We Are Unitarian UniversalistsWe 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 Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, atheist and agnostic, believers 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!
- 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Proposed 8th Principle:
“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”________________________________
UU Service Committee Ukrainian AssistanceWith millions of Ukrainians displaced by the Russian invasion, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), is assisting refugees by partnering with two grassroots organizations in Eastern Europe, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and FemFund. Both organizations are well-positioned to respond immediately to the people fleeing Ukraine for Hungary and Poland, respectively, having engaged in this work for years with people fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa.
THIS WEEK’S CHURCH CALENDAR
Monday – April 3
11:00 – Noon Mindfulness on Mondays
Meet in the sanctuary for a 10 minute meditation followed by discussion.
Tuesday – April 4
Noon – 4:00pm Tina’s Office Hours
6:00pm SIUUC Gardening Forum
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 email@example.com.
7:00 – 8:30pm Dharma Buddhists Meditation
Wednesday – April 5
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/97417456265
Phone: 1 669 900 9128 ID: 97417456265
6:00 – 7:30pm Wondering Wednesdays
Phone: 1 669 900 9128 ID: 99892265318
6:30pm PFLAG meets at the church.
Thursday – April 6
Friday – April 7
Saturday – April 8
RECURRING MONTHLY ACTIVITIES
6:30pm First Wednesday – PFLAG meets each month at the church.
9:00am First Friday – First Friday Hike
11:00am Second Friday – Church Ladies Brunch at the Country House Restaurant
4:30pm Third Tuesday – Board of Trustees
Join Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96408811740
11:30am Third Thursday – Men’s Luncheon. Contact Pat Aronna if you plan to attend.
11:00 – 3:00pm Third Friday – EAF
1:00pm – ??pm Third Friday – Afternoon of Games
10:30am Fourth Tuesday – Sunday Services Committee. All interested are welcome to attend.
10:30am Fourth Sunday 2nd Collection
_________________________________Monthly Musings Don’t miss the monthly collection of musings designed to help you and your congregations connect their spiritual practice to care for Earth and all her inhabitants. Each month, your congregation will get a copy of MONTHLY MUSINGS from UUMFE focused on a different theme and filled with materials to help with your EMBODIMENT, EMPOWERMENT, & ENGAGEMENT in the face of climate chaos and environmental injustice. We hope you use these resources for worship, contemplative practice, and religious exploration in your congregation. You can find past issues here.
New Things To Do at Sky Island UU
Let’s Renew Our Covenant with Each Other
It’s time to renew our covenant with each other to build a beloved community within Sky Island UU and in the greater world. One way we renew our covenant is by making a financial pledge to fund the ministry of our church for another year. Sky Island UU is a self-supporting church. It’s up to us to finance the beloved spiritual community we want to create. Thank you for all the ways you share your time, talent, and treasure AND for considering how you might dig deeper and take a leap in your giving. As you consider your pledge, please reflect on what Sky Island UU means in your life. If this community has been transformative for you, consider taking a leap in your level of investment in the church. Coordinating your values with where your money goes is a powerful spiritual practice! There are guidelines posted in the community room to help you align your income amount, level of commitment, and monthly pledge.
There are copies of the 2023-24 draft budget and pledge cards available for each member and friend of Sky Island UU in the Community Room.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
The risk level for COVID-19 for the Sierra Vista Metro Area is LOW. Since we have had several exposures at church in recent weeks we recommend that you wear a mask while inside the building, but you can choose not to at your own risk.The following web site is useful:
For the next two Sundays, we will explore structural violence, which is pervasive and often invisible. When children marched for civil rights and fire hoses and dogs were turned upon them, the cameras rolled and the world saw plainly the brutality of racism. How can we see forms of structural violence, uncover it for others and live in ways that undo it?
For April 2, the sermon is “Palm Sunday: Taking on Tanks.”
I don’t think I could put flowers in the barrel of a gun trained upon me; what are alternative ways to counter militarism?
On April 9, the sermon will be “Easter: Making the Resurrection and New Life”
How do communities survive when their very life is threatened on a daily basis? How can we be better allies to them?
April 16th will be our next “Pulpitpalooza” exchange among the ministers of Baja 4.
Baja 4 intern Jamili Omar will visit us, while Rev. Tina speaks at Borderlands. The title of Jamili’s sermon is “Article 2: Origin Stories: A Moment of Change.”
In-Person and on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 989 1828 0553
Wondering Wednesdays for April 5
6:00 to 7:30 –
Join us for good conversation about a variety of topics.
Phone: 1 669 900 9128 ID: 99892265318___________________________
Mindfulness on Mondays
Monday, April 3, 2023
11:00 – Noon
Please join Gail and Rich Wilder at 11:00am in the sanctuary tomorrow for a discussion of Mindfulness practices and a short meditation. Each week we will highlight a specific practice and then discuss it the following Monday.
Mindfulness Practice – Non-Judging
It’s human nature for the mind to continually compare experiences, people, ideas and opinions, etc. In decision making that can be very helpful, but often we start making judgments: “I don’t like this… She shouldn’t do that… I’m so stupid… This is the best way to do this, everyone should do it this way.” This week observe those judgments as they arise and allow some time to explore. Know that your take on whatever it is stems from your perspective only and most likely you do not know the whole truth. Be curious about your reaction and generate ideas from another’s perspective. Catch yourself before you say something like, “This is good or bad… That idea won’t work… I don’t like this or I do like that.” Observe the workings of your mind and pause before you voice any judgments. Ask yourself, “Is it necessary to share? What will be gained?”
Pamela Lee is rehabbing after a stint in Canyon Vista for pneumonia. She’s in good spirits, but too tired for visitors yet.
If you have a joy you’d like to share or a sorrow you’d like people to hear, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Local & Regional Activities
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!
- Amado: Borderlands Unitarian Universalist
- Sierra Vista: Sky Island Unitarian Universalist Church
- Tucson (Northwest): Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation
- Tucson (Eastside): Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson
Baja 4 Climate Justice TeamDate 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 email@example.com
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