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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Social Justice

Social Justice and Educational Opportunities

 

We welcome diversity. We commit to undo racism and all other oppressions in ourselves, our church, 

and our community.

 

Social Justice and Educational Opportunities
April 13, 2021 

 
“It’s up to all of us — Black, white, everyone — no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out.”
 
8th Principle Decision is May 2, 2021
 
It is less than a month until the annual meeting! Are we ready to affirm the 8th Principle? If you are having doubts, the board and others behind changing UUCT to be actively anti-racist is willing to listen.
 
Information on the 8th principle is here. If you are not ready to vote to "covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions,” email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and cottage meetings will be made available.
8th Principle Study Resources
 
This church year, your Board of Trustees has asked all UUCT members and friends to consider whether we might adopt the 8th Principle as a congregation at our Annual Meeting in May.
 
The 8th Principle – which has been adopted by more than 30 Unitarian Universalist congregations – reads: "We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions."
 
To help members and friends learn about the 8th Principle, we will share some learning resources. Read, share, discuss.
 
Attend: UU History and the 8th Principle
The authors of the 8th Principle, Bruce Pollack-Johnson and Paula Cole Jones, will lead our exploration in Session 5 on Fri., April 16!
linked here: 
 
Check out previous resources and the 8th Principle Mini-Conference at https://uuctucson.org/education/8th-principle.html
NEW USE FOR CHURCH SIGN
 
Using both sides of our UUCT sign, we hope to post a new message every week. Each message will be posted for two weeks, moving from the west
side to the east side of the board after one week. Thanks to everyone who has submitted ideas. We now have a list that will last for many months, though we will, of course, remain flexible in order to respond to current issues. In order to change the message every week, WE NEED VOLUNTEERS who can help every Tuesday morning at 9:00 for about 20-30 minutes. Let Bob Gordon know if you can help occasionally: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Say His Name...
 
Another Black man killed at the hands of police. Daunte Wright's young son without a father, his mother without her son. When will we take action to stop this?
 
On Saturday there's a "UUs Call AZ" national action with Side With Love, UU the Vote, and UUJAZ. We'd love to have *anyone* in the country join us and learn from our local partner, Poder in Action, strategies to talk to neighbors about police violence and city budgets. We need you for a few hours, and we will train you and give you a script and lots of support.
 
We've been doing this phonebank for weeks, and it's so much fun! If you've been nervous to try phonebanking... we are calling neighbors who are eager to have this convo, and already probably agree, and we are asking them to take action. Find the JOY that being in movement can bring!
 
If you've been wanting to act for racial justice, in deep partnership with a Black and brown led, frontline grassroots coalition, this is an opportunity.
 
Saturday, April 17th 12-3pm AZ time
 
 
 
 
 
Vespers Service
Thursday April 15, | 6:30pm
 
Our speaker will be Mikaela Ross, the development and public relations coordinator for Casa De Los Ninos. 
Casa De Los Ninos will be one of our Share the Plate recipient's for the month of May.https://www.casadelosninos.org/
Join by computer: 
Password: 483148
 
Did you know you can also phone into vespers? Yes! Simply:
  1. Dial: 1-669-900-6833
  2. Use the keypad to enter the Meeting ID: 702 589 0260
  3. Use the keypad to enter the Password: 483148
 
Previous Vespers Services can be found here: https://uuctucson.org/members/vesper-services.html 
General Assembly: The Unitarian Universalist Association's Annual Meeting
 
 
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Participants worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend and our congregation will have six voting delegates.  Would you like to be a voting delegate? If so, contact MaryHolly Allison: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Howard Tolley: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The UUA Board of Trustees has passed a resolution making the 2021 UUA General Assembly a 100% virtual event. Let's reach record-breaking attendance June 23-27, 2021! Register now!https://www.uua.org/ga/registration
 
UUCT is supporting Asylum Seekers in Partnership with ‘The Inn’ 
 
Donations needed to fill travel bags for children:
New or used Spanish/English books, pads of paper for art and writing, pencils, pens, crayons, stickers and small toys (3+)and small stuffed animals. Clear out those desk drawers and re-gift those adorable stuffies. 
 
New clothing in smaller sizes for men and women such as sweat pants and hoodies, socks and tees are welcome.
 
Drop off at the office on Wednesday or Thursday mornings but please contact Mary ahead of time, to confirm someone will be there.
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If you have questions please call
Emily Sullivan 518-572-9021
 
"JUSTICE FOR ALL" (JFA) NEEDS YOUR HELP!
 
We need your help!  Pima County Justice
for All, endorsed unanimously by the UUCT Social Justice Council, is a
campaign to extend universal legal representation to our immigrant
neighbors in Pima County who are fighting a deportation order in Immigration Court. 
 
