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Tucsonitarian: June 2020


June 2020 Newsletter
 
The Tucsonitarian
 
 
Rev. Bethany
Russell-Lowe
 
As I write this newsletter article, people in cities across the country are rising up to demand justice. For George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. For these three, and countless other black and indigenous people of color who have been murdered at the hands of white supremacy culture.
 
I know you are grieving as you watch the uprisings in Minneapolis and Louisville and Atlanta and beyond. We must grieve, and then we must act. I have heard from uprising leaders on the ground in Minneapolis with two actions they are requesting of those of us outside of Minneapolis: 1) For those of us who are white, engage in a critical examination of our own complicity in white supremacy culture, and 2) For all of us, demand new policing systems in our own communities.
 
Having heard this, I am dedicating my newsletter article this month to offering you resources on learning about white supremacy culture, and local organizations working on reforming policing and prison systems.   
 
Resources to Learn about White SupremacyCulture and Alternatives to Policing
 
 
 
 
 
-         “Alternatives to Calling the Police”by Ronnie Boyd, Annie Gonzalez-Milliken, Jason Lydon, Elizabeth Nguyen and Nora Rasman
 
Local and Statewide Organizations/Initiatives
 
TSCCBF is working to end money bail and pretrial detention in Tucson.  
 
-         Tucson Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)SURJ is a national organization which organizes white allies to amplify and support the work of grassroots BIPOC-led (black and indigenous people of color) in advancing racial justice.
 
-         Pima County Justicia Para Todos / Justice for AllThis is a local ballot initiative that would allow a family facing deportation in Pima County access to legal representation. 
 
BLM Phoenix is currenting initiating a bail fund for People of Color who are incarcerated across Arizona. Donations to this fund will help keep people out of jail during this vulnerable time of COVD-19.
 
LUCHA is focused on building power with Arizona’s working families to advance social, racial, and economic justice.
 
-         Puente MovementPuente is a state-wide grassroots movement for immigrant justice. Recently, they have led weekly car-avans to jails and detention centers around the state to demand that incarcerated persons be released.
 
-         Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona Network (UUJAZ)UUJAZ, our state-wide action network, is working alongside coalitions seeking to address new policing systems in Phoenix and beyond. 
 
I will leave you with these words that have been on my heart, from Ella Baker,"Until the killing of black men, black mother's sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of white mother's sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest”(1964).
 
-         Rev. Bethany
 
Baja 4 Minister Tour!
Wednesday, June 17th, 6-7pm
 
Mark you calendars! All Baja 4 congregational ministers are coming to a Zoom near you! UUCT will host our time with the ministers onWednesday,June 17th, from 6-7pm.All are welcome! Hang out with the other ministers, ask questions, and share in gratitude for what we are creating together. Contact Rev. Bethany with questions.
 
Zoom Information Join by video: 
 
Join by phone (voice only): 
+1 669 900 6833, Meeting ID: 702 589 0260
 
Social JusticeCommittee
 
 
The June Share the Plate recipient will beEmerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. That recipient was approved by the SJC. Emerge! has seen a COVID-19-related surge in demand for its services. (Desert Voices, the previously approved June recipient, has ceased operations for the foreseeable future.)
 
July through December Plan
 
In July 2020, UUCT will go from one Share the Plate per month to two per month, a change approved by the SJC and UUCT board of directors. However, the SJC approved a 6-month plan beginning in July and will adopt a new plan later for the second half of the fiscal year.
 
The two Share the Plate collections each of these 6 months will be given to one nonprofit recipient. This approach is intended to address heightened needs of Share the Plate recipients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to donate
 
Checks with “Share the Plate” in the memo line can be mailed to the office. Online donations can be made athttps://uuctucson.org/donate. On that donation page you will find an option for Share the Plate as well as designations for pledge fulfillment, general donation, and Minister’s Discretionary Fund.
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UUCT ‘Surrogate Shoppers’
Helping medically at-risk UUCT members
 
The team is focused on people with heart, lung, and immune system conditions or other ailments that put them at riskas defined by the CDC. The CDC says “there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food.” However, people at high medical risk (and their close family contacts) are especially discouraged from going to mass gatherings and places where people are frequently closer than 6 feet,according to the CDC.
 
