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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Dec 14: Social Justice and Education

 

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

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The technology is here. The people are ready. Scientists have spoken. Progressive businesses are stepping forward. Now we need governments to take climate action!”
– WWF International.
 
 
 

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 the fourth Tuesday of the month, 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!
 
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·        
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.
 
Share the Plate December, 2021
 
Our Share the plate for the month of December is TiHan.
 
Mission: TIHAN provides community resources and caring support so that people with HIV can live well. Through education, we work to encourage everyone to get tested, get involved, and reduce the stigma of HIV.
Vision: Creating a community where everyone knows their HIV status, and where every person – regardless of status – is supported and affirmed to live as well as possible and stay healthy and engaged in the community.
 
 
 
Show Some Love to Casa Alitas
 
Our LFD Social Justice Project partner is Casa Alitas, also known as the Alitas Program of Catholic Community Services (CCS), 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
 
Special Service Project
This month we also want to collect and donate lap-blanket sized blankets to send with the guests heading to cold weather. One options is to create a No-Sew Blanket! Instructions for the blankets are here for those with their own fabric or who can purchase their own. Kits will be available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 
Want a holiday gift idea? 
Cafe Justo Coffee!
 
Sales - and delivery - of Café Justo coffee are always going. 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.
 
Did you know?
 
"While much has changed over the years, our focus at Interfaith Community Services remains consistent. Today, ICS continues to passionately pursue a single mission: to help people in need achieve stable, healthy, and independent lives."
 
Interfaith Community Services is one of our annual Share the Plate recipients, and we have partnered with them in the past to raise awareness for people in need within our local community. 
 
They have upcoming many events in December and January: https://www.icstucson.org/events/ 
 
Visit their website to learn more, and you may even sign up for their newsletter:https://www.icstucson.org/who-we-are/mission-vision/
 
 
 
 
Take Care of Your Mental Health
by Mental Health First Aid USA
 
We all feel stressed from time to time during the holiday season – there is pressure to attend social events, give gifts, travel and more that can take a toll on one’s mental health. In fact, a poll conducted by the American Psychological Association found that nearly a quarter of Americans report feeling extreme stress during this time of year and 45% of Americans would prefer to skip the holidays entirely to avoid the associated stress.
 
Another study, this one from from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), found almost two-thirds (64%) of people with mental illness report the holidays make their conditions worse. Stress or anxiety associated with holiday activities can contribute to worsening symptoms.
 
This year may feel especially challenging, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The loss of loved ones, financial stress from lost jobs, and feelings of anxiety because of the uncertainties associated with the pandemic – these are all impacting the way people feel.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
2nd Hour **Seeking 2nd Hour Workshop Leaders**
Right now I’m building a schedule of workshops for 2nd Hour and would love to include you in the line up. What do you have to share with the world? Bring me an idea and we’ll work together to develop it! No need to worry about technical support. I’ll have assistants available to manage the Zoom, so you can simply lead.
 
If you have any questions or want to lead a workshop, please contact Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 
POPS
 
Parenting of Preschoolers (POPS)
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. Zoom link will be sent out to all that are registered for the classes. Not registered? Please fill out this  form  and we will add you to the emailing list. Thank you!
 

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