This Sunday, December 30, 2018
Kwanzaa: Celebrating Family, Community and Culture
Service Leader: Anthony Johnson
Sunday, December 30, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
Kwanzaa is a non-religious celebration of African-American culture recognizing the first fruits of the harvest. Kwanzaa is based upon seven principles that are to be lived. Created in America in 1966, Kwanzaa honors the African people and their culture the world over and honors Africa as the birthplace of civilization.
New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Every Sunday 9:45 AM in Annex B
Inquirers is a series for anyone who would like to meet others and learn more about UUCP. Join other newcomers, members, lay leaders and the membership team for a half hour of building connections and growing relationships. The second half hour explores changing topics each week, that go deeper into an area of ministry within our congregation. Inquirers topics include  Leadership, Children’s Ministry, Unicare, Social Justice, Membership, Congregational Tour and History, Small Group Ministry, Unitarian Universalism 101  and  Inside Worship Services. Coffee and treats provided, no sign-up necessary!
 
This week's Inquirers will be Congregational History and Building Tour - Learn about the history of UUCP and navigate the building with a walking tour. 
Advancing Justice Table
  • This week Advancing Justice is raising awareness of the rise of police violence in Phoenix. Pick up links to the NYT article that addressed this and responses in AZCentral. We hope to offer an action you can take with regard to this at our table on Sunday, December 30.
  • A new list of needed items for migrants passing through Phoenix is now available.
Next Sunday, January 6
Poetry: The Art of Life
Service Leaders: Poetry workshop leaders with Rev. Margret
Sunday, January 6, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
Robert Frost said, “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” Join us for a lyrical language experience, as UUCP poets share their work, and poetry lovers share beloved poems.
New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Sunday, January 6
Next week’s Inquirers topic is Unicare - Join Vicki Myers and Katie Ventura to learn about the way how our congregation cares for each other.
Upcoming Events
Poetry Writers Workshop
Monday, January 7, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM in Annex B
Mary Oliver wrote, “Poetry isn’t a profession, it’s a way of life. It’s an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that.” The Poetry Workshop is the place and opportunity to let your creativity flow ‐ a forum for all those writers who have been looking for a place to interact with like spirits and creators. For more information contact Rosemary Roenfanz at poetry@phoenixuu.org or please register at phoenixuu.org/poetry .
Parent’s of Teens Group
Thursday, January 3 at 6:45 PM in Annex C
Facilitator: Tammy Wheeler-Rhodes
Join other parents of teens in a space designed for sharing thoughtful discussion and mutual support.
Coming Soon: Neighborhood Connections
Members at UUCP come from all over the Valley. Soon, you may receive a phone call or email from someone in your neighborhood, looking to get together with others in proximity to make connections and get to know each other. What will this look like? You get to decide! Have a potluck, meet at a local coffee shop, picnic in the park, it's up to you. These neighborhood groups move us toward a radically inclusive community, provide a familiar face on Sundays, and can be a source of support when your car won't start, or you need to borrow a cup of sugar!
Second Wednesday Evening Covenant Group
Wednesday, January 9 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Annex B
Facilitator: John Wilber
Experience the deep connection of the classic covenant group model, centered on our monthly themes and reflection materials
Traveling 2nd Friday
Friday, January 11, 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
ECUADOR, ON OUR OWN by Laurel Hardin
In spring of 2016, Laurel went to Ecuador and the Galapagos islands. As she spoke Spanish, she and her husband made their own travel, tour and residential arrangements. We found warm, happy people, a variety of micro-climates and exotic animals as we wound our way around this colorful country.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR the 2nd Friday of each month.  It is held at the U-U Congregation in the sanctuary from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. All welcome & no charge. Questions, call Barbara at 480-994-1452
Long Strange Trip – A Journey Through UU History
Six Monday evenings, January 14-February 18 from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Facilitator: Roy Miller
Do you wonder about the origins of Unitarianism and Universalism? How did the two religions evolve into “liberal” faiths with a strong focus on social justice?  What prominent role did women play?  What is the only documented UU “miracle”?  The six-week course Long Strange Trip traces our history from the beginning of the Christian era to what we know today as Unitarian Universalism. Each class explores the challenges of a time period in our history, and the implications for our liberal faith tradition today. Register at phxuu.org/Strange
Construction Update
You can get the most up-to-date construction information by calling 602-840-8400 and choosing option 8. Right now only half of the upper parking lot is open and the handicapped spots are no longer available up there. The accessible entrance will be the center door that you get to by going down the path on the left side of the building from the main parking lot. The lot will stay this way until at least January 7. Please don’t cross any barriers or yellow caution tape.
An Invitation to Current (and Former) Members and Friends.
 
As UUCP commits to being a radically inclusive, welcoming community and a “spiritual community for our time,” how can we assure that all feel truly welcome? How should we change, and how should we stay the same?
 
The UUCP Inclusion Team invites you to join a vital and ongoing conversation about these questions. In coming months, we will be exploring how congregants come to feel included and excluded based on gender, race, ability, mental health, age, religious background and other factors.
 
As a first step, we are seeking your stories of gender inclusion and exclusion at UUCP. As a person who identifies as trans, gender nonbinary, gender nonconforming, or gender conforming -- what experiences have led you to feel welcomed, or not, at UUCP? As an ally, how have you witnessed gender inclusion or exclusion?  
 
How will these stories be used? First, your experiences will help us educate ourselves and other members. Your responses will be discussed by the team as we assess UUCP’s status as a welcoming congregation. Second, your stories will inform the design of welcoming spaces, services, rituals, and social activities. Third, with your permission, and only with your permission, we will work with you to share some of these stories in written or multi-media messages designed to foster understanding and gender inclusion at UUCP. Please join the conversation by sharing your own experiences on this brief (10-15 minutes) survey. Use the link phxuu.org/GenderInclude
 
The UUCP Inclusion Team (Amanda Rogers, Anthony Johnson, Ashley Perez, Courtney Flanagan, Jonny Lifshitz, Katie Quinn, Larry Reed, Margret O’Neall, Vince Waldron)
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