Gifts Of Love Backpack and School SupplyDrive (ICS)
Help children in need get a good start to the school year! Donate backpacks and school supplies for students in grades K-12. Donations accepted through July 21.
drop off the the church office.
Speaking of Finances...
VP of Finance
During the month of May, the church deposited $111,113.27 and withdrew $106,941.27 for a net of $4,172. The deposit was so large because we received $15,000 for UUSC that was immediately given to NMD, a $12,000 gift, and we had three payrolls this month, so there was a large check from NMD to cover that expense.
The ending checking balance was $35,693.59, a good cushion to carry us through the lean months of July, August and September. Money was transferred out of checking ($33,793.31) and deposited into the new 2.05% interest money market account, which earned $48.25 in interest for the month. The other money market fund holds $28,580.65 in restricted funds. The savings account (capital campaign) has $9,518.06 and the UUA Common Endowment had $57,339.66 for April. We haven’t gotten the numbers for May yet.
The financial report shows that we are doing well. The pledges are coming in right on target and that is a big help with the cash flow. Thank you pledgers! Donations and the plate collection are running ahead of budget helping us with cash flow and carry forward for the next fiscal year. The income beyond what was projected is also helping keep us in the black as almost all the ministries have spent more than budgeted to date. Next month will be the final report for this fiscal year.
The Finance committee met and there were no big issues to discuss. Janet Moore will be the convener for the July meeting as I go off the Finance committee and board as of July 1. Thank you for working with me as we moved from being almost $80,000 in debt three years ago, to having only $5,000 in debt to the bank and having paid back ourselves in both restricted funds and capital fund. The next VP for Finance has a good foundation on which to build as we move toward financial stability, maintaining our buildings, and preparing for the repairs and upgrades we know are ahead.
Next Finance Committee meeting is July 16 at 7pm in Servetus. Financial Reports are available in the office.
Sunday Morning Discussion Group
Join us for Conversation Among Friends, 9 a.m. every Sunday in the Servetus Room, UUCT Campus. Ronna James, facilitator.All adults welcome.
For more information call
What Is Waning
We kicked off summer with a gorgeous Midsummer ritual led by Hearth's Gate Kindred. There were about 40 of us, gathered to send offerings to all the deities, ancestors, and spirits. Thank you so much to Hearth's Gate Kindred for helping us welcome the summer!
What Is Waxing
There are no events in July. However we do have a request of our members!
Please collect some monsoon rainwater for our Fall Equinox festival. Any amount is good, just be sure to cap it tightly so it doesn't evaporate or spill before September. Bring it along to the ritual in September. Thank you!
Our next ritual will be on August 1st, 2019. Join us for a gathering celebrating both the annual harvest and the awesome power of storms. Ana Teresa Ortiz is an ordained Interfaith Minister (One Spirit Interfaith Seminary 2011), who blends Wiccan with Indigenous Taino perspectives and practices. Participants will have the opportunity to communally celebrate the accomplishments and bounties of the summer and to prayerfully contemplate the recent monsoon season and the start of the hurricane season.Set up starts at 5:30, ritual will begin at 6pm.
Pagan tip of the month
The monsoons can be a time full of highly charged natural energy. You can use the rain to cleanse your (water and lightning safe) tools, practice a meditation or ritual using the rain sounds to gather energy for your spell or channeling, and more.
In some traditions, water is the element of emotion and shadow, so a monsoon storm might be a great time to do some shadow work or divination around emotional growth/release.
Have a pagan tip to share for a future newsletter?
Southern Arizona CUUPS: A Chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans
Mail: Southern Arizona CUUPS c/o UUCT, 4831 E. 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85711
Finally, Carri our Facebook page:
Fellow UUs from the Edmonds UU Congregation in Edmonds, Washington are expressing interest in coming to Tucson this summer to volunteer with the immigrants in Inn2 America,and are asking about home hospitality for a week or two, or maybe just a few days.
Sunday July 14 Prevention: A Public Health Model for Social Justice
Too often government delays action on societal problems and then reacts in haste to fix symptoms, rather than looking at root causes and crafting comprehensive plans. Short-sighted policies can repair one section of the Web of Life, while unraveling other sections.
Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley will look upstream at prevention strategies to tackle broad societal issues such as affordable housing, immigration and maternal and child health.
Membership Team Report
Submitted by Alma Byrd
Please welcome into our church several new members who joined in June. Included are Dorothy Reynolds and Sally Reynolds, mother and daughter, who joined June 2nd. Those joining on June 16 include Barbara and Bob Allen. Please extend a warm welcome to all.
Subgroups of the W&M Team have been busy this summer studying current by-laws that affect the team as well as working on membership web pages and recommendations on a path to membership.
On August 3rd Steve Kraynak will provide a workshop for team members entitled "Exploring Welcoming and Radical Hospitality."
The next team meeting will be held on August 14.
The next formal opportunity to join the church will be August 17, 2019.
And then there werethree...
On Oct. 14, 2019 the UUtah Tuur will leave from UUCT and you can still be in the group!
Only three rooms are still available depending on whether you want a double or private room. So that you will not miss out on this fun trip, download a reservation form at:
or pick up one in the church office. Mail it to the church office with your check for $700 right away to reserve your place. Final payment will be due September 1.
To reserve your space contact
Tucson UU Younger Adults (TUUYA) Meet Ups
Do you identify as a young adult (generations X, Y, or Z)? Would you like to meet up with other UU young adults? TUUYA regularly hosts events and meet ups.
There is POWER in thoseFlowers!
If you have been touched by or enjoyed the flowers on the dais each Sunday, consider being the hero and donating the next bouquet.
Arrangements can be as simple as flowers from your garden or the supermarket; in a church vase or a professional arrangement.
To volunteer for one or more Sundays please contact
Summer in RE: Choose Your OwnAdventure!
This summer, we are "working the bugs out" of the Choose Your Own Adventure Model and will roll out a full program in Fall 2019. In short, on Sunday when you arrive at church, children, youth, and adults will have the option to sign up for one of three experiences:
1. Youth Focus (Emerson; 12 – 19 years old, sorry adults, only advisors are allowed): designed for older youth who are ready to really dig deep into the themes and ideas. Discussion, service, leadership, art, and a good amount of laughter await our oldest youth.
2. Art and Spirit (Blackwell; all ages): in this space we'll tell another story that explores our theme for the day, offering additional avenues for deepening understanding. Following the story, we will wonder about the lessons we learn from our stories and engage in self-directed art-making in response to the themes, lessons, or feelings that emerge.
3. Movement and Games (Awareness; all ages): Ready to move your body? This is the place! We will live Unitarian Universalist values through games, movement, dance, and other forms of physical self-expression. Each week the activities will be different, but we'll work on understanding what we can learn about our spirits from moving our bodies.
Summer Activity Leader
The best part of the Choose Your Own Adventure format is that ANYONE (yes, you!) can step into the classroom for a short time commitment (or a longer one if you're so moved).
Jamili will be preparing all the curriculum and supplies, and inexperienced teachers will be paired with experienced folks! You'll have the day's activities in advance so you can be prepared, but there won't be any search for materials or books! Woohoo!
And while you're there, tell me what you're interested in leading in fall!Complete the Fall RE interest form at: