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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Aug 10: Worship and Other Announcements

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

Worship and Other Announcements

 
 
This Sunday, August 14, 2022
 
@ 10:30 a.m.
 
"Language and Social Justice"
 
“Language and Social Justice." We don't always realize it, but we often make judgments about others based on how they speak or write. Some social justice language issues are familiar, such as loss of indigenous languages or discrimination against African American English. Others are biases we may not have realized are problematic, like taking pride in being a "grammar nazi" or linking judgments about education or intellect to prestige level of someone's dialect.
 
Worship Leaders, Heidi Harley and Natasha Warner, are professors of Linguistics at the University of Arizona and members of UUCT. Heidi works with Hiaki language teachers to document and analyze the Hiaki language, which is spoken in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, including here in Tucson. Natasha works with the Mutsun and Tamien communities in California to revitalize their re-awakening heritage language from early written documents. Both have taught about language and social justice issues at the UA.
 
 
 
 
Worship Leads: Natasha Warner and Heidi Harley
Worship Associate: Bert Meek
Worship Leaders: Jamili Omar, Brian Moon, 
 
 
 
Come join us in person, or online: August 14
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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. 
 
 
 
Please Help If You Can
 
As you more than likely know, our church has had to do some pretty major projects these past couple of years. We’ve moved to livestream services which required a lot of equipment, we’ve had a broken water line that needed repair, a broken sewer pump, and you all know about having to fix our cooling systems with pump and refrigerant in the interim for the new HVAC unit and then of course we had an HVAC stolen. We needed to re-license our building in order to have the child care facility here, so that
meant we needed to do some flooring, toilets, and a new door. 
 
We have Byron Skinner to thank for his bequest and how using these funds have helped us along the way. However, the church has had a lot of
costs and that money will not last forever and is being rapidly depleted. More information can be found on our website at https://uuctucson.org/members/portfolio-reports/251-finance-portfolio/5672-finance-june-15-2022.html as well as the Finance Committee meeting minutes at https://uuctucson.org/members/minutes.html.
 
Please consider your personal financial situation and if you are in better condition than the church and/or have found some extra money around, or even can send in your pledge amounts earlier, that would be very much appreciated and some pretty dang good karma for you. 
 
With appreciation,
Your Finance Committee.
 
 
 
Member, Diane Deyoe, has passed away: 
Diane Lee Deyoe of Tucson, Arizona, passed away peacefully at home on 8-8-2022, at the age of 74, after a heroic discourse with pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her spouse of 30 years, Connie Stapleton, many beloved friends and family. She was a strong, caring, compassionate woman who was intensely loyal to those who surrounded her. Diane leaves us as an infinite being of light, merely changing dimensions as she continues her journey. We are grateful to Diane as she has donated generously to the church, our endowment fund, and our LGBTQ+ fund. 
 
Rick Meyer's Obituary:
Member Rick Meyer who passed away in July, now has an obituary avaible for viewing. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/tucson-az/richard-meyer-10838316
 
 

Staying Connected in Community

 
 
It's Choir time! 
Choir rehearsals begin on Wednesday, August 24. Please contact our Director of Music, Dr. Brian Moon, for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 
GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
 
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, August 11, 2022: 
 
 
"West with Giraffes" by Lynda Rutledge
 
 
Inspired by true events, this part adventure, part historical saga and part coming-of-age love story follows Woodrow Wilson Nickel as he recalls his journey in 1938 to deliver Southern California's first giraffes to the San Diego Zoo.
 
 
ZOOM LINK:
 
The Zoom meeting opens by 9:20am, book discussion starts at 9:30am
 
 
 
 
 

Social Justice

 
 
 
 
Share the Plate
Our Share the Plate for the month of July is The Inn of Southern Arizona: https://theinnofsa.org/
 
THE STORY OF THE INN
Ordinary people responded to an extraordinary need in December 2016. Thousands of asylum seekers at the AZ border had no safe place after release from detention by Immigration Customs Enforcement (l.C.E.). The Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church pledged to help. A courageous church opened its doors, volunteers pitched in, and The lnn began. Unlike the experience of Mary and Joseph who had been turned away at an inn, those needing rest and understanding would be welcome here.
 
We receive families who have gone through U.S. Customs and Border Protection (C.B.P.), or I.C.E., and are released to continue the immigration process. Our volunteers provide temporary shelter, hospitality, food, clothing, showers, and compassion for these vulnerable families, giving them a safe place to stay while they transition to the next part of their journey. Since its beginnings in December of 2016, The Inn has served more than 14,081 people. In 2019, on average we sheltered 234 people, served 1,1423 meals, and prepared 581 meals to-go every month. 
 