UUCT member Leila Pine is one of 10 JFA Justice Defenders. Please contact her to learn more at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
Share the Plate
 
 
One of our Share the Plate donations for April will go to Youth On Their Own. 
 
The Problem
Youth homelessness is our community’s most entrenched social issue, hidden under borrowed roofs and behind tired eyes. Every year, more than 62,000 children throughout Arizona find themselves displaced and unaccompanied through no fault of their own, ranking our state as the fifth worst state nationwide for child homelessness. Even more disheartening, homeless youth are four times more likely to drop out of school and twice as likely to become unemployable adults trapped in poverty. Without the safety and stability of a home, these vulnerable kids fall through the cracks and cannot receive the services they need in order to survive.
 
Our Solution
Youth On Their Own – a 501(c)(3) dropout prevention agency – strives to eliminate these barriers to education and empower Arizona’s homeless youth to stay in school. For over 30 years, we have supported the high school graduation of this unique demographic by providing financial assistance, basic human needs, and one-on-one guidance. With the help of our supporters nationwide, we have empowered over 16,000 homeless youth to remain in school and pursue opportunities for self-sufficiency.
 
 
Love & Justice: Abolition and Alternatives to Policing
 
Every first Wednesday, 6:30pm.
 
UUs proclaim that no one is outside the circle of love, therefore, our goals are also abolitionist goals. Join UUJAZ team member Thoi every first Wednesday of the month in actively resisting the systems of policing and incarceration while building relationships and community with other passionate UUs in Arizona. Register for our next meeting here:
 
 
Book GroUUp
3rd Fridays, 12-1:30 pm
 
What legacy will you leave your beloved: your children, grandchildren, congregation, community, and/or country about how you worked to dismantle systemic racism during your lifetime? What will you bequeath to your beloved? What is your hope for their future, for Beloved Community?
 
Join Rev. Tina Squire and Steve Kraynak on Friday, April 16 for a justice-centered book discussion from the perspective of our Unitarian Universalist values. Here we will use reading, conversation, and writing to answer these questions. 
 
  • April 16, 2021: Discuss BREATHE – A Letter To My Sons by Imani Perry
  • May 21, 2021: Read aloud our own letters we've written to our Beloved.
 
Purchasing your books from the UUA Bookstore, InSpirit, supports the work of our faith tradition. 
 
Come, join UUs from around Arizona as we discuss the current UUA Common Read: BREATHE - A Letter To My Sons by Imani Perry
 
All are welcome.
 
 
Register here.
Cafe Justo Coffee
Sales - and delivery - of Café Justo coffee are continuing. 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.
 
 
Tuesday Morning Vigils
Every Tuesday Morning | 8:00am
 
The Social Justice Council is sponsoring vigils in front of our church each Tuesday morning from 8:00 to 9:00. We have dozens of signs covering current topics which align with UU Principles. We also encourage the sincerity and creativity of home-made signs. We are supporting causes UUs believe in and advertising the values of our congregation. Please don a mask and join us.  
 
The Social Justice Council, chaired by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 9am.  All are invited to participate.
Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 823 1979 8034
Passcode: 483148
Join by telephone (voice only): +1 669 900 6833, Meeting ID: 823 1979 8034
UU Quest
Whether you're looking for details on current Religious Education programming or at home resources to do with your family, UU Quest is the place! It is filled with information, links, activities, chalice lighting words, and more.
 
 
 
Curious?
 
Join any time!
 
 
 
Then, register with Baja 4 here! You'll get the password for videos after you register.
POP Curriculum Trailer
 
Parents and Caregivers of Preschoolers
Join any time!
 
Join the Baja 4 families in this POPs is a video-based, at-home curriculum grounded in Unitarian Universalism and designed for parents and caregivers of children ages 2-5.
 
By engaging with POP videos, parents and caregivers will come to understand their child's spiritual development, to build rituals that support this development, and to see themselves as spiritual teachers. 
 
Each month, 
  • On your own, watch three short videos on the theme of the month. 
  • With our POPS adults, meet once a month to check in and share.
  • With our children, join other kids for story and crafts time!
 
All activities are optional and free for Baja 4 families!
 
Questions? Contact Jamili at:
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**Seeking 2nd Hour Workshop Leaders**
Right now I’m building a schedule of workshops for 2nd Hour and would love to include you in the line up. What do you have to share with the world? Bring me an idea and we’ll work together to develop it! No need to worry about technical support. I’ll have assistants available to manage the Zoom, so you can simply lead.
 
If you have any questions or want to lead a workshop, please contact Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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