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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Sunday Service, May 6, 10:30 AM 
by Reverend Bethany Russell-Lowe
"A Faith that Questions"

Vote to Call Reverend Bethany Russell-Lowe
May 6,12:15 PM

Dear UUCT Members:
Pursuant to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson Bylaws, Article VIII, Section 1, the Board of Trustees calls all members to a Special Congregational Meeting to be held on Sunday, May 6th, 2018 at 12:30pm (please start checking in at 12:15pm) in Holland Sanctuary. The agenda for the meeting is to consider calling the Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe to be our settled minister.

The motion to be considered is:

Whereas the Congregation elected a Ministerial Search Committee and
Whereas the Ministerial Search Committee selected a candidate and
Whereas the Negotiating Team and the candidate reached agreement on a Ministerial Agreement and
Whereas the Board of Trustees unanimously accepted the terms of the Ministerial Agreement,

Therefore the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson calls the Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe to be our settled minister under the terms of the Ministerial Agreement.

The Ministerial Agreement may be found on our website.

No other business will be considered at this special meeting.

Non-voting friends of UUCT are welcome to attend but cannot vote or address the assembly.

Please avail yourself of one of the opportunities to meet with Rev. Bethany during her time here from Apr 29 to May 6th: For available times, see chart on column 2 of this page.

Bill Keyes, Secretary of the Board of Trustees

UUCT Board of Trustees: Frank Valdes, President; Jody Bergedick, VP of Operations;  Margot Garcia, VP of Finance; Bill Keyes, Secretary; Sonia Cota-Robles; Mike Greenbaum; Susan Rock; Ray Van Hoosear; Brad Weeks.

Update from Pueblo Sin Fronteras

(Update May 1 - Pueblo Sin Fronteras issued a statement that 25 of the 150 migrants seeking asylum have been processed at the California border, according to the LA Times.)
HAPPENING NOW: US border agents are refusing to allow 150 asylum seeking families and children to request asylum at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Despite attempts by the local police and immigration agencies to persuade the families to leave the plaza, the group of mothers and fathers voted last night to remain in the plaza right outside the port of entry, until CBP is willing to follow the law and process their requests.

The families have been in the plaza for 18 hours already, since Sunday at 4pm, and have asked for our support in pressuring CBP to begin processing immediately. CBP is the largest law enforcement agency in the country, and is able to detain, transport and incarcerate thousands of people in a day, but is pretending that they don't have the 'capacity' to accept 150 refugee parents and children whose arrival has been anticipated and communicated weeks in advance.

Support Central American refugee families! Call San Ysidro Port Director Sidney Aki at (619) 690-8830 and email him at sidney.k.aki@cbp.dhs.gov to demand that they follow the law and accept the asylum seeking families immediately!

Related UU Story on the Caravan

From UUA & UUSC - Love Resists

Opening Our Hearts and Homes
To Refugees at the Border

A caravan of individuals and families is currently making its way toward the southern border of the United States. Hundreds of adults and children are fleeing violence and political repression in their home countries in Central America, especially in Honduras. Many hope to ask for asylum when they reach the U.S. border. The Trump administration's response has been to send the national guard to an already militarized border. But we know that we are all connected and it’s time to have each other’s backs. 

While hate tries to close our borders, we are opening our hearts and our homes. Join us as we follow We Belong Together and Pueblos Sin Fronteras to say resoundingly: "You are welcome here."

As Jess Morales Rocketto, chair of We Belong Together, a feminist campaign for immigration reform, puts it, when refugees arrive at the U.S. border there will be two parties that can respond: the Trump Administration and the rest of us. We know families move and no human being is illegal. We know we are all connected. Read the full essay by Morales Rocketto and learn about the lives of the many different individuals and families who are traveling across a continent in search of safety.

Housing and other support are urgently needed in these areas: Phoenix, AZ; San Francisco, CA; Denver, CO; Boston, MA; Baltimore, MD; Newark, NJ; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; and Arlington, VA.
Get Involved!

Love Resists is connecting with Unitarian Universalists near the border and UU State Action Networks across the country to help welcome refugees and asylum seekers. Find your State Action Network and sign up for Love Resists emails to stay in the loop on organizing and partnership opportunities. Contact Reverend Lisa McDaniel Hutchings at lisa@uujaz.org

Follow Pueblo Sin Fronteras on Facebook and Twitter @PuebloSF to track the caravan's progress.

Take We Belong Together’s pledge to open your home as a host and offer other crucial support. 

Make a donation to support refugees in the caravan.

At Love Resists, we are called to resist policies of hate, fear and bigotry. There are so many ways to create sanctuary for each other. This is one of those ways. 



Newsletter Contents

Page 1 - Vote to Call Reverend Bethany; Refugees at the Border; As UUCT Moves Forward; New Netflix movie features UU Minister; and Regional Assembly News.

Page 2 - UUCT Finance Report; Announcements; UU Camp Invite: SAZCUUPS Update; Share the Plate (May); and Welcome New Members.

