We Are Unitarian Universalists

We are brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers. We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to make a difference for the good. We have a track record of standing on the side of love, justice, and peace. We have radical roots and a history as self-motivated spiritual people: we think for ourselves and recognize that life experience influences our beliefs more than anything. We need not think alike to love alike. We are people of many beliefs and backgrounds: people with a religious background, people with none, people who believe in a God, people who don’t, and people who let the mystery be. We are Unitarian Universalist and BuddhistChristianHinduHumanistJewish, MuslimPaganatheist and agnosticbelievers in God, and more. On the forefront of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer inclusion for more than 40 years, we are people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We seek to welcome you: your whole self, with all your truths and your doubts, your worries and your hopes. Join us on this extraordinary adventure of faith. Get involved!
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Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience. As Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove explains, “The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.”
  1. 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  3. 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4. 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5. 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  6. 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7. 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
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THIS WEEK’S CHURCH CALENDAR

Monday – April 15

Tuesday – April 16

11am – Noon   Truly Mindful Tuesdays

All are invited to try different forms of meditation together each week. You don’t have to have attended before to try this out!

12:30 – 3:30pm      Tina’s Office Hours

4:30pm    Board of Directors

Join Zoom meeting:     https://zoom.us/j/96408811740

6pm    SIUUC Gardening Forum

Zoom:     https://zoom.us/j/94884266239 

Phone:    1 253 215 8782     ID: 94884266239

If you would like to be included in the Garden Forum weekly email synopsis and email discussions, please contact Edna at skyislandchurch@gmail.com.

6:30 – 8pm     Dharma Buddhists Meditation

Wednesday – April 17

8am     Meditation

Zoom Link:  https://zoom.us/j/97417456265

Phone:    1 669 900 9128     ID: 97417456265

6 – 7:30pm   Wondering Wednesdays

Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/99892265318 

Phone:    1 669 900 9128     ID: 99892265318

Come join us for Wondering Wednesday at 6pm (local time) on Zoom, where we are always wondering how everyone is doing, and catch up on the latest in the SIUUC Community.

Feel free to pop in for some friendly conversation and maybe a chuckle or two.

Thursday – April 18

11:30am    Men’s Luncheon. Contact Pat Aronna if you plan to attend.

Friday – April 19

11am – 3pm     EAF

1pm – ??pm    Board Games

For all Zoom meetings, if you need to call in by phone you can call 1-253-215-8782.

The meeting ID is the last 11 digits of the corresponding link.

RECURRING MONTHLY ACTIVITIES

6:30pm    First Wednesday – PFLAG Monthly Meeting

9am    First Friday – First Friday Hike

3pm    Second Tuesday – Safety Team

Zoom:  https://zoom.us/j/98680538285

Phone:    1 253 215 8782     ID: 98680538285

11am    Second Friday – Church Ladies Lunch at the Country House Restaurant

4:30pm    Third Tuesday – Board of Directors

Join Zoom meeting:     https://zoom.us/j/96408811740

11:30am    Third Thursday – Men’s Luncheon. Contact Pat Aronna if you plan to attend.

11am – 3pm    Third Friday – EAF

1pm – ??pm    Third Friday – Board Games

10:30am    Fourth Tuesday – Sunday Services Committee. All those interested are welcome to attend.

10:30am    Fourth Sunday 2nd Collection

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Save the Date: PSW Service Area Assembly
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Town Hall Meetings on proposed changes to Article II of the UUA bylaws

UU the Conversation, a grassroots initiative of individual Unitarian Universalists, not affiliated with any UU congregation, fellowship, or organization is sponsoring four Zoom Town Hall meetings so UUs can hear and speak with other UUs. All are welcome. However, if you wish to participate in the discussion, make a comment, or ask a question, you will be required to turn on your device camera and speak directly to the forum.

Theme: What We Gain, What We Lose.

The proposed Article II rewrite has good new ideas that come with substantial modifications to the way UUs have been functioning.  This Town Hall will address what is gained and what is lost with the new proposal so UUs can decide if it represents the right direction for our faith.
  • Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2024
  • Time: 8:00 PM Eastern, 7:00 PM Central, 6:00 PM Mountain, 5:00 PM Pacific
  • Duration: 75 – 90 minutes

Theme: On Accountabilty

The Article II Proposal makes us “accountable to one another for doing the work of living our shared values.” For each Value we are asked to Covenant to act. This implies judgment. We would no longer be accountable to our own conscience, but to others. How does this call fit with our Universalist and Unitarian religious ancestry? What should we expect from ourselves and our congregations to fulfill this call to action? What could we learn from recent UUA actions?  What are the pitfalls?
  • Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024
  • Time: 2:00 PM Eastern, 1:00 PM Central, 12:00 Noon Mountain, 11:00 AM Pacific
  • Duration: 75 – 90 minutes

Theme: Getting Ready for General Assembly

General Assembly will be entirely virtual, this year.  How does that work?  It’s June, already, can I still be a Delegate? (Maybe) If I’m not a delegate, can I participate? (Yes) Will there be an opportunity to “chat” with delegates and other participants? (Yes.) Join us as experienced delegates tell us what to expect.
  • Date: Saturday, June 1, 2024
  • Time: 3:00 PM Eastern, 2:00 PM Central, 1:00 PM Mountain, 12:00 Noon Pacific
  • Duration: 75 – 90 minutes
 

New Things To Do at Sky Island UU

SERVICE FOR SUNDAY APRIL 14

“Building the Bus While We Ride It:  How We Transform the Church and the Church Transforms Us”

Sky Island UU has often seemed to me like a moving vehicle – we have held worship at so many places. During our 25th anniversary celebrations, many people shared where the congregation was meeting when they joined or “got on.”  From initial days as a carpool of four traveling to the UU Church of Tucson twice a month; through many locations and different ministers; through going virtual during COVID and most, but not all, coming back to this building – this is a church that has witnessed constant evolution.

