Facebook Twitter YouTube

Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Newsletters, Calendars, and Journals

Tucsonitarian: December 2019

 
 
 

December Newsletter The Tucsonitarian

 
 
Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
 
Rev. Theresa Inés Soto wrote about our
Unitarian Universalist faith:
 
In this community, we hold hope close. We don’t always know what comes next, but that cannot dissuade us.
        We don’t always know what to do, but that will not mean that we are lost in the wilderness.
We rely on the certainty beneath, the foundation of our values and ethics.
We are the people who return to love like a North Star and to the truth that we are greater together than we are alone.
        Our hope does not live in some glimmer of an indistinct future.
        Rather, we know the way to the world of which we dream, and by covenant and the movement forward of one right action and the next, we know that one day we will arrive at home.
 
I love these words because they articulate what I see as the foundation of our shared faith. Contrary to what I hear from some people, in Unitarian Universalism you cannot “believe whatever you want.” You cannot, for example, believe it is appropriate to eat the cake at social hour, without serious consequences. There are other beliefs you cannot hold without serious consequences. We do not hold common beliefs, but that does not mean that every belief is upheld by our values. We embrace all people, but not all actions.
 
In Unitarian Universalism it is covenant, not dogma, that binds us. A covenant is a set of assumptions or shared expectations of how we will be when we are together. Our covenants evolve from what we value. Covenants are aspirational documents. We expect to break them. And when we do fall out of covenant, we are always given the opportunity to come back to covenant.  
 
People ask me often why we need a covenant. I believe we need covenants so that we can continue to, in Rev. Soto’s words, “hold hope close.” Covenants keep our highest ideals in front of us. They ask us to become our best selves. They keep us dreaming of a similar world.
 
Last month, on November 9th, 40 members of UUCT gathered to begin the process of recreating a congregational covenant. We talked about the many meanings of covenant (personal, congregational, religious, and historical) and then we brainstormed the values which are important to our community. We brainstormed nearly 90 values! Then, we got our dot stickers and each put them by the values that are most important to us. I feared that each of the 190 values would receive 1 dot. But to my delight, the dots clumped. Our dots clumped around words like “honesty,” “trust,” “the Platinum Rule,” “acceptance,” and “compassion.”
 
We then handed the process of creating language out of these values to a Covenant Team. That team will start meeting in early December. Expect for there to be a number of opportunities for you to read the draft covenant language and give feedback on that language over the course of the church year. I anticipate we will vote on a congregational covenant at our Annual Meeting in May. I hope you will engage in this process with honesty, curiosity, and open-heartedness.
 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!
 
kids_welcome.jpg
Worship Schedule December
 
 
Dec. 1  Rev. Bethany, Worship Associate, Josue Ortiz
The Miracle of Science (Intergenerational)
 
Dec. 8  Rev. Bethany, WA Nina Tolley
Resilience: the Miracle of Life 
 
Dec. 15 Rev. Matthew Funke Crary, WA Carrie Cooper Living in the Future, Today   
 
Dec. 22   Rev. Bethany, WA Bob Gordon            
Gratitude: The Miracle of Light 
 
Dec. 24 5 p.m. Pageant! Jamili Omar, Director, LFD
Dec. 24 7 p.m. Rev. Bethany, WA Betsy McMillan  
The Desert: A Midwife of Prophecy    
 
Dec 29 Rev. Jordin Nelson Long, WA Bert Meek(TBA)
 
welcome_flowers_pear.jpg
Jamili Omar
Director, LFD
2nd Hour
 
Thank you to everyone who helped make our first2nd Hoursuch an amazing success! We hosted 54 participants in 5 workshops. Wow!
 
We will offer2nd Houragain December 8, 12:30 - 1:30. 
 
In this year of experimentation,2nd Houris one way for people of all ages to learn, grow, and deepen in understanding, community, connection, and service. 
 
If you have a skill, knowledge area, spiritual practice, or other gift, consider offering a workshop! ContactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to brainstorm ideas.
 
