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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Dec 15: Weekly Updates

 

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

and our community.

 
It is your right to choose what you do and don’t do, to choose what you believe in and don’t believe in. It is your right to curate your life and your own perspective.” —Lady Gaga
 

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 the Baja 4, this Sunday December 19, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., for a pre-recorded service on YouTube.
 
 
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
 
 
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. 
 
Costume Pick Up
Dec. 17 | 4-6pm
Dec. 18 | 3-5pm
 
If you're attending the UUCT Pageant services on Dec. 24 and want to dress up, come pick up a costume from us! I'll have pieces from past pageants including sparkly stars, wise people, and animals of all kinds. OR come to the pageant in your own costume. ALL costumes welcome.
 
 
Slots are filling up fast!
 
 
 
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
Congregational Forum with the Design Architect
Sunday, Jan 2 at 11:30 (to replace social hour)
Join us to finalize HVAC, Bathroom, & Ramp plans!
Join by computer: https://zoom.us/s/7025890260
Password: 483148
 
Survey Says!
 
Hello, Everyone.
 
Below you will find the synopsis of the results from the “Meet Me in Goddard” survey. There were 99 respondents who represented 140 members of our congregation. I thought that was an excellent response. My thanks to all of you who took the time to complete the survey. Also, it was very reassuring to me to see how many of our congregation are fully vaccinated. I have shared these results with our Board, including every one of the comments you all added as part of the survey. The Board and Rev Bethany will let everyone know when they determine that it is safe enough for us to proceed to this next step of in-person worship. 
 
Bert Meek, Chair, Worship Associates Committee
 
 

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
 
 
 
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.
On The Patio
Mondays from 6-8pm,
Tuesdays from 9-11am, and Saturdays from 3-5pm | On the UUCT Patio at 4831 E. 22nd Street
 
Introducing, Open Patio Hours! Come enjoy some fellowship and community on the patio at UUCT. The focus of these events is mostly social with optional participatory activities and the occasional opportunity for causing some holy trouble. The Saturday event will be created with families with young kids in mind; UUCT will pay for playground monitors so the kids can play while parents and guardians take a break. The first Saturday event will be on December 18th, and then will resume on January 1st. As soon as our policies allow, these gatherings will move indoors into Holland so that all can enjoy some time in our sacred space. Please wear a mask. All are welcome! 
 
We will be taking a break between Christmas And New years. Hope to see you before, or after. 
 
 
UUCT TBIRDs + MVUU Snowbirds Picnic; Thursday
 December 16
 
Fully immunized UUCT and MVUU seasonal members, visitors and friends will gather 12/16 at noon on the east side of centrally located Himmel Park across from 2nd St. Set your GPS for 1000 N. Treat Ave, a block south of East Speedway where you will find ample on street parking. All should bring deck chairs along with their lunch to join the circle. Himmel features many colorful Vermillion flycatchers chirping away and numerous birders with binocs avidly searching for the rare Indigo bunting. Contact Howard for picnic info or to sign up for TBIRD/Snowbird winter 2022 announcements: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.
 
 
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:
Save the Date! 
 
Oct 8-15: TEXnewMEX TUUR
 
"Come with us to West Texas where Judge Roy Bean was “the only law west of the Pecos,” and to southern New Mexico to visit an old-style Mexican Plaza and the research center for the spaceship landing in Roswell! The highlight will be Big Bend National Park where we will stay in the only lodging within the park. On the way we will be looking for the mysterious “Marfa Lights,” which have appeared to many since 1883, and see the mural art and the galleries of the tri-county area near Fort Davis."
 
Registration is now open for the next exciting UUCT TUUR. Join a group of adventurous wanderers as we travel to New Mexico and West Texas to see amazing examples of the region's culture, art, history and the paranormal from the aliens of Roswell to the mysterious Marfa lights. See the attached itinerary for all the details!

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