Feb 12: Faith Development Newsletter

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Baja 4: Stronger Together

Unitarian Universalists from across Southeast Arizona

Religious Education News

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X

We are the Baja 4!

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!

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Coming Events

What's Happening This Month? 

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Youth Meet Up

Feb. 12 | 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 is a super FUUN event so don’t miss it!! 

 

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/5716364277

Meeting ID: 571 636 4277

Password: 973902

 

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But I Think We’re Nice! with Bob Gordon

Feb. 13 | 12:15-1:15pm | Zoom

 

This idea comes from conversations I’ve had over the years, many of them at UUCT. Is it possible to be nice, and still oppressive? We will come up with examples of oppression in situations of power imbalance, from our own lives.…even when the oppressor was “nice.” What role did we play?

 

Ages: all ages welcome, but geared to ages 18+

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88955987639

Password: none required

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2nd Hour

Feb. 13 | 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!

 

2nd Hour **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.

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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

 

Zoom in at: https://zoom.us/j/99073129659

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.

 

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UUCT TBIRDs + MVUU Snowbirds Picnic 

Thursday, Feb. 17 | noon | Himmel Park

 

Fully immunized UUCT and MVUU seasonal members, visitors and friends will gather Feb. 17 at noon on the east side of centrally located Himmel Park across from 2nd St. Set your GPS for 1000 N. Treat Ave, a block south of East Speedway where you will find ample on-street parking.  All should bring deck chairs along with their lunch to join the circle.  

 

The January gathering brought together folks now living on opposite coasts who discovered growing up in the same neighborhood in New York City, UUCT folks who have joined MVUU hikes, three bikers who arranged a ride together on the loop and other valuable connections. All are welcome to counter pandemic isolation by breaking bread together with like minded UUs. 

 

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for picnic info or to sign up for TBIRD/Snowbird winter 2022 announcements, including last minute weather related updates for January 20 get-together.

POPS

Parenting of Preschoolers (POPS) Grown Up Meet Up

Feb. 19 | 1-2pm | Zoom, register for link

 

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. Not registered? Please fill out this form and we will add you to the emailing list. Thank you!

I'm so excited for our meet up on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 1-2pm. Rev. Matthew from Borderlands UU is going to be with us for a little bit to show us how to do Laughter Yoga.

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Movie Night! Sponsored by Tucson area UU Younger Adults (TUUYA) 

Feb. 26 | 6:30pm | Zoom 

 

Films and friends! Let's gather [virtually] to share an evening of movies. We will pick our movie together OR email Sonora in advance with a suggestion or request: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/5716364277

Meeting ID: 571 636 4277

Password: 973902

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Camp!

Pacific Western Region camps will be open summer of 2022 to middle and high school youth with age specific programming. Woo hoo! 

 

All staff and participants will adhere to strict safety guidelines including up to date methods to ensure COVID precautions are maintained.

 

  • QUUest Camp - July 3-9, in Casper, WY with a bus from the Denver area
  • Camp Blue Boat - July 17-22, in Ellensburg, WA

 

For more info go to uua.org/pwrcamp or email our Camping Ministries Director, Jessica Laikeman, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Interested in being on staff? Applications are up at bit.ly/PWRCampApp2022

 

See you in the woods this summer!

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CanUUdle Staff Wanted

CanUUdle is a youth con by and for youth. The staff team plans the con schedule, workshops, activities, worships and runs the show during the weekend. From January to May, the staff team gathers in monthly online meetings and works in small teams to plan the schedule and program. During CanUUdle, the staff collectively function as important community stewards, organizers and, most importantly, role models and leaders of the youth community.

 

CanUUdle is looking for youth AND YOUNG ADULT staff, so consider applying today! https://cuc.ca/community/youth/canuudle/canuudle-staff/

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Young Adult Small Group Ministry 

 

This is the last week to sign up for YARN's Small Group Ministry!

Our Winter/Spring 2022 program will start in February and run through April. We will use data provided by your sign-ups to set up as many groups as possible, working to meet people's specific needs and timing. Our SGM Coordinators will prepare materials for the month so groups can focus on gathering and sharing. We look forward to everyone who joins us for this round of small groups. Sign up here.

To stay current with all the events and opportunities with the Young Adult Revival Network, sign up for their newsletter here.

We Listen Deeply

The theme this month is Deep Listening, and we are exploring what we experience when we turn our attention away from the noise around us. What do you hear from your heart? From people who are different from you? From the natural world? From the Great Mystery, some call God? Let's explore!

Chalice Lighting to Share

Listen

by Jessica Purple Rodela

 

Listen. Listen to silence. Listen to the wind. Listen to the stars.

Hear trees.

Dance.

Dance to the beat of your neighbor’s heart.

Dance to the rhythm of your childhood dreams…

Come, let us howl our hallelujahs,

Come, let us pray and sing and celebrate.

Come, let us [worship/eat/other thing you're doing] together.

 

Find more chalice lightings here.

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In Soul to Soul groups, silence can connect us more deeply than using words or questions.

from “Thick Stories” by Christine C. Robinson and Alicia Hawkins at https://www.uuworld.org/articles/listen-heart

"Thick" Listening

 

"Deep listening means listening from the heart rather than the mind or ego. It grows out of silence. Deep listening happens when people listen without responding, so they don’t have to worry about what to say, what the other person needs to hear, or how to heal the person or solve the problem." 

 

How do we understand this concept of "thick listening"? Robinson and Hawkings share a story of deep listening to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina when the story came pouring out "thick as molasses." Share this story together, particularly the part that starts "“...A few years after Hurricane Katrina, a friend and I (Christine) were taking a cab to the New Orleans airport, and the driver, a native New Orleanian, began to talk about how badly people had behaved during the storm..." and end with “...As often happens when people tell their personal stories, I didn’t have to prod or interpret. I hardly said a word between my question and my thank-you as we paid him at the airport, and this wonderful story came pouring out, thick as molasses. Whenever the subject of Hurricane Katrina comes up, I remember it still.”

 

Discussion 

Afterward invite the everyone to share their own take away from the story. What do you think the lesson of the story is? When you experience "thick listening"? When do you give it to others? What does it feel like to practice it? 

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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PS. Have you joined the Parenting Club group on Facebook? Everyone in the Baja 4 is welcome!