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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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“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin,or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate,
 and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
– Nelson Mandela (1994)


Photo by Sharlene Rochen, UU Stock Photos on Flickr



Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund

On Friday night, August 25, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 Storm and brought with it deadly winds and rain to an area of the United States millions call home. Much of the Texas Gulf Coast has been impacted and communities in Louisiana and across the state of Texas are still coping with more days of rain. We’re holding all of those affected in our hearts and prayers and we are in touch with local Unitarian Universalists so we can meet the needs as they arise. To do this, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has joined with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a recovery and relief fund.  Please give as generously as you are able. Half of all funds raised will go to at-risk populations served by UUSC partners and the other half of the funds will support Unitarian Universalist congregations and members of those congregations most affected by the storm. Those funds will be administered by a group of leaders in the UUA’s Southern Region, which includes the states across the southeast from Texas to South Carolina, and from most of Virginia to Florida.

Using their eye-to-eye partnership model, UUSC will work with and support local grassroots community partners on the ground in Texas serving at-risk populations who may not be able to access relief services and who are traditionally left out of mainstream response efforts. UUSC and their partners will work to bolster locally led relief efforts that are serving immigrant families, in particular young mothers and their children.

As the storm passes and recovery begins, UUSC will continue to get updates and work with partners to ensure their needs are met. Your donation to this fund is much appreciated. Thank you.
Ways to Donate
1.  Online: go to uua.org; 2. By Phone: 888-792-5885; 3. By mail: UU Assn. Attn Gift Processing, 24 Farnsworth, Boston MA 02210-1409, on your check memo line enter Harricane Harvey Recovery fund.


What Will Be Your Legacy at UUCT?

By Frank Valdes, President

There are many legacies at UUCT.  Some are historical, such as those of the founders of UUCT. Some are programmatic, such as homeless hospitality, the building of the children's playground, sanctuary, kitchen ministry, AYS and OWL, to name just a few.  There are people, many departed, associated with these.  For most of these the people live on mostly in the memories of our longer-term members.

I just saw a call for a volunteer church historian to preserve some of our legacy that lives in our records.  We should also consider adding to our written church history as well.  I don't know how many of you are aware of the history prepared for our 50th anniversary by Susan Call and Darlene Mathews (both still active at UUCT!).  This history may be found on-line at https://uuctucson.org/documents/doc_history_uuct_full.pdf.  Next year will be our 70th anniversary and the start of a new ministry, so maybe it is time for an update?

The other type of legacy is legacy giving.  While we have spontaneous giving, the Board of Directors and the portfolios of Finance and Ways & Means are discussing having a (restored) organized legacy giving program.

The late Reah Barrows recently left a legacy gift to UUCT in her will.  At the same time we received a suggestion to provide names for some spaces at UUCT that are currently unnamed except by function; for example, "the RE office."  The Board discussed whether names should be from historical Unitarian and Universalist figures or from UUCT legacy members. We have a history of both -- the Blackwell and Thoreau buildings, and the Emerson room on the one hand and Holland Sanctuary and Goddard Hall on the other.  This is an ongoing discussion and you can contribute your thoughts at the next Call to the Congregation (scheduled for Sept. 10th) or by email to BOT@uuctucson.org.  The Board is considering various approaches to recognize the legacy of members, including naming and a prominent display.

The one action the Board took at its last meeting was to name the Religious Education Library the "Reah Barrows Children's Library" in recognition of her long-time devotion to UUCT, her work as a library volunteer at TUSD, and her generous legacy gift.

Environmental and Public Interest Groups Condemn
 Racist Violence and Intolerance in Charlottesville

Aug 16 - Washington, D.C. — A broad coalition of environmental, public health and public interest groups, including prominent African American and Latino organizations, issued the following joint statement in response to this past weekend’s white nationalist gathering and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and President Trump's inexplicable reversal as to who’s to blame for the violence:

"Our nation witnessed tragic, despicable and completely unnecessary violence in Charlottesville this past weekend. Driven by hatred and racism, these white nationalist and neo-nazi groups and their actions do not represent our values, nor the values of the vast majority of Americans. We also remember the life of Heather Heyer and commit to continuing the struggle she died for.

The behavior of white nationalists is neither acceptable nor normal and we will continue to stand in solidarity against such hatred and in defense of the rights and safety of communities across the country like Charlottesville. We will not tolerate any form of hatred or discrimination and will align ourselves with communities of color and creeds that are the target of ongoing bigotry.

We call on our political leaders to condemn these acts not just today, but every time they happen. President Trump and all political leaders, no matter their party affiliation, have an obligation to stand up against such hate groups immediately and unequivocally. Their voices and words — and lack thereof — matter.

