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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Newsletter editor: Craig Rock at newsletter@uuctucson.org.

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Events are free and all are welcome!

by Craig Rock

The 2017-2018 MVUU-UUCT speaker series will involve many human and civil rights issues connected to our Seven UU Principles. If the event is not at UUCT, we will arrange car pools if you contact me three days in advance at newsletter@uuctucson.org. The two events below are being sponsored by social justice groups at the two UU congregations. In addition, our social justice council is endorsing the School of the Americas Watch event November 10-13 in Tucson, Eloy, and in Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Mexico. See Page 4 for details. More social justice news is on page 3.

November 5, 2:15-3:50 PM - Literature of the Borderlands. Presented by Dr. Chuck Tatum, Professor Emeritus of Spanish, University of Arizona. Dr. Tatum has lectured extensively on distinguished contemporary writers highlighting the cultural and geopolitical dimensions of immigration. Location: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7570 N. Thornydale (between Ina and Magee). Rides available from UUCT if booked in advance. Call Craig 289-5125. (Beautiful Savior Church is the temporary home of MVUU.)

December 3, 2:45-4:15 PM - Immigration Detention in the U.S. and in Arizona, Location: UUCT Worship Hall. Film and Speakers. Locked in a Box highlights stories told by those detained in immigrant prisons across our country. Guest speakers will be members of a local program, the Casa Mariposa Detention Visitation Program. Come and join us for conversation and information on how you can be involved.


Exploring UU Churches in the U.S.A.

‘Being Different Together’

By Craig Rock, Editor

Many of you have belonged to or visited other UU congregations. Have you ever logged onto their websites or read their newsletters or listened to their sermons? A few weeks ago I watched a sermon on line entitled, “Being Different Together,” by Reverend Aaron White, associate minister of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas. The YouTube link above will take you there by clicking onto the picture.

This is a sermon for both new and older UUs. It’s a sermon for introducing topics that our newer members may not have considered. It’s also a sermon for those of us who think we’re too old to learn more. “Leave it to the young people to figure out” is our mantra. And again, it’s a sermon for younger idealists who “know” there’s little to learn from their parent’s generation, the people who got us in this mess in the first place.

Rev. Aaron reminds us that the UU community is a place where we should be willing to change, in the sense of acknowledging that we don’t know everything, that we can learn many things from the newer people in our church, and that together we can build a stronger community, doing life together.

I usually don’t focus my column on ministers from other congregations. I’m sure Rev. Aaron isn’t the only minister with such skills of persuasion as to capture the imagination of an older UU newsletter editor. But he is perhaps the youngest one I have heard. And what about the other skills of our ministers, our religious educators, and our church members? Are we working together as effectively as possible to counter acts of power, greed, and corruption coming from other sectors of our society?

We are unfinished. In these times of shallow leadership among our country’s leaders, we must nurture a realistic hope that someday our Seven Principles will become a part of our nation’s guide, the preamble, if you will, on how we interact constructively with all people in our country, in our world.

We simply cannot do this alone; we need the help of people with other gods and God, people with no god, or people with no opinion at this time. We need to be flexible. Did you know that UU Church in Dallas with more than a thousand members got its start with a donation of money and a building from the local Temple Emanu-El? And if Rev. Aaron’s sermon inspired you, here’s another that you can view by clicking here.

We will hear voices from another UU church in December. I hope to continue this series as we go into the new year. If you have any suggestions on a particular sermon that you feel should be shared, email me at newsletter@uuctucson.org


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.


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.

Alcohol policy

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 sazcuups@uuctucson.org.

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."

Upcoming Events

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.