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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Feb 21: Faith Development Newsletter

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Baja 4

Unitarian Universalists from across Southeast Arizona

Stronger Together 

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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Death with Dignity Speaker Series with Althea Halchuck

March 3 | 11 am to 12:15 pm | 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.

 

As a part of our Death with Dignity Series, we will hear from Althea Halchuck, EJD, CT, BCPA, Final Exit Network Surrogate Consultant. She will present information about the legalities and supports available for facing end of life issues on your terms. Hear from her professional experience and ask your questions. 

 

This session WILL be recorded and shared widely. If you cannot attend, but want to have a question answered, please submit your question here: https://forms.gle/6eyFyK6Xtc1WtsxZA 

 

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/98044280689

Meeting ID: 980 4428 0689

Password: 973902

Family Nature Walk 

March 5 | 9:30am | Sweetwater Preserve 

 

Please join us for a family nature walk at Sweetwater Wetlands Park (please note- this is NOT Sweetwater Preserve trail system )

 

2511 W Sweetwater Drive

 

Loop is about 1 mile on a mostly gravel path that is friendly for most strollers/wheelchairs

 

We will take a relaxed, meandering pace with plenty of stops to look at birds, climb tree stumps and general exploring.

 

For questions or to RSVP call/text Katy at 520-440-4172

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Youth Meet Up

March 5 | 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!! 

 

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

Meeting ID: 571 636 4277

Password: 973902

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Heart Space: Shattered

March 10 | 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. This month in our theme of healing, we explore the ways we show up shattered, and that healing won’t be the same for everyone. What does your healing look like? There will be 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.

 

Zoom in at:https://zoom.us/j/5716364277

Meeting ID: 571 636 4277

Password: 973902

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Hosting Zoom Meetings with Jamili 

Mar 11 | 10:00 -11:00 AM | Zoom 

 

Zoom. Love it? Hate it? It is a part of our lives for a while to come. Many of us find that we’re the host on a zoom meeting, and we don’t know how to do some basic administrative tasks. Come play with being a zoom host and practice: 

  • Claiming the host role
  • Making breakout rooms
  • Deciding on security options
  • Ending a meeting quickly if you’re “zoom bombed”
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Laughter Yoga

Tuesdays and Thursdays | 4-4:30pm | 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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Movie Viewing and Discussion: Wit

March 12 | 5:00-7:30pm | Zoom 

**Content Warning** This series will examine frankly and directly death and end of life choices. Please consider the appropriateness of this event for children.

 

As a part of our Death with Dignity Film Series, we will watch together the movie Wit, a fictional film about a renowned professor who is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Stay afterward for reflection and discussion with Rev. Karla Stone Brockie and Rev. Linda Bunyard. 

 

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/98044280689 

Meeting ID: 980 4428 0689

Password: 973902

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Living Well; Dying Well Small Group with Rev. Linda

Starting March 26 | 10:00-11:30 am | Zoom 

**Content Warning** This series will examine frankly and directly death and end of life choices. Please consider the appropriateness of this event for children.

 

Throughout the sessions we will consider forgiveness and gratitude, do some planning for our memorial services and burial, discuss caregiving for our loved ones who have terminal diagnosis or dementia, learn about hospice care and explore other alternatives, and share community resources.

 

Each session will include music, readings, meditation, written activities, and discussion (in small groups and sharing with the larger group.) The class agenda and resources will be provided through email before each session.  

 

Workshop meets six times on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays (March 26, April 9, April 23, May 14, May 28, and June 11)

 

Please RSVP here to get the zoom link

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Death and the Arts Small Group Ministry with Rev. Karla 

Email Karla (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if interested, and she will include you in a Doodle poll to determine day and time; meetings will be twice a month on Zoom

 

This is an open circle (drop in) small group Ministry for the Baja 4 considering death, mortality, and loss through the arts. Each session will include worship, contemplation, and sharing around a different piece of visual art, music, literature, or film. Rev. Karla will welcome you on Zoom twice a month. 

 

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/98044280689 

Meeting ID: 980 4428 0689

Password: 973902

 

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!

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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.

Click the link above to visit the Sound Scape Journey

 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1__-JGuj-gd8H_4sqjYQOLhIlmJyVcenk?usp=sharing 

The Voice of Sounds

 

We listen with our ears. We also appreciate listening with our minds or hearts. But what about listening with your skin? Your body? Your imagination? Or even your memory?

 

This exercise invites us to creatively listen in new ways. Soul Matters Creativity Consultant, Elizabeth McKoy, has created a SoundScape Journey to guide us through this exercise. This guided journey is captured on an audio clip. To access and play it, just click on the link to the left.  

 

Use the audio in any way that is helpful to you. Listen straight through. Hit pause after each sound scape and make some extra room for reflection or writing your reactions down. Whatever works best.

 

Share one or two of the most impactful things that came up for you with your family or trusted friend.

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Our Spiritual Exercises: Lectio Divina and Listening for God

 

This exercise invites you to try out a deep listening technique developed by our Christian siblings. It’s called Lectio Divina. Learn more about it here and here. The basic idea is to deeply listen to a text by reading it multiple times through a different reflective lens each time. You can also think of it as bringing different discernment questions to the text, with each question inviting you to listen to the text in a new way. Our favorite three questions are:

  • What FEELINGS arise?
  • What MEMORIES does it stir?
  • What MESSAGE does it have for you? (“words of comfort or challenge”)

 

Christians believe this is a powerful way to allow God to speak through the text. They often describe it as a “prayerful” way (versus “analytical”) way of reading. Relatedly, it’s important to note that many Christians agree with theologian, Henri Nouwen, who said, “The real “work” of prayer is to become silent and listen to the voice that says good things about me… [Prayer] is the place in which you can listen to the voice of the One who calls you the beloved.”

 

With all this in mind, we invite you to apply a lectio divina approach to two poems. Each, in their own way, lift up the idea of the Sacred saying, “You are beloved.”

 

Here are the two poems:

 

Read them three times. With the first reading guided by the question: What FEELINGS arise as I listen to the words?” And the second reading guided by “What MEMORIES does it stir?” Ending with a third reading guided by “What MESSAGE does this have for me? What word of comfort or challenge is it trying to offer me?” (On this third reading it often helps to listen for which single word or phrase pops out at you, and then apply the question to that word/phrase.)

 

If you are up for a fourth reading, consider using this question to guide you: “Who am I in the text? Which character or action represents me and where I’m at right now?”

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!

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