* * * * * * * * * * * * *
Up in the Sky! It's a Bird?
It's a Plane? No... It's OWL!**
 
**Our Whole Lives, a comprehensive sexuality education for children and youth will begin January 2020, Sundays at UUCT.
 
All people deserve accurate, sensitive information about their bodies and relationships! OWL provides this and so much more from trained educators in age-appropriate ways. In January 2020, we will be offering classes for K-2 grades, 4-6 grades, and 7-9 grades. If you know a young person who is ready for this program contact the
OWL Team:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Check out the UUA's website for more details: 
 
UUCT Care Team
 
Need a 'Virtual' Hug?
 
Do you know someone who is ill, alone or would appreciate
a visit or call?
Contact Aston Bloom at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Care Team Seeks a Rides Coordinator
 
Recently, there has been an uptick in the number of people asking for rides to church on Sunday morning.
 
The Care Team is looking for a volunteer (or two!) who might be willing to create, implement, and run a rides program so that those who need a ride to church can be matched with people who live in their neighborhood who can give them a ride to church.
 
Rev. Bethany is happy to help you think about how this might work if you are interested, but haven’t done this before. Contact her if you are interested!
Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
Board of Trustees
Samantha Meyer
 
As the holiday season is upon us, the board is already planning for 2020 and beyond. As regular business takes up all (and more) of the board meetings, there will be an extra meeting in January to just think about the future.
 
Long term planning will also cover how to cover the costs of an aging campus and the need for a new heating/cooling system in Holland Sanctuary over the next several years. As I walk onto the campus and see so many things I wish could be done, I try to always appreciate the beautiful space we are blessed with. 
 
I love the hard work our landscaping and patio crews do, the beautiful architecture, and the quiet memorial spaces and peaceful corners to rest in. With thanks to so many who volunteer their time to do maintenance and keep our campus safe.
             
One of the interesting developments is the new Committee on Ministry and the Healthy Congregations Team (HCT). Integrating these groups into our current systems will support UUCT leadership development of current and future members. 
 
There are plans in place for a very busy spring with an interesting auction, an all-church work day, and the beginning of our OWL programs and Chalice camp, just to name a few. The alternative worships continue and it seems like there is something new going on every day. Our church continues to be an active and vibrant community.
 
Ushers and A/V teams are looking for additional help as the church has begun to live-stream into Goddard. Our membership continues to grow and expand our church family monthly.  
 
I’m looking forward to an exciting holiday season and continue to hope for a world full of joy and wonder.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
people_social_icons.jpg
Healthy Congregations Team and Workshop
March 21, 2020
 
In the Congregational Forum on November 17th, we introduced the newly formed Healthy Congregations Team (HCT).
 
The HCT’s primary role is to facilitate conflict resolution/transformation between members of the congregation. They willnotfacilitate conflict between members and staff.
 
The members of the HCT are: Aston Bloom, Bob Gordon, Burt Meek, Carolyn Cooper, and Marsha Newcomb. If you experience a conflict with another member and want assistance engaging in this conflict in a healthy way, you can reach out to any of these team members directly.
 
You can also get in touch with the team over email at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(this will send an email to the whole team, as well as Rev. Bethany).
 
Also, SAVE THE DATE! We will be holding an all-congregationHealthy Congregations Workshopon Saturday, March 21st.
 
More information will be available as that date gets closer. Mark your calendars now!
 
snowflake-cookies.jpg
TBIRDS Potluck and Sign Up!
 
Winter members + Visitors share
a 6 p.m. meal Monday 12/9 in Goddard. 
 
RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or bring a dish unannounced. Please provide your own plates and utensils so that we do not need volunteers to do cleanup of the church’s place settings. 
 
TBIRD new member sign up forms are at Goddard Welcome Center. The Spring 2019 TBIRD Who’s Who Directory, posted on the UUCT website, indicates arrival and departure dates, two addresses, and identifies personal interests for joint activities with others at UUCT, such as books, dining, theatre and volunteer service.  
For more information go to:
https://groups.google.com/d/forum/tbirds-uuct and subscribe if interested in regular announcements.
Our Kitchen MinistryNeeds Help!
 
