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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Jun 1: Worship and Other Announcements

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Worship and Other Announcements

This Sunday, June 5, 10:30 a.m.
"Theological Imagination"
Worship Lead: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate: Celeste Rogers
Worship Leaders: Brian Moon, Jamili Omar, and Terry Spinelli
And, we now have AC in the Holland! Come join us in person, or online: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCczvU-NhNhTbUp-qAIbQ4bg
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:
4831 E 22nd Street
Tucson AZ, 85711
Please make checks out to UUCT, and state the purpose of the donation in the memo line. 
A Message From Your Minister
Addressing Rising Rents through the Minister's Discretionary Fund
You may have heard about the emerging rent crisis in our city and country. Rent is increasing at alarming rates almost everywhere. Personally, I have heard of one person whose rent increased 40% in one year here in Tucson. Because salaries are not increasing at nearly the same rate. COVID related assistance programs have ended and most people who rent are in a bind. Even renters who were previously able to save a few hundred dollars a month previously are now struggling to pay rent. 
Just in the past two months, the Minister's Discretionary Fund has given over $2000 in rent and temporary housing assistance to UUCT members to help them stay in their homes. That is after many of these individuals found additional rent assistance through Interfaith Community Services and other community services. To assure that many people can benefit from the fund, I have a practice of limiting the amount that any individual can receive from the fund each year. And, I will not allow a UUCT member to lose their housing for lack of rent. 
The Minister's Discretionary Fund is now under $2000 and there is no plan to raise for it again until Christmas Eve. Many have given generous donations to the fund during COVID, but we have not raised for this fund in a robust way since Christmas Eve 2019. If you are financially able, please make a donation to the Minister's Discretionary Fund. The MDF will continue to support rent assistance and other basic needs for UUCT members and friends. 
If you are a renter and interested in building collective power to advocate for housing as a human right, get connected with the Tucson Tenants Union: https://www.tucsontenantsunion.org/. Also, be in touch with me if you need financial assistance to stay in your home. 
Thank you!
Rev. Bethany
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Going... Going... WAIT! Sorry, folks, we know you're as excited as we are to get the UUCT Auction in place. You're right to be excited. There are some amazing dinners, gift cards galore, and services that will knock your socks off! But we're not quite ready.
The Auction Committee is working diligently to make this unique auction experience as simple and F-U-N as possible. Details to follow... Stay tuned!
The Auction Committee

Staying Connected in Community

A Warm Invitation to any of our Baja 4 UU congregation members who is feeling a deep sense of loss...whether due to the death of a loved one, or the loss of a marriage, a pet, even painful estrangement from grown children or other family or friends.
We meet on Zoom every Sunday morning from 9:00-10:00 am. You may share or listen (as you like). Please leave a message with facilitator Lynnie Bradley of UUCT (520) 235-5812....Take heart...there is comfort for your broken-heart ahead!!
Book Club, June 9, 2022: 
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell, 2020
With her eighth novel, O'Farrell brilliantly turns to historical fiction to confront a parent's worst nightmare: the death of a child. Set in Stratford, England, in the late 16th century, Hamnet imagines the emotional, domestic, and artistic repercussions after the world's most famous (though never named) playwright and his wife lose their only son, 11-year-old Hamnet ... in 1596. Four years later, the boy's father transposes his grief into his masterpiece ... titled with a common variant of his son's name. --- NPR Book review
Meeting ID: 884 1260 4078
Password: 484848
The Zoom meeting opens by 9:20am, book discussion starts at 9:30am

Social Justice

FAIR ELECTIONS INITIATIVE: A new citizen’s initiative is aimed at stopping these laws, but we must get enough signatures in just over three months. There will be someone on the patio after church each Sunday with this important petition as well as the other petitions aligned with our UU principals. Contact Margo Newhouse This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Beth Britton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help with this effort.
Share the Plate
Our Share the Plate for the month of June is the Tucson Abortion Support Collective: TASC
We are a Tucson-based collective serving Southern Arizona to provide emotional, physical, informational, and logistical support to people seeking abortion care. We seek to meet each person where they are to provide informative, compassionate, and inclusive care, while supporting other local and national movements that embrace an intersectional approach to reproductive justice.
Cafe Justo!
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 information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
UU the Vote with UUJAZ
June - November 2022
Democracy hangs in the balance, reproductive rights are clinging by a thread, and we are still waiting for promises about climate and immigration justice to be realized. In the meantime: the pandemic, economic injustice, sexism, racism, transphobia and homophobia keep us exhausted and unsure what to do. We've got your back! Join UUJAZ to be in community with UUs across Arizona who are making a difference in their communities, grounding each other and sharing ideas for electoral engagement. 
Watch this space weekly for the next 6 months for candidate forums, and email Casey Clowes, UUJAZ Congregational Organizer, and UU the Vote Program Coordinator, with your questions at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Religious Education Opportunities

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Endangered Species Art Project
Now until June 12th
There's still time to join in on the Endangered Species Art Project! It's been so much fun to work on this multi-generational effort with Arizona congregations who have gotten creative in their youth programs and coffee hours to create birds for us to take to General Assembly in June. Folks are learning about ecology, climate, migration, and border issues through this project. Whether you work together with your congregation or create your birds solo, we can't wait to share these with our wider UU family at GA. 
Games IRL (In Real Life) 
June 18 | 5:00-7:00pm | UUCT at 4831 E. 22nd Ave
Who says that game play ends when you’re an adult? Not us! This game day is geared to those ages 12+ who want to play a variety of table-top games. Wingspan? Yes! Azul? Yes! Century Spice Road? Yes! Bring your favorite and come teach it to us. 
Kids younger than 12 are more than welcome to attend, but we don’t have child care for this day. We do have access to the playground, so we can work together for some time to play with the kids and time to let them play. 
We will stop for a break when we get peckish to order a pizza (vegetarian option available, but no gluten free). Bring a side to share!
Parenting of Preschoolers (POPS) –Grown Ups Meet Up
June 25 | 1-2pm | Zoom
This monthly group is designed for those adults raising children who are ages birth to 6, but everyone is welcome. This is an amazing group of adults that come together to talk about topics relevant to our daily lives. We offer support, words of wisdom, and connection. We hope that you join and share with us.
Meeting ID: 975 7892 4511 
Passcode: 973902 

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