This Sunday, January 6, 2019
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
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 Unicare - Join Vicki Myers and Katie Ventura to learn about the way our congregation cares for each other. 
Advancing Justice Table
The Arizona Legislature begins January 14. Come to the Advancing Justice table to find your legislative district and send postcards to let your legislators know what matters to you.
This coming week: Criminal Justice Reform events
  • On Sunday, January 13, after 2nd service, UUCP is hosting a presentation in the sanctuary by the ACLU Smart Justice campaign. Learn more about needed reforms related to bail, sentencing, and prosecutions. There will also be personal stories related to mass incarceration. Q & A will follow. Details at the AJ table, more info on Smart Justice at
  • There were more police shootings in 2018 by the Phoenix Police Department than by the police in any other American city. On Wednesday, January 9, from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, there is a Community Forum at a church downtown to address the crisis, sponsored by our partners at Poder in Action. Join others from UUCP at the forum.
  • More details for both events are at the AJ table.
Next Sunday, January 13
Leadership in Unitarian Universalism
Service Leaders: Anthony Johnson
Sunday, January 13, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
William Ellery Channing (April 7, 1780 – October 2, 1842) was the foremost Unitarian preacher in the United States in the early nineteenth century. Channing said, “No preaching, I believe is so intelligible, as that which is true to human nature, and helps men (and women) to read their own spirits.”
New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Sunday, January 13
Next week’s Inquirers topic is Music Ministry  - Join Benjie Messer, Music Director, to go behind the scenes in the process of choosing music for services and events at UUCP.
Companions – A Pet Blessing Service for All Ages and Species
Sunday, January 13, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
This special Sunday evening all-ages service honors the pets in our lives. Pets are welcome, on leashes or in terrariums or carriers. Photographs of pets are also welcome, including beloved pets you hold in memory.
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 or please register at .
Green Sanctuary Group
Tuesday, January 8, at 6:30 PM in Office #2
Refreshments are served and newcomers are welcome. Also, starting this Sunday, January 6, there will be a large basket and possibly boxes in the Johnson room saying "Excess Produce-Please take some." People may bring their citrus fruit for now and/or garden produce. If you are interested in helping with or expanding this in the future, please send your contact information to Cherie Stafford at .
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
Parents with Young(er