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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: Faith Development Newsletter

Baja 4

Unitarian Universalists from across Southeast Arizona 

Sonora the Javelina Says...

...we are stronger together!

Representing Unitarian Universalists across southeastern Arizona, we love beyond belief and find inspiration from a wide array of spiritual, religious, and secular sources. We come together as a Baja 4 because we know we are stronger together.

 

Learn more about each congregation!

Sunday Morning Happenings

Super Hero Academy!

What do you have in common with Teen Titans, Guardians of The Galaxy, Ms. Marvel, Wonder Woman, the X-Men or Black Panther?

 

You are Unique!

You are Powerful!

You can do great things in the world!

 

Calling all young people! We will explore the world of Supers and find YOUR unique super powers so we can make a difference in our world. 

 

Sunday Mornings 

  • UUCT --1st and 3rd Sunday
  • MVUU  --weekly starting Sept 11
  • SIUU--drop in when you can!

 

See our websites for details.

 

Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education

Sept. 23 --Last Day To Register

Sept. 25 --Classes Begin!

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

Check Out Our Other Upcoming Events! 

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

Raising Adolescents 

Oct. 1 and 15 | 10-11am | Meetings held on Zoom

This group is designed for those adults raising children who are ages 10-ish to 18-ish, but everyone is welcome. We will meet regularly on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays. Drop ins welcome, but RSVP to get the materials in advance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

We realize that raising older children –whether you call them tweens, teens, adolescents, or just youth –brings particular joys and frustrations. Come share your experiences with us! We will begin our group around one of the most sensitive topics for us and our youth: Gender Identity, Relationships, Social Media, Safety and Consent, and more. We will dig into the topics and curriculum called “Grown Ups [Parents and Caregivers] As Sexuality Educators” which will guide our discussions. For more information about this curriculum check out https://www.uua.org/families/sexuality-educators

 

As we explore how we support our children in building healthy, safe relationships, who knows what else will emerge! Topics to be determined by the group. Bring your wisdom and questions to share. 

 

Join us on Zoom: 

https://zoom.us/j/97578924511 

Meeting ID: 975 7892 4511 

Passcode: 973902

 

**Watch this space for an announcement about the Tween/Teen Youth Group! Events coming soon!**

Love In Action

Thursdays, Sept. 8 - Oct. 13 | 6:30-8 pm | Zoom

 

Let's Talk About the 2023 Changes to Our UU Principles, Sources, and Purpose

 

Our social justice work centers putting our UU values into action… but what do UUs value? In 2020 the UUA commissioned a team to study the principles, sources, purpose, and values of Unitarian Universalism in order to suggest changes to the bylaws where they are housed (Article 2) in summer 2023. UUJAZ has been following the proposed changes, and we want to hold space for a weekly conversation to explore our individual and collective values.

 

Learn more about the Article 2 Study Commission here

 

Register here:

 

Not able to attend this session? Consider joining a congregation across the state: 

 

Valley UU with Rev. Sarah: Mondays September 6th - October 11th 10:30am - 12pm

 

Sedona UU with Rev. Anthony: Wednesdays Nov 9th - December 14th, 10:30am - 12pm

Baja 4 Climate Justice Team

Date TBD | 6-7:30pm | Zoom

 

Calling all Climate Warriors! Join with us as we seek to find our place in the fight for a livable and sustainable environment. We are just forming and so you can help us shape our mission as a team which “seeks environmental justice, beloved community and the flourishing of all life” (as so well put by the UUMFE https://www.uumfe.org/)

 

Join us on Zoom:

https://zoom.us/j/92494532534

Meeting ID: 924 9453 2534

Passcode: 973902

 

Email Jamili for date and time 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 

Fight for Reproductive Justice with Sex Education

 

Save the date for our statewide OWL teacher training, Friday March 3rd - Sunday March 5th 2023, in Tucson

 

Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and, now more than ever, has the potential to save lives. That's why we are proud to offer a statewide teacher training for Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula that lifts up the values of self worth, sexual health, responsibility, justice, and inclusivity.

 

It is our goal to be able to offer OWL in all Arizona UU congregations, as well as support many of our UU-adjacent community partners in training teachers to offer OWL. Ask yourself if becoming an OWL teacher is the spiritual practice for you, in the fight for reproductive justice.

 

Registration at uujaz.org/register

Land Acknowledgment Discussion Group

 

Over the past 3 years, we have had a robust discussion among the worship leaders in the Baja 4 about the function and necessity of the Land Acknowledgment. 

 

Will YOU join in the conversation? 

 

Let's meet up to

  1. Learn more! What do we know? What do we need to learn? Let's start with this resource.
  2. Discuss our past land acknowledgments and whether/ how they work for us now.
  3. Think about how we can strengthen our relationships as UUs with indigenous-led organizations. 

RSVP here and we'll see who is interested and set a date and time.

Taking It Home

Superheroes Chalice Lighting

by Cynthia Landrum

Mindful that

With great power comes great responsibility,

We light this chalice

In the hopes that

In brightest day,

In darkest night,

Our faith will

Flame on!

 

(inspired by Spiderman, Green Lantern, & the Human Torch)

find more chalice lightings here.

Bee Kind: Honeycomb Kindness Tracker

Use this Kindness Tracker to record your acts of kindness. Color in one hexagon each time you are kind. Follow the key below for a full spectrum of colorful acts of kindness (See page 2 for suggested kindness activities)

 

For a UU Twist (tm) tie the 8 Principles to your acts of kindness! 

  • Everyone is important
  • Be kind in all you do
  • We are free to learn together
  • We search for what is true and fair
  • All people have a vote
  • We work for a peaceful world
  • We care for our planet and all living things
  • We work together for diversity and against racism & oppressions

STAY CONNECTED

We are stronger together

 

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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.