Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

UUCT Ministries 2014/2015 (12/4/14)

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Worship:
Worship Associates Program

Music Ministry:
Desert Chorale
Guest Musicians
Concerts

Lifespan Faith Development:
Childcare at UUCT:
Creative Childcare
Safe Sitters
Religious Education:
Children’s Religious Education (RE)
Coming of Age (CoA)
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU)
Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education:
Children (K-1st, 4th-6th)
Youth (7th-9th, 10th-12th)
Adults (Young Adult [<35], Adult)
Adult Faith Development:
Covenant Circles
Exploring Spirituality
Men’s Group
UU Christian Fellowship
Yoga

Social Justice:
Economic Justice Groups:
Economic Justice
Homeless Hospitality
Peace Group:
Balkan Peace Support Group
Immigration Groups:
Immigrant Rights Working Group
No More Deaths

Community Life:
Alliance
Artist of the Month Gallery
Bridge Club
Book Club
Girls’ Night Out
Circle Suppers
Friends in Deed
Grocery Program
Kitchen Ministry
QUUilters<
Sundays Together Lunch and Coffee Hour

Leadership:
Board of Trustees
Committee on Ministry
Executive Team
Nominating Committee & Leadership Development Team

Committees:
Buildings and Grounds Committee
Chalice Lighters
Lifespan Faith Development Council
Membership Team
Stewardship Ministry Team
Youth-Adult Committee

 


 

Worship

Worship is central to the life of our religious community. The Sunday worship service is a weekly communal event that gathers the entire community together for celebration and reflection.

Worship Associates ProgramA Worship Associates program is a special kind of shared ministry, in which the minister and associates challenge each other to offer the richest, most diverse, most thoughtful and inspired worship they are capable of. If you would like to be part of shaping the worship life of the congregation by working with the minister, guest speakers, and other members of UUCT to develop and lead worship services, please consider applying to become a Worship Associate.

Music Ministry

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson has a vibrant music program that focuses on choral and instrumental music, congregational singing, and the social harmony amongst members.

Serving on the music staff as directors, pianists, and assistants are:

  • Brian Moon, Music Director, 529-2035, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
  • Agnes Paulsen, Minister of Music;
  • Leeza Beriyeva, Pianist/Accompanist.

Desert ChoraleA volunteer choir of about 30 members who sing for Sunday morning worship services twice a month and on special occasions. Rehearsals are every Wednesday from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Helen Koenig is the volunteer librarian for this choir. For more information or to sign up, please contact the director, Brian Moon.

Guest MusiciansIn order to bring a wider variety of music into our Sunday morning worship services, we occasionally engage the talents of guest musicians.

ConcertsA cabaret and three or four concerts are held each year. This is an excellent way to showcase the beauty of our sanctuary and to do community outreach at the same time.

Lifespan Faith Development

Learning experiences in our congregation include the offerings of the Lifespan Faith Development (LFD) Program as well as many lay led groups. The LFD Program offers age appropriate and intergenerational opportunities for members of our community to develop and articulate their individual beliefs and Unitarian Universalist identity.

 

Childcare at UUCT:

Creative ChildcareTo encourage church activities here at UUCT, it is church policy that childcare will be provided for any church sponsored function so long as it is requested at least one week prior to the event. It is our goal to provide safe, nurturing, childcare while promoting our values. We will always strive to provide age-appropriate activities that support the principles and mission of the church. For more information or to request childcare please contact Heather Reed (748-1551 x15 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Safe SittersA nationally accredited course taught annually by trained facilitators for adolescents 11 years or older. Those who complete this course successfully are then eligible to become paid Safe Sitters, assisting our childcare staff at various functions. Please contact Heather Reed (748-1551 x15 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Religious Education:

Children’s Religious Education (RE)Sunday morning Religious Education classes are available for children in preschool thru middle school. Children’s RE emphasizes experiential learning and addresses UU Principles, Social Justice, UU History and Heritage, and World Religions. Please check the UUCT website for current information on what time classes are held. For more information contact Kathleen Hogue, LFD Director (748-1551 x16 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Coming of Age (CoA)Our biennial CoA Program takes our early adolescent “sojourners” on a journey to develop and articulate their own beliefs and their relationship to our UU faith. CoA meets on Sunday mornings and for weekend retreats throughout the year, concluding with a Wilderness Journey camping trip as well as a worship service where sojourners present their credos. For more information please contact Heather Reed (748-1551 x15 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Young Religious Unitarian Universalist (YRUU)Our high schoolaged youth group follows a self-designed balanced program that incorporates learning, worship, community building, social justice and leadership. The group is guided by a team of advisors and organized through the Youth-Adult Committee. For more information contact Heather Reed (748-1551 x15 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education:

OWL is a comprehensive sexuality education program developed jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. We believe that teaching about sexuality in a comprehensive way is an absolutely crucial part of UUCT's ministry to children, youth, and adults.

