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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Dec 2: Weekly Updates

 

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

and our community.

 
"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love."  
 - Hamilton Wright Mabie
by Leon Zernitsky
 

Worship and Other Announcements

 
Sunday Worship, December, 2021: 
 
Our theme this month is "Becoming"
 
 
Join Us this Sunday December 5, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., for a Baja 4 Service.
 
"Building a Bigger Table" led by Rev. Matthew.
 
The YouTube link will be sent in the Sunday morning email. 
 
Social Hour right after worship:
Join by computer: https://zoom.us/s/7025890260
Password: 483148
 
Did you know you can also phone into social hour? Yes! Simply:
  1. Dial: 1-669-900-6833
  2. Use the keypad to enter the Meeting ID: 702 589 0260
  3. Use the keypad to enter the Password: 483148
 
 
 
After Church Service, This Coming Sunday
 
2nd Hour, December 5, 2021 | 12:15-1:15pm Zoom
 
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, 2021
 
See the UU Quest websitefor links and descriptions!
 
  • Working Through Climate Anxiety: Cultivating Hope with Hanna Coy
  • No-Sew Blankets and Craft Time with Jamili Omar
 
**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 Zoom, 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..
 
 
Heart Space: An Evening Worship
Dec. 9 | 6:30pm-7:30pm | zoom
Evening Worship returns! In this dynamic, all-ages worship, we will experiment and play with different ways to be in a reverent community together. While we are still online, we’ll listen to music, listen to words, explore, and experiment. There will be creative, hands-on time and time for reflection, laughter, and joy. Please join us!
The room opens at 6:15pm for some social time and a heart-felt worship to follow at 6:30pm.
 
Meeting ID: 571 636 4277
Password: 973902
 
 
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. The on-line giving gives you the option to identify the contribution and use the memo line for checks. A tutorial video on Text-to-Give is here. After setting up an initial “profile” these options are easy to use for subsequent donations.
 
Our Share the Plate for the month of December is TiHan
 
TiHAN Annual Holiday Event, December 14
For several years TiHAN, Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network, has been supported by UUCT. This year the need is greater than ever. You can 
help by providing these items: Toilet paper, toothpaste, and/or small gift items that will be used as raffle items. This year, as last, the event will be a "drive-by" pick-up of food and other items, rather than the dinner/dance of previous years. Please drop off items at UUCT by Friday, December 10. If you have further questions, please contact Eve Hady (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 
 
Hand Sanitizer 2
COVID Guidelines
 
"Indoor gatherings are not currently allowed at UUCT. COVIDActNow has assigned Pima County a "Very High" Risk Level as of today, December 2nd. Once Pima County has been at "High" for 7 consecutive days, indoor gatherings will be permitted." 
 
Link to COVID Act Now for Pima County: covidactnow.org
 

Staying Connected in Community

 
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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To book a "Zoom Room" for your group's meeting, contact Rev. Bethany at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
Zoom Meetings
 
 
 
 
Yes Virginia, there will be a Rummage Sale! 
 
And Virginia, those skates look like they are in good shape. Want to donate them to the rummage sale? (I even heard that there is a skating rink in downtown Tucson now!)
 
The rummage sale will be postponed until after the holidays, but it is still going to take place. Please continue to bring your gently used and saleable items to donate for the sale. Bring books, tools, household items and clothing that you think will sell. Drop items off from 9:00 to 11:00 Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Knock on the office door if Goddard isn’t open. Email Mary at the office to arrange drop-off at other times, and for questions or concerns: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
One of our key volunteers is out of the country until mid January, but we really need other strong volunteers to help set up the sale, and others to price items as well as people to work the days of the sale and afterward.
Come Join the Choir 
 
For more information, please contact Dr. Brian Moon, our Director of Music:
 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Reveille is back!
 
After a two year Covid hiatus, Reveille Men's Chorus will be back on stage live December 3, 4, and 5 at the Leo Rich Theater downtown. Join us for
"A Very Merry, Mary!" 3 Marys, 1 Merry Night - 
 
Reveille reimagines one Dickens of a Christmas with its usual mix of wonderful choral music, staging, and humor. Proof of full Covid 19 vaccination or a negative test within 48 hours prior, plus mask, required for admission. All singers are fully vaccinated, and in addition, will be tested within 48 hours of show time. For information and tickets: www.ReveilleMensChorus.org
 
Reveille is one of our Share the Plate Recipients for the upcoming year. 
 
UUCT Book Club
 
The UUCT Book Group has selected the books for November, and December, so that participants will have time to acquire and read the books.
 
 
Dec 9, 2021: Henry Ossian Flipper: West Point's First Black Graduate by Jane Eppinga, 1996 
Discussion leader: Diana B
 
This book was recommended to Diana by the late Winn Bundy, owner of the Singing Winds bookstore in Benson AZ. “The literary center of the universe is supposed to be in New York, but here was this shining light of the literary world living and working on a ranch outside Benson, Arizona,” said J.A. Jance. Bundy earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the UA in 1956 and later master’s degrees in history and library science.
 
Jan 13, 2022: The Overstory by Richard Powers, 2018
Discussion leader: Marge H
 
“The Overstory” is a complex novel that begins with several apparently unrelated stories about people throughout the country and across the centuries: There’s a Norwegian immigrant who travels to Iowa and begins homesteading before the Civil War. There’s also a video game pioneer, an intellectual-property lawyer, an amateur actress and a soldier in the Vietnam War whose life is saved when a 300-year-old banyan catches his body falling from a plane. “He owes his own life to a tree,” Powers writes. That, in short, is the point of “The Overstory”: We all owe our lives to trees, these massive air purifiers and soil conditioners that have made human civilization possible. – Wash Post review
 
The Zoom meeting opens by 9:20am, book discussion starts at 9:30am.
 
ZOOM LINK:
 
Meeting ID: 884 1260 4078
Password: 484848
 
We meet the second Thursday of each month via Zoom Meeting opens by 9:20am, book discussion starts at 9:30am.
 
LINK:
Death with Dignity with Gary Wederspahn, Rev. Dr Samantha Wilson, Rev. Tina Squire, and Jamili Omar
Dec 4 | 2 to 4PM | Zoom
 
**Content Warning** This series will examine frankly and directly death and end of life choices. Please consider the appropriateness of this event for younger people.
 
We kick off our series with a special guest speaker: Gary Wederspahn is a board member of Final Exit Network, a successor to Hemlock Society, the original death-with-dignity organization. Gary is a former lay leader at Columbine UU Church. He will explore ethical and practical considerations regarding the right to have a “Good Death” on our own terms when facing the end. There will be much opportunity for discussion, questions, and answers. This discussion will be hosted by Rev. Samantha and Jamili Omar.
 
Meeting ID: 987 1701 3906
Passcode: [not needed]
Tucson UU Younger Adults
 
Tucson UU Young Adults (TUUYA) (18+, Generations X, Y, Z though it skews a little older) –If you identify as a young adult and would like to virtually meet up with others. This group is open to all Tucson UU or UU curious people who would self-identify as a younger adult. Activities include movie watch parties online and other social events when we’re back in person. Join our Facebook page or reply to Jamili at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I’ll add you to our email list.
 
The Young Adult Revival Network (YARN)
Calling all UU Young Adults! "The Sweet Potato" is a Young Adult Revival Network monthly roundup of online UU young adult ministries, media, and more. See the November issue here and subscribe!
 

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