February 2020 Newsletter
Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Singer-songwriter and performance artist, Amanda Palmer, gave a compelling TEDTalk a few years ago. It’s called “The Art of Asking
.” She traces her personal experience as a mime on city streets, where she asked for spare change in exchange for flowers, to her career as a scrappy, punk-oriented musician who put together international tours via Twitter.
In the TEDxTalk she explains why she left a major record label and started giving away her music for free. She says:
“…the media asked, ‘Amanda, the music business is tanking and you encourage piracy. How did you make all these people pay for music?’ And the real answer is, I didn't make them. I asked them.”
This counter cultural approach to professional musicianship worked for Palmer. She raised over $1.2 million on Kickstarter for her first independent album. And her house concerts are always sold out, whether they were in rural Illinois or Berlin, Germany.
Because Palmer was generous with her art those recipients of her art were grateful in return. And, although financial gains were not the goal, her fans consistently came through. Not by any accident but through an intentionally planned culture of generosity.
This is the type of generosity that we are about. Later this month, you’ll start hearing from me and our Pledge Campaign Team about funding the budget for next church year. I hope that when you consider your pledge you will see your contribution as part of a mutual exchange of generosity.
We are in the business of affirming your dignity and challenging you to transform your life.Yourdignity and transformation. No one can put a price on that. There is no transaction to be had.
I hope you will give generously this year, and only you know what that means to you.
See you in church,
All Hands on Deck! Campus Work Hour on February 9th
Come one, come all!Sunday, February 9thwill be a Board-sponsored campus work hour from 10:30 - 11:30 (in place of worship). Make sure you wear your garden pants, rather than your slacks and dresses. And bring a pair of garden gloves if you have them.
We will start, as we do all Sundays, in Holland all together at 10:30. Then, we will break into teams with specific assignments.
Are you an accomplished window washer? Do you love pulling weeds? Want to go check out the labyrinth...and pick up some trash along the way? We will definitely need your help on February 9th!
If you are not able to clean and spruce, you are welcome to stay in Holland from 10:30 - 11:30 and share your favorite memories of our beautiful campus. After an hour or so, we will reconvene in Goddard for the usual drinks, food, and fellowship. Our Second Hour activities that day will focus on service projects to contribute to our wider Tucson community.
All are needed for this campus work day. Let's see how much we can accomplish when we focus all of our energies on our campus for just one hour!
February 2 - Rev. Bethany, WA Celeste Rogers. "Don't Yuck My Yum"
February 9 - Rev. Bethany WA, Brenda Lundt All-Congregational Workday (See details under
Rev. Bethany above)
February 16 - Rev. Bethany, WA Preston McMillan
"For Our Common Ground" (Intergenerational)
February 23 - Rev. Bethany, WA Nina Tolley
"When the Gods are Asleep"
Quiz: Can you name the most
F-U-N event at UUCT since last year's Auction? If you guessed THIS year's auction you are correct!
Save the date,February 8th from 5-8:30for our fabulous UUCT Auction. Tickets on sale now for $15 for auction and dinner. We are still accepting auction items too.
Purchase tickets in Goddard on Sunday or onlinehere.
Feelng lucky? 50/50 raffle tickets are also available!
2nd Hour and more
Feb. 2 | 12:30-1:30pm | Awareness Room
Have you ever wondered how things get decided for RE, LFD, and 2nd Hour? Are you interested in getting involved with activities but aren't quite ready to face a classroom of participants? Do you have some time to give us feedback about what you’ve seen and what you’d like to see? Consider attending the "Weather Trackers" meeting!
This team will be composed of folks from across the church to "track the weather" in and around Lifespan Faith Development programming.(Sunday Morning RE, 2nd Hour, Thursday Night Lights, TUUYA, Parenting Club, and etc.) Share your thoughts and input!
Evening Worship: February 20, 6-8PM, Holland Hall
The Deep Work of Love
When love beckons to you, follow him, though his ways are hard and steep...
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning. Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, so shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.
Kahlil Gibran "The Prophet"
Each service begins at 5:30 p.m. with a Bring Your Own Dinner to eat with friends.
