, as they rebuild their lives here in Tucson. 
 
On Saturday November 13thThe UUCT Social Justice Council
Is hosting a Delicious Box Lunch takeaway, from 11-12:30.
 
Featuring: homemade pulled pork barbeque sandwiches, coleslaw, pickles, and a sweet treat! A minimum donation of $15 per meal or two for $25 is requested.
Orders may be placed now, and until November 6th, with Larry Newhouse: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Payment by check or cash only, at pickup.
 
Questions? Sue Watts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
ANGEL HEART
HOLIDAY KIDS PAJAMA DRIVE
 
 
UUCT will be supporting the Angel Heart Pajamas Project with a Holiday kids’ new pajama drive. By the end of 2021, Angel Heart will have delivered 35,000 new pajamas – supporting eighty different agencies in Tucson who provide services for needy children. Angel Heart Pajama Project has been chosen as a UUCT Share the Plate recipient for 2022.
 
While all new pajamas are welcome, they have a need for older boys and girls’ pajamas- sizes medium and up. Many young teenagers are being removed from the home because of the increase in domestic violence in Tucson. Let’s all put one pair of pajamas on our Christmas list to support a Tucson child in crisis.
 
We have different drop-off options this year. Please put the PJs in a bag with your name.
Church drop off: 
·        Every Tuesday morning from 8:00-9:00AM
·        Nov 13th during the food pickup for the Afghan Refuge fundraiser
·        During any event at the Church (i.e. Yard sale)
 
You may also contact the following members to arrange home drop offs: Margo Newhouse: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Joan Feldman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Aston Bloom: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Judy Jessing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Questions? Please contact Judy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
It’s also 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. 
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.
 
 
 
Share the Plate November, 2021
 
Our Share the plate for the month of October is Native American Advancement Foundation
The Native American Advancement Foundation w
The Native American Advancement Foundation was founded in 2011. We proudly serve the Tohono O’odham Nation in the focus areas of education, health and wellness, food sustainability and environment, language and culture---among many more. Our goal is to strengthen Native American communities by building brighter futures.
 
Octobers Share the Plate recipient was Emerge, Center Against Domestic Abuse. We collected $225 for them. Emerge
 
 
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.
 
No More Deaths/No Más Muertes is in need of cold weather items to
distribute.
 
New or gently used items are appreciated! We are also accepting beanies and gloves. You can either mail them or utilize our local drop-off option: St Mark's Presbyterian Church during office hours. M-Thur 9am-2pm. 3809 E. 3rd Street, Tucson, AZ 85716 (office entrance on 2nd street). Please ring doorbell and someone will answer and accept your donations. 
 
Thank you for your support.
 

Learn and Play With Us

Beloved Community
 
Our theme in Worship and RE this month is "Beloved Community"
 
This month we’re exploring the many ways our UU faith invites us to become “A People of Beloved Community.” Beloved Community is a special type of community. It has multiple characteristics such as honoring leadership from people with marginalized identities, growing love beyond boundaries, healing our wounds, and staying in our community when things get difficult. Let's explore!
 
Sign Up for the:
 
Lifespan Faith Development 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
Friendsgiving
Nov. 27 | 5-7pm | Zoom
 
Whether you have lots of family in town, are headed out to colder climates to celebrate, or don’t like Thanksgiving at all, everyone is welcome to join with Baja 4 friends for a Friendsgiving Party! Bring a meal, a snack, or just a beverage for some relaxed, family-friendly social time. We’ll hear from our November social justice partner, Casa Alitas, about their work providing assistance to asylum-seekers released from ICE and Border Patrol detention.
 
We’ll also work on our No Sew Blankets and discuss what other items we can donate to Casa Alitas. Instructions for the blankets are herefor those with their own fabric or who can purchase their own. Kits will be available after Friendsgiving or with advance notice to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Ages: All
Meeting ID: 571 636 4277
Password: 973902
 
 
 
November, 2021 | 1-2pm | Zoom
 
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: Pops
 
Nov. 13, 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.
 
What’s Happening in November with our Social Action For Casa Alitas 
 
Who: 
Casa Alitas, also known as the Alitas Program of Catholic Community Services (CCS), is a humanitarian aid project committed to providing assistance to asylum-seekers released from ICE and Border Patrol detention into our community. Volunteers offer support by providing hospitality, including housing, food, clothing, toiletries, advocacy, and travel assistance. Our goal is to provide a welcoming, comfortable, safe and healthy location for the guests to await their journeys, and to prepare them to reunite with family across the country. More at https://www.casaalitas.org/
 
They are specifically in need of donations of:
New underwear for men, women, and children
New sweats and leggings for men, women, and children
Backpacks of all sizes
 
What: 
The Baja 4 is collecting donations to take to Casa Alitas throughout the month of November. 
 
Want something more personal? Join the Baja 4 Service Project No Sew Blankets. No Sew blankets have easy instructions for people of all ages. We will even have kits with instructions and fabric for you to make and donate. Want a kit? email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Or follow these instructions (Make a Blanket) with your own fabric.  
 
Timeline: 
Weeks of November 1 and 8: We will drop off blanket kits and instructions to each congregation 
Please set up donation boxes in a place people can access no later than Nov. 8
Nov. 27 --Friendsgiving. We will make the blankets together so folks are welcome to make them in advance or come to Friendsgiving and craft together. 
Please ask people to have their donations in by Dec. 1. 
The week of Dec. 6, we will come pick up the items and deliver them to Casa Alitas

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