Grocery options
 
In order to avoid going to a grocery store, UUCT’s Surrogate Shoppers will buy at Trader Joe’s or Sprouts and wear masks, use hand disinfection or nitrile gloves at each step. They will maintain those precautions from picking ordered items to dropping off the bagged groceries at front doors. Our clients can pay surrogate shoppers with personal checks.
 
Pharmacies
 
UUCT Surrogate Shoppers can pick up prescriptions or other medicines for UUCT members if mail delivery is not available.
 
To place a grocery order, contact one of the surrogate shopper volunteers:
  • Vail and East Tucson – Marsha Newcomb,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
  • Vail and East Tucson – Cathy Dinsmore,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Northwest Tucson – Terry Spinelli,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Green Valley – Bonita Mott,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Midtown Tucson – Rex Graham,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Deliveries will be made within 1-3 days.
 
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UUCT’sCoffee and Clothes Drive
 
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. (Kate Schleinkofer and Judy Dare lead this project.)
 
The delivered-price is $10 per pound bag of Arabica beans and ground, and Robusta beans and ground.
 
Please contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
And Beth Britton forThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Board of Trustees
Frank Valdes
 
The Board of Trustees issued a Call for a Vote for members (only) to vote on nominees, a governance plan, and a budget for the church year July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. 
 
The vote is by mail ballot (online and paper) and ballots must be received by Monday,June 15th at 9am. 
 
The online ballot can beaccessed by clicking here. Or in theMember menuat uuctucson.org). 
 
Paper ballots may be requested atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The online ballot does not require a password but the materials, such as the budget information, do require the member password. If you don't have one, you can request one theThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 
 
Exercise your member right to democratic
self-governance.
 
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UUCT COVID-19 Response Team
 
The COVID Response Team (CRT) invites you to participate in small group "Cottage Meetings" to share your thoughts and concerns about the short and long term options for UUCT. These one-time Zoom meetings will be facilitated with a few open questions which will be used to guide the planning team. 
 
PleaseRSVP by June 11thif you will participate, whether you need daytime or evening, and also indicate if you would be willing to act as a facilitator. Send your RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
The CRT: Frank Valdes, Rex Graham, Brad Weeks, Rev. Bethany, Mary Wiese,
 
 
Contact Frank at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or
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SAZCUUPS
EJ Millstone
 
What Is Waning
We held a SAZCUUPS Q and A as our class offering and a beautiful Beltane ritual led by Carrie to celebrate moving through spring and into summer.
 
What Is Waxing
We have created a Circle of Care specifically for members of SAZCUUPS. We are offering virtual hangouts for our members to connect with each other throughout the uncertain time. To join, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note, this is for members only--if you want to join SAZCUUPS as a dues-paying member, let us know!
 
Our class offering will be a divination round table on June 14th at 12:30 p.m. via Zoom. Use ID#: 823 936 4868.
 
Our Midsummer ritual will be on June 20th at
6:15 pm. We will be offering this ritual through our Zoom room. Use ID#: 823 936 4868.
 
If you need help or support with Zoom or have questions, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Pagan Tip of The Month
Create a summer solstice altar with all the flowers you can find, yellow and gold candles, citrus fruits and/or essential oils. Bring the outside in! You can even add some (not real) bees and butterflies, honoring those little spirits who are working hard to pollinate our crops for the coming harvest.
 
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: 
Jamili Omar
Director, LFD
 
 
UU Kids Camp
 
This online day camp is hosted by the
UU Congregation of Phoenix and they are taking their annual event online.
 
Ages: 3 – 13
Dates: June 1st – 26th, 2020
Time of Programming: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Days: Monday – Friday
 
To registerclick this linkfor the website.
 
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Seeking Small Group Ministry
Facilitators for 2020-21
 
Our Small Group Ministries got off to a great re-start this year! Rev. Bethany is looking for a few new facilitators for Small Group Ministries in 2020-21.
 
Because a number of our members will need to meet on Zoom for the foreseeable future, facilitators will need to be willing to facilitate groups from Zoom (training and support available). All SGM Facilitators will meet monthly in their own monthly Small Group Ministry with Rev. Bethany.
If you are willing to lead a group,
please contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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Your Opinions Wanted!
 