Kitchen crew will now be serving lunchonly on 2nd Sundaysdue to lack of volunteers.
 
Sign up to join kitchen ministry on the polka dot bulletin board by the kitchen.
 
Please remember we need enhanced donations to keep this going forward and still need kitchen volunteers.
 
coffee_table.jpg
Social JusticeCorner - Cafe Justo
 
The Coffee Committee will be offering holiday gift bags for sale to include a bag of (fair trade, certified organic, sustainably grown) Café Justo coffee and a UUCT-branded coffee mug.
 
For more information, contact
Kate Schleinkofer or Sue Watts at 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
spa_stones_bamboo.jpg
'Soul Collage'Class
 
 
Saturday, January 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Goddard Hall.
 
The New Year brings hopes, fears, and so many questions. This New Year join me, Wendy Annis, for a collage class filled with fun, relaxation and maybe some answers to your coming year.
 
You will make two unique and personal cards which will explore your inner self and nourish your soul.
 
The $15 fee (sliding scale) includes lunch and all supplies.Also, please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions.
 
Let's get together and start 2020 with creativity, reflection, and friendship!
Please RSVP to Wendy at:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
Support UUCT by Shopping
on Amazon?
 
YES U Can!
 
Did you know you can provide extra support to UUCT atno extra costwhen you shop atsmile.amazon.com
 
You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience asAmazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. 
 
Go to smile.amazon.com to learn details of this program and sign up to support UUCT.
 
$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
 
Not 'in' to Amazon?
 
TryCafePress.comfor practical and unique items designed with our interfaith logo!
 
Tee shirts, mugs, cloth bags, and so much more (see below)! Great prices for YOU, and some cash for UUCT!
 
 
money_sign_sky.jpg
Speaking of Finances...
JD Garcia
VP of Finance
 
There is good financial news to report for UUCT! 
 
We have funded the repair of the Holland Hall fascia, front and back, thanks to a generous gift from Reah Barrows estate. We are in the process of redoing the repair of the electrical infrastructure that brings power to our buildings, thanks to a generous gift from the Leonards. And we will be able to fund at least two other projects from these gifts.
 
Our operating income and expense funds appear to be progressing as expected. The income comes in “lumps” (e.g., the trip to Utah brought in over $7,000 this month). And the expenses also need to be paid on a schedule (e.g. there are 13 payrolls and 12 months, so there will be at least one, usually 2 or 3, months that have three payrolls), so occasionally we have large expenditures when income is low, and vice versa. 
 
In the four months of this fiscal year (July to October), our income was $143,085 and our expenses were $156,897. We expect those numbers to even out in the next two months. And you can help by keeping your pledges up to date. 
 
The Finance Committee has recommended to the Board of Trustees that UUCT should consider some long range planning with respect to funding some major repairs yet to come, such as replacing the HVAC system in Holland Hall.
Have a great Holiday Season!
 
open_sign_shop.jpg
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
Gilbert Moore 520-790-7568 or emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
sunrise_over_ocean.jpg
SAZCUUPS
EJ Millstone
 
What Is Waning
We all gathered for a really fun amulet making experience, it was so fun to create things together. Carrie led us in a peaceful and healing Repose ritual, and we left with stones blessed with all the compassion of Kuan Yin to carry us through the busy secular holiday season.
 
What Is Waxing
Our 2nd Sundayclass offering this month is Board Games! Join us on December 8th starting at 12:30 and going on as long as we want to go. We're meeting in the Servetus Room.
 
Bring games to play and a snack to share. This is a child friendly event, but childcare is available by emailing Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request it.
 
Join us for Yule Ritual on Saturday, December 21st at 6 p.m. Julie will lead us in a ritual celebrating the winter solstice! Bring a snack to share. This is a child friendly event, but childcare is available by emailing Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request it.
 