The tragic events in Charlottesville fall on our shoulders as a nation. No one who stands for justice, equality, and human dignity can stay silent any longer. We will stand unified against the white nationalist movement that everyday threatens America’s people and ideals, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. We will ultimately prevail by countering this hate with love."

See List of Groups on Page 4

Newsletter Contents
    Page 1: Messages from Rev. Lyn and Frank Valdes; Phoenix Protest; Groups Condemn Violence; Taking to the Streets.
Page 2: Finance Report; Potluck Dinners; Sukkot Celebration; Share the Plate; Announcements.
Page 3: Jewish Museum; Action Alerts -- DACA & Israel Anti-boycott Legislation;
Environmental Ed Class; Updates on Reno Sanctuary, Save Our Schools; UUJAZ.
Page 4: St. Michael's Guatemala Trip; Action Alert on National Monuments


Notes from the Minister
by Reverend Lyn Oglesby

How wonderful it is to start a new season at UUCT!  We have so much to look forward to.  Our Search Committee has organized meetings (be sure you attend one) to gather information about what kind of minister you would like.

We are programming for learning opportunities for all ages.  We are headed for Santa Fe the first week in December – sign up quickly, the deadline is near.  In spite of deep losses, we have gathered strength and are living in greater appreciation.

Our trip to Phoenix to rally against President trump was a great success.  Ten of us went.  And I understand that ten of our folks went to the rally in Tuscon.

Please remember that on Wednesdays all are welcome to meet for coffee from 10 AM til 1 PM at the Big Heart Coffee shop across the street to visit, get better acquainted, and talk about church matters.  I am also available in the office Tuesdays and Thursday 10 AM till 1:00 PM, and by appointment.  I love to visit with you and to hear your ideas and concerns about UUCT.  So, come on over.  

Thanks to our wonderful worship associates who organized and presented fabulous services over the summer.  What a great team!.  Special thanks to all those who have been keeping the grounds looking so neat and putting up our sign every week.  
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THE PHOENIX PROTEST, A “UU” WAY
by Georgia Conroy
 



What did it take to withstand 108 degrees while marching and meandering and protesting a good cause that took 9 hours from start to finish?  Carolyn Saunders, Clare Velonis, Rev. Lyn Oglesby, Lissa Peirc (who attended UUCT as a child), Carolyn Valdes (our gracious driver), and I all faced some unexpected rigors, and, for a couple of us, even a bit of national notoriety to find out.  


We took the rail to “Park Space”—Puente’s staging area—where , after we greeted 5 or 6 people in the crowd wearing the UU tee shirt blazoned with “I Stand on the Side of Love,” and after a beautiful, young, pregnant Native American woman pleaded with us repeatedly from the stage to get more water or Gatorade, and after it was apparent everyone had enough (I’d taken 4 bottles), we began to march out of the park and down the street, our hand-made signs aloft like sails on the Mayflower crossing a sea of sidewalks to find gold.
 
Once we made it to the square across from the Convention Center we entered a hive of humans, milling and mulling under their signs.  What do I remember most?  The young dark-skinned man who wore a “Make America Great Again” hat, surrounded by about 6 or 7 young men, his peers, engaging him in civil conversation. I remember the circle of Native Americans dancing and chanting with drum and maraca, the guy coming around with an industrial-size trash bag with his sing-song “Collecting empty water bottles….,” the 12-foot-tall inflated Trump and Arpaio mannequins looking over the scene, the air filling with burnt sage, the empty street corridor, barricaded on both sides to separate the line of tramping-Trumping ants on the shady side walking one by one—waving, smiling, gesturing, flipping us off at times while we, on the hot, bright side with all our signs, yelling, chanting and sweating behind our own barricade, some truly beset with anger and frustration…but most on our side were like us, our stoic little group. 
 


And stoic was our own Rev. Lyn, who made it her mission to uphold her protest until she could no longer stand, and her arms and face looked flushed.  Medics came and treated her behind a barricade, first.  Then came the process of transferring her to a police car while our little company split up into 3 groups.  It was chaos for a good hour until we all joined up, hallelujah and behold!—how our minister emerged from that black & white like a queen bee, smiling from ear to ear. 
 
The best part:  stopping in Casa Grande on the way home and sitting in the retro-70s shiny-slick Culver’s restaurant, savoring ice cream.  Our mothers would have been proud of how well we conducted ourselves.   

Rev. Lyn and Clare Velonis. Photo Credit: Lissa Peirce


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Craig Rock,
Aug 29, 2017, 2:22 PM