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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Mar 8: 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.

Coming Events

What's Happening This Month? 

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.
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. 
 
Meeting ID: 980 4428 0689
Password: 973902
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)
 
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. 
 
Meeting ID: 980 4428 0689
Password: 973902
 

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:
 

We Heal Ourselves

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The theme this month is healing. We try to heal our feelings after a fight or disagreement with someone. Sometimes it feels easier to from the feelings. We have to work at healing. So what does our faith tell us? It tells us, “Don’t run away from the hard work of healing!” What helps us heal? Gratitude is one thing. Listening to others before we try to help them helps us heal our selves and others. Finally, we commit to heal the wounds of our nation, states, and cities. And, we rest when our bodies need time to. 
Chalice Lighting 
Flaming Chalice
by Pamela Baxter
 
Flaming Chalice burning bright,
Kindly share with us your light.
Help us learn how we may care
For people, everywhere. 
 
Find more chalice lightings here.
 
Questions No One Knows the Answers to (Full Version)
 
In the first of a new TED-Ed series designed to catalyze curiosity, TED Curator Chris Anderson shares his boyhood obsession with quirky questions that seem to have no answers.
 
Questions No One Knows the Answers to
 
Part of healing from traumas we may have experienced in schools and other institutions is to explore the questions we had as a child that adults told us we shouldn't ask. This is very different from telling ourselves there are questions we can ask and imagine answers to because there are no known answers. This video explores 2 questions with no answers (yet! Maybe you'll move us closer to knowing!)
 
 
Celebrate Holi
Holi for the year 2022 is celebrated/ observed on sundown of Thursday, March 17th ending at sundown on Friday, March 18th.
 
Holi, also called the festival of sharing and love or the festival of colors is a Hindu two day festival in the Spring. The festival falls in the months of February and March each year with the first day of the festival called Chhoti Holi or Holika Dahan and the second day called Dhuleti or Rangwali Holi.
 
Explore more in the videos and talk about how you might incorporate more color in your day!
Holi Festival Of Colour | Planet Earth II | Cities Behind The Scenes
 
Holi Festival Of Colour
What is Holi Festival? - Hindu Festival of Colour - Behind the News
 
What is Holi Festival?
 
Grandad's Prayers of the Earth (Reading Time with Mr. Squirrel)
 
Let’s Be Enemies 
by Janice May Udry (Author), Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
 
 
Discussion:
  • Have you ever had a fight with a friend?
  • How did that make you feel? 
  • How did it end up?
Looking For More?
If you're curious about what else is happening in Lifespan Faith Formation, check out: https://dreuuct.wixsite.com/uuquest
PS. Have you joined the Parenting Club group on Facebook? Everyone in the Baja 4 is welcome!

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