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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Nov 17: Weekly Updates


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Some people think they are in community, but they are only in proximity. True community requires commitment and openness. It is a willingness to extend yourself to encounter and know the other.” –David Spangler
by Leon Zernitsky

Worship and Other Announcements

Sunday Worship, November, 2021: 
"Beloved Community"
Join Us this Sunday November 21, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., for a Baja 4 Service.
"Staying at the Table" led by Rev. Sam.
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
Meet Me in Goddard
As we all know, there will come a time when it is once again safe for us to gather to worship in person. Once our Board determines that it is safe to do so, the next step is for the Board to invite up to 60 people to gather in Goddard on one of the Sundays when we have our live-streamed service and to watch it together on the large screen TV. Your Worship Associates Committee wants to find out what level of interest there is for this type of gathering and to ask how many of you who hope to attend in Goddard are vaccinated against Covid. We are very much interested in your thoughts and questions.  
Please take a few minutes to complete this Google Survey by November 24. After we have studied the results, I will pass them onto the Board and the rest of our congregation. 
Bert Meek, Worship Associates Chair
Please join Southern Arizona CUUPS(SAZCUUPS) for Repose on Friday, November 19th from 6:15-8 PM MST. 
Zoom ID: 823-936-4868. 
This ritual will feature breathing exercises and mindfulness. Join us and find a time to reset and take a sacred pause before the busy holiday season starts. Repose
("The Crone" by wildweasel: Crone)
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.
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COVID Guidelines
"Indoor gatherings are not currently allowed at UUCT. COVIDActNow has assigned Pima County a "Very High" Risk Level as of today, November 18. Once Pima County has been at "High" for 7 consecutive days, indoor gatherings will be permitted." 
Link to COVID Act Now for Pima County: covidactnow.org
Board Meeting
There is a Board of Trustees Meeting this evening, November 18, at 7:00 p.m.
Nov 18 Board (You must have the members password to review the documents.)
https://zoom.us/j/7025890260 Call by phone: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) with meeting ID: 702 589 0260#Zoom App: Meeting ID: 702 589 0260.Password: 483148

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 Links and Events:
Rummage Sale, Friday, Dec. 3rd, 7 a.m. -1 p.m. & Saturday, Dec. 4th, 7 a.m. - noon.
We need your stuff! The good stuff that you do not need anymore! 
Gather 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.
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. Border Patrol detention. 
Casa Alitas is experiencing a BIG surge in the number of guests through their facilities --sometimes as many as 80-100 per day! They need help with extra gifts of warm clothes (sweatshirts, sweat pants, socks, etc.) More at  https://www.casaalitas.org/
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 here: Friends for 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
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.
Reveille is back!
After a two year Covid hiatus, Reveille Men's Chorus will be back on stage live December 3, 4, and 5 at the Leo Rich Theater downtown. Join us for
"A Very Merry, Mary!" 3 Marys, 1 Merry Night - 
Reveille reimagines one Dickens of a Christmas with its usual mix of wonderful choral music, staging, and humor. Proof of full Covid 19 vaccination or a negative test within 48 hours prior, plus mask, required for admission. All singers are fully vaccinated, and in addition, will be tested within 48 hours of show time. For information and tickets: www.ReveilleMensChorus.org
Reveille is one of our Share the Plate Recipients for the upcoming year. 
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.
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.
Jan 13, 2022: The Overstory by Richard Powers, 2018
Discussion leader: Marge H
“The Overstory” is a complex novel that begins with several apparently unrelated stories about people throughout the country and across the centuries: There’s a Norwegian immigrant who travels to Iowa and begins homesteading before the Civil War. There’s also a video game pioneer, an intellectual-property lawyer, an amateur actress and a soldier in the Vietnam War whose life is saved when a 300-year-old banyan catches his body falling from a plane. “He owes his own life to a tree,” Powers writes. That, in short, is the point of “The Overstory”: We all owe our lives to trees, these massive air purifiers and soil conditioners that have made human civilization possible. – Wash Post review
The Zoom meeting opens by 9:20am, book discussion starts at 9:30am.
Meeting ID: 884 1260 4078
Password: 484848
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
Death with Dignity with Gary Wederspahn, Rev. Dr Samantha Wilson, Rev. Tina Squire, and Jamili Omar
Dec 4 | 2 to 4PM | Zoom
**Content Warning** This series will examine frankly and directly death and end of life choices. Please consider the appropriateness of this event for younger people.
We kick off our series with a special guest speaker: Gary Wederspahn is a board member of Final Exit Network, a successor to Hemlock Society, the original death-with-dignity organization. Gary is a former lay leader at Columbine UU Church. He will explore ethical and practical considerations regarding the right to have a “Good Death” on our own terms when facing the end. There will be much opportunity for discussion, questions, and answers. This discussion will be hosted by Rev. Samantha and Jamili Omar.
Meeting ID: 987 1701 3906
Passcode: [not needed]

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