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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Nov 4: 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 

  • UUCT --1st and 3rd Sunday
  • MVUU --weekly
  • SIUU--drop in when you can!


See our websites for details.

Events for Adults and Families

For some religious institutions, the equivalent of Article II would be regarded as a permanent statement of belief. Ours, however, is a Living Tradition. We commit ourselves to regularly revisiting our Principles and Purposes to ensure that we are relevant, that as we grow in understanding, our Principles and Purposes grow, too. Since “new occasions teach new duties”, we must continuously examine our Principles and Purposes to see what is missing, what is no longer important, and whether the language communicates our core values to the current times.

A Radical Reinvention of the 7 Principles

The Unitarian Unviersalist Asssociation, the USA's national organizing body, Article II Study Commission released a report recently. Article 2 is the part of the UUA that lays out the 7 UU principles and 6 sources. They have proposed a radical reinvention of this section. You can read the proposed language below, and sign up for a feedback session. The dates and a link to RSVP is listed here.


Did you know... 

...There's more below the break!

Because we have so much going on in the Baja 4, often our emails get cut off in unexpected places. Simply click the hyperlink that says "View Entire Message." If you don't see this link or you see the bottom of the email, don't worry! You're getting the whole email.

Raising Adolescents 

1st and 3rd Saturdays | 10-11am | Meetings held on Zoom

If you’re an adult raising children who are ages 10-ish to 18-ish, join us for a supportive environment to discuss all the joys and frustrations of “kids these days.” Everyone is welcome, we will focus primarily on the experiences of tweens and teens, particularly around issues of sexuality, Gender Identity, Relationships, Social Media, Safety and Consent, and more.


Topics to be determined by the group. Bring your wisdom and questions to share!


Join us on zoom


Meeting ID: 975 7892 4511 

Passcode: 973902 

Climate Disaster Response

Tuesday, November 15 | 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


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


Parenting of Preschoolers (POPS) –Grown Ups Meet Up

November 19| 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: 


Meeting ID: 975 7892 4511 

Passcode: 973902

Humane Society Collection

Bring supplies by Nov. 6!

Our amazing Superhero UU kids are flexing their muscles at making a difference by in the lives of shelter animals! We are collecting supplies and money to take to the shelter to make the animals’s stay there easier. 


We hope you’ll help! Bring any items from the list below to UUCT or MVUU. Want to see your dollars really stretch far? Contribute financially! You can send a check made out to Humane Society of Southern Arizona tp UUCT 4831 E. 22nd St, Tucson AZ 85711. Or donate online directly at https://hssaz.org/help/donate/


HSSAZ is seeking supplies like those below. For a fuller list click here:


  • Pet Food such as dry or canned dog, cat, puppy or kitten food, KMR kitten milk replacer and Esbilac puppy milk replacer
  • Toys and Enrichment like Cat and dog toys, KONG dog toys, and Toilet paper or paper towel tubes
  • Dog Training Items  such as Leashes and Collars
  • Miscellaneous Pet Supplies
  • Office Supplies

Humane Society Tour

November 12 | 10:00-11:00am | 635 W. Roger Rd. Tucson AZ 85705


Do you want to go visit the shelter animals? Join us to deliver our supplies and meet some of the animals! We’ll have a short tour of the shelter and learn about more ways we can help.


Adults, please plan to stay with your children for the event. The HSSAZ needs this permission form filled out which can be done in advance and brought with you. 

Playground Playdate 

November 12, 2022 | 11:30am to 2pm | Brandi Fenton Park 


Want to connect with other UU families in a fun, open play date? Here it is! Going to the Humane Society field trip? Have lunch with us after it! We’ll wrap up our HSSAZ field trip at around 11am and then be at the park around 11:30am. Will you meet up with us? 


The park is located at 3482 East River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718, and has a couple of super fun jungle gyms! We have a Ramada reserved --just look for the UU banners --which is a short walk from the play structures. The whole park is not reserved just for us, so grown-ups please plan to supervise your kids while they are playing. 


