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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Jan 24: Faith Development Newsletter

Baja 4


Unitarian Universalists from across Southeast Arizona

Stronger Together

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We are the Baja 4!


Representing Unitarian Universalists across southeastern Arizona, we love beyond belief and find inspiration from a wide array of spiritual, religious, and secular sources. We come together as a Baja 4 because we know we are stronger together.

Learn more about each congregation!

We Explore Commitment

The theme this month is Commitment and we are exploring what is important to us. 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? Let's explore!

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Chalice Lighting to Share


Rev. Peter Friedrichs


Enriched by our differences,
And joined together in our search for meaning,
We covenant with ourselves and each other:
To seek truth in a spirit of love;
To strive for justice; and
To serve others with a joyful heart

Find more chalice lightings here.

Commit to Creating a New Way: 

Workshop for Men on Courage for Feminism and Anti-Racism

Thursday, Jan. 27 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm | Both in person in Tucson and on Zoom

For white men, boys, and male-identified folks who want to live with social justice values in our hearts and minds, rather than the messages that blame people of color, women, LGBTQ+ for our pain. For folks who want beloved community, who believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all, and want to be courageous against systems of oppression that divide us. This interactive workshop will be an opportunity to explore what it means to be feminist and anti-racist and ways that we can reject and heal from patriarchal masculinity and work together to live our values and root our identities in love and collective liberation. 

Register for this workshop here



Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation

Multiple offerings:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 26th in Sedona 10:00 am -12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Jan. 26th in Prescott 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Anti-racism and racial justice are core to our spiritual/religious values and taking action for justice and collective liberation is a way that we live our values, in our congregations, and in our communities. Join us for an interactive workshop with longtime social justice educator, author, and organizer, Chris Crass, one of the leading voices in the country calling for and supporting white people to work for racial justice. Whether you’ve been active for decades or a few days, this is an opportunity to develop a stronger culture of inspiration, resilience, and courage for racial justice.

Register for this workshop here

Commit to a Safer Community 

Feb. 2 | 6pm EASTERN Time | Zoom

The UU partner churches, the United Church of Christ (UCC) Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention Ministries is offering a webinar - “UCC Substance Use and Overdose Town Hall,” on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. ET. Interested people can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank" style="text-decoration: underline; color: rgb(56, 89, 201); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal;">Erica Poellot to receive updates or watch the “Events” page at ucc.org for a registration link to be posted. Resources for people who use drugs and people at risk of a drug overdose are also posted.

Commit to Reflect

With your journal, a trusted friend, the younger people in your life, or a beloved pet, reflect on what you commit to. Make time to meditate on the list and then pick the one question that speaks to you most. The goal is to figure out which question is “yours.” Which question captures the call of your inner voice? Which one contains “your work”? What is that question trying to get you to notice or acknowledge? 


  1. What commitment has shaped you the most? What commitment most deeply defines you?
  2. Do you have a secret commitment? A promise to yourself that no one (or very few) know about? 
  3. Do responsibilities and commitments drain you or motivate you? Do they give your life direction or leave you feeling tied down and hemmed in? 
  4. When we commit to one path, we leave some other path behind. Is there a “path not chosen” that still haunts you? 
  5. What are the covenants/commitments you were born into? 
  6. What did your family teach you about “responsibilities we have to the world”?
  7. If someone secretly monitored your life for a month, what would they conclude is your most sacred vow?
  8. What promises have you made to your spiritual life? 
  9. Are you keeping a commitment that is limiting your growth? Keeping you in a cage?
  10. Do you over-promise? When you offer others your commitment, do they take it with a grain of salt? 

What’s your question? Your question may not be listed above. As always, if the above questions don't include what life is asking from you, spend the month listening to your days to hear it. Or maybe the question or call you need to hear is waiting in one of the quotes listed below. Consider looking there!

Commit to Learning More 

Those of us on the Lifespan Faith Development Team are here because we know that none of us is ever done learning. There is always more to learn, especially about becoming an ally for marginalized groups that we are not a part of. What community are you committed to learning more about this month? 


