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 email@example.com.
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UUCT on Sunday, June 18. Younger UUs visiting from Grass Valley CA, Reno NV and Albuquerque NM. As part of one of the tours offered by the UU's College of Social Justice, these students visited various organizations working on humanitarian border issues. More news on social justice on page 3 of this newsletter. Photo by Gary Luce. Photo used with permission.
Page 1 - Update from President Frank Valdes; Process for Ministerial Search Committee; Editor's News and Notes.
Page 2 - Finance Committee Report; Summer Solstice Celebrated; Share the Plate - Diaper Bank; Announcements, TUCD Supply Drive, UU General Assembly News.
Page 3 - Border Patrol Raids No More Deaths Camp; Free Film Showings in July; Speech to Unite the World. Help Wanted Hospitality for Sanctuary Coalition.
Page 4 - Balkan Summer Film Series at Gloria's; Life in a Day Film; David Frost Interview with Gael Garcia Bernal; and Fundraising Appeal from UU's Camp de Benneville Pines.
Editor's News and Notes
by Craig Rock
As we struggle or meditate to get through summer's heat, this issue of the Tucsonitarian will attempt to provide some good news and good videos to help balance some of the challenges presented by our nation's leaders, lawmakers, and lobbyists.
Reverend Lyn Oglesby is on vacation and study leave until mid-August. In case of emergencies you may call her at 302-747-6633. She wishes all of us a lovely summer. Mary Wiese is on vacation and will return on July 6.
The ministerial search committee has published its search guidelines for us all to view. See the bottom of this page.
Border Patrol Raids No More Deaths Camp
On page three, you can read about the recent Border Patrol raid on the first aid encampment operated by No More Deaths (NMD), a ministry of our church. Several major media outlets covered the June 15th effort to halt the humanitarian aid provided by NMD volunteers. In the the coverage on National Public Radio, it was incorrectly reported that the camp would be closing down its lifesaving operations. Please consider signing the petition expressing your concerns and/or contacting your Congressional representatives directly. Information is at the end of the page 3 article.
The following segment of "This American Life" features a talk by Francisco Cantu, a former border agent who now teaches English at the University of Arizona in Tucson. His talk starts at the 12:30 minute mark on this YouTube audio. The talk captures Francisco's life as as a border patrol officer before teaching. (Approximately 30 minutes)
UUCT Settled Minister Search Committee Begins Its Process
On the weekend of June 9-10, the UUCT settled minister search committee participated in an organizational retreat facilitated by the Rev. Anne Hines, Ministerial Transition Coach. The seven members got to know each other better, engaged in an overview of the year-long search process timeline, developed its covenant, and decided how it will make decisions.
As adopted on June 10, 2017, our statement of covenant is as follows:
We, the members of the UUCT Settled Minister Search Committee (SC) agree to the following:
Rule of Confidentiality
Out of respect for our committee, its work, our congregation, other congregations, and the ministers in the search process, we will conduct all our search committee business under the rule of confidentiality.
Covenant of Respectful Relations
Step 1: In case of any misunderstanding, concern, or disagreement with another SC member, the aggrieved individual will speak directly and privately with the person(s) involved to clarify the matter and resolve the issue.
Step 2: If the aggrieved SC member is not willing to do step 1 alone, he/she will ask another SC member to serve as a witness and accompany him/her while he/she speaks directly and privately with the person(s) involved to clarify the matter and resolve the issue.
Step 3: If the aggrieved SC member is unwilling to do either Step 1 or Step 2, he/she agrees that the matter is closed, and he/she will not speak of it again. He/she agrees not to engage in triangulation or gossip about the matter.
Step 4: If the aggrieved SC member has done Step 1 or Step 2, but has not found resolution to the matter, he/she may take the matter to the whole SC, the minister or other mediator.
Step 5: If the matter is still not resolved to the satisfaction of the aggrieved SC member, he/she agrees that the matter is closed, and he/she will not speak of it again. He/she agrees not to engage in triangulation or gossip about the matter. He/she may choose to resign from the SC.
Search Committee Ground Rules
1. We will be on time and attend all SC meetings, or promptly notify the SC chair.
2. We will, if possible, participate virtually via speaker or cell phone if we cannot attend in person.
3. One of us will speak at a time and stay on topic.
4. We will check for SC email twice each day, and promptly respond as needed
5. We will “reply all” on email only when necessary.
6. Our discussions will be brief and to the point.
7. We will consider more than one option before reaching conclusions.
8. We will speak with one voice.
• We will meet on Thursday evenings from 6:30 -9:30 pm and decide weekly if we will meet the following week.
• We will have a chalice lighting and brief check-ins and check-outs.
• SC meeting minutes will include only decisions made and action items, and are confidential.
• We establish a quorum of five for deciding lesser issues.
• We agree to use “consensus minus one” as a procedure for deciding important issues.
• We will use Google Docs for all SC resources.
• We will use a process observer for all SC meetings. 6.10.2017
We also spent time discussing our preferences for the various SC tasks and worked with Rev. Anne to help distribute the workload as evenly as possible. Among the roles and responsibilities assumed by the committee members are the following:
Aston Bloom – Congregational Record
Beth Britton – Cottage Meeting Coordinator
Janet Moore – Treasurer
Margo Newhouse – Hospitality
Steve Kraynak – Chair
Todd Maynard – Packet / Website
Wendy Gordon Weeks – Neutral Pulpits
The UUA Transitions Office Settlement Handbook notes the following about the ministerial call:
No choice is more important to the future of a Unitarian Universalist congregation than its call of a minister. A thorough, uncorrupted, and mutually respectful search process is the essential first step in the hoped-for partnership of lay and ordained leaders. For both minister and congregation, the process is strenuous, exciting, and informative. It can also be frustrating and discouraging. But generations of lay leaders and ministers testify that such a process, followed well, richly repays the time and effort it requires.
If our search process goes well, the search committee will recommend a ministerial candidate to the congregation for its consideration and vote in the spring of 2018.
Please read the UUCT monthly Tucsonitarian for ongoing information about the search committee process, and read search committee news in other UUCT media.
Please contact any member of the search committee with any questions you may have about the search process.