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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Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe

Our New Minister!

Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson has called Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe to be our next settled minister.  The call was made by the congregation at a special meeting on May 6th.  It was attended by 100 voting members and additional observers.  This was over half of all voting members, which was an amazing turnout.  The vote was 122 to call her out of 123 votes, which included absentee ballots.  Rev. Bethany accepted the call with enthusiasm.  We are looking forward to her return in the fall to take up her position as UUCT's minister.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

What Is the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)?
from its website www.uua.org

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is the central organization for the Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious movement in the United States. The UUA’s 1000+ member congregations are committed to Seven Principles that include the worth of each person, the need for justice and compassion, and the right to choose one’s own beliefs.  Our congregations and faith communities promote these principles through regular worship, learning and personal growth, shared connection and care, social justice action and service, celebration of life’s transitions, and much more.

Our faith tradition is diverse and inclusive. We grew from the union of two radical Christian groups: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. They joined to become the UUA in 1961. Both groups trace their roots in North America to the early Massachusetts settlers and the Framers of the Constitution. Across the globe, our legacy reaches back centuries to liberal religious pioneers in England, Poland, and Transylvania. Today, Unitarian Universalists include people of many beliefs who share UU values. 

Each UU congregation is democratic—congregational leaders set their own priorities and choose their own ministers and staff. Congregations vote for the leaders of the UUA, who oversee the central staff and resources. The UUA supports congregations in their work by training ministers, publishing books and the UU World magazine, providing religious education curricula, offering shared services, coordinating social justice activities, and more.
UUA Leadership
The primary purpose of the Association is to serve the needs of its member congregations, organize new congregations, extend and strengthen Unitarian Universalist institutions and implement its principles. —UUA Bylaws The UUA is led by the elected President, Moderator and Board of Trustees. These leaders are elected every few years by congregational delegates at the annual General Assembly gathering. The President is the chief executive of the UUA and its public spokesperson. The Moderator chairs the business meetings of the General Assembly and meetings of the Board of Trustees. Specialized boards, committees and advisors also help lead the UUA. New congregations and groups can join the UUA by following the path to membership. Every congregation is also part of the UUA’s districts and regions. Groups seeking relationship with the UUA an also become covenanting communities or related organizations. You can read more about the UUA staff and offices at www.uua.org. Also, check out the Youtube videos covering the recent UUA Pacific West Regional Assembly on page 4 of this newsletter. On page 3, you will find recent news article that appeared on the UUA website in May.

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Newsletter Contents

Page 1 - Our New Minister; A Poem from Rev. Lyn; Gala Transition Celebration; What Is the UUA; Thank You, Religious Education Teachers.

Page 2 - UUCT Finance Report; Announcements; Share the Plate - SAZCUUPS; News from the Membership Team; OWL Adults.

Page 3 - Brutal Attacks on Gaza Protesters; Averting Nuclear War

Page 4 - Sierra Club on Borderland Issues; On the Border - A View from Nogales; EPA Wants to Censor Science; UUA Pacific Western Regional Assembly Videos.

From Reverend Lyn

Thinking about the journey(s) this wonderful congregation has made since the fall of 2016, I am reminded of this poem by Mary Oliver.  Enjoy and feel proud!  In faith and love, Rev. Lyn

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice--

Read more of the poem and an analysis of The Journey, click here.


by Frank Valdes

IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE! Our period of recovery and renewal between settled ministers, known by UUs as "the interim," is nearly over. It is a little like a Tucson winter, a short, darker and quieter time book-ended by longer times of beautiful spring and fall and the hot summer. Interims are part of the normal, rejuvenating life of a UU church which should be marked and celebrated. A key part of interim life is the ministry led by an interim minister. So we also celebrate the important work of our minister, Rev. Lyn, and her bittersweet departure at the end.

The Transition Team of Susan Call, Gary Luce, and Carolyn Saunders have worked with Rev. Lyn to advise and help her during the interim ministry. (We also recognize Steve Kraynak and Janet Moore who were part of the Transition Team until they were elected to the Settled Minister Search Committee). The Transition Team is completing their work by organizing a celebration.

The celebration party will take place Saturday night June 30th. This will be a time for us to show our gratitude and joy by coming together to celebrate our strong community. All are asked to donate as they are able to cover the cost of food. The next day, July 1, will be Rev. Lyn's last time in our pulpit. Please don't let any worry about money, child care (which is provided), or your feelings about our interim time keep you away from this important milestone in the life and history of our church.

I hope you will come out to celebrate the completion of the interim, the work of the Transition Team, and our interim minister, Rev. Lyn.

Check out Announcements on page 2 for info on reservations.