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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Nov 2: Social Justice and Education

 

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

and our community.

The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by human beings for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison people because they are different from others.
Martin Luther King
 
 
 

Social Justice

 
The Social Justice Council, chaired by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 11am.  All are invited to participate.
 
 
The Social Justice Council is once again holding sign vigils in front of the church on Tuesdays from 8:00 to 8:45. We have signs reflecting our values, or you can bring your own. If you haven't come before, come join us!
 
 
HELP NEEDED WITH UUCT SIGN
Since last April we have posted 24 different messages on our street sign. They include both our UU Principles and issues of current socio-political interest. Currently, we are a team of 6, and about every 2 weeks 2-3 of us change the message. We need another volunteer who is willing and able to work on a ladder, and open and close our somewhat quirky sign. Please help us spread our message to the community. Contact Bob Gordon:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 520-310-1597. 
Come to the Congregational Meeting On November 14!
 
What does this have to do with Social Justice? Glad you asked! 
 
The Holland Sanctuary was designed by a renowned architect in the early 70's, It is beautiful, and it is full of history. However, it is not ADA compliant. Making our sanctuary ADA compliant is a step for justice, equality, and making our place of worship more welcoming to all. That my friends, is radical hospitality! 
 
The meeting will talk about how we can do this, but we need your participation to make it so. 
 
The Unitarian Universalist
Church of Tucson
Welcomes All Who Seek Refuge
 
We invite you to join our fundraiser in support of Afghan Refugees, as they rebuild their lives here in Tucson. 
 
On Saturday November 13thThe UUCT Social Justice Council
Is hosting a Delicious Box Lunch takeaway, from 11-12:30.
 
Featuring: homemade pulled pork barbeque sandwiches, coleslaw, pickles, and a sweet treat! A minimum donation of $15 per meal or two for $25 is requested.
Orders may be placed now, and until November 6th, with Larry Newhouse: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Payment by check or cash only, at pickup.
 
Questions? Sue Watts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
ANGEL HEART
HOLIDAY KIDS PAJAMA DRIVE
 
 
UUCT will be supporting the Angel Heart Pajamas Project with a Holiday kids’ new pajama drive. By the end of 2021, Angel Heart will have delivered 35,000 new pajamas – supporting eighty different agencies in Tucson who provide services for needy children. Angel Heart Pajama Project has been chosen as a UUCT Share the Plate recipient for 2022.
 
While all new pajamas are welcome, they have a need for older boys and girls’ pajamas- sizes medium and up. Many young teenagers are being removed from the home because of the increase in domestic violence in Tucson. Let’s all put one pair of pajamas on our Christmas list to support a Tucson child in crisis.
 
We have different drop-off options this year. Please put the PJs in a bag with your name.
Church drop off: 
·        Every Tuesday morning from 8:00-9:00AM
·        Nov 13th during the food pickup for the Afghan Refuge fundraiser
·        During any event at the Church (i.e. Yard sale)
 
You may also contact the following members to arrange home drop offs: Margo Newhouse: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Joan Feldman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Aston Bloom: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Judy Jessing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Questions? Please contact Judy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 
Share the Plate November, 2021
 
Our Share the plate for the month of October is Native American Advancement Foundation
The Native American Advancement Foundation w
The Native American Advancement Foundation was founded in 2011. We proudly serve the Tohono O’odham Nation in the focus areas of education, health and wellness, food sustainability and environment, language and culture---among many more. Our goal is to strengthen Native American communities by building brighter futures.
 
 
Cafe Justo Coffee
 
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. 
 
Please contact Sue Watts for more nformation: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
No More Deaths/No Más Muertes is in need of cold weather items to
distribute.
 
New or gently used items are appreciated! We are also accepting beanies and gloves. You can either mail them or utilize our local drop-off option: St Mark's Presbyterian Church during office hours. M-Thur 9am-2pm. 3809 E. 3rd Street, Tucson, AZ 85716 (office entrance on 2nd street). Please ring doorbell and someone will answer and accept your donations. 
 
Thank you for your support.
 

