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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson
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District Assembly 2017
by Reverend Lyn Oglesby
Many of you contributed to the success of this important DA by opening your homes to guests from other congregations and other cities. Thank you! A special shout-out to Carolyn Saunders, who worked tirelessly and with great charm to ensure that everybody had a place to sleep and all the meeting, transportation and food details were cared for. We had a terrific weekend. Also, a special thanks to the Worship Associates who put on our regular Sunday Worship service while many of us were worshiping at the Border. And thanks to Larry Newhouse, Byron Skinner, Margot Garcia and other “tekkies” and sound experts who made sure that many DA events were streamed to our Baja Four congregations so that we all could see and hear the same thing at the same time. That is all remarkable. And special thanks to Margo Newhouse and her kitchen crew! Thank you all.
We are more powerful when we work together! Let’s keep up our good social justice work and cooperate.
Exploring Our Religious Education Program
by Sam Meyer (Team Leader)
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson is an active and vibrant community. Here are just some of the things that the RE (Religious Exploration) Council and the Interim Director of Religious Exploration, Sam Meyer, have going on.
What is a DRE? A DRE is a Director of Religious Education. Sam Meyer is currently serving as Interim DRE and her term will expire on June 30. Rev. Lyn, Sam, Board of Trustees President Frank Valdes, and others have been hard at work writing a job description and defining the most important tasks of RE and how to accomplish them in 15 hours per week. It is not easy and could not be done without the MANY, MANY volunteers who help. It also could not be done without the congregation, whose pledges allow us to plan and budget for the future. THANK YOU! Leadership is working on a job posting which will be announced in the near future. If you have questions or comments, please talk to Sam, Rev. Lyn, or Frank. We would all love to hear your opinions.
Church Picnic! A committee has been formed to explore an early summer (May) church picnic to conclude the teaching year. Classes will continue all summer, but as families and teachers take their vacations the makeup of the classes will change. If you can grill, host games, make decorations, or plan activities, please contact Sam at sammeyer13@gmail and she will put you in touch with the right people.
Fall Retreat. Rev. Lyn is planning what sounds like an amazing retreat. If you want more information please contact Sam or her for details.
Whoooo is OWL? OWL stands for Our Whole Lives and is a course to explore our sexuality at different ages from Kindergarten to Mature Adults. UUCT is blessed to have its current program,
which teaches K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, and grades 10-12 on a cyclical basis. We would like to recognize both Natasha Warner (email@example.com) and Melissa Brosanders (firstname.lastname@example.org) for being co-facilitators. Sam Meyer will start facilitating the Young Adult Program in July as our congregation looks to expand our welcome to both young adults and families.
OWL facilitator training will be held for Young Adults at UUCT in mid-August. OWL facilitator training will be held somewhere in Arizona for grades 7-9 and 10-12 sometime this summer or fall. Several congregations, the District, and UUCT are working together to firm up these plans. Facilitator training is an intensive 22+-hour training done from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. If you would like to join our team or reserve a place in the training workshop, please contact Sam or Natasha ASAP.
Volunteer Recognition. This month we would like to recognize new member Jodi Bergedick, who has become a huge help to the RE department. She currently teaches YRUU every other week, will be teaching Young Adult OWL in the fall, and has volunteered to help with the Safety Committee and picnic among other things. She has great ideas about integrating our Young Religious UUs into the congregation and has fascinating stories about Big Bird. Say “Hi” and “Thank You” if you happen to see her at coffee hour!
EASTER. Please donate candy for the annual children’s Easter Egg Hunt. There will be no RE class April 16. If you would like to help with the Easter Egg Hunt, please contact Sam! We will need some supervising parents and older kids who can help hide eggs before 10:30 on April 16.
RE Council. The RE COUNCIL is looking for members who can make a commitment to attend seven meetings per year after the church service during the 2017-2018 school year. We need help with curriculum, adult classes, summer classes, parties, social media, website editing, as well as publications, bulletin board management, and special events like the Easter Egg Hunt. If you do not want to teach RE but have a child in the RE program, this is a great way to volunteer based on your interests and other time commitments. We all lead busy lives, but RE cannot happen without YOU!
Safety Committee. As part of our ministerial transition, a Safety Committee is being formed. We are looking for one parent or RE teacher to be on the committee to help deal with the many issues surrounding safety and children. Please contact Rev. Lyn for more information!!
TEchN*c@L DIFFicu/#ies. Every week Sam sends out an “RE Parent Email Blast.” If you do not receive this and would like to, email Sam. THANKS!
Have a great month everyone! Contact info: Phone: 520-561-6936. Email: sammeyer13@gmail, FAX: 520-561-6026.