Pagan tip of the month
There are so many ways to celebrate the longest night of the year and the return of the light to the world. Some ideas:
  
o   Burn a Yule log
o   Make sun cookies and yellow foods
o   Light candles and make wishes for the world for the upcoming season of light.
o   Write your gratitude list and burn it as an offering.
o   Donate your time and treasure to those less fortunate and bring your light to others.
o   Party with SAZCUUPS!
 
Have a pagan tip to share? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All traditions welcome!
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
Web: http://uuctucson.org/worship/sazcuups.html  | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SAZCUUPS/ (FB messages can be sent to m.me/SAZCUUPS
Chat group: 
 
Welcoming and
Membership Team Report
Beth Britton
 
Sunday, December 8, UUCT will host a Newcomer Recognition Ceremony during church services to recognize the 42 individuals who have joined or rejoined our church since last April. 
 
This ceremony provides the congregation the opportunity to welcome these people into our church, promising them we will support them and embrace the talents, contributions and humanness each bring to us. New members at the ceremony will receive a formal recognition from our congregation as they commit to support the Covenant and Principles by which our congregation strives to live.
 
Please welcome five new members of our congregation in October, as follows: Sue Watts, Arthur Mitchell, Charlene Fitzpatrick (reinstated), John Leet and Jayne Leet. The church had one resignation this month, bringing the church's membership to 277. The next opportunity to join the church will be Sunday December 15.
 
If you are a long standing member, remember to use 'Radical Hospitality' principles to welcome new members and guests to UUCT.
 
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.
 
To stay in the loop make sure that Janice (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Jamili (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) has your email or join us on Facebook: by searching Tucson UU Younger Adults (TUUYA).
 
 
yellow_spring_daffodil.jpg
There is POWER in thoseFlowers!
 
Do you enjoy the flowers on the podium
Sunday morning?
Volunteer to bring them!
 
Contact Nancy at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call her at 301.802.4683
 
Save the Date: NMD Fundraiser
February 13, 2019
 
No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes is excited to announce that critically
acclaimed author, Luis Alberto Urrea, is once again coming to Tucson to
host a fundraiser to support our work. 
 
Mr. Urrea is the author ofThe
Devil's Highwayand 16 other books, which reflect his cross-cultural
experiences as a Mexican-American. Born in Tijuana, Mexico to an American mother and a Mexican father, Urrea is best known as a "border writer."
 
Mr. Urrea was recently named a Guggenheim Fellow and is a
distinguished professor of creative writing at the University of
Illinois-Chicago.
 
The event will take place at the El Casino Ballroom, 427 E 26th Street,
on Thursday, February 13th, 2020.  A reception with the author at 5:30 p.m.
precedes the main program, which will begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets are
currently available at 
NOMOREDEATHS.BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM at two levels: reception and program ($60) or for the program alone ($40).
 
love_wood.jpg
Grief and LossGroup
 
 
 
Every Sunday 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Reed Room
 
For those experiencing a difficult time after the loss of a loved one, a pet, a job, or any other significant loss, UUCT holds a Grief and Loss support group.
 
There you can find recovery in the caring and comfort of other church members (and friends) who are also grieving a loss. 
 
 
Mata Ortiz Artist
Mata Ortiz
Artist
Mata Ortiz Pottery Sale
Be part of the fight against 'Economic Injustice'
caused by the drug trade.
 
December 8, 2019
Sale and Pottery Making Demonstration
 
Do your holiday shopping next Sunday, December 8, at the UUCT annual Mata Ortiz pottery sale and you can cross some names off your gift list as well as help the potters of Mata Ortiz support their families. Recent State Department travel advisories have warned against travel to the Mexican state of Chihuahua because of the increase in violent crime and widespread gang activity. Mata Ortiz is located in Chihuahua, and without tourists coming to buy their pottery, their economy has taken quite a hit. That is why we at UUCT continue to invite our friends from the village to sell pottery here once a year. So come meet some of the potters, see how their pottery is made and buy beautiful art work for yourself or your friends and family.
 
Additionally, the potters donates a hand-thrown pot to the church, which we normally sell at our auction for the benefit of UUCT.
 
