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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Aug 27: Faith Development Newsletter

Baja 4

Unitarian Universalists from across Southeast Arizona 

Sonora The Javelina says...

 

...welcome to the Baja 4! We are Stronger Together

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!

Super Hero Academy!

What do you have in common with Teen Titans, Guardians of The Galaxy, Ms. Marvel, Wonder Woman, the X-Men or Black Panther? 

You are Unique! 

You are Powerful!

You can do great things in the world!

 

Calling all young people! We will explore the world of Supers and find YOUR unique super powers so we can make a difference in our world. 

 

Starting September 4 on Sunday Mornings at UUCTMVUU, and SIUU(see our websites for details).

 

Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education

Kindergarten to 2nd Graders 

Sundays September 25 to Dec 4 | 12:30-1:30pm | at UUCT 4831 E. 22nd St

 

Parents are children’s primary teachers, and OWL is here to help! Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Grades K-2 can help you educate your child about birth, babies, bodies, and families. You will be actively involved as your child learns through songs, stories, activities and at-home projects that promote family dialogue.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) values:

•                  Respect

•                  Relationship

•                  Responsibility

OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps children in kindergarten through 2nd grades understand the basics of consent, birth, families, bodies, and feelings, in fun, age-appropriate ways. Participants are guided by trained facilitators through an engaging curriculum that addresses topics most important to children of this age.

Find out more information, registration links, and more athttps://uuctucson.org/education/our-whole-lives-owl.html

 

4-6th Graders 

Sundays September 25 to Dec 11 | 12:30-2:00pm | at UUCT 4831 E. 22nd St

 

Parents are children’s primary teachers, and OWL is here to help! The 4th to 6th grade curriculum helps children learn about and discuss the physical, emotional changes, and social changes of puberty. Parents and caregivers can be actively involved in the exploration of growing older, values, communication and decision making. These skills and values help prepare youth to make healthy choices for life.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) values:

•                 Respect

•                 Relationship

•                 Responsibility

OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps children in Grades 4-6 understand the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Participants explore values, communication and decision making, as well as physical health and development. A Word Bank reinforces new terms and definitions related to sexuality and puberty. Participants are guided by trained facilitators through an engaging curriculum that addresses topics most important to youth of this age.

Find out more information, registration links, and more athttps://uuctucson.org/education/our-whole-lives-owl.html

Check Out Our Other Fall Programming! 

POPS

Parenting of Preschoolers (POPS) –Grown Ups Meet Up

August 27 | 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 connect to those around us.  We hope that you join and share with us.

 

Join us on Zoom: 

https://zoom.us/j/97578924511 

Meeting ID: 975 7892 4511 

Passcode: 973902 

Baja 4 Climate Justice Team

Monday, August 29 | 6-7:30pm | Zoom

 

Calling all Climate Warriors!  Join with us as we seek to find our place in the fight for a livable and sustainable environment. We are just forming and so you can help us shape our mission as a team which “seeks environmental justice, beloved community and the flourishing of all life” (as so well put by the UUMFE https://www.uumfe.org/)

 

Join us on Zoom:

 

https://zoom.us/j/92494532534

Meeting ID:  924 9453 2534

Passcode: 973902

Raising Adolescents 

Sept 3 and 17 | 10-11am | Meetings held on Zoom

This group is designed for those adults raising children who are ages 10-ish to 18-ish, but everyone is welcome. We will meet regularly on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays. Drop ins welcome, but RSVP to get the materials in advance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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. 

 

Join us on Zoom: 

https://zoom.us/j/97578924511 

Meeting ID: 975 7892 4511 

Passcode: 973902 

 

 

Love In Action

Thursdays, September 8th - October 13th, | 6:30-8 pm | Zoom

 

Let's Talk About the 2023 Changes to Our UU Principles, Sources, and Purpose

 

Our social justice work centers putting our UU values into action… but what do UUs value? In 2020 the UUA commissioned a team to study the principles, sources, purpose, and values of Unitarian Universalism in order to suggest changes to the bylaws where they are housed (Article 2) in summer 2023. UUJAZ has been following the proposed changes, and we want to hold space for a weekly conversation to explore our individual and collective values.

 

Learn more about the Article 2 Study Commission here

 

Register here:

 

Not able to attend this session? Consider joining a congregation across the state: 

 

Valley UU with Rev. Sarah: Mondays September 6th - October 11th 10:30am - 12pm

 

Sedona UU with Rev. Anthony: Wednesdays Nov 9th - December 14th, 10:30am - 12pm

Fight for Reproductive Justice with Sex Education

 

Save the date for our statewide OWL teacher training, Friday March 3rd - Sunday March 5th 2023, in Tucson

 

Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and, now more than ever, has the potential to save lives. That's why we are proud to offer a statewide teacher training for Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula that lifts up the values of self worth, sexual health, responsibility, justice, and inclusivity.

 

It is our goal to be able to offer OWL in all Arizona UU congregations, as well as support many of our UU-adjacent community partners in training teachers to offer OWL. Ask yourself if becoming an OWL teacher is the spiritual practice for you, in the fight for reproductive justice.

 

Registration at uujaz.org/register

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