Learn and Play With Us

Beloved Community
 
Our theme in worship and RE this month is "Beloved Community"
 
"Beloved Community happens when people of diverse racial, ethnic, educational, class, gender, abilities, sexual orientation backgrounds/identities come together in an interdependent relationship of love, mutual respect, and care that seeks to realize justice within the community and in the broader world."
 
Sign Up for the:
 
Lifespan Faith Development Newsletter!
 
 
At the end of every week, your Lifespan Faith Development Team (programming for people of all ages) sends a newsletter. You haven’t heard of this, you say?. Well, now you have the chance to register to receive it! We send fun activities for adults who interact with children, resources for deepening your spiritual practices, and information on coming events.
 
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.
 
 
Baja 4 Mascot 
Welcome, Sonora the Javelina! 
 
Sonora uses them/them pronouns and will begin going on BIG adventures soon. Stay tuned for more!
 
PS. Sonora LOVES to get email! If you have any questions about the Baja 4 LFD Programming or just want to say "hi", reach out!
 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
POPS
 
November, 2021 | 1-2pm | Zoom
 
Join on Zoom others with children ages birth to 6 years old to offer support as we come to understand our child's spiritual development, to build rituals that support this development, and to see ourselves as spiritual teachers. New to POPS? RSVPhttps://forms.gle/oV5r74oQBymLkkgJ9
 
Nov 6, 1-2pm --Children's Story Time --designed for children ages birth to 6+, but everyone welcome.
 
Nov. 13, time and location TBA --Grown Up meet up --designed for those adults raising children who are ages birth to 6, but everyone welcome. This is an amazing group of parents that come together once a month 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.
 
2nd Hour
November 7, 2021 | 12:15-1:15pm | Zoom
Something for everyone!
Please join us for 2nd Hour: a once -per -month afternoon of a variety of educational, spiritual, interesting, and fun workshops. The final date for 2021 is December 5.
 
See the UU Quest website (https://dreuuct.wixsite.com/uuquest/2nd-hour) for links and descriptions!
This month pick from:
  • Older Youth Game Time with RE Teachers
  • Service Opportunities with Casa Alitas
  • Article X at UUCT with Steve Kraynak
  • Introduction to Laughter Yoga with Rev. Matthew
  • Lifetimes of Listening with Brian Moon
 
**Seeking 2nd Hour Workshop Leaders**
Right now I’m building a schedule of workshops for 2nd Hour and would love to include you in the line up. What do you have to share with the world? Bring me an idea and we’ll work together to develop it! No need to worry about technical support. I’ll have assistants available to manage the Zom, so you can simply lead.
 
If you have any questions or want to lead a workshop, please contact Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it... 
 
What’s Happening in November with our Social Action For Casa Alitas 
 
Who: 
Casa Alitas, also known as the Alitas Program of Catholic Community Services (CCS), is a humanitarian aid project committed to providing assistance to asylum-seekers released from ICE and Border Patrol detention into our community. Volunteers offer support by providing hospitality, including housing, food, clothing, toiletries, advocacy, and travel assistance. Our goal is to provide a welcoming, comfortable, safe and healthy location for the guests to await their journeys, and to prepare them to reunite with family across the country. More at  https://www.casaalitas.org/
 
They are specifically in need of donations of:
New underwear for men, women, and children
New sweats and leggings for men, women, and children
Backpacks of all sizes
 
What: 
The Baja 4 is collecting donations to take to Casa Alitas throughout the month of November. 
 
Want something more personal? Join the Baja 4 Service Project No Sew Blankets
No Sew blankets have easy instructions for people of all ages. We will even have kits with instructions and fabric for you to make and donate. Or follow these instructions (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1o7Sc0A1EyDopUv3CdSkVWKK42plH9Ooy/view?usp=sharing) with your own fabric.  
 
Timeline: 
Weeks of November 1 and 8: We will drop off blanket kits and instructions to each congregation 
Please set up donation boxes in a place people can access no later than Nov. 8
Nov. 27 --Friendsgiving. We will make the blankets together so folks are welcome to make them in advance or come to Friendsgiving and craft together. 
Please ask people to have their donations in by Dec. 1. 
The week of Dec. 6, we will come pick up the items and deliver them to Casa Alitas
 

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