If you're interested in helping shape the future of RE, complete thisone question survey!
 
Worship Services and More
with the Baja 4
 
 
June 7   Where? ego vs. - Rev. Matthew, Rev. Samantha
 
June 14  Why? Why does church exist?  Rev. Samantha, Rev. Matthew
 
June 21  Who? If we shift, who will we become?  Rev. Bethany, Rev. Tina
 
June 28  Reflections on our 500 year rummage sale.  Baja 4 ministers
Vespers Every Thursday
5:30 PM on Zoom
 
Every Thursday Rev. Bethany and UUCT Worship Associates will lead a 30-40 minute vespers service on Zoom starting at 5:30 each week. This will be a live service with songs, readings, and a short reflection from Rev. Bethany or another speaker. Join us!https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7025890260
Blessing of the Animals Vespers
Thursday, June 11 at 5:30 on Zoom
 
On Thursday, June 11, we will have a special Vespers – a Blessing of the Animals service.
 
From the comfort of your home, gather your pets (or pictures of your beloved pets, living or gone) and receive a blessing for your beloved family members. If you do not have a pet, you are still welcome. We hope you’ll join us!
 
 
Welcoming and Membership
Beth Britton
 
Please welcome Allison Ewoldt as a new member of UUCT. Allison belonged to other UU churches before joining our congregation. She teaches piano lessons and is a new member of the Welcoming and Membership Team.
 
You, too, can join the church during this time of physical distancing. If you have been a member of a UU church in the past or are a current active “friend” of the church, please contact Rev. Bethany who will help you with the virtual process for joining our church.
 
Newcomers now have several ways to connect to the church. On the web page is asection for Newcomers. There an interactiveGuest Information Formcan be completed. This information will go to the Church Administrator, Mary Wiese to be added to our database, and to Alma Byrd, who will contact all newcomers and guests.
 
Additionally, completing the on-line request to be on the email list will begin to inform newcomers about the many activities still happening while social distancing.
 
Joan Feldman, with Thomas Hatfield, (both new to our team) are devising online solutions to the posting of new member profiles/photos through a web portal. In this way, everyone can get to know and connect with newcomers. 
 
Judy Jessing (new to our team) is reviewing UUA guidelines for greeting newcomers on line. She is reviewing many other churches approaches and will recommend new processes, photo display designs and language that could better engage newcomers visiting our site. Joan will help operationalize this process.
 
MaryHolly Allison and Deanna Bland will be working with Rev. Bethany to explore ways for everyone to participate in a UU orientation and educational session.
 
The Directory has been updated. Please print it from theweb page.
LGBTQAI+ GROUP
 
“I am so appreciative of TIHAN and its supporters who are keeping me supported and safe right now.”
 –Robb, living with HIV
 
During this pandemic, the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN) continues to serve the needs of our CarePartners (clients living with HIV) who are vulnerable to COVID-19 because of their HIV status and additional underlying health issues including asthma and diabetes. And most of our CarePartners are between the ages of 55 and 75, and living in poverty. We’re concerned and doing what we can to ensure they are not alone, and have support during this pandemic.
 
With the support of our congregation, TIHAN has adapted its programs and services and is providing modified and additional support in this time of social distancing.
 
They're providing check-in phone calls to help address the stress and isolation, and set up new delivery systems to provide 2,000 more meals and hundreds of CarePackages to keep CarePartners safe and at home, especially those who need to take public transportation. 
 
They received funding to provide phones to keep our CarePartners connected to TIHAN and their doctors, and additional phone minutes for people whose phone plans don’t last them through the end of the month. They are also offering puzzles, adult coloring books and pencils, and home-made cloth masks. 
 
CarePartners like Robb are very grateful. “TIHAN goes over and above what anyone could ask for and I am so appreciative that they exist in my community,” Gonzales said. “I have needed both the additional food support and the CarePackages. Financially I am not in a situation where I can just buy anything I want, but because of the supplies from TIHAN, I am able to apply my money to other things that I really need. I am so grateful.”
 
