Welcome to Unitarian Universalism

We are people of all agespeople of many backgrounds, and people of many beliefs. We are brave, curious and compassionate thinkers and doers. We create spirituality and community beyond boundaries, working for more justice and more love in our own lives and in the world. Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven Principles, grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world’s religions. Our spirituality is unbounded, drawing from scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient tradition as described in our six Sources. Get to know us:
  • Beliefs & Principles – our seven Principles, six Sources and common belief questions
  • Who We Are – our history, symbols, backgrounds and stories
  • Religious Practices – what Unitarian Universalists do on Sunday and every day, including holidays and rites of passage
  • Get Involved – find out how to connect with Unitarian Universalism, no matter where you are
To experience the Unitarian Universalist spiritual tradition online through the WorshipWeb collection and more, visit the Worship & Inspiration section.
The Hearth is back and partnering with Nourish UU Dinner Church to bring you reflection, connection, and community while we eat together over Zoom. Come sit by The Hearth and share your heart. In this space for Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (including Mixed/Multiracial or Transracially adopted folx), we will share, support, and learn together as we journey towards spiritual wholeness.
Register HERE
 to Host “We The People” Bike Ride
Friday-Sunday, September
September 10 – November 14, 2021
San Diego, CA to St Augustine, FL
And … they’re off! “We The People,” a bike ride along the border from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic, began just a few days ago. This 3,200-mile bike ride is examining border systems that are in place along our southern border, including the Wall and fencing, border crossing sites, and detention centers. You are invited to join the ride, even for just a short part of it.
Next weekend, September 24-26, Frontera de Cristo will be privileged to host the bike ride for three days in Agua Prieta. Check out our schedule here, as well as a map of Douglas and Agua Prieta. We will—
  • go on a border infrastructure tour
  • hear about migration and the role of the church in Mexico
  • cross over to Agua Prieta to visit the Migrant Resource Center and CAME (bring your passport)
  • take a guided tour of Agua Prieta
  • share meals with local business owners
  • enjoy a Saturday-night cookout at Café Justo
  • and participate in a cross planting in memory of a migrant who recently died in Agua Prieta.
If you are interested in life in the borderlands and in immigration issues, there’s something for everyone. To participate in the Border Infrastructure Tour on Friday, the Sunday morning bike ride with Agua Prieta cyclists, or the Cross Planting at the MRC, please email Mark Adams: mark@fronteradecristo.org.
UUJAZ website and calendar of events HERE
Issue & Action Day 2021 Saturday, October 23rd, 2021, 9am – 5pmMark your calendars for our statewide annual UU justice event! More information to be announced throughout September, as we confirm our partners and special guests.Sign up for Issue & Action Day here
Beloved Conversations: Within Registration open through August 31st, 2021The program’s first phase: focused on the individual, personal work we each need to do, and runs in two sections: one for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and one for white people. The Fall 2021 programming runs from September 21st to mid-December. Read about Within here.Register for the Fall session of Within here.
Beloved Conversations: Among Congregational Applications open through August 31st, 2021The second phase of Beloved Conversations, focused on the institutional, systemic change needed in our congregations is open to Congregations whose members have participated in the first phase, Within. Read about Among here.  Congregational applications for Beloved Conversations Virtual: Among are currently available and are due by August 31, 2021. Fall 2021 Among Programming will begin October 1, 2021, and run through May 31, 2022. Apply for Among here. 
Climate Justice Focus Group Starting in September 2021Are you interested in joining a focus group, for the reimagining of UUJAZ’s Climate Justice program? Fill out this poll to choose a time that works for all of us, and we’ll meet starting in September! Fill out Climate Justice Focus Group poll here.
Book GroUUp: 3rd Friday: 12 – 1:30 pm
Join Rev. Tina Squire on the third Friday of each month for a justice-centered book discussion from the perspective of our Unitarian Universalist values. September 17th: Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis. See schedule and Register for the Book GroUUp dates HERE

