The monthly newsletter of the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson
4831 E. 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85711, 520-748-1551, www.uuctucson.org.
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UUCT - MVUU SPEAKER SERIES BEGINS
Events are free and all are welcome!
by Craig Rock
‘Being Different Together’
By Craig Rock, Editor
Page 1 - MVUU-UUCT Speaker Series, Being Different Together, Updates from Rev. Lyn and the Board, CUUPS News and Events.
Page 2 - UUCT Announcements, Updates from the Ministerial Search and Finance Committees, New Member, Obituary Orval "Stretch" Liljequist.
Page 3 - Social Justice News - Report Back on UUJAZ, Nuclear Weapons, and Health Care Forum; Non Violent Communications Workshop, Are You Concerned About Workers' Rights?
Page 4 - Agenda for School of the Americas Watch Nov 10-13.
Our UUCT Hours --Good News!
by Reverend Lyn Oglesby
It has been a concern to some people in the congregation that our office is not open all the time. While circumstances -- that is, a shortage of financial and personnel resources -- do not allow this, we want to be as responsive as we can. So, with the support of all of us, Mary Wiese, our able administrator, is expanding our UUCT office hours, adding Monday to the days the church office will be open 9 AM – 1 PM. As of Monday, Oct. 30, the office will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 AM—1 PM. If you need to come to the office on Friday, or later than 1 PM Monday-Thursday, please call or text Mary at 520-349-4521. Mary keeps her phone with her at all times. For safety and security reasons, the office will be open only when there are two people in the building. If you are willing to volunteer, please let Mary know. FYI, during the past two weeks, a man harassed Mary as she walked from the office to the Day Care Center, and another person sexually harassed a Day Care Center worker and the police were called. I have strongly recommended that the office door remain locked at all times, so please be prepared to knock. Jesus is on campus Monday – Thursday but Friday is his day off.
I want to give a big shout of thanks and gratitude to our current office volunteers: Georgia Conroy, Judy Dare, Bob Gordon, Sam Meyer, and Cary White. Cary is going to be away the next two months, and occasionally things come up and a regularly scheduled volunteer can’t come in. So, we need YOU to volunteer to help out. The work is pleasant and easy – greeting visitors, answering the phone and taking messages, occasional light office work, and acting as an ambassador for our wonderful congregation. Sometimes when Mary needs to give a tour to prospective renters, or has a meeting, you may need to “hold the fort” for a while. We have additional volunteers working from time to time on the data base, making name tags, counting and verifying the deposits. The UUCT office is a lively place -- where the action is. I’m there regularly Tuesday and Thursday, 10 AM -1 PM, and am happy to meet with you.
On Wednesdays, I’m across the street at the Big Heart Coffee Shop 10 AM-1 PM, so don’t hesitate to drop in. Every Wednesday we have a few “regulars” and a variety of UUCT folks with us for conversation, catching up, doing occasional church business, and getting better acquainted. Every Wednesday morning is fun and interesting—because the people are fun and interesting! So please join us! In faith and love.
Operations - Nuts, Bolts & Volunteers
by Jody Bergedick, VP Operations
As you may already know, this year UUCT has begun using the portfolio model of governance. To quote from our governance plan,“The activities of the church shall fall under grouped administrative portfolios, each of which shall be overseen by a board member assigned to that portfolio.”
In less formal terms it means each of us look out for what is happening in each of our areas and try to catch problems before they, at least in my case with the building, burst.
As VP of Operations I have oversight of the Administrator, Custodian, Child Care, Office Volunteers, Building Committee, Landscaping Committee, Tech Committee, and Personnel Committee. It is a job I definitely could not do alone. I am grateful to work with our Administrator and wonderful committee chairs.
The other important thing portfolio governance does is give you, the congregation, someone to talk to about your questions, worries, and great ideas.
We have an older building which requires ongoing work. My inbox is rarely quiet. Currently we are working on the front and rear beams, the electricity, parts of the kitchen, and numerous other things that come up each day. We are also beginning to form a Building/Grounds/Maintenance Committee. One of committee’s tasks will be to help identify which specific areas of the building need maintenance. (In our case it may be easier to list what doesn’t need work.) Once the list is made they will then help to prioritize what needs to get done first. I know some of you are interested in joining. There is always room for more volunteers, especially when it involves an entire campus. It’s a great thing to be able to help in taking care of our physical home.
I have only been a member here for little over a year. This congregation still amazes me. The passion you all bring to all the endeavors that it takes to keep the place running is inspiring. If you have questions or concerns, or especially great ideas about any of the areas I have oversight of, let me know. Please know I am always available to listen.
CUUPS CHAPTER NEWS AND EVENTS
by Julie Olson and CD Cooper
The Southern Arizona CUUPS chapter had a good business meeting on October 14. We have three people interested in running for office and we are drafting bylaws that will be approved in November. We also now have a deposit account in the church budget. On average, 20 people show up for our worship services. Two people have become members of UUCT because of their involvement with our group. Five people are now official members of our chapter. People who can't make it to "big church" on Sundays are enjoying our night-time services.
Several people have asked about bringing alcohol to events. We discussed an alcohol policy and agreed that it would be appropriate to pour consecrated mead for the ancestors or as an offering. Because children and underage people participate, alcohol should not be passed around the circle (as in communion) or served at the potluck.
If you want to vote on the bylaws and the officers, you need to become a chapter member by the start of the business meeting on Nov 11. You must be at least 16 years old. Fill out the membership form and pay your dues. If you need a membership form, please email email@example.com.
Sunday Service on October 29
The theme of this service was Connecting with Our Ancestors. Members of the chapter led the service. We presented a UU Pagan service that blended familiar elements of our traditional UU services with a traditional Wiccan circle. Julie led us in a guided meditation instead of giving a message/sermon, and a few people were moved to tears. We were very grateful to have this opportunity. The UU ancestors we invited were the following: Louisa May Alcott, William Ellery Channing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, ee cummings, Margot Adler, Julia Ward Howe, Abigail Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Roger Nash Baldwin, Buckminster Fuller, Laurel Clark, JM Andrews, John Buerhens, Harold H. Burton, Dana Greeley, and Oliver Wendell Holmes. See a more complete list of UUs on Wikipedia by clicking here.
Samhain Ritual on October 31
22 people gathered on the patio behind Holland Hall to remember our beloved dead (people and pets who have died). We honored those who have left us and lit candles. The stories were moving: "He was a complicated person, but easy to love... my grandmother couldn't cook.... my grandmother taught me to cook... he was a good cat and preferred to be called "Bob". There were both smiles and tears. We remembered Hannah Parkhurst, beloved relatives, difficult dads, and several dogs. In the words of Jason Mankey, "Let us feel your warmth and love once more. You may have left this world, but you have never left our hearts. Let the energy of those who have left us fill up our circle of trust and friendship. Let our tears be tears of joy, as we feel a brief reuniting with them."
We have two more rituals planned for this year, and you don't have to be a member to attend. All events are free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Look for details on UUCT's CUUPS chapter webpage by clicking here, or on Facebook by clicking here.
Ritual: Repose / New Moon – Saturday, November 18, 6 to 8 pm. We'll be celebrating the new moon and getting ready for the holiday season. The theme of this gathering is resting in the quiet of the Holy Dark time of year.
Ritual: Yule – Thursday, December 21, 6 to 8 pm. A joyful celebration for all ages.