 
 
At St Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ
 
Saturday, August 13, 2022
10:00 -11:30 am
 
 
Youth Event
Queering Faith. Reclaiming Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Teens, Young Adults, and Allies
 
​Saturday, August 13, 2022
10:00 -11:30 am
 
Gay author/pastor/activist J.J. Warren will speak and then we will open up to hear from the youth. It is an event for sharing stories, listening, and showing support.
 
We will give them the opportunity to tell us what safe spaces look and feel like, what makes them feel valued, what they think is going right, what still needs to change, etc.
 
Community Leader Event
 
Saturday, August 13, 2022
2:00 - 3:30 pm 
 
The hope is for 300+ adult leaders from the community: nurses, physicians, pediatricians, educators, mental health professionals, multi-faith clergy, lawyers, politicians, researchers, and gay rights activists. Panel discussion of 5-6 community leaders to talk about what they have seen, share stories of the realities moral injury for gay teens, and discuss what the challenges are for LGBTQ kids and care providers in Tucson and Arizona.
 
To register, please visit the website:
 
 
 

Religious Education Opportunities

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Lifespan Faith Development Newsletter!
At the end of every week, your Lifespan Faith Development Team (programming for people of all ages) sends a newsletter.
To sign up for the newsletter, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
Playformance Youth Group Kick Off 
August 13 | 4:00-5:30 pm | Playformance at 119 E. Toole Ave
 
Curious about what we might do in youth group? Ready to get to know some other UUs in your age group? This is the event for you! We will gather all our youth ages 10-18 for some fun and… fun at Playformance Tucson. 
 
At Playformance, children connect, learn, and PLAY through our active and engaging day camp. We offer a variety of physical play and activities designed for children of all temperaments and athletic inclination. In our amazing 7,000 sq. foot facility, kids work up a sweat and have the “best day of their life” (actual quote!) while engaging with our skilled coaching team. Activities include camp games, parkour skills, obstacle courses, gaga ball, basketball, fort building, table and board games, performances, arts and crafts and much much more!
 
Who is this for? All kids ages 10 and up! 
 
Grown ups, you can drop off your youth for the program and return by 5:30pm. 
 
What is Playformance? Playformance was founded by Kevin Nichols and Anna McCallister-Nichols in honor of and with the needs of their children, Jolene and Cecilia, in mind and heart. We are committed to the highest quality play experiences for ALL people. As a team, we have created a play based curriculum to help people feel successful and connected through self selected challenge. Playformance serves the whole person and supports our students as they develop the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social skills needed for a unified community. Find out more at https://www.playformancetucson.com/ 
 
sUUper You! Youth Group (for ages 10-15)*
1st and 3rd Thursdays Starting in September | 5:30-7:00 pm | at UUCT 4831 E 22nd St and Online
 
Tweens and Teens! This group is for you! We will gather for lots of fun, making food and friends, and creating justice in the world. Join youth from across the Tucson area to 
  • Share a meal
  • Explore the injustices in the world 
  • Begin to find ways that WE can make a difference
 
Who? Youth ages 10-15 yrs (Are you a youth ages 16-18? See below)
Cost? a donation of $0-$5 per session and no one turned away 
 
*sUUper hero in training: Older Youth Leadership Development (for ages 16-18)
1st and 3rd Thursdays Starting in September | 5:00-7:00 pm | at UUCT 4831 E 22nd St and Online
 
For older youth who are ready for a new challenge, want to earn some leadership hours, want an experience to add to your resume’ and love working with younger youth. We’ll meet at 5:00pm to prepare for the younger folks and to introduce important leadership concepts. Then once the program begins, we will all break bread together, and YOU will have very important roles in the running of the youth group. 
 
To be accepted as a sUUper hero in training, please contact Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a short introductory meeting. Other leadership development meetings and activities might be planned as the need arises.
 
Raising Adolescents 
Time and Place TBD Starting in August | Zoom
 
This monthly group is designed for those adults raising children who are ages 10-ish to 18-ish, but everyone is welcome. We realize that raising older children –whether you call them tweens, teens, adolescents, or just youth –brings particular joys and frustrations. Come share your experiences with us!
 
We will begin our group around one of the most sensitive topics for us and our youth: Gender Identity, Relationships, Social Media, Safety and Consent, and more. We will dig into the topics and curriculum called “Grown Ups [Parents and Caregivers] As Sexuality Educators” which will guide our discussions. For more information about this curriculum check out https://www.uua.org/families/sexuality-educators. 
 
As we explore how we support our children in building healthy, safe relationships, who knows what else will emerge! Topics to be determined by the group. Bring your wisdom and questions to share.
 
Please RSVP to indicate your interest in this group:  https://forms.gle/ADVNocB2d2Mnj3PY9
 
 

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