New Things To Do at Sky Island UU

New Mask Guidelines
We are asking everyone to wear a mask for the Sunday services whether or not you have been vaccinated. The Delta Variant is highly contagious and even vaccinated people who are asymptomatic can transfer COVID to others. Right now all of Arizona including Cochise County is at a HIGH level of transmission. The CDC recommends wearing a mask inside for everyone-vaccinated or not- and maintaining social distancing at a HIGH level. Terry Z
With this in mind, the Board has decided to suspend social hour and refreshments after the services. Singing will continue with masks on.
Sunday Services for September 19
Sunday Services for September 19
Rev. Tina will lead our BAJA 4 service and engage the stories and spiritual practices we already use to ground us in this unusual time.
The Baja 4 services will be up for you to enjoy on the first, third and fifth Sundays, and the link will be sent out as usual on Saturday evening. Access from our .YouTube Channel or this website.
Wondering Wednesday September 22
For Wondering Wednesday, September 22, we will continue our discussion of Walking to Listen : 4,000 Miles Across America One Story at a Time by Andrew Forsthoefel. We plan to continue with chapters 17, 18 & 19  under Richard Spencer’s thought-provoking direction. You do not need to have read the book to join the conversation.
Beginning in September, through December of 2021: 
We will have Baja 4 services the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month and will have our own, separate, Sky Island services on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. As per usual, the Baja 4 services will be up on our Sky Island YouTube channel. You will continue to be sent the link on Saturday evenings. However our 2nd and 4th Sky Island services will just be on Zoom live. The Board of Trustees voted not to record the service and upload it later on YouTube.
Our Sky Island led services, on September 12th and 26th, we will share stories from UU history. If you have a story you want us to discuss, please let Rev. Tina know.
Second Collection for September
The September 2nd collection will be for the church’s Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF). Please donate by tapping the DONATE button below. When you get to the part that says, “Use this donation for…” type in “2nd collection” or “EAF”. 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.
First Friday Hikers on the Arizona Trail North of Sonoita on Friday, September 3rd
First Friday Hikers: Parker Canyon Lake: October 1 @ 9AM
The weather is starting to cool off a bit so we are back to our 9 AM starting time for our late sleepers. Make sure your Fort Huachuca pass is up to date, and meet us at the church at 9 AM. We will drive through Ft Huachuca to Huachuca Canyon to hike the easy Reservoir Hill trail. After the hike consider joining us for a drive up Reservoir Hill for the view and then a visit to the Buffalo Soldier Museum.
Contact Molly with questions or if you want to be added to her regular hiker email list: mandfar@gmail.com
Caring Corner
Keeta Bonfield will be starting radiation therapy on Monday for 5 intense sessions over an 8 day period. Keep her in your thoughts.
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

June 17 from UUA President Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray
Growing Wellness in Huachuca City Community Garden: Wellness Workshops Begin Saturday October 2, 10-11:30am
Huachuca City Community Garden is excited to offer our first wellness workshop this Fall for 8 consecutive Saturdays, beginning October 2 through November 20. We will meet in the Huachuca City Senior Center from 10 am – 11:30 am. If Covid-19 prevents live meetings, we will offer this via Zoom. The workshops will include nutrition with a whole food, plant-based diet; dangers of chronic inflammation; the importance of gut health; neutralizing stress; incorporating daily movement; and solutions for better sleep. Alison Ozgur MAT, MHS, RDN, dietitian, whole food, plant-based nutritionist, and wellness expert, will be teaching these workshops. All our workshops are free to anyone interested. This series will be followed next year by two additional series: Growing Fruits and Vegetables at Your Kitchen Door and Culinary Coaching. Registration and more information about the courses will be available online on our Facebook page @TheeHCCG or at the Huachuca City Library.
San Juan Bosco Shelter in Nogalas Needs Help
Many of you know of the San Juan Bosco Shelter in Nogales, Sonora.
They have been tending to the needs of migrants arriving there from all over Mexico, Central and South America hoping for a chance to apply for asylum in the United States.
Now, due to the recent floods in Nogales and the rapidly increasing number of migrants arriving there, as well as those being dropped off by the Border Patrol after being deported, the center is overwhelmed and desperate for help. As Unitarian Universalists, will you be able to help using this LINK ?
Thank you! Gracias!
Jay Jenkins

Pacific Western Region News

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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.
Wednesday 10AM meditations and phone in information is:  HERE
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*Wondering Wednesday Zoom Meetings:  6:00 to 7:30 pm
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Sunday: @ 10:30am Church Service
*Sunday Social Hour at 11:30AM is:
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phone: 669 900 9128   #97380861311
*Garden Forum Tuesdays at 7PM:
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