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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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.”
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UU Service Committee Ukrainian Assistance

With 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.
Hungarian Helsinki Committee focuses on providing plain-language legal advice to asylum-seekers and civil society organizations, as well as combatting racist and xenophobic narratives about people on the move in Hungary. FemFund partners with community groups assisting women, LGBTQI+, and Black and People of Color seeking safety in Poland.

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Register Now for In-Person GA 2022!

Registration is now open for in-person attendance. Full-time registration is $475 for adults, and $250 for high school youth, emerging adults, and retired and candidate ministers. Financial support for registration, lodging credit within the GA housing block, as well as a payment plan are available. In-person registration rates will increase on March 1 and again on May 1.
Do you enjoy the convenience and accessibility of remote General Assembly participation? GA 2022 again offers virtual attendance with robust programming and enhanced delegate discussion tools. Virtual Registration opens March 1st.

CHURCH CALENDAR

Monday – August 8 

Tuesday – August 9

6:00pm 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.  I hope to see some of you there.

6:00 – 7:30pm DHARMA BUDDHISTS MEDITATION

Wednesday – August 10

6:00 – 7:30pm WONDERING WEDNESDAYS – We continue to enjoy each other’s conversation and have not selected a new book to read. Come join us each Wednesday night at 6pm on Zoom.  All are welcome!

Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/99892265318  Phone: 1 669 900 9128      ID: 99892265318

6:30pm PFLAG monthly meeting at the church

Thursday – August 11

Friday – August 12 

9:00am THE CHURCH LADIES – We meet for breakfast and fellowship.  We are currently meeting at Doe Payne’s home.

Saturday – August 13

Sunday – August 14

10:30am REGULAR SUNDAY SERVICE

1:00pm FREE THINKERS Contact Roland Bockhorst for the location or link.

RECURRING MONTHLY ACTIVITIES

  6:30pm 1st Wednesday   PFLAG meets each month at the church.

10:00am 2nd and 4th Thursdays    Sky Islander Quilters

Please note that Sky Islander Quilters are taking a summer break and will not meet again until fall.

9:00am (usually)    First Friday Hikers hike the first Friday of the month.

9:00am      Second Friday  –  The Church Ladies meet for breakfast and fellowship.  We are currently meeting at Doe Payne’s home.

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

4:30pm Third Monday –  Board of Trustees – Join Zoom meeting:   https://zoom.us/j/96408811740

10:30am Fourth Tuesday – Sunday Services Committee.

All interested are welcome to attend.

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New Things To Do at Sky Island UU

Mask Guidelines

Cochise County is rated as “MEDIUM” for Covid transmission. Some may still feel more comfortable wearing a mask, although it is not a requirement.  Please remain up to date on information and get tested if you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.  The following web site is useful:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

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Service for Sunday, August 7th at 10:30:

“Stories About Messing Up”

The writer Neil Gaiman says “The stories that work best, the stories we learn the most from sometimes have small triumphs, but they’re always about the places we screwed up, they’re always about the mistakes that we made, they’re always about being vulnerable.”

We will explore stories of humanity, of vulnerability, of small triumphs.  Come share, if you so wish, stories of wreck and redemption that have meaning for you.

Rev Tina Squire

You can also attend on Zoom at: https://zoom.us/j/98918280553

________________________________ Wondering Wednesdays  for August 10 

6:00 to 7:30 –

We continue to enjoy each other’s conversation and have not selected a new book to read. Come join us each Wednesday night at 6pm on Zoom.  All are welcome!

https://zoom.us/j/99892265318  Phone: 1 669 900 9128 ID: 99892265318

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Intrepid Sky Island UU Hikers in the Chirichaua’s on Friday, June 3rd.

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Second Collection for July 24

This month, we will be collecting for No More Deaths.

The mission of No More Deaths is to end death and suffering in the Mexico–US borderlands through civil initiative: people of conscience working openly and in community to uphold fundamental human rights. Our work embraces the Faith-Based Principles for Immigration Reform and focuses on the following themes:
  • Direct aid that extends the right to provide humanitarian assistance
  • Witnessing and responding
  • Consciousness raising
  • Global movement building
  • Encouraging humane immigration policy

You can also donate at the second collection on the fourth Sunday of July, or by tapping the DONATE button below. When you get to the part that says, “Use this donation for…” type in “2nd collection” or “No More Deaths”. You can also drop a check off at church and leave in Tricia’s file folder on the wall, or mail a check to the address at the bottom of the newsletter. Be sure to put “2nd collection” for the notation or memo.

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Caring Corner

Teresa Longmore is asking that we send good thoughts and prayers (if we do those) to David Carlstrom who is in the hospital with COVID and double pneumonia.

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!

ABCs of Abolition

Fall 2022

Recent events have shown us, more clearly than ever: the police do NOT keep us safe. It’s past time to start creating real solutions for community safety and individual thriving, but luckily, we’re not starting from square one. Many people, especially from BIPOC communities, have been working on this problem for decades. UUJAZ, in partnership with Side With Love, has created an incredible curriculum about the urgent work of abolishing police and prisons, which we are presenting to AZ UUs as “The ABCs of Abolition.”

Sign up here to learn more about our upcoming course.

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Pacific Western Region News

Pacific Western Region Logo Pacific Western Region Newsletter for August 2022 ______________________________
   

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.
For those using Zoom for communications, please update your Zoom application if you haven’t done that recently. They keep making changes and updates and it’s good (and free) for you to keep your Zoom program at a current status.
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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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