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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Sep 30: Faith Development Newsletter

 

Baja 4

Unitarian Universalists from across Southeast Arizona 

Sonora the Javelina Says...

...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!

Sunday Morning Happenings

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. 

 

Sunday Mornings 

 

See our websites for details.

Check Out Our Upcoming Events! 

Love In Action

Thursdays, Sept. 8 - Oct. 13 | 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

Raising Adolescents 

Oct. 15 | 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

 

**Watch this space for an announcement about the Tween/Teen Youth Group! Events coming soon!**

Land Acknowledgment Discussion Group

October 6 | 6:00pm | on Zoom

 

Over the past 3 years, we have had a robust discussion among the worship leaders in the Baja 4 about the function and necessity of the Land Acknowledgment. 

 

Will YOU join in the conversation?

 

Let's meet up to

  1. Learn more! What do we know? What do we need to learn? Let's start with this resource.
  2. Discuss our past land acknowledgments and whether/ how they work for us now.
  3. Think about how we can strengthen our relationships as UUs with indigenous-led organizations. 

 

Join us on Zoom

https://zoom.us/j/5716364277

Meeting ID: 571 636 4277

Password: 973902

Resistance and Transformation: Unitarian Universalist Social Justice History

Starting October 12 | 10am-noon | at UUCT OR on Zoom 

 

Grounded in the belief that even “failures” in our history can be instructive, this program presents the ongoing struggle of our tradition to live up to its ever-evolving ideals of social transformation. Themes include abolition, peace-making, civil rights, free speech, utopianism, counter-culture, the women’s movements of both 19th and 20th centuries, sexuality education, and LGBT equality.

 

This course will meet on approximately alternating Wednesdays (with some exceptions due to

Rev. B’s schedule) at UUCT from 10 am – 12 pm from mid October thru mid April. Participants

will have the ability to participate in person or over Zoom.

 

The program dates will be: October 12 and 19, November 2 and 30, December 14, January 11 and 25, February 8 and 22, March 8 and 29, April 12.

 

To RSVP: Email Rev. Bethany at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

 

Baja 4 Climate Justice Team

Date TBD | 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/)

 

Email Jamili for date and time This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

POPS

Parenting of Preschoolers (POPS) –Grown Ups Meet Up

Oct. 22 | 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 

Climate Disaster Response: Mobilizing for Action

Tuesday, October 25 | 4:00 pm PT | Zoom

 

Climate disasters impact our communities - how can UUs be prepared? Join this series of workshops with activities to help you identify the climate risks, understand who is most at risk and how your community will be impacted. From there, make a plan to prepare for and respond to climate disasters in your neighborhood.

 

This workshop is part of a series. All sessions are 90 minutes long and begin at 7pm ET/ 6pm CT / 5pm MT / 4pm PT

 

Oct 25: Mobilizing for action

Nov 15: Community conversation

 

To prepare for these workshops, we encourage you to watch "Fostering Local Climate Resilience through Disaster Response and Community Care"

 

RSVP here

 

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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Coming in 2023! The Unitarian Universalist Common Read: Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism 

 

The UU Common Read builds community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared platform for reflection and a shared focus for action. A Common Read can take us on a powerful faith journey as we explore what it means to be human and accountable in a pain-filled world.

 

Authors Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin Lin—a white minister and a lay person of color—explored five UU congregations' journeys toward Beloved Community. They shared the joy, disappointment, and growth these congregations found.

 

As we enter a Common Read of this book, we find ourselves receiving its report with a changed spirit, an urgent need, and perhaps new hope for multiculturalism and antiracism work in our congregations and our movement.

 

Today, UU faith communities are grappling with a charge to dismantle white supremacy in ourselves, our communities and our world. What lessons and inspiration can we find in Mistakes and Miracles to guide our striving for Beloved Community, today?

What: Adult Baja 4 RE class open to all those age 18 or over

Who: Teams of 3 – 6 members from the Baja 4 congregations

When: Register your team in January 2023. Classes via Zoom on the four Friday afternoons of February 2023

Preparation: Form your congregational team and read Mistakes and Miracles

Questions: Steve Kraynak @ UU Church of Tucson – 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Mistakes and Miracles can be purchased from InSpirit, the UUA Book and Gift Shop at https://www.uuabookstore.org/Mistakes-and-Miracles-P18521.aspx

Taking It Home

Sacred Unknowing 

By Amy Carol Webb

We light this flame

For the art of sacred unknowing.

Humbled by all that we cannot fathom in this time,

We come into the presence of what we do know,

Perhaps the only thing we can ever know:

That Love is now and forever

The only answer to everything

And everyone

In every moment.

find more chalice lightings here.

STAY CONNECTED

We are stronger together

 

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