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!
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.

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 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.


Monday – November 27

Tuesday – November 28

11am – Noon   Truly Mindful Tuesdays

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

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 – November 29

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 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.

Thursday – November 30

Friday – December 1

10am   First Friday Hike: Whitewater Draw


6:30pm   First Wednesday – PFLAG Monthly Meeting

9am   First Friday – First Friday Hike

11am   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.

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



New Things To Do at Sky Island UU


The First Friday Hike this Friday, December 1, will NOT be at White Water Draw due to problems with their water supply. Instead we will do an easy hike to the Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate, the ruins of an ill-fated 18th century Spanish fort that overlooks the San Pedro River north of Highway 82. Sorry, dogs are not allowed in the San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area.

Please note: since not everyone on the hiking list gets these notices, we will leave at the previously advertised time of 10am! There will NOT be a potluck, though a group is likely to go to lunch after the hike.


First Friday Hike |  December 1  |  Presidio Terrenate

10am at church or around 10:45 AM at the trailhead

Contact Molly with any questions: mandfar@gmail.com


“I Wish You Joy: Gratitude and Giving in This Holiday Season”

Rev. Tina will speak about “I Wish You Joy: Gratitude and Giving in This Holiday Season”. She writes: Mother Teresa used to say ‘Give, but give until it hurts.’ Should giving hurt?  I think yes and no. I like to give with the receiver in mind — finding a present they would want, not the one I want to give — and helping when someone asks, even if I’m tired.  But is painful giving ustainable?  In fact, as long as you have the other person’s needs and desires forefront in your mind, generosity of spirit, of forgiveness, of even material things, can rebound happiness back onto you.  As we enter a marathon time of shopping, ads, requests for donations, I hope we can sort out what is truly meaningful about this season and how to nurture that elusive gift I wish for us all, joy.

Fourth Sunday 2nd Collection:  Our second collection this month will be in support of UUJAZ.

In-Person and on Zoom:


Phone:      1-253-215-8782

Meeting ID: 989 1828 0553


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.


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.


First Friday Hike

Whitewater Draw For The Cranes

Friday, December 1  |  10am

The cranes have arrived! The church has made an annual outing to see the Sandhill cranes and this year the demand for the trip remains high. We have done it in January or February in the past. The mix of cranes and geese varies from month to month, so this year we are going to check out the December birds. If you’ve never experienced the cranes just talk to anyone who has and you will be convinced to come!

This is absolutely level walking suitable for people of all abilities. The main path is wheelchair accessible. The birds fly in around lunch time so please note the unusual start time of 10am. Contact Molly if you want to meet in Tombstone: mandfar@gmail.com. Please consider bringing a potluck dish to share.


Second Collection for November

 For November, the second collection will be for the UU Justice Arizona Network (UUJAZ) .  You can donate at the second collection on September 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 the newsletter. Be sure to put “2nd collection” for the notation or memo.

Caring Corner

Patricia Burr was in a bad car accident several weeks ago.  She did not break anything but has had a flare up in her chronic arthritis.

Phone calls would be appreciated but her new cell phone doesn’t get service at her house!  We’ll keep you posted about ways to reach her.

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


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!


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



Pacific Western Region News

Pacific Western Region Logo Pacific Western Region Newsletter for November 2023 ______________________________

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!
Wednesday 8AM meditations and phone in information is:  HERE
or copy and paste:  https://zoom.us/j/97417456265 phone: 669 900 9128     #97417456265
*Wondering Wednesday Zoom Meetings:  6:00 to 7:30 pm
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 998 9226 5318 One tap mobile +13462487799,,99892265318#
Sunday: @ 10:30am Church Service
*Sunday Social Hour at 11:30AM is:
or copy and paste: https://zoom.us/j/97380861311
phone: 669 900 9128   #97380861311
Garden Forum Tuesdays at 6PM:
Join Tuesday Zoom Meeting:
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