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The monthly newsletter of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, 4831 E. 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85711,
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Merry Meet: Pagan Worship Restarting at UUCT
1. New Years Updates - Frank Valdes and Rev Lyn Oglesby; District Assembly and Home Hospitality; ICS Food Bank (Share the Plate in January), Pagan Worship. Letter to the Editor.
2. Updates on Religious Education and UUJAZ; Finance Committee Report; Pot Luck for New Members & Others; Meet New Members; Announcements.
3. Ofelia Rivas Talk; Citizens Climate Lobby Program; Update on Methodist Refugee/Asylum Project; History Photo Answer; Justice Digest; No More Death Article.
4. History Photo Question; Sahaurita Borders Fair; Poems.
New Year's Resolutions
by Reverend Lyn Oglesby
Happy New Year to all members, friends, and visitors to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson!
I usually make ambitious New Years’ resolutions. And they seldom work out the way I plan. My “resolve” has not been strong enough! My goals have not been realistic. Especially the resolution to lose a bunch of pounds, or horizontal inches---sigh! An annual failure, sadly predictable.
I wonder why we do this to ourselves? Make resolutions that are overly ambitious, that we don’t carry out or follow through on, and then feel badly about ourselves because we’ve failed. Am I the only one who does this? I hope so, but doubt it. Sigh…Speaking for myself, which is all I can honestly do, this year I am making new resolutions that perhaps I can actually follow diligently -- and hopefully accomplish. (Research tells us that if we make public our goals, we are more likely to accomplish them!) So here goes:
1. Lose ten pounds, which is not impossible and should be pretty painless if I give up ice cream and desserts.
2. Make my bed every morning before I get dressed.
3. Substitute “darn” for “dammit” and swear less overall!
4. Go to bed at a reasonable hour with a good book rather than television. Read more poetry.
5. Give more to my church, and raise my pledge. A 10-15% increase is not going to hurt all THAT much.
6. Drive under the speed limit, which is dangerous in Tucson because nobody else does! But who needs a ticket!
7. Sing with the Desert Chorale – or at least practice on Wednesdays -- if Brian will let me. Singing makes me happy.
There was a longer list, but those seven made the final cut. These are things I can do, and if I do, I will feel much better about myself. I don’t do failure very gracefully!
Wishing all of you a glorious 2017 and that you don’t beat yourselves up because you make unrealistic New Year’s resolutions. Have more fun! Get out more! See you in church! In faith and love.
P.S Thank you to those volunteers who painted my office. What a great new feeling!
Share the Plate - January 2017
Interfaith Community Services - Food Bank
8701 E. Old Spanish Trail Rd (New Spirit Lutheran Church)
Hours: Tues&Thurs, 1:00-4:00PM Sat, 10:00AM-1:00PM
• You must be a Pima County resident to receive 1 box of food per month.
Bring 2 forms of id showing your current address.
Supplemental food items may also be selected.
• Stay tuned early next year for future announcements concerning mobile distribution locations!
(Click on image for larger print. This is the ﬁrst of a series of news articles to inform our congregation about the various programs offered by ICS (Interfaith Community Services). Marsha Newcomb, UUCT Representative on the ICS Faith Council
You probably have those 2017 calendars handy now, so mark March 31-April 2 for Justice DA 2017. The Unitarian Universalist congregations in Southern Arizona, the Baja Four (UUCT, Mountain Vista, Sky Island in Sierra Vista and Green Valley), invite you to join in a different kind of district assembly.
Preparation for participants at DA has already begun with Education about migrant and borderland justice in Southern Arizona. In the spring thirty partner organizations will offer interactive immersion experiences designed to Connect you to the social, environmental and spiritual facets of immigration justice. Then, over 300 Unitarian Universalists will gather to worship at the border wall as the Transformative capstone of our gathering.
But it doesn’t end there.
As participants from the Pacific Southwest District return to our homes in Southern California, all of Arizona, and Las Vegas, we will continue what has begun. We will continue to expand our education. We will continue to deepen our connections. And we will continue to open ourselves to transformation, living out the justice we proclaim throughout the Pacific Southwest District and beyond.
You are invited to be a part of all this as we learn, connect, and transform our hearts, minds, and spirits together.
Registration opens January 1. Go to justiceda2017.weebly.com to register.
HOME HOSPITALITY NEEDED FOR
JUSTICE DISTRICT ASSEMBLY
There will be lots of action at this event, and many attendees who cannot afford a hotel room will need a place to rest their weary heads.
Do you have a bed or two to spare for the nights of Friday, March 31, and/or Saturday, April 1? If so, please contact Susan Rock at email@example.com. or see her in Goddard Hall after the service.
As March 31 approaches, we will also be asking for other kinds of help, such as packing lunches and providing short-haul transportation.
Social Justice Council Meeting
January 15th, Noon, Servetus Room