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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Nov 9: Worship and Other Announcements

Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

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Worship and Other Announcements

This Sunday, November 13, 2022,

10:30 a.m.

"Spirituality of Conflict: A Day of Blessing for Restorative Practices at UUCT"

"The Spirituality of Conflict"

This Sunday, we will be celebrating the beginning of our restorative practices work with our year-long consultant, Rev. Dr. Samantha Wilson. Join us as we dive into restorative culture building for ourselves and our congregation -- including a loving look at our reactions to conflict personally and as a community, our history of conflict and harm, and a sense of possibility for a culture of our own creation. 


Rev. Dr. Samantha Wilson is a Unitarian Universalist minister, community psychologist, conflict engagement and restorative justice practitioner. She works with families, schools, organizations, and congregations as they navigate change, conflict, and harm. She lives with her daughter and husband in Oakland, CA. Learn more about her work at: www.fromthisplace.org



Worship Lead: Rev. Dr. Samantha Wilson

Worship Associate: Wendy Gordon-Weeks

Worship Leaders: Jamili Omar, Brian Moon, and Wendy Gordon-Weeks


Come join us in person, or online: November 13 




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.


Sundays, after Church@12 noon, in the Reed Room. 


“A Warm Invitation to any church /community member who is experiencing a deep sense of grief or loss…Whether your loss is due to the death of a loved one, end of a marriage, a pet, even painful estrangement from children or others…Come and share with others who understand and are also healing their own hearts….

With sharing, there is comfort ahead for your broken heart…leave a message for facilitator Lynnie Bradley (520)235-5812 for meeting details.” This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Ways to stay connected to UUCT


Meeting List: 






Our annual fall rummage sale is scheduled for Nov. 11th and 12th. LAST chance to bring your donations to Goddard Hall! Call Margo at 520-784-1198 to make special arrangements or if you want to help with the sale.


Drumming Circle

It is the second Sunday and that means Drumming Circle at 11:45-12:15 out in the patio. Find that drum or tambourine in your home and bring it, or borrow one of ours and join us in making a rhythm together. Let's do it!


The Care Team is seeking the help of a few members who would be interested in calling and/or visiting elder and homebound members and friends of UUCT. If this would be of interest to you, contact Rev. Bethany: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Thanksgiving Potluck!


Join your UU Family for a POTLUCK GATHERING on Thanksgiving Day 1:00 pm at UUCT.

Please call Lynnie Bradley to sign-up & for details. (520) 235-5812

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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.


The TBIRD Who's Who Directory lists 22 UUCT members, 11 friends and 23 visitors from 20 states — Alabama to Wisconsin with arrival and departure dates, home and away addresses. If the TBIRD postings at https://groups.google.com/d/forum/tbirds-uuct leaves questions unanswered, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.



Thank you to all who joined us on the Work Morning!


We were 19 people including Otis Russell-Lowe who took on different tasks to improve our church campus. We made new friends and reconnected with long-time friends as we cleaned chairs, oiled the Holland and Goddard doors (don't they look terrific!), Holland paneling, picked up branches on western part of campus, trimmed trees, scrubbed floors and doors in Goddard. We discovered there is still so much to do. Look forward to a spring cleanup morning in March when we hope you will join us.


From Margot Garcia, for a whole lot of people who care about our church campus.

Lets get together and talk about it!

Learn about the Seven Principles with us.

Learn about the Seven Principles starting here: https://theprinciples.today/

"My takeaway from yesterday's group was that we were left with more questions than answers. We talked about compassion and gave examples of individual acts of compassion. But we also talked about the fact that systems, such as the prison system, are largely devoid of compassion and justice. We pondered on the disconnect between individuals and groups or systems." Kate

The third principle of Unitarian Universalism is acceptance of one another, and encouragement

to spiritual growth in our congregations.

What does this principle mean to you? How do we encourage spiritual growth? Come join us on

the patio on November 20th at 9:00 for some thoughtful conversation…and a donut!

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

(Coffee and donuts will be available, yum!)

The Auction Team is looking for a few more members.  The auction is scheduled for Feb 11, 2023 and the planning team will start meeting in November. We especially need a few creative folks on our team to plan the decorations, music and entertainment.  Help is also needed to gather donations from local businesses.  Share your talents and join our team.  Email Barb Ricca at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What a deal! One seat left at the Holiday Brunch at Beth's home is still available. For just $25 , you can enjoy fellowship and yummy food. Call Beth at (928) 607-6204 to reserve a place at this 9:00 am December 17 event!


