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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Aug 17: Worship and Other Announcements

 
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Worship and Other Announcements

 
 
This Sunday, August 21, 2022
 
@ 10:30 a.m.
 
"One Wild and Precious Life!"
 
 
Speaker: Rev. Linda Bunyard, Retired, Minister in Affiliation
Worship Associate: Celeste Rogers
Worship Leads: Brian Moon, Jamili Omar
 
Singing the song "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw, was a reminder of his own conversations with his father at the end of his life. The lyrics are about a man who had a diagnosis at the age of forty years— a wake up call. And, he changed the way he was spending his days! At the age of fifty-eight years the Dalai Lama started to plan for his eventual death. He wasn't ill, but felt that is was time to complete his life. Both have much to teach us about living fully in the moment.
 
Reverend Linda Bunyard is a new Affiliated Minister with the UU Church of Tucson. She moved back to Tucson in 2019 and joined the church in 2020. She has a passion for singing and for hospice and end-of-life issues.
 
 
Come join us in person, or online: August 21
 
 
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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. 
 
 
 
Help, If You Can 
 
The summer months tend to be a little lean when it comes to giving. This is always true in July and August, with our winter visitors still escaping the heat, and families on vacation. If you are able, please consider donating some extra money, or giving your pledge earlier than scheduled.
New Finance Committee Members Needed
The Finance Committee has done a wonderful job the past several years, plotting a course that has managed to avoid potential deficits. The members have had fun working together to achieve these goals. Now this committee is short two members, because of the passing of long time member, Rick Meyer, and Larry Newhouse moving into the position of Financial Secretary, which no longer allows him to be a voting member of the team according to our bylaws. Please consider joining the Finance Committee. It is a place where you can understand what is going on in the church, participate in decisions that impact our future, and enjoy the camaraderie of the group.
Please let Liz Ravenwood know if you are interested and would like to discuss what is involved. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
With appreciation,
Your Finance Committee.
 
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 will meet in person every Sunday morning from now on, in the Servetus Room, 9:00-10:00 am. (Servetus is the last room on the left, in the Children's Courtyard. For questions, contact facilitator Lynnie Bradley of UUCT (520) 235-5812, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.....Take heart...there is comfort for your broken-heart ahead!!
 
 
 

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.
 
 
Fully Living / Fully Prepared
A Series of Workshops on End-of-life Issues, with Rev. Linda Bunyard, Retired, Minister in Affiliation with UUCT
 Saturday afternoons in October: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, from 2-4 p.m.. The first three will take place in Goddard Hall, and the last one will take place in the Holland Sanctuary.  
It is never too early to prepare for our own death! The Dalai Lama started his process at the age of fifty-eight when he was in good health.
Acknowledging our own mortality and griefs, we will consider our choices at the end of life and explore local resources.  
To sign up or ask questions contact Rev. Linda at 575-636-7481 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 
Lets get together and talk about it!
Learn about the Seven Principles with us.
 
Learn about the Seven Principles starting here: https://theprinciples.today/
 
We'll be meeting informally on the patio monthly at 9:00am before the service, and we'll discuss one Principle during each meeting - bring your thoughts and ideas along with you! 
 
How do we incorporate these principles into our daily lives?
We will start the 3rd Sunday of next month: Sept 13th, 2022. 
 
 
Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
(Coffee and donuts will be available, yum!)
 
Landscaping Around Our Beautiful Desert Campus
We want your comments!!
 
Do you want more Palo Verde trees planted on 22nd Street? Do you like the desert native approach to the church campus landscaping? Come and share with us your thoughts about the landscaping on the church campus. The Facilities Team wants to hear from you on Sunday morning at 9 am, September 4 in Goddard. Zoom connection available.
 
 
Book Club, September 8, 2022: 
 
Lydia lives in Acapulco. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while cracks are beginning to show in Acapulco because of the cartels, Lydia’s life is, by and large, fairly comfortable. But after her husband’s tell-all profile of the newest drug lord is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.
 
Forced to flee, Lydia and Luca find themselves joining the countless people trying to reach the United States. Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?
 
 
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. 
 
 
 
 

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.
 
 
 
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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