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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Dec 9: Weekly Updates

 

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

and our community.

 
You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.” – Maya Angelou
 

Worship and Other Announcements

 
Sunday Worship, December, 2021: 
 
Our theme this month is "Becoming"
 
We Are Becoming
When we think about becoming, we often think first of growing, of becoming more and more. But becoming isn’t always about expanding and adding alone. Much of the time it requires a letting go before we can let in. 
 
Who are we meant to become? What unique gifts can we share with the world? That is for us to find out for our whole lives. Growing into what special and unique about us isn’t always easy. Society is constantly pressuring us to become something we’re not. So, what’s one of the ways our faith guides us to being a people of Becoming? It tells us, “Resist what others want you to be and become your true and unique self!” 
 
 
 
Join Us this Sunday December 5, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., for a live streamed service, from our Holland Sanctuary.
 
 
 
"What Are You Waiting For?" 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
Dec. 9 | 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
 
What's Up With SAZCUUPS December 2021?
 
What is Waxing? Join Southern Arizona CUUPS for Yule!
 
Tuesday, 12/21/2021. Yule will be led by attendees of our first ever Build Your Own Ritual classes. Zoom meeting begins circa 6:15 PM MST to socialize, and ritual starts at 6:30. Zoom room is https://zoom.us/j/8239364868 or Zoom ID 823 936 4868. All ages are welcome!
 
What is Waning?
Our Repose ritual at the end of November was full of great moments of inner stillness, as well as soothing music, and we shared laughter afterwards at the bizarre video that didn't quite make the cut.
 
After Yule, our next planned event is Imbolc on Sunday, January 30th, 2022.
 
Pagan tip of the month:
What small action can you take to make your everyday life more magical? Looking at a tarot card or rune before beginning your day? Adding shielding techniques to your shower routine? Stirring intentions into your coffee? Magic doesn't have to be on the scale of planned and scripted ritual to be effective!
Christmas Eve Services
 
All are invited to special in-person Christmas Eve services on the UUCT patio on December 24ththis year. Because space on the patio will be limited, staff and our choir are hosting four services on December 24th. We will have two pageant services (at 2:30 and 3:30 pm) and two contemplative services (at 4:30 and 5:30 pm). Each service will have the same words and music, with slightly different moods. To make sure that we have a seat for you, please sign up each member of your family for the service you plan to attend. If you cannot use the Signup Genius, call the front office. 
 
 
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.
 
Our Share the Plate for the month of December is TiHan
 
TiHAN Annual Holiday Event, December 14
For several years TiHAN, Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network, has been supported by UUCT. This year the need is greater than ever. You can 
help by providing these items: Toilet paper, toothpaste, and/or small gift items that will be used as raffle items. This year, as last, the event will be a "drive-by" pick-up of food and other items, rather than the dinner/dance of previous years. Please drop off items at UUCT by Friday, December 10. If you have further questions, please contact Eve Hady (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 
 

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 . Youmay 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
 
 
 
Yes Virginia, there will be a Rummage Sale! 
 
And Virginia, those skates look like they are in good shape. Want to donate them to the rummage sale? (I even heard that there is a skating rink in downtown Tucson now!)
 
The rummage sale will be postponed until after the holidays, but it is still going to take place. Please continue to bring 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, and Thursdays. Knock on the office door if Goddard isn’t open. Email Mary at the office to arrange drop-off at other times, and for questions or concerns: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
One of our key volunteers is out of the country until mid January, but we really need other strong volunteers to help set up the sale, and others to price items as well as people to work the days of the sale and afterward.
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.
 
 
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.
 
ZOOM LINK:
 
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.
 
LINK:
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 page or 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.
 
The Young Adult Revival Network (YARN)
Calling all UU Young Adults! "The Sweet Potato" is a Young Adult Revival Network monthly roundup of online UU young adult ministries, media, and more. See the November issue here and subscribe!

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