UUCT BOOK CLUB
 
The UU Book Book Club will meet Thursday, Jan. 23rd at 9:30 AM 
Linda French. The group is readingThe Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Everyone is welcome to attend. Questions? 
Contact Linda at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 520-299-1014.
 
 
mic_retro.jpg
Open Mic
Last one in 2019!
December 22
 
Are you a musician, poet, storyteller, magician, dancer or other kind of entertainer? No? Well, do you enjoy live entertainment? Join us on thefourth Sunday of each monthin Holland Sanctuary.
 
A drumming circle is held at the same time
If you have a drum, please bring it. Otherwise, we will have some other percussion instruments to play. 
Contact Bo or Sandy Ongley for details.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
New! UUCT Creative Corner
 
This space is reserved for poetry, prose (one page, please) photographs, or a short commentary by YOU!
 
Gifts
by Margo Garcia
 
In honor of the birth of a baby;
A new life, brought forth in love,
In joy and hope;
We give to one another gifts.
The gifts of material goods and
The gifts of our presence.
Standing, sitting,
Lying next to each other,
In support and caring.
 
We bring the gifts of our talents.
Song and story, reason and logic,
Creating experiences,
Aesthetic pleasures,
To our family and community.
Creating the nurturing web
That holds us in place.
 
There are also the ongoing gifts.
Ones we so often forget to be thankful for;
The gifts from Mother Earth, Gaia,
The soil and the plants that feed and clothe us.
The fungi and hard-working ants that eat debris so there is room for new growth.
The sun from which our energy flows;
The awe of dark starry skies that remind us
Of our place in this universe.
 
Thank you, newborn baby.
Thank you, Mother Earth.
Thank you, Great Sky Spirit.
We are grateful for all that we receive.
 
LGBTQIA Group
 
Save the Date!
 
TiHAN ChristmasDinnerWednesday December 18!
 
 
We've been a busy group this year and
our last activity of 2019 is the TiHAN Christmas dinner. It is a very special event for TiHAN clients as it is a dinner/dance, unlike the monthly lunches. We are seeking six (6) volunteers who are wiling to set-up, serve, have fun, enjoy the music, clean up, and share a deliciously prepared meal, in service.
Allies Encouraged!
If you are willing and able please contact
Jerry Cuffe atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
NEW: Our monthly meetings are changed from the second Sunday to accommodate Second Sunday opportunities. We now meet theTHIRD Sundayfrom 12 - 1 p.m, in the Blackwell room. Next meeting, December 15.
 
All are welcome!
Pronoun stickers available at Welcome Table in Holland. Questions?This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
* * * * * * *
 
Remember their names...
 
Transgender Day of Remembrance
 
In the United States alone, 22 known transgender and gender non-conforming individuals — almost all of whom were Black trans women — were tragically murdered this year. Targeted because of their identities in what the American Medical Association is categorizing as an "epidemic," each of these souls were robbed of their right to exist. In a world that far too often singles out transgender people, it is our duty to remember those lost - and do everything we can to ensure more are not claimed by violence.
 
Here are the names of those we know we lost this year:
Dana Martin.
Jazzaline Ware.
Ashanti Carmon.
Claire Legato.
Muhlaysia Booker.
Michelle “Tamika” Washington.
Paris Cameron.
Chynal Lindsey.
Chanel Scurlock.
Zoe Spears.
Brooklyn Lindsey.
Denali Berries Stuckey.
Tracy Single.
Kiki Fantroy.
Bubba Walker.
Pebbles LaDime “Dime” Doe.
Jordan Cofer.
Bailey Reeves.
Bee Love Slater.
Jamagio Jamar Berryman.
Itali Marlowe.
Brianna “BB” Hill
 
 

Member Login

To access the member's only content, login with user name member and the password (which can be requested from webhelp@uuctucson.org). Member content in the members menu includes congregational and committee documents and reports, including minutes.

 
 
 
Pledge
 
 
 
amazonsmile
 
cafepress
 
Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Updates
For Email Newsletters you can trust

Stained Glass Window