To help you on your way, we’ve gathered below some wise, compassionate and challenging voices. They lift up many guideposts to help you navigate this important work. But don’t just stop at exploration. Instead push yourself to identify 3-5 of the guideposts shared that call to you in particular - three to five lessons/challenges that not only offer you new insight but also point to clear changes you can make this month. Ultimately this is what commitment means: moving from awareness to action, hope to impact.

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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.

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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. Find their website here and subscribe!

Coming Events

What's Happening This Month?

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Laughter Yoga

Tuesdays and Thursdays | 4-4:30pm | Zoom


Laughter Yoga is a unique concept that invites everyone to laugh without jokes, humor, or comedy. Through laughter exercises, hatha yoga breathing, and playfulness we will laugh into joy, health, and bonds within the Baja 4. Founded in 1995 by Dr. Mandan Kataria, today Laughter Yoga is practiced by thousands in over 115 countries. 

Rev. Matthew is a practicing laughter yogi who trained under Dr. Kataria and is a certified Yoga Laughter facilitator. Members and Friends of BUU will be joining Rev. Matthew to assist in demonstrating laughter exercises, yoga breathing, and Bollywood dance! Learn more about Laughter Yoga:  https://laughteryoga.org/

Ages: Everyone who wants to laugh

Dates and Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-4:30pm

Zoom in at: https://zoom.us/j/99073129659

Meeting ID: 990 7312 9659

Passcode: 574011

Contact information: Please contact Rev. Matthew with laugher and questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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On The Patio

January 29 | 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.

Please wear a mask. All are welcome! 


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!

Jan. 29, 1-2pm --Grown Up meet up --Designed for those adults raising children who are ages birth to 6, but everyone is welcome. This is an amazing group of parents that come together once a month to talk about topics relevant to our daily lives. We offer support, words of wisdom, and connect to those around us. We hope that you join and share with us.


Movie Night! Sponsored by Tucson Area UU Younger Adults (TUUYA) 

Jan 29 | 6:30pm | Zoom 


Films and friends! Let's gather [virtually] to share an evening of movies. We will be watching a new release from a famous studio who has a mouse as a mascot. Rated PG the film is about The Madrigals, an extraordinary family who lives hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a charmed place called the Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift -- every child except Mirabel. However, she soon may be the Madrigals' last hope when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is now in danger.

Bring friends, a snack, and tissues (I’m serious about the tissues!)

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/5716364277

Meeting ID: 571 636 4277

Password: 973902



Heart Space: An Evening Worship

Feb. 10 | 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.

Zoom in at: https://zoom.us/j/5716364277

Meeting ID: 571 636 4277

Password: 973902

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2nd Hour

Feb. 13 | 12:15-1:15pm | Zoom

Please join us for 2nd Hour: a once -per -month afternoon of a variety of educational, spiritual, interesting, and fun workshops. The final date for 2021 is December 5, 2021

See the UU Quest website for links and descriptions!

**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..



Pacific Western Region camps will be open summer of 2022 to middle and high school youth with age specific programming. Woo hoo! 


All staff and participants will adhere to strict safety guidelines including up to date methods to ensure COVID precautions are maintained.


  • QUUest Camp - July 3-9, in Casper, WY with a bus from the Denver area
  • Camp Blue Boat - July 17-22, in Ellensburg, WA

For more info go to uua.org/pwrcamp or email our Camping Ministries Director, Jessica Laikeman, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Interested in being on staff? Applications are up at bit.ly/PWRCampApp2022

See you in the woods this summer!


PS. Did I forget to mention our Parenting Club? It is a resource for Parents and Guardians and All People Who Are Doing The Work of Raising Children! Because raising children is amazing, magical, wonderful --and difficult, challenging, isolating, frustrating, we come together as caregivers for children to share this ride to see if we can make it a little smoother. Activities are online until it is safe to meet in person. Find us on Facebook or contact Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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