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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Jan 2: Faith Development Newsletter

 

Baja 4: 

Stronger Together

Unitarian Universalists from across Southeast Arizona

 
 
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.
 

Celebrations and Special Days

 
It's always fun to celebrate and at the same time learn about cultures around the world. Here are a few things happening this month.
 
Interfaith:
 
Unitarian Universalist:
 
National & Cultural:
 
For Fun and On the Fringe:
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We Explore Commitment 
The theme this month is Commitment and we are exploring what is important to us. It’s called what we are committed to. Here is what is important to us as Unitarian Universalists:
● We are committed to curiosity.
● We are committed to change.
● We are committed to conscience.
● We are committed to compassion.
 
Commitment means that we act on what we value and hold important. What does your faith encourage you to commit to? Let's explore!
 
Chalice Lighting 
Covenant
Rev. Peter Friedrichs
 
Enriched by our differences,
And joined together in our search for meaning,
We covenant with ourselves and each other:
To seek truth in a spirit of love;
To strive for justice; and
To serve others with a joyful heart
 
Find more chalice lightings here.
I am Enough 
by Grace Byers (Author) and Keturah A. Bobo (Illustrator)
 
 
"This gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another comes from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo."
 
"We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it."
 
 Reflection Questions:
  • How did the story speak to you?
  • Which line stood out for them? 
  • How does compassion for yourself and others show up in the story?
Scientific Experiments on Change
Who doesn't love an awesome science experiment? Be sure to do these activities in a place easily cleaned up. 
 
Materials: 
1. Dish soap and pepper
2. Dish soap, milk, food coloring 
3. Dish soap and cornstarch 
 
Instructions are here: Dish Soap Science
 
Have Fun and share your results with us! 
 
For Reflection
● What other surprising change have you experienced?
● Whose silly putty is the bounciest? stretchiest? 
● When have you changed a little bit? A lot?
I Wonder
by Annaka Harris (Author) and John Rowe (Illustrator)
 
Eva takes a walk with her mother and encounters a range of mysteries: from gravity, to life cycles, to the vastness of the universe. She learns that it’s okay to say “I don’t know,” and she discovers that there are some things even adults don’t know—mysteries for everyone to wonder about together!
 
Reflection Questions
  • Have you wondered the same things as the little girl in the story? Where do you think gravity comes from? What do you think was here before the beginning of everything?
  • What mysteries do you wonder about the most? 
  • Is it easy or hard for you to say “I don’t know?”
  • Do you have an older sibling who asks a lot of questions? 
  • Who helps you wonder and ask questions?  
PS. Have you joined the Parenting Club group on Facebook? Everyone in the Baja 4 is welcome!

Coming Events

What's Happening This Month?

Youth Meet Up
Jan. 6 | 5pm to ??? | Zoom
For youth ages 10+
 
Join some of our wonderful UU Youth Leaders for a fun hour or so of games! We’ll have a little lighthearted competition on a game of our choice (think PG rated games like Kahoot and Jackbox Games). Having the ability to open zoom and a 2nd browser (on a computer, tablet, or phone) is important. This meeting happens the first Thursday of every month. This is a super FUUN event so don’t miss it!! 
 
Meeting ID: 571 636 4277
Password: 973902
Laughter Yoga
Tuesdays and Thursdays | Zoom 
 
Laughter Yoga is a unique concept that invites everyone to laugh without jokes, humor, or comedy. Through laughter exercises, hatha yoga breathing, and playfulness we will laugh into joy, health, and bonds within the Baja 4. Founded in 1995 by Dr. Mandan Kataria, today Laughter Yoga is practiced by thousands in over 115 countries. 
 
Rev. Matthew is a practicing laughter yogi who trained under Dr. Kataria and is a certified Yoga Laughter facilitator. Members and Friends of BUU will be joining Rev. Matthew to assist in demonstrating laughter exercises, yoga breathing, and Bollywood dance! Learn more about Laughter Yoga:  https://laughteryoga.org/
 
Ages:  Everyone who wants to laugh
Dates and Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-4:30pm
 
Meeting ID: 990 7312 9659
Passcode: 574011
 
Contact information: Please contact Rev. Matthew with laugher and questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2nd Hour
Jan. 9 | 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. 
 
See the UU Quest websitefor links and descriptions!
 
  • Harvest the Power: Faith and Conflict **Starts at noon**
  • Article X at UUCT with Steve Kraynak
 
**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.
POPS
Parenting of Preschoolers (POPS)
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. Zoom link will be sent out to all that are registered for the classes. Not registered? Please fill out this form and we will add you to the emailing list. Thank you!
 
Jan. 8, 1-2pm --Children's Story Time --Designed for children ages birth to 6+, but everyone is welcome. We will participate in storytelling, crafts, spiritual reflection and much more. We hope that you will join us. 
 
Jan. 29, 1-2pm --Grown Up meet up --Designed for those adults raising children who are ages birth to 6, but everyone is 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.
HeartSpace: an Evening Worship
Jan. 13 | 6:15pm | 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.
 
For questions email Jamili Omar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Meeting ID: 571 636 4277
Password: 973902
On The Patio
Mondays from 6-8pm, Tuesdays from 9-11am, and Saturdays from 3-5pm | On the UUCT Patio at 4831 E. 22nd Street
 
Introducing, Open Patio Hours! Come enjoy some fellowship and community on the patio at UUCT. The focus of these events is mostly social with optional participatory activities and the occasional opportunity for causing some holy trouble. The Saturday event will be created with families with young kids in mind; UUCT will pay for playground monitors so the kids can play while parents and guardians take a break.
 
As soon as our policies allow, these gatherings will move indoors into Holland so that all can enjoy some time in our sacred space. Please wear a mask. All are welcome! 
 
Looking For More?
 
 
If you're curious about what else is happening in Lifespan Faith Formation, check out: https://dreuuct.wixsite.com/uuquest
 

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