Scott Blades, TIHAN’s Executive Director, shares: “Our CarePartners living with HIV are so grateful for your support during these stressful and uncertain times. We know that our supporting faith communities and your members are also impacted, and we want to make sure you know we appreciate you and are keeping you in our prayers. Together, we are doing what we can to sustain ourselves during these times, and ensuring that the most vulnerable in our community--those sometimes treated as ‘the least of these’--are cared for and supported.” Thank you, from all of us at TIHAN!
 
All are welcome!
For information contact:
Jerry or Bob at
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or by phone: 441-274-4051
Finance Report
JD Garcia
VP of Finances
 
The Merry month of May has brought good news to UUCT. We are moving forward strongly despite these adverse conditions. We were able to secure an SBA Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Loan, for $129,037, which pays for all UUCT staff salary and benefit expenses, and NMD wages, plus utilities, for 8 weeks. 
 
That  will help us move forward financially, at a time when the future might have looked bleak. In case some of you were concerned that the By-Laws prohibit the Board from entering UUCT into debt without authorization by a vote of the Congregation, the PPP loan has a loan forgiveness, which repays the expenditures, provided that at least 75% of the money was spent on payroll ,and the rest on utilities.  Thus, no debt is incurred, if we follow the rules.
 
Thus, with the help of your pledges and donations, and the added PPP money, we will be able to pay our bills for May, June and July. It is important for all of us to keep up our pledges and donations during this period, to cover all other expenses, and to be able to start the new fiscal year without a deficit.
 
During the month of April, UUCT had an Income of $35,211 and expenses of $35,080.
 
 
Does quarantine have you climbing the walls?
Sam Meyer
 
Sampson has been enjoying digital church. No one tells him to sit straight in his chair and Wiggles can wiggle all she needs to.
 
Share how your family is enjoying digital church on UUCT's facebook page or with your Circle of Care group. It is a highlight of my week, and my kids are even watching clips of the service that they find relevant... like LEGO movies!
 
UUJAZ News - Janine Gelsinger
 
Hello Tucson,
 
Many of you will light candles of sorrow, pray, lament, and mourn during your services for Black lives lost. Some of you have been out protesting. I've seen many social media posts. But, as the state action network, as UUJAZ, we call you to ACT.
 
There are three actions you can take today to move beyond thoughts and prayers and live out your UU values for justice.
 
As I watch what unfolds in Minneapolis, I can't help but be reminded of last summer in Phoenix. The viral video image of police drawing their guns, threatening, swearing, and violently dragging a pregnant mother and her child out of a car is seared into my mind like the hot pavement. The city was at a boiling point. Hundreds of folks flooded Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church to demand a change from the Phoenix Mayor and City Council. Even more took to the streets in protest, with police in riot gear facing off with black, brown, and young activists putting their bodies on the line for change.
 
A year later in Phoenix, we are closer than ever before to realizing those demands. Thanks to so many of you, the Phoenix Civilian Oversight Coalition pushed city council to a vote in February that took Phoenix from the largest city in the country without police accountability to the community, to the most progressive model of accountability and transparency in the US. But we still have more work to do, which brings me to our asks:
 
1)Donate to our fund for Black Lives Matter Phoenix Metro.
 
All one-time donations received online this week will go to BLM Phx Metro. If you mail a check, note "BLM" in the memo line. Will you help us kick-start that fund with a donation today?
 
 
2)Comment at Phoenix City Council on June 3rd and June 17th.
 
If you aren't a Phoenix resident, look into your city's policing policies and call or email your mayor and council member that you want no additional budget allocated to policing. 
 
 
3)Have a conversation about alternatives to calling the police with your congregational leadership.
 
Some of us have been taught to call 911 in an emergency, no matter what. But we've seen time and time again that for Black, brown, indigenous, trans, queer, Muslim, and folks with disabilities and mental illness, the presence of police can make us less safe. Will you commit to reading the "UU Alternatives to Calling the Police," discussing it with leadership, and being open to listen? 
 
Janine Gelsinger on facebook, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Pre Monsoon Winds
by Margot Weaver Garcia
 
 
 
T’was a pruning wind that blew last night,
Twigs and branches littering the ground,
Mother Nature was doing her best,
Keeping the landscape healthy and sound.
 
