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17-04-30: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle

April 30, 2017

Susan Rubin


This Sunday's service introduces us to Secular Humanist Judaism with guest speaker, Susan Rubin, a founding member of the Tucson Secular Humanist Jewish Circle.   Humanistic Judaism is a movement that emphasizes Jewish culture and Jewish history as the source of Jewish identity. Its rituals and ceremonies do not include prayer or invocation of a deity.    A humanistic Jewish community was organized in Tucson in 2009 with the goal of planning and sponsoring Jewish holiday, educational and social events.

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© Susan Rubin

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17-04-09: Who Are We?

April 9, 2017

Rev. Lyn Oglesby


© Rev. Lyn Oglesby

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17-03-19: What Is To Be Done?

March 19, 2017

Rev. Lyn Oglesby


© Rev. Lyn Oglesby

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17-02-26: Aspire to Love

February 26, 2017

Marianna Cacciatore


 In these challenging times, church communities dedicated to doing social justice work are also challenged to remember the promise of the principles that drew them together. UU is committed to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, not just some people. And to promote justice, equity, and compassion in all human relations, not just in some human relations. This Sunday’s talk is about doing social justice work from a foundation of love and compassion—particularly when it’s not so easy

© Marianna Cacciatore

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