At 6 p.m. we will start a 45 minute service with a dessert potluck after. When the weather cooperates, we’ll drag out the fire pit and toast marshmallows!
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Do You MUURP?
February 27| 6-8pm |
After a very successful first game, we will be holding another Monthly UU Role-Playing group orMUURP. Jim Myers will be running the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons adventure: Dragon of Icespire Peak. Children as young as 12 are welcome to attend with parental supervision. Jim will provide characters for new players, but if you would like to learn to make a character, plan on coming a half hour early.
with additional questions.
This space is reserved for YOU!
Do you write poetry, prose, paint, bead?
We are an appreciative community and would like to showcase your talent!
UUCTucson FINANCES JANUARY 2020
JD Garcia - VP of Finance
Thanks to you, the state of the finances of our UUCT is very good. At the end of the first half of the fiscal year, we had a significant upward trend in pledge income (see the Board Report from Finances for the January Board meeting). We expected to have received $128,210 from pledges (1/2 the total). We are $21;921 ahead of this. Other major categories are close to their expected values, so that:
· both income and expenses for this fiscal year are close to, but above their expected values;
· No More Deaths Wages, Income and expenses are equal; and,
· YTD, income is ahead of expenses.
As we have discussed before, we first must remove the No More Deaths (NMD) wages from our Quickbooks numbers to see how UUCT is doing. We also can keep track of the money transfers from and to our Money Market Funds (MMF) where we keep our Restricted Funds and other Non-Operating Fund money. The MMF earns us about an average pledge’s worth of income per year.
We see that the NMD wages income and expense totals are equal, so that NMD has no net effect on UUCT net income.
After accounting for known factors, the above conclusions do not change: we expect UUCT this year to continue to do well financially, provided that current trends are maintained. That is good news, but it will only come true if you and I continue to keep our pledges up to date, and have lots of fun bidding on wonderful things at the auction on February 8th!
See you at the Auction!
JD Garcia, Vice President for Finances
Board of Trustees
In 2013 the Congregation adopted its most recent 5 Year Strategic Plan for church years from 2014 to 2019. The plan is available here
in the members section of our website. It makes for interesting reading as a historical and aspiration document. It met with modest success due to resource limitations (people and money), which were particularly acute during this period, and ambitions with many goals. It also was largely forgotten during the challenges of the transition years of 2016 to 2019. However, we can celebrate the achievements of the plan in a wrap-up report here
The Board of Trustees, minister and staff met in January to look toward the next five years. Learning the lessons of the previous Strategic Plan, we are looking to define a smaller set of realistic goals which this and future Boards can use to work towards in achievable steps. We have only just started the process. Rather than a less flexible comprehensive 5 year plan the goals will be revisited and adjusted more frequently. In other words, this is a tool to guide your Board of Trustees, minister, and staff.
So where do you, the congregation, fit in? We pledge to communicate the goals, the steps being taken, and celebrate our successes in our Town Halls, newsletters and emails and our Annual Report. More importantly, the steps needed to achieve the goals will require your support with your pledges, time, and, for the largest goals, a capital campaign.
For example, everyone recognizes the goal of improving our facilities to include a new heating and cooling plant, paving and expanding our parking, expanding our worship space that is nearly full most Sundays in the winter, adding meeting space, and making our social hall more "social" and comfortable. So be warned, we want to move forward to a better UUCT that can only be achieved through your hard work, and financing beyond our yearly budgets.
Another example goal is related to our experience of considerable growth in membership and a moving to a more year-round church. To fulfill that goal we might need to increase staff and provide all staff fair compensation within our budgets. This is driven by the many demands to better serve you with programming, ministry, volunteer support, office hours, and community life. You might consider this as you pledge this year starting later this month.
We have only just started in this process, and feedback will guide our steps. As the familiar adage advises,we will not be able to do everything but we can do something.
Healthy Congregations Team and Workshop
Save the Date!
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.
(this will send an email to the whole team, as well as Rev. Bethany).
More information will be available as the date gets closer. Mark your calendars now!
Join us for quilting and conversation
every Wednesday at 2pm in Servetus
Join the group and make some
great new friends!