T’was a harvesting wind blew last night,
Mesquite beans found lying on the ground
Mother Nature provided nurture
For humans and wildlife all around.
 
                      July 6, 2007
If you have ever wanted to participate in GA but not been able to attend, thanks to a pandemic YOU can be there!
 
 
GENERAL ASSEMBLY VIRTUAL REGISTRATION
 
Virtual Registrants are able to watch and ask questions in live sessions including workshops and business sessions (mini-assemblies, hearings, etc). 
 
Voting Delegates are also able to propose amendments in the live business sessions, participate in debates, and vote in general sessions.
 
Virtual registration for General Assembly is $150 per person. Registration for General Assembly is the same process for delegates and non-delegates. 
 
Events Streamed to Virtual GA Registrants
June 24-28, 2020
Conversations with Friends
 
Ronna James
and Gilbert Moore
 
Conversations with Friends has resumed meeting weekly, at 2:30 pm on Wednesdays, via zoom. 
 
Contact Gilbert Moore at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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).
UUCT BOOK CLUB
June 11
 
The UU Book Club meets to discuss books chosen by the attendees. All are welcome. Meetings are usually at members homes except during the COVID-19 quarantine we meet by Zoom.
 
The next UU Book Club will meet Thursday, June 11th at 9:30 on Zoom. The group is reading.  The Woman Who Smashed Codes 
by Jason Fagone.
 
Join by computer: 
 
Join by phone:
+1 669 900 6833 Meeting ID: 884 1260 4078# PW: 484848
Zoom app: Meeting ID 884 1260 4078
 
To be added to the Book Group e-list contact Jan.
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The most fun you can have while watching a YouTube Video!
 
 
 
Submitted by Aston Bloom
Turning Point: The Trinity of Errors in the Time of Pandemic
 
by Steve Kraynak        Memorial Day, 2020
 
           Our recent interim period was a turning point for our congregation, a time between two settled ministers, a time for reflection, a time to plan for our future with enthusiasm and zest. During that interim, as a way of living into this time of change, about thirty UUCT members read and discussed the bookTurning Point – Essays on a New Unitarian Universalism. 
The book’s editor, Rev. Fredric Muir, discusses the future of our chosen faith. “To arrive at this future, we must collectively liberate ourselves from a past that, while bright and bold for some, no longer serves Unitarian Universalism’s dream of being a vibrant, twenty-first century faith.”
Muir and the other writers ofTurning Pointnote that the faith of our past was replete with the Unitarian Universalist trinity of errors which originate from a single source, “Saint” Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose “…contributions to the development of American and Unitarian Universalist identities are immeasurable.” The trinity is this: 
·        “Individualism – We are being held back and stymied by a persistent, pervasive, disturbing, and disruptive commitment to individualism that misguides our ability to engage the changing time.
·        Exceptionalism – We cling to a Unitarian Universalist exceptionalism that is often insulting to others and undermines our good news.
·        An Aversion to Authority – We refuse to acknowledge and treat our allergy to authority and power, though all the symptoms compromise a healthy future.”
Muir writes that, “These errors have become barriers preventing us from embracing our future.”
The current UUA common read,An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United Statesby Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, offers many examples showing that these errors were common practiced by white US citizens from the time of the founding of our country, and that the embodiment of this trinity in settler colonialism was a framework for the genocide perpetrated against the indigenous peoples. The practice of this trinity of errors abides.
As I follow the media coverage of our national, state, and local responses to the current pandemic, I note that individualism, exceptionalism, and an aversion to authority are “in your face” evident and pervasive. Some national and state political leaders; at times demonstrating ignorance, incompetence and ideology; invoke the trinity of errors as justification for reopening “the economy,” while medical experts and medical support personnel, when permitted to speak, plead for personal responsibility and for public behavior in the interest of the common welfare.
The president visits a Phoenix factory that makes n-95 masks but refuses to wear a mask. He tours a Ford plant in Michigan and contradicts the rules for public safety set by that state’s governor by, again, refusing to wear a mask. “Individual decision,” he says. While walking through the Mayo Clinic, the vice president violates its face-mask policy saying, “And since I don’t have the coronavirus, I thought it’d be a good opportunity for me to be here….”
The North Dakota governor asks state residents to avoid “mask shaming.” Violence erupts in some stores when employees ask customers to wear protective masks. Photos and videos of people, generally white and male, bearing semi-automatic weapons show them protesting at state capitols, including Phoenix, and demanding the “reopening” or “liberating” of various states and the lifting of state-wide shelter-at-home orders.
Editorials and letters to the editor in our local paper address the palpable tension between personal freedom and the commonweal here in Tucson and Pima County. All these examples demonstrate the prioritization of individualism, exceptionalism, and an aversion to authority over the common good. They also depict classism, racism, white privilege and white supremacy culture - in our time, a time of pandemic.
 