Grades K-1 – Supports parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies and families. Following a Parent Meeting and Parent/Child Orientation, the 8 sessions engage children with stories, songs and activities and includes a weekly homework project for parents and children to do together in order to promote dialogue between parent and child.

Grades 4-6 – The focus of this 8-session program is on learning about and discussing the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Participants will read It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris and examine topics such as values and sexuality, communication, and decision making. Each session includes a homework activity for parents and children to complete together.

Grades 7-9 – A sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. A holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world.

Grades 10-12 – Using a comprehensive approach, this program helps senior-high youth gain the knowledge, life principles, and skills they need to express their sexuality in life-enhancing ways.

Young Adults, Ages 18-35 – Helps participants navigate young adulthood with accurate information, increased self-knowledge, enhanced safety, and strengthened interpersonal skills.

Adults – Using values, communication skills, and spirituality as starting points, this program explores sexuality issues for adults of all ages, builds understanding of healthy sexual relationships, affirms diversity and helps participants accept and affirm their own sexuality throughout their lives.

Adult Faith Development:

Adult Faith Development (AFD) Programs cover a range of themes critical to an evolving, progressive faith with offerings appropriate to new and long-time Unitarian Universalists.

     For suggestions about programs you’d like to see us offer or to volunteer, please contact Kathleen Hogue (748-1551 x16 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Heather Reed (x15 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

     For current AFD offerings which meet for shorter periods of time (4-8 weeks), read the weekly church emails or check the newsletter or the Lifespan Faith Development table Sundays in Goddard Hall. Below are AFD offerings which continue throughout the year.

Covenant CirclesAre you looking for a way to deepen your spiritual life? For more meaningful connections with others in our church community? Are you willing to listen deeply and share deeply? To open yourself to the experience of spiritual intimacy? Contact Kathleen Hogue (748-1551 x16 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to join a Covenant Circle. Groups meet monthly October through May and registration begins in September.

Exploring SpiritualityA drop-in discussion session that meets before church on Sunday mornings in Servetus. The purpose of the discussions is to encourage each participant’s own spiritual growth and understanding. Newcomers are very welcome. Pick up a list of dates and topics from the LFD table in Goddard Hall after Sunday service.

Men’s GroupThis group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 7 - 9 pm in the Awareness Room. It provides an opportunity for men to share issues, concerns, and celebrations, allowing everyone to engage in supportive confidential conversation about what is most central in their lives. Open to adult men of all ages.

UU Christian FellowshipThis is a group for people who are interested in discussing Christian ideas and concepts that have personal meaning for them, but who want to talk about them within the framework of Unitarian Universalism. This group is currently looking for a facilitator. If you’re interested, either in joining or facilitating this group, please contact Kathleen Hogue (748-1551 x16 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

YogaYoga helps you to become more centered and peaceful as you develop a new relationship with your body, mind, and spirit. This class is suitable for high school youth and for adults of ALL ages and mobility ranges. No previous experience with Yoga is needed. The facilitator is a certified yoga teacher and a licensed massage therapist. For more information contact Heather Reed (x15 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Social Justice

            Our congregation is committed to the work of social justice guided by justice and compassion. Involvement in social justice offers opportunities for transformation in our community and world, as well as for the individuals who participate in them.

            Currently, the Social Justice Steering Committee is working to evaluate which areas of social justice are of most interest to our congregants and how best to organize these efforts. If you are interested on doing social justice work through the church, please contact Kathleen Hogue (748-1551 x16 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

Economic Justice Groups:

Economic JusticeEconomic Justice supports various missions in the community such as Homeless Hospitality. Past efforts have included support for Casa Maria Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, and the Community Food Bank.