Be a UUA Volunteer
March 14/15: UU Booth at UA Book Fest
Over 100,000 people attend this festival each year, with many seeing and stopping at the UU Booth. As a result of this exposure, our churches always have people who visit shortly thereafter. To volunteer in the booth click on the link below to sign up. You only need to be at the booth for 3 hours. Questions? Contact Erin Chadwell, Administrator at MVUU at 520 579-7094
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.
Stewardship time is coming... February 16
Our theme is:
"In a circle of friends, in a circle of sound. All the voices will blend when we touch common ground."
The Stewardship drive begins February 16th and a free lunch will be served after the service. You will soon receive a letter in the mail with pledge card, brochure and letter from the Rev. Bethany.
You can pledge online, by handing in your pledge card at church, or by mail. We can accept credit/debit cards, gift transfers or by giving stock shares.
We are part of a community, a circle of friends, that welcomes and loves us for who we are. What does this community mean to you?
It is our church -Our Common Ground.We need your help to keep this community going and growing. We can't take care of ourselves or others without your support. Please PLEDGE.
Deb Collinge, Stewardship
Plan to attend the Social Justice Council will meeting at 12:15 pm Sunday, February 2nd in Holland Sanctuary. Jim Hannley will be leading the meeting.
There will be updates on our migrant-detainee visitation effort, the homeless task force, and a project to help Tucson girls and young women get access to menstrual products through
Saturday, February 29th9 AM - 5 PM
Your Board of Trustees and Minister have scheduled an ILIVED training for UUCT members to learn about how to respond if our campus were to become the target of an armed intruder in the future. While the likelihood of such a catastrophic event is very low, your leaders have heard a desire to prepare ourselves and learn about the most effective responses. Here is a description of the event from ICSAVE
, the organization that will facilitate the training:
"This six-hour course is designed to educate the public on how they can mitigate the loss of life if they find themselves in a violent intruder incident. The goal of ILIVED training is for participants to recognize the need for immediate response to these types of incidents, recognize ways they may intervene, and empower them to make a difference in the event."
This training will take place on Saturday, February 29th from 9 AM - 5 PM.This event is FREE. Please bring $5 for a pizza/salad lunch or bring a bag lunch. If you have a dietary restriction and want pizza email Mary Wiese byFebruary 26.
What Is Waning?
Our Paganism 101 class was so fun we're doing it again (with new content) in February! Thanks to all who joined us, asked great questions, and participated in a great grounding ritual.
What Is Waxing?
to request it.
Join us for Imbolc Ritual on Saturday, February 1st at 6 pm. Ana Ortiz will lead us in this cross-quarter ritual. Bring a snack to share (carpet-friendly, please).
to request it.
Pagan tip of the month
Since February is that capitalist dream of love month, why not try a love spell--for helping you love yourself more!
Some items that symbolize love you can use in a jar, on your altar, put in a warm bath, or tuck under your pillow are: rose quartz, heart shapes, the color red or pink, rose scents, the Strength tarot card, rosemary.
A simple repeated mantra "I am enough and worthy of love" can be a great way to invoke the energy of self love into your life
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
Grief and Loss
Every Sunday 12:15-1:15 p.m.
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.
Have you had prophetic dreams? A near death experience? Do you follow the messages of your intuition, etc...? Do you typically keep these amazing aspects of yourself hidden, knowing that many people would probably think you’re a nut case.
The Mystical Experiences Group is for folks like you...and me. It will be a private meeting in a private space, and best of allNO NAY-SAYERS OR VOYEURS allowed.
February 2, 2020. 12:30PM in
Facilitator: Ronna James
(217) 355-0601 call, text or email for questions.
Membership Team Report
Newcomers, please note the next "Getting to Know UU: Newcomer Breakfast and Orientation will be held the morning ofSaturday March 28 in Holland. More information will be distributed soon.
We welcome:Nancy Platt back to UUCT as a member.
We also hope church members willwelcome the following five members into our congregation:Georgia Brown, Nancy Knight, Colleen Middleton, Christina Klock and Dena Wessel.
The February Membership Signing is scheduled for the third Sunday of the month, as usual. Joining this month will be on February 16.