Page 3 - Jews and Muslims Working Together (Bosnia); Where Do We Come From; LGBTQA Updates; Defend Black Mesa Sovereignty; State of the Nuclear State; and UUA General Assembly 2018.

Page 4 - O'Odham Food Emergency; Southern Arizona Sanctuary Coalition; Book Review; and Continuation of the Black Mesa Story.

As We Move Forward
by Margo Garcia on Behalf of the Board

As we move towards a settled minister, and by the time you get this newsletter, Rev. Bethany will be visiting us and a decision will be at hand. We need to pause and remember how far we have come in the last two years under the able guidance of an interim minister and strong lay leadership. As part of our contract with the interim ministry program of the UUA, we have sent in the required evaluations of Rev. Lyn and documented our progress.

Some milestones we have noted:

A year with no resignations from the Board of Trustees.

Two pledge drives with increasing numbers of people pledging and an increasing total amount.

Maintenance projects such as the restoration of the front and back beams completed and paid for.

All bills paid on time.

Active committees meeting regularly and carrying out their missions: Membership, Finance, Personnel, Worship Associates, Ushers and Greeters, Social Justice Council.

An enhanced newsletter carrying information about the activities of the church and opportunities to participate in social action.

A growing RE program with active classes doing interesting things and talking about important issues.

Becoming a center for OWL classes and training of OWL leaders.

An elected Search Committee that has worked faithfully and hard to bring us a qualified candidate.

Increasing membership.

All this has happened because of the commitment of every person who walks through our doors to join in and create the community we want to be. We need to give ourselves a pat on the back. Well done!

Available Times To Meet Reverend Bethany

Wednesday, 5/2, 10 am to 1 pm: At the Big Heart Coffee Shop, drop in for a visit, across the street from UUCT.

Thursday, 5/3, Holland Sanctuary: Open Forum for Q & A for people with last names beginning with A-L (two time slots -- 10 am to noon & 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm).

Friday, 5/4, Holland Sanctuary: Open Forum for Q & A for people with last names beginning with M-Z (two time slots -- 10 am to noon & 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm).

Saturday, 5/5, 10 am to noon, Holland Sanctuary: Open Forum with Reverend Bethany.

Saturday, 5/5, 5 pm to 7:30 pm, Goddard Hall: Potluck for Families, similar in style to the Parenting Club. Bring food for your family and extra for sharing if you like; we'll have dinner with parents and kids, and then let the kids play in child care while the adults visit.

Why an Expelled Pentecostal Bishop 
Found a Faith Home 
in Unitarian Universalism

YouTube Video

Come Sunday, premiered on Netflix April 13, tells the story of how Bishop Carlton Pearson’s epiphany about God’s love cost him his congregation, affiliation with the Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops, and a lot of money, but it only elliptically explains why he found a home for his faithful, and a place to minister and share his message of inclusion, at a Unitarian Universalist church. To understand why Pearson, a prodigy of Oral Roberts and now affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC), chose All Souls Unitarian in Tulsa, Oklahoma, you have to know something about how Unitarian Universalism is different from Pentecostalism and other faiths.

After years of success, Bishop Carlton Pearson suffers a crisis of faith when his spiritual reflection leads to conflict with the teachings of his Church. The movie skillfully depicts how much is put at risk by defying religious orthodoxy, and how it is also difficult- if not impossible- to recant spiritual epiphany after it has happened, but it does not explicitly explain that the answer to Pearson’s dilemma is found in the Fourth Principle of Unitarian Universalism.

The Fourth Principle affirms and promotes a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” This Unitarian Universalist principle can be criticized as giving UUs a culture of believing in anything, which isn’t true (Read: “Can Unitarian Universalists Really Believe Anything?” by Jennica Davis-Hockett to understand why UUs can’t believe anything they want and still be UU). In fact, the Fourth Principle exists to remind us to engage in the sincere search for spiritual meaning. 

Read the full review, click here.

News from the UUA's Regional Assembly
 in Portland, April 27 - 29
by Craig Rock

You may remember that last year's District Assembly was held in Tucson, Amado, Sierra Vista and along the border. We focused on the borderlands and related human rights issues. More than 500 UUs, representing all four districts in the Pacific Western Region, attended this year's event in Portland. Nearly 70 people attended from the Pacific Southwest District, representing 25 of the 50 of the district's churches or congregations. This district stretches from Central California south to San Diego, east to Las Vegas, and includes all of Arizona.

The newly elected officers of the Pacific Southwest Region are: Michael Hart (President), Craig Rock (Vice President), David Sheh (Secretary), Maggie Yenoki (trustee at large), and Janet Murphy  (trustee at large). Also elected as student representative on the board by the YRUU students is Tanner Linden. Other members on the board who were not up for reelection are Rev. Kevin Lawson (at large) and Carl Smoot (Treasurer). JoAnne Greene was elected to the Nominating Committee. Rev. Dr. Betty Stapleford was elected to the George White Scholarship Fund.

There will be more news about the assembly in the June newsletter. Next year's district assembly will be in Long Beach, usually scheduled for the last weekend in April.