For several decades the future of church has seemed to be in flux, and I don’t believe you can attend church for any period and not have the gathering alter you.  Does our history of motion and change give us some insight into how to shape our community into the one we need and one that will shape us into being what our world could use right now?

In-Person and on Zoom:

https://zoom.us/j/98918280553

Phone:      1-253-215-8782

Meeting ID: 989 1828 0553

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REV. TINA’S WEEK

This week I was able to be present at the monthly “Chaplain’s Breakfast” at Canyon Vista Medical Center.  All chaplains and parish ministers in the county are invited to attend.  Sometimes I forget that many people move to Sierra Vista after living all over the world; the first speaker, Rev. Fred Otto, who serves Oasis Church of the Nazarene in Bisbee, spoke about the importance of listening to and learning from people who do not believe as you do.  This encouraged me to listen to him speak about years of work in Africa, including time near Rwanda during its genocide and in Liberia during its recent civil war.  He reminded us that most of those present (and many of you reading this now) are elders and important conveyors of history.  It was also good to hear from CEO of Canyon Vista Medical Center, Shaun Philips, about a survey he hopes to bring to each of our churches about ways to improve medical care in this community.  Also, he reported that a new 10 bed acute rehab center should be running on the third floor of Canyon Vista by August.

Tina’s Office Hours

My office hours will be on the usual day next week: Tuesday, April 16, 12:30 – 3:30pm. Of course I can meet with you another day of the week as well. Please call or text to set up a time beforehand so you won’t have to wait.

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ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

All members are encouraged to attend our annual congregational meeting after church on April 28.  The agenda includes voting on bylaw changes, as well as the usual votes on board and nominating committee members and approval of the budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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Mindfulness Meditation

Come for mindfulness meditation each Tuesday from 11am – noon at the church.  We take turns leading it, but don’t feel that you have to.

Come and try it out, no experience necessary.

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Wondering Wednesdays

Come join us for Wondering Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. (local time) on Zoom, where we are always wondering how everyone is doing, and catch up on the latest in the SIUUC Community. Feel free to pop in on the rest of us for some friendly conversation and maybe a chuckle or two.

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Second Collection for March

 For March, the second collection will be for the Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF).  You can donate at the second collection on March 24, or by tapping the DONATE button below. When you get to the part that says, “Use this donation for…” type in “2nd collection” . You can also drop a check off at church and leave in the Treasurer’s file folder on the wall, or mail a check to the address at the bottom of this webpage. Be sure to put “2nd collection” for the notation or memo.

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Caring Corner

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Re-organizing Care Groups

Helping each other in our congregation becomes more important as friends and family move away. On Wednesday, January 24 from 12:30 – 2:00pm, bring your suggestions to a discussion on ways everybody can help. A printed summary of the discussion will be available on Sunday, January 28 after church. If you can’t come, call Diane or Joyce so your comments can be included in the printed summary.

If you have a joy you’d like to share or a sorrow you’d like people to hear, please send an email to skyislandchurch@gmail.com

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Local & Regional Activities

We are the Baja 4!

Representing Unitarian Universalists across southeastern Arizona, we love beyond belief and find inspiration from a wide array of spiritual, religious, and secular sources. We come together as a Baja 4 because we know we are stronger together.

Learn more about each congregation!

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Baja 4 Climate Justice Team

Date TBD | 6-7:30pm | Zoom Calling all Climate Warriors! Join with us as we seek to find our place in the fight for a livable and sustainable environment. We are just forming and so you can help us shape our mission as a team which “seeks environmental justice, beloved community and the flourishing of all life” (as so well put by the UUMFE https://www.uumfe.org/)

Email Jamili for date and time dre.uuct@gmail.com

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Pacific Western Region News

Pacific Western Region Logo Pacific Western Region Newsletter for March 2024 ______________________________

Reports and Reflections of the Article II Study Commission

Recurring ZOOM Links

For all Zoom meetings, if you need to call in by phone, you can call 1-253-215-8782.  The meeting ID is the last 11 digits of the corresponding link.
If you are a Zoom user, and it’s good to see some of you on Sunday mornings or on one of our various topical meetings, please check for updates. When you open Zoom, somewhere on your screen there should be a zoom.us entry. For me, it’s on the very very top of my screen on the left.  When you click on that, there should be a drop down menu with a number of options. One of them should say “Check for updates…..” and that’s what you want to click on. Since Zoom seems to have an update almost every week, you might be a bunch of weeks behind. Let’s all get current!
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Wednesday 8AM meditations and phone in information is:  HERE
or copy and paste:  https://zoom.us/j/97417456265 phone: 669 900 9128     #97417456265
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*Wondering Wednesday Zoom Meetings:  6:00 to 7:30 pm
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 998 9226 5318 One tap mobile +13462487799,,99892265318#
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Sunday: @ 10:30am Church Service
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*Sunday Social Hour at 11:30AM is:
or copy and paste: https://zoom.us/j/97380861311
phone: 669 900 9128   #97380861311
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NOTE NEW TIME
Garden Forum Tuesdays at 6PM:
Join Tuesday Zoom Meeting:
 https://zoom.us/j/94884266239  Meeting ID: 948 8426 6239
One tap mobile +12532158782,,94884266239# US
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