(More about white supremacy culture athis link.)
 
The authors ofTurning Pointoffer us, as Unitarian Universalists and as citizens, a new way. In contrast to the trinity of errors, they point out the following emerging promises as a redeemed individualism:
·        Generosity
·        Pluralism
·        Imagination
 
And they offer enlightening and encouraging examples of how some UU congregations are living into these three promises, as new stories “built on joy.”
This pandemic can be a turning point for a nation, and a planet, both in need and at risk. In her book,On Fire – The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal,Naomi Klein (who is the Ware Lecturer at the 2020 UUA General Assembly) writes that our current state of “disaster capitalism” with its “high carbon lifestyle,” “disposable consumption,” and “climate disruption demands…wealth redistribution, resource sharing, and reparations.” She notes that we must be “…willing to embrace systemic economic and social change.” Generosity, pluralism, and imagination are needed to accomplish change of this magnitude – in the next ten years if we want to save the Earth.
This pandemic can also be turning point for Unitarian Universalism and help our movement to examine our own attachment to the trinity or errors.Perhaps our common faith can once again influence our country. The new way that Unitarian Universalists “do church” may lead to a new way for the commonweal, an “immeasurable contribution.” “Our world is one world, what touches one affects us all.”
 A nation which engages in generosity, pluralism and imagination may bring about a “great turning.” Perhaps we can collectively liberate ourselves and our country “from a past, that while bright and bold for some,” no longer serves a common dream of being a vibrant, just, and democratic twenty-first century United States.
Perhaps we at UUCT can embody a new way. As a congregation we share in a common ministry. It is a collaborative venture and adventure. “Ministry is intentionally going to the places where you can’t possibly know what you are doing.” (Turning Point,p. 122) Going to these places requires imagination. How might we grow as a congregation if we, together – without blame, shame or guilt – examine our own adherence to individualism, exceptionalism, and an aversion to authority, and live into the promises of generosity, pluralism, and imagination – with enthusiasm, joy, and zest?
One way to begin, may be to agree that the answer to all “how” questions is “yes.” 
·        How can we best manifest our generosity – to our congregation, our community, our planet?
·        How can we enhance, challenge, and grow our efforts and outreach in pluralism?
·        How can we transition from thinking “outside the box” to thinking “without any box at all”?
As Rev. Dr. Jacqueline J. Lewis writes inTurning Point,“…We need to re-story what it means to be an individual in community, what it means to be Unitarian Universalist in these times….We are invited, all of us, in these days and times, to re-story our identities in order to thrive and survive.”
 
Soon the Day Will Arrive
Soon the day will arrive when we will be together,
and no longer will we live in fear.
And the children will smile without wondering
whether on that day thunder clouds will appear.
 
Some have dreamed, some have died to make a bright tomorrow,
and our vision remains in our hearts.
Now the torch must be passed with new hope, not in sorrow,
and a promise to make a new start.
 
Wait and see, wait and see what a world there can be
if we share, if we care, you and me.
 
Wait and see, wait and see what a world there can be
if we share, if we care, you and me.      
(Hymn # 146)
 
Imagine!
Worry, Hope, Love
Margot Weaver Garcia
 
Wondering about this new world,
Of keeping physical distance,
Remembering to wash our hands,
Recalling the days from before,
Yet there is hope with each new day.
 
How do we to learn to live in new ways
Overcoming our uncertainty,
Placing one foot forward; then the next
Enjoying the sun’s warmth and good cheer.
 
Laughing at the craziness
On the clean air as it floats by
Viewing the loving glances
Ent’ring my sometimes misty eyes.
 

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