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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

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Our Mission

We transform ourselves, our community, and our world by intentionally living our Unitarian Universalist principles.

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Our Commitment

We welcome diversity. We commit to undo racism and all other oppressions in ourselves, our church, and our community.

Greetings and WelcomeRev. Bethany Russell-Lowe

Welcome! We are so glad you have found your way here. These are challenging times during our time of social distancing for the pandemic.  If you need words of hope, encouragement, and love click on my picture for a video message to you all.

Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe (minister@uuctucson.org)

 

Worship Service

Schedule

UUCT has hybrid services -- in person and live streaming.  In person attendance is dependent on the COVID risk level.  Currently all who are fully vaccinated are welcome to attend in person.  Streaming is through YouTube Live.  Occasional services will be on-line as noted.  Services are also recorded and can be viewed here

TopicLead Minister(s) and/or
Worship Associate(s)

Sep 25
10:30am MST

The Challenge of Universalism

Rev. Bethany1 - In person and
YouTube Live

1UU Church of Tucson, 2Mountain Vista UU, 3Borderlands UU, 4Sky Island UU, 5Southern Arizona CUUPS (SAZCUUPS), 6UUJAZ

Sep 21: Worship and Other Announcements

Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

We welcome diversity. We commit to undo racism and all other oppressions in ourselves, our church, and our community.

 

 

 

Worship and Other Announcements

This Sunday, September 25, 2022,

10:30 a.m.

"The Challenge of Universalism"

 

Worship Lead: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe

Worship Associate: Brenda Lundt

Worship Leaders: Jamili Omar, Brian Moon, and Hangyu Bai, 

 

Come join us in person, or September 25, 2022

 

 

How to Give to the Church

 

You are asked to use our credit card service (which can be reached by the link or the On-line Giving button on our website), the very easy to use Text-to-Give (1-833-361-5796), or checks may be sent to the office:

4831 E 22nd Street

Tucson AZ, 85711

Please make checks out to UUCT, and state the purpose of the donation in the memo line.

GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORT GROUP

Sundays, after Church@12 noon, in the Reed Room. 

 

“A Warm Invitation to any church /community member who is experiencing a deep sense of grief or loss…Whether your loss is due to the death of a loved one, end of a marriage, a pet, even painful estrangement from children or others…Come and share with others who understand and are also healing their own hearts….

With sharing, there is comfort ahead for your broken heart…leave a message for facilitator Lynnie Bradley (520)235-5812 for meeting details.” This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Fully Living / Fully Prepared
A Series of Workshops on End-of-life Issues, with Rev. Linda Bunyard, Retired, Minister in Affiliation with UUCT. Every Saturday afternoon in October, in Goddard Hall. Please click the link for more information: Fully Living  
To sign up or ask questions contact Rev. Linda at 575-636-7481 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Ways to stay connected to UUCT

 

Meeting List: The front page of our website now lists the Zoom links for every congregational event happening online: uuct . Youmay list your event there by emailing to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

FALL RUMMAGE SALE COMING UP

Our annual fall rummage sale is scheduled for Nov. 11th and 12th. You may start bringing things to Goddard Hall now. Sunday mornings are a good time to bring things or call the church office to see if someone is there to take your items. Call Margo at 520-784-1198 to make special arrangements or if you want to help with the sale.

 

 

It's Choir time! 

Choir rehearsals on Wednesday evenings. Please contact our Director of Music, Dr. Brian Moon, for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Grown Ups Gaming

Sept. 24 | 3-7pm | at UUCT 4831 E. 22nd St  

 

Who says that game play ends when you’re an adult? Not us! This game day is geared to those ages 12+ who want to play a variety of table-top games. Lords of Water Deep? Yes! Wingspan? Yes! Azul? Yes! Century Spice Road? Yes! Bring your favorite and come teach it to us. 

Kids younger than 12 are more than welcome to attend, but we don’t have child care for this day. We do have access to the playground, so we can work together for some time to play with the kids and time to let them play. 