Homeless HospitalityVolunteers from the church collaborate with an interfaith group in providing meals and overnight accommodations for the homeless in Tucson. This has taken place two Thursday nights each month between December and March in Goddard Hall from 4:00 pm to 6:00 am the next morning. This group is currently looking for a coordinator. If you’re interested, either in coordinating or just helping out, please contact Mary Wiese (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Peace Group:

Balkan Peace Support GroupThis group focuses on the Balkan culture and languages through dialogue, role modeling, and reconciliation. They meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the church for education, films, discussion and projects.

Immigration Groups:

In June 2012, NMD was the recipient of the UUA’s annual Wilton Peace Prize for their contributions to “peace and human progress.” In 2010, our congregation was the winner of the prestigious UUA Bennett Social Justice Award for its partnership with No More Deaths and the work of its Immigrant Rights Working Group.

Immigrant Rights Working GroupThe Immigrant Rights Working Group presents educational forums, speakers, films and slide shows about comprehensive immigration reform, border justice and immigrant rights to the congregation. They also participate in Social Witness such as immigrant rights candlelight vigils, marches, and rallies in Tucson and Phoenix, including protests against SB 1070 and other racist bills in the State Legislature. They hosted an Immigrant Rights and Border Justice Fair for partner organizations. They conducted a special service on No More Deaths with Rev. John Fife as the guest speaker and gave awards to 17 members of the congregation who volunteered for No More Deaths. They successfully introduced a Study/Action Issue at General Assembly in 2010 on “Immigration as a Moral Issue” that was approved by a large majority of the delegates.

No More Deaths—No More Deaths is a humanitarian group that provides direct aid to migrants crossing the US/Mexico border in an effort to end the deaths and suffering at the border. UUCT adopted the work of No More Deaths as a ministry of the church in July 2008. Church members have supported No More Deaths by contributing food, supplies, and clothing, by making special contributions through our Share the Plate ministry, and by involving all ages of our Religious Education groups in education and charitable activities for No More Deaths. Members are encouraged to volunteer at both the desert aid camps and border aid stations that No More Deaths runs.  Please contact Jim Marx (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.

Community Life

Embracing our church community in a hospitable manner is something we strive for. Community Life in our church begins when visitors walk through our doors on Sunday and extends to all members in various stages of their lives. You are encouraged to come and connect with us by participating in any of our activities.

AllianceThe Alliance is a service group that has been active in the church for 60 years! Many members of the group are retired but there are no age restrictions.

Artist of the Month GalleryThe Artist of the Month Gallery strives to bring high quality artwork to the walls of our sanctuary. Artists from a wide variety of media are invited to exhibit in our gallery. The goal is to enhance the religious experience of the congregation through artistic expressions. Members of the committee are engaged in inviting and evaluating prospective exhibiters, hanging the art show, sales, publicity, and staffing the reception for the artist. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 9:30 am.

Bridge ClubBridge players meet every Monday afternoon from noon to 3:00 pm. Coffee is provided. Cost is $1.25 per person. Five tables are set up, 4 rounds per table. It's open to members and non-members of UUCT, and you do not need to bring a partner. Most people play at an intermediate level.

Book ClubThe Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday of each month in Awareness at 7:00 pm. The Book Club is open to anyone, not just church members. We have lively discussions and a lot of fun. Readers Unite! Come and express your opinions.

Girls’ Night Out—All those who identify as a woman and are at least 18 years old are invited to join other UU women for dinner from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on the first Friday of each month (except July). Childcare is provided at the church for a small donation. Please contact Heather Reed (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to request chlidcase by the previous Tuesday.  Watch our FaceBook page and weekly email messages for the restaurant each month.

Circle SuppersCircle Suppers are rotating group potluck dinners held at a members' home. Groups of 6-8 adults come together once a month for 4 months to enjoy a meal together, share community, and get to know more members of our congregation. The groups are randomly assigned and everyone is welcome. For more information, please contact Sandy Ongley (465-9082 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Cheryl Blake (623-7096 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Friends in DeedThis group coordinates a network of volunteers who provide personal service, comfort and care for members and friends. The mission is to be a helping hand to our church community in times of need. New volunteers and helping hands are always needed. FID meets once each quarter at a member’s home. Please contact Reah Barrows (881-1252) or Alli Hansen (319-7875) for more information.

Grocery ProgramThis is a program whereby members and friends of the church can purchase groceries from Albertsons, AJs, Bashas, Frys, Safeway and/or Sprouts, and UUCT will receive a rebate on those purchases. There is no extra cost for you. A Grocery Program table is set up weekly after services inside the door of Goddard where information and necessary material are available to become involved. It is easy, only takes a moment and is most appreciated.

