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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Jan 12: Weekly Updates


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

and our community.

"All I know is that my life is better when I assume that people are doing their best. It keeps me out of judgment and lets me focus on what is, and not what should or could be.” 
Brené Brown 

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 16, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., for a live service on our YouTube channel.
"By Our Actions: Our Commitment to Justice"
Worship Lead: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate: Wendy Gordon Weeks
Worship Leaders: Brian Moon, Chris Tackett, and Jamili Omar
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
HeartSpace: an Evening Worship
Jan. 13 | 6:15pm | Zoom
  • Heart Space Evening Service: "I Quit!"
Thursday January 13th at 6:30 pm
In this dynamic, all-ages worship, we will experiment and play with different ways to be in community together. This month in our theme of commitment, we explore the questions of when to quit something. How do we know when to stay the course and when to diverge? When did you quit something? 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
Holland Foyer and ADA Remodel with HVAC Replacement
Progress on Holland HVAC and remodel
During a very informative congregational meeting with architect Bob Vint, we redesigned the universal restroom to create a handicapped restroom, a family restroom and 4 stalls, all with doors. The curved ramp to the east platform is very attractive and means there are no railings in front of the pulpit.
We have raised $191,100 in pledges. We have $70,000 to go in the next two weeks. We need YOU to step up and help us accomplish this so needed project.
Watch the thermometer on the webpage mark our progress as you make the line move toward the goal with your donation. And please do it NOW!
Margot Garcia
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 January is UUJAZ

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.
UUCT TBIRDs + MVUU Snowbirds Picnic
Thursday, Jan. 20 | noon | Himmel Park
Fully immunized UUCT and MVUU seasonal members, visitors and friends will gather 1/20 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. 
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for picnic info or to sign up for TBIRD/Snowbird winter 2022 announcements, including last minute weather related updates for January 20 get-together.
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.
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.
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! 
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.

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