Book Club, November 10, 2022: 


November 10, 2022 -  2nd Thursday UUCT Book Club

MOLOKA’I by Alan Brennert - 2003


A gritty story of love and survival in a Hawaiian leper colony: more a portrait of old Hawaii than a compelling narrative. The chronicle of leprosy-infected Rachel Kalama begins in 1891 in Honolulu and ends in the late 1960s on isolated Moloka’i, site of the Kalaupapa Leprosy settlement. As much a record of her life as of the changes in Hawaii itself over the years, screenwriter and fantasy author Brennert vividly and graphically details both the landscape and the disease as he tells Rachel’s story. -- Kirkus Reviews





https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88412604078 ?pwd=SWl0dGdyTzZrRTlYaDk1VExINnBlZz09


The Zoom meeting opens by 9:20am, book discussion starts at 9:30am



Social Justice








Share the Plate


The Share the Plate for October is TIHAN 



Mission: TIHAN provides community resources and caring support so that people with HIV can live well. Through education, we work to encourage everyone to get tested, get involved, and reduce the stigma of HIV.


Vision: Creating a community where everyone knows their HIV status, and where every person – regardless of status – is supported and affirmed to live as well as possible and stay healthy and engaged in the community.






Who We Serve

TIHAN serves a diverse population of people living with HIV — women, people of color, members of the LGBT community, those from all walks of life and backgrounds. Although medications are helping to keep people with HIV alive longer than ever, there are still thousands of people in Pima County with HIV, and TIHAN serves to help them live well.


You may donate to Share the Plate, on our website: STP


Share The Plate Ballot

We need your input on the Share The Plate recipients for the next year! Vote for your top 3 choices on the ballot. The ballot will be available on Sundays at the Greeter table, you can print out the ballot, or use the online ballot. Only one ballot per person: 





Jubilee Three Anti-Racism Training:

Learning Together About Systemic Racism


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!


November 11 - 13, 2022 CST

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

Here is the registration link:  https://pcolejones.wufoo.com/forms/p1wa9r510tbgj3c/



Cafe Justo!


Sales - and delivery - of Café Justo coffee is now for sale on Sundays! This Social Justice Council (SJC) project benefits small-scale, shade-grown organic coffee growers in Chiapas, Mexico. 


Please contact Sue Watts for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The last Tuesday of every month, we collect hard boiled eggs, other food items, good used clothing, towels, toiletries, pet food and other suitable items for one of our favorite non profits, the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen. Every day, Casa Maria feed up to 500 hungry homeless and low income Tucsonans. Many members of our congregation make hard boiled eggs, and meet a UUCT volunteer at our church, on the last Tuesday of each month, between 8 and 9 am. 
Each month, a UUCT member can sign up to drive along with donations for an unforgettable tour of Casa Maria. 
If you would like more information about our UUCT commitment with Casa Maria, please email Sue Watts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..





IT’S ANGEL HEART PAJAMA TIME! We will again be supporting this heartfelt organization that collects new pajamas and new books for the needy children of Tucson who are housing deficient, in foster homes or being removed from their home setting. Last year this organization delivered almost 6,000 pairs of pajamas to local children in need. Needed this year are sizes toddler to children’s XL and for teens adult M/L. New books for any age are appreciated. Last year UUCT donated 90 pairs of PJs to Angel Heart so please put them on your Christmas list again this year. Boxes for PJ and book donations can be found in Goddard.

For more Info contact Judy Jessing (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


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"

Religious Education Opportunities


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.


Sunday morning Religious Education is off and running! 

We are watching between 3 and 15 children every Sunday. How exciting is this?!? However, we are struggling to have enough adults so we can supervise them. Would YOU be willing to be on the back-up list to supervise the Nursery on the weekends we are short-handed? If you're willing to be on the list for the occasional Sunday, please email Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 website for more information:  https://www.uuctucson.org/education/religious-education.html

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 



Humane Society Collection

Nov. 6 is the Final Day!

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: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ZItdyeNL2Jyglr_KHIWspyGIj5k50g-m?usp=sharing

·        Pet Food

·        Toys and Enrichment

·        Dog Training Items

·        Other Miscellaneous Pet Supplies

·        Office Supplies

·        Gift Certificates (Target, Walmart, Costco, Home Depot, Lowes, Grocery Stores, Petsmart, Petco, Amazon)


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 https://webcms.pima.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=1367. We are a short distance from public restrooms.

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