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 27, 2021 

 
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
― Benjamin Franklin
 
Important!
Some of you received an email this past week asking for gift cards from Rev. Bethany. This is a scam! Rev. Bethany will never ask for money, or gift cards, in an email. 
There will be no Social Justice email next week. 
Our Congregational Administrator, Mary Wiese, will be away on bereavement leave from May 4-11. There will be an email sent next Wednesday, so if there is a pressing social justice announcement, it can be posted there. Social Justice announcements may also be found on our church website: SJCE
 
Mary will be available by email for emergencies only. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
8th Principle Decision is May 2, 2021
 
The annual meeting is right around the corner! 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.
 
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.
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.
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
BorderLinks Legal Immigration Simulation Workshop
Monday, May 3rd, 1-3 pm, Cost: $25
 
Using a new, creative, interactive virtual platform, the Legal Immigration Simulation is a workshop that turns participants into potential immigrants navigating the US immigration system. It is designed to be a tool for responding to the frequently asked question, "Why don't they just get in line and come over legally?" 
 
 
Share the Plate
 
 
Our Share the Plate donations for the first half of May, will go to Casa De Los Ninos. 
 
Casa de los Niños’ mission is to promote child well-being and family stability in our community.
Our deep-rooted community connection acts as a guiding force for Casa de los Niños’ vision to increase the number of children and families living safe and healthy lives. We deliver a continuum of services –evidence-based and best practice models meld together prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies to effectively address the needs of at-risk children and their families within our community.
Casa de los Niños partners with families so every child can be raised in a healthy home. Last fiscal year, our programs served over 5,000 kids and over 4,000 families, which is a testament to the great need. Success is due to the efforts and dedication of over 250 employees, along with a corps of community volunteers who work together to comprise a formidable team dedicated to making child well-being and family stability the norm throughout our community.
 
Learn more about our historyBoard of Directorsstaff and partners.
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. 
 
  • 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.
 
Explore World Religions
May 9 | 12:15 pm | Zoom 
 
Have you ever wondered about what people around the world believe? Here’s your chance to explore a few of the world’s religions! One of the favorite programs in UU Religious Education is always our study of World's Religions. 
 
 
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**
We have one more month of 2nd Hour workshops on May 9, then we'll take a break for summer. I would love to include you as a workshop facilitator in May or when we start up again in August! 
 
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..