We will stop for a break when we get peckish to order a pizza (vegetarian option available, but no gluten free). Bring a side to share!

RSVP for Game Day

 

Save the Date! Campus Clean Up Day, Saturday, November 5, from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Details to follow.

Serve on the Board of Trustees:

Immediate board opening. Please inquire at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

 

 

Adult Lifespan Faith Development with Rev. Bethany -- Resistance and Transformation: Unitarian Universalist Social Justice History – Starting October 12th!  

Grounded in the belief that even "failures" in our history can be instructive, this program presents the ongoing struggle of our tradition to live up to its ever-evolving ideals of social transformation. Themes include abolition, peace-making, civil rights, free speech, utopianism, counter-culture, the women's movements of both 19th and 20th centuries, sexuality education, and LGBT equality. Email Rev. Bethany if you would like to participate. 

This course will meet on approximately alternating Thursdays (with some exceptions due to Rev. B's schedule) at UUCT from 10 am – 12 pm from mid October thru mid April. Participants will have the ability to participate in person or over Zoom.

The program dates will be: October 12 and 19, November 2 and 30, December 14, January 11 and 25, February 8 and 22, March 8 and 29, April 12. 

 

Email Rev. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesdays @ 2:30pm: Conversation Among Friends

Join a Conversation Among Friends on Wednesdays at 2:30pm on Zoom. Contact Gilbert Moore with questions or connection information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Computer: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7690063297

Zoom app: Meeting ID 769 006 3297

Phone: 1-669-900-6833 with ID 769 006 3297#

 

Lets get together and talk about it!

Learn about the Seven Principles with us.

Learn about the Seven Principles starting here: https://theprinciples.today/

Our first meeting, a discussion of the first principle of UU, went very well! Six UUCT members discussed topics ranging from how to employ the first principle toward people we don't like, people who are doing things we struggle with, and politicians and other leaders who seem to cause more harm than good to the world. How do we sit with everyone having worth and dignity when we don't agree or feel harmed by them? We also explored the meaning of the word dignity, and what it might mean to treat others with dignity. Thanks so much to Kate and Chuck for giving us a space to have these complex and important discussions. Please join us for the next one on October 16th, 9am on the patio.

Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(Coffee and donuts will be available, yum!)

Book Club, October 20, 2022: 

 

2nd Thursday Book Club – NOTE: Just for October, discussion will be the 3rd Thursday – October 20th

 

"The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail" by Óscar Martínez, English translation 2013

 

Previously published in Spain in 2010 and in Mexico in 2012, Martínez’s debut is the hard-won result of immersive journalism. After several large-scale kidnappings of migrants, the author spent two years following the routes used by undocumented travelers though Mexico.

Martínez develops attentive portraits of the migrants, officials, aid workers and criminals he encounters; his first-person account is executed with passion and grit, illuminating a heartbreaking yet easily ignored reality.

A harrowing look at the real costs of globalization, immigration and drug-prohibition politics, short on solutions and absent hope. -- Kirkus Review

 

 

 

ZOOM LINK:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88412604078 ?pwd=SWl0dGdyTzZrRTlYaDk1VExINnBlZz09

 

The Zoom meeting opens by 9:20am, book discussion starts at 9:30am

 

 

Social Justice

 

 

 

 

 

Share the Plate

Our Share the Plate for the month of September is Sister José Women’s Shelter:  Sister Jose

 

Sister José Women’s Center is dedicated to the care and nurture of homeless women in a welcoming environment. We provide the homeless women of Tucson access to showers and laundry, meals, clothing and a supportive community so they can create a self-sufficient life and move out of homelessness.

 

 

Social Justice Group

The Social Justice Reimagining was a success! Stay tuned for submitting your next year's favorite Share the Plate organizations. Questions? Please contact us:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Cafe Justo!

 

Sales - and delivery - of Café Justo coffee will be starting again soon! This Social Justice Council (SJC) project benefits small-scale, shade-grown organic coffee growers in Chiapas, Mexico. 