Kitchen Ministry—This group strengthens the spirit of community and supports Sunday afternoon programming by providing Coffee Hour, and (on most Sundays) an easily accessible and reasonably priced lunch after the worship service.

QUUiltersThe QUUilters meet every Wednesday afternoon at 2 pm, at the church in the Awareness room for quilting and socializing. They welcome experienced quilters, needle workers of any level or anyone who would like to learn. For more information please contact Jackie Barnes at 792-8021.

Sundays Together Lunch and Coffee HourSundays Together is an ad hoc group whose mission is two-fold:

· to strengthen the spirit of community at UUCT

· to support Sunday afternoon programming for the spirit

by providing Coffee Hour, and (on most Sundays) an easily accessible and reasonably priced lunch after the morning worship service. Please contact Mary Wiese at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Leadership

The quality of the leaders of our church is assured through its carefully crafted bylaws, policies, and procedures. Copies of these documents, as well as of the current Strategic Plan, are available to members on our website. Please ask a church leader for current copies if you can’t access them online.

Board of TrusteesMembers of this board are elected by our congregation at the Annual meeting. Typically trustee candidates are chosen by the Nominating Committee but may be nominated directly. Trustees are responsible for setting our long range plans and running the church between meetings. Members of the Board of Trustees must be members of the church for two years before they can serve as a trustee. For more information please contact Peggy Smith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 270-5870).

Committee on MinistryThe COM meets the third Wednesday of each month. The meetings are closed due to the confidential nature of the business discussed. For more information, please see a Committee on Ministry brochure available in the main office or contact Michelle Maliniak (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Executive TeamThe Executive Team (ET) is the management arm of the Board of Trustees, in charge of the day-to-day management of the church. The role of the ET is to facilitate the smooth operation of the church in fulfillment of its mission. To contact the ET, you may email or call any of its members: Rev. Diane Dowgiert (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 520-748-1551 x11), Telin Ghigliotty (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 465-2734), Heather Reed (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 748-1551 x15), or Mary Wiese (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 748-1551 x17).

Nominating Committee & Leadership Development TeamThis committee is elected by the Congregation and is a Congregational Committee. It is responsible for nominating Board of Trustees candidates for election by the congregation at the Annual Congregational Meeting. In addition to its duties and authority as stated in the church’s bylaws, it has recently accepted Leadership Development responsibilities in an effort to develop trained leaders for church leadership positions. For more information contact Carolyn Saunders (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Committees

Buildings and Grounds TeamThe Buildings & Grounds Team works hard to keep our church campus beautiful. To learn how you can help, contact Mary Wiese (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Chalice LightersA program that assists UU congregations with the initial financial hurdles that most experience as they grow. UUs throughout the district pledge monies for grants, responding to needy or growing congregations within PSWD. Becoming a member of Chalice Lighters means that you agree to contribute at least $20 for each call for action, with the expectation that there will be no more than three calls per year. For more information, contact Susan Call at 886-2281 or Byron Skinner at 647-7836.

Lifespan Faith Development CommitteeThe LFD Committee is comprised of lay leaders who coordinate with staff to design and implement the Religious Education Program for children, youth, and adults. The goal is to provide offerings that cover the five strands of the LFD Program and meet the needs of both newcomers and long-time church members of all ages. If you are interested in offering programs, reviewing curricula, taking registrations at the LFD table on Sundays, or helping with logistics, then the LFD Committee is interested in you! This Council is currently looking for new members. For more information, please contact Telin Ghigliotty LFDC Chair (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Membership TeamThe Membership Team consists of one staff member, the Membership and Community Life Administrator, a chair and three other members. The Membership Team is also an umbrella for the Ushers, Greeters, Scribes, and the Sunday Welcoming group. The team works collaboratively to welcome Sunday morning visitors, coordinate Newcomers Orientations and the New UU class, facilitate the Pathway to Membership, process and retain information related to membership, and follow up with members throughout their time here at UUCT. For more information please contact Mary Wiese (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Judy Dare (624-9272 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Stewardship Ministry Team—The SMT functions as a council, with each member responsible for certain areas: monitoring the income and expenses of the church, fundraising, endowment, planned giving, and capital campaign.

Youth-Adult Committee (YAC)The YAC is a group of YRUU youth and advisors. Event specific YACs are formed when needed for youth to organize and implement special events and projects, such as, Youth Cons.

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