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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Jan 5: Weekly Updates


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

and our community.

Dominator culture has tried to keep us all afraid, to make us choose safety instead of risk, sameness instead of diversity. Moving through that fear, finding out what connects us, reveling in our differences; this is the process that brings us closer, that gives us a world of shared values, of meaningful community.
Bell Hooks– Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope, 2003

Worship and Other Announcements

Sunday Worship, January, 2022 
We Explore Commitment
The theme this month is Commitment and we are exploring what is important to us. It’s called what we are committed to. Here is what is important to us as Unitarian Universalists:
● We are committed to curiosity.
● We are committed to change.
● We are committed to conscience.
● We are committed to compassion.
Commitment means that we act on what we value and hold important. What does your faith encourage you to commit to? 
Join us this Sunday January 9, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., for a live service on our YouTube channel.
"We are the Church"
Worship Associate: Betsy McMillan and Preston McMillan
Worship Leaders: Brian Moon, Chris Tackett, Bert Meek, Jody Bergedick, & Kassandra Kline
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
2nd Hour After Social Hour
Jan. 9, 12:15-1:15pm. On Zoom.
Please join us for 2nd Hour: a once -per -month afternoon of a variety of educational, spiritual, interesting, and fun workshops.
See the UU Quest websitefor links and descriptions!
  • Harvest the Power: Faith and Conflict **Starts at noon**
  • Article X at UUCT with Steve Kraynak
**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.
HeartSpace: an Evening Worship
Jan. 13 | 6:15pm | 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.
For questions email Jamili Omar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Meeting ID: 571 636 4277
Password: 973902
Holland Foyer and ADA Remodel with HVAC Replacement
The heating and cooling unit in Holland Sanctuary is 50 years old, contains asbestos and Freon, and frequently breaks down. When it breaks down repairs are expensive and slow as parts need to be found. The cost to replace and remodel is estimated at $260,000 and this is not in the budget. An anonymous gift of $100,000 gave us the courage to try and raise the rest of the funds to do the job.
Replacing the old HVAC, which is large, releases a lot of space which can be used to remodel the restrooms off the foyer. These are small and non–ADA compliant and new restrooms could include baby changing tables and a family restroom. 
People with mobility issues have a hard time or are unable to access the eastern platform in Holland. Providing a ramp or other means of access would display our radical hospitality; All are welcome here.
To make a donation to this project, go here  and indicate Holland Project with your amount. To make pledge send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Watch us grow to meet the goal with the thermometer below! 
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

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
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.
Yard/Rummage Sale! 
Yes, it is happening. Friday February 4, and Saturday February 5. We still need your treasures, and help. Items may be dropped off M-Th, 10-1, or other times by appointment. Please contact Margo Newhouse for details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jan 6 @ 7pm: LGBTQAI+ Meeting
Dear Friends and Family,
We hope you can join us on Thursday evening, January 6th at 7 - 8:30 pm. The meeting agenda will include:
  1. Should we continue to support TiHAN financially or a different organization in Tucson?
  2. Meeting dates and times - Sunday or a weeknight?
  3. Leadership roles for our group moving forward.
There will be some time for socializing too!
Kathy and Eve
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 971 4871 7957
Passcode: 973902
Dial by your location
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
Meeting ID: 971 4871 7957
Passcode: 973902
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 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.
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.
Save the Date! 
Oct 8-16: 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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