 

Please contact Sue Watts for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

https://www.justcoffee.org/

 

 

MONTHLY CASA MARIA EGG RUN
The last Tuesday of every month, we collect hard boiled eggs, other food items, good used clothing, towels, toiletries, pet food and other suitable items for one of our favorite non profits, the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen. Every day, Casa Maria feed up to 500 hungry homeless and low income Tucsonans. Many members of our congregation make hard boiled eggs, and meet a UUCT volunteer at our church, on the last Tuesday of each month, between 8 and 9 am. 
Each month, a UUCT member can sign up to drive along with donations for an unforgettable tour of Casa Maria. 
If you would like more information about our UUCT commitment with Casa Maria, please email Sue Watts, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Save the Date!
Our annual Mata Ortiz pottery sale is scheduled for November 6th at 11:45 AM! This will be the first time in two years that we are able to again host Ana Trillo and Julio Mora, skilled artisans who will bring a wide selection of pots from the world-famous village of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico. This fundraiser supports families from the region. What an opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts for family and friends!

Religious Education Opportunities

Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education

 

Kindergarten to 2nd Graders 

Sundays September 25 to Dec 4 | 12:30-1:30pm | at UUCT 4831 E. 22nd St

 

Parents are children’s primary teachers, and OWL is here to help! Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Grades K-2 can help you educate your child about birth, babies, bodies, and families. You will be actively involved as your child learns through songs, stories, activities and at-home projects that promote family dialogue.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) values:

•         Respect

•         Relationship

•         Responsibility

OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps children in kindergarten through 2nd grades understand the basics of consent, birth, families, bodies, and feelings, in fun, age-appropriate ways. Participants are guided by trained facilitators through an engaging curriculum that addresses topics most important to children of this age.

Find out more information, registration links, and more athttps://uuctucson.org/education/our-whole-lives-owl.html

 

4-6th Graders 

Sundays September 25 to Dec 11 | 12:30-2:00pm | at UUCT 4831 E. 22nd St

 

Parents are children’s primary teachers, and OWL is here to help! The 4th to 6th grade curriculum helps children learn about and discuss the physical, emotional changes, and social changes of puberty. Parents and caregivers can be actively involved in the exploration of growing older, values, communication and decision making. These skills and values help prepare youth to make healthy choices for life.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) values:

•        Respect

•        Relationship

•        Responsibility

OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps children in Grades 4-6 understand the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Participants explore values, communication and decision making, as well as physical health and development. A Word Bank reinforces new terms and definitions related to sexuality and puberty. Participants are guided by trained facilitators through an engaging curriculum that addresses topics most important to youth of this age.

Find out more information, registration links, and more athttps://uuctucson.org/education/our-whole-lives-owl.html

 

 

Lifespan Faith Development Newsletter!

At the end of every week, your Lifespan Faith Development Team (programming for people of all ages) sends a newsletter.

To sign up for the newsletter, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

POPS

 

Parenting of Preschoolers (POPS) –Grown Ups Meet Up

Oct. 22 | 1-2pm | Zoom

 

This monthly group is designed for those adults raising children who are ages birth to 6, but everyone is welcome. This is an amazing group of adults that come together to talk about topics relevant to our daily lives. We offer support, words of wisdom, and connect to those around us. We hope that you join and share with us.

 

Join us on Zoom: 

https://zoom.us/j/97578924511 

Meeting ID: 975 7892 4511 

Passcode: 973902

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Our Eight Principles

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson adopted an 8th principle in May, 2021:
  • Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

Religious Education

Our Vision

Our lifespan learning community seeks to nurture and stimulate the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and social growth of people of all ages, stages of faith and levels of religious experience.

We envision a program that is rooted in our UU principles and a free and responsible search for meaning that through the thoughts and actions of our lives, transforms us, our community, and our world.

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No More Deaths - No Más Muertes

UUCT adopted No More Deaths as a ministry of the church in the summer of 2008. No More Deaths provides humanitarian aid to end the death and suffering of migrants crossing the US/Mexico border in southern Arizona.