We'll have pizza (vegetarian, but no gluten free) available, but bring your own snacks and beverages.  


To see the park and accessibility options, check out the website here. We are a short distance from public restrooms.


TBIRDS Return to Picnic 11/21


Seasonal residents in flight from snow, rain and frigid temperatures gather monthly for citywide get togethers with MVUU snowbirds from November to April. Fully immunized UUCT and MVUU seasonal members, visitors and friends will convene their first citywide gathering of the season Monday 11/21 at noon on the east side of Himmel Park across from 2nd St. Set your GPS for 1000 N. Treat Ave, a block south of East Speedway where you will find ample on street parking. Bring your own lunch and lawn chairs.


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

Learning Together About Systemic Racism

Nov 11-13, 2022 | Online 


An Acclaimed Program With Experienced Trainers

Do you wish to deepen your understanding of how race and ethnicity play out in our institutions and our daily lives? Are you ready to take a leading role to nurture a multicultural future in the face of opposing cultural currents?


Come Join Us for this Life-Changing Weekend!



Information here: https://www.paulacolejones.com/jubilee


Here is the registration link: 


Taking It Home

A Flame to Light Our Path

By Debra Burrell


The silhouette of a person holding a lighter (with flame) against a red sky.

Fire consumes, and casts a bright light.

May our chalice flame consume our regrets for the past,

our fears about the future, and our worries about today.

May it light for us a path of joy and peace.

find more chalice lightings here.

News and Events Beyond Baja 4

UU Sr. High Winter Camp 2022


"Camp CommUUnity"

Wednesday, December 28, 2022 -

Monday, January 2, 2023 

(Yes, camp ends on MONDAY 1/2/23 - National Holiday)

Dean: Mary Carter Vail (DRE)

Camping Ministries Director: Marianne Swift-Gifford

Executive Director: Janet James


  • Are you seeking to connect with other UU youth?
  • Would you enjoy a week in the mountains with old friends while making new friends?
  • Want to experience an “affirmation snowball fight” or to enjoy a board game in front of the fireplace?
  • How about dancing under the winter stars as you welcome in the new year with your “camp family”?
  • Would you like to experience Unitarian Universalism spirituality in a youth centered way?


If any of these sound intriguing, then come join us for "Camp CommUUnity!"




Questions? Contact Marianne Swift-Gifford (Camping Ministries Director) at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 760-908-1799

Young UU Project


Have you heard of YUUP yet? The Young UU Project began in 2020 as a way for young UUs to keep in touch with each other and their faith during the pandemic, and is held by Lifespan Faith Engagement. The purpose of YUUP is to be a national community care network and multi-directional communication channel that centers BIPOC, trans/non-binary and neurodivergent youth and offers a transition zone for young people moving into emerging adulthood. 


Anyone (youth, caregivers, religious professionals, lay leaders, everyone!) can tap into the social ministry of YUUP by following them on Instagram  @yuup.uua and signing up for the YUUP newsletter. YUUP also has a community sphere just for youth, those who bridged in 2022 and support adults. These “Third Monday Meetups” are where youth swap ideas they can take home to their local communities. In August they swapped Favorite Check In Questions. In September they swapped favorite youth group games, which will soon be released on Instagram and in the newsletter.


Adult readers - We need your help connecting youth to this community! Please point them to UUA.ORG/YUUP to connect at whatever their capacity is.

Young Adult Revival Network Worship


UU young adults and friends from around the world are invited to attend our monthly worship service, held on the third Sunday of each month. Each month our Worship Team puts together a fabulous, faithful, spiritual program that reflects our faith and the fact that we are young adults. From our song choice, to the content of our reflections, this isn’t your traditional UU worship experience. So join us, and discover a different way to embody our faith. This is an intergenerational event, all people ages 18 and older are welcome to attend. Register here



We are stronger together


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