All newcomers are encouraged to visit the Welcome Center in Goddard Hall right after church to get information about the church and our many activities.
Please remember we are all ministers when welcoming others.
Help us create Sundays of Hospitality
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.
) has your email or join us on Facebook: by searching Tucson UU Younger Adults (TUUYA).
Our next event is anIce Cream Sunday and Mulled Cider Social, February 2nd in Goddard Hall.
The servers are cute (see photo above) and it's free! (Donations will gratefully be accepted.)
Please plan to join us on theTHIRD Sunday of each monthfrom 12 - 1 p.m.
in the Blackwell room.
Next meeting, February 16.
Contact us here if you have questions:
All are welcome!
Pronoun stickers available at
Welcome Table in Holland.
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
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
at two levels: reception and program ($60) or for the program alone ($40).
TBIRDS By the Numbers - Howard Tolley
24Winter members, visitors and Friends attended the second city wide seasonal pot luck in January.
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.
TBIRDS are UUCT Winter members and 9 are Winter Friends. The TBIRD Winter 2020 Who’s Who posted on the UUCT website under programs athttps://uuctucson.org/programs/social-justice-3.html
includes an additional 27 seasonal Visitors and provides two addresses. contact emails, arrival and departure dates.
TBIRDS at UUCT come from18 states, Alabama to Washington, with the largest contingent of 13. Minnesota and NY are next with 7 and 6 respectively.
Book Club - Thursday, February 27th
The next UU Book Club will meet Thursday February 27th at 9:30 at the home of Margo Newhouse. The group is readingJust Mercyby Bryan Stevenson.Everyone is welcome to attend.
Come Join the
UUCT Happy HourGroup!
When: Fourth Fridays of the, month 4-7 pm
Date of Next Gathering: February 28
Where: On the Border, at north side of Broadway between Swan and Craycroft.
Cheap prices for food and drink. We may try other places eventually. Just show up and ask for the UU's (if questions, email
UU Day at the Legislature
President's Day, Monday,
February 17th 2020.
For many years, this is a day where UUs from around the state have come to the Capitol to meet in person with their state representatives and state senators. If you are planning to attend, sign up here
Based on the feedback you sent, this year's UU DATL will continue to focus on appointments with your legislators. We will not be encouraging folks to stay for an entire day of programming. We are asking folks who are "captains" in your districts to schedule their appointments between 11-1. We will gather for an update on the UU values in the legislature around 10.
There is POWER in thoseFlowers!
Do you enjoy the flowers on the chancel on
Volunteer to bring them!
or call her at 301.802.4683
Book: A Black Women's History of the United States
Publication Date: 2/4/2020
From Beacon Press: A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are—and have always been—instrumental in shaping our country.
Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross offer an examination and celebration of Black womanhood, beginning with the first African women who arrived in what became the United States to African American women of today.
In the "Last But Not Least" Column...
An Invitation to the UUA Common Read:
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
You are invited to join the reading and discussion of the 2019-2020 UUA Common Read, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.
The UUA website reminds us of the following: A common read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time and can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations.
The year 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the much-mythologized encounter at Plymouth between colonists and those native to the land. The UUA General Assembly 2020, in Providence, RI, will speak to the truths that contradict the mythology. This Common Read invites UU congregations, communities, and individuals to learn the story of trauma and resilience that is the Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.
I found facing US history in An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States to be hard, a painful reality, a heartrending Trail of Tears. Many times, I had to put it aside, just had to walk away from it. I had to admit that I was ignorant of this history of my own country, and resentful of the lies my teachers told me and my textbooks taught.
I learned that the land in Tucson to which I hold a deed and the land on which our UUCT sanctuary is built, are the traditional and stolen land of the Tohono O’odham people. (See the Native Land website: https://native-land.ca/
When I finished our Common Read, Rev. Meg Riley’s words resonated with me: “I knew more profoundly the horrors which white people have unleashed on Black and brown bodies in my country.
Time frame: Read An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States byFebruary 29, 2020. Community conversations to follow.
“They (white people) are, in effect, still trapped in a history which they do not understand; and until they understand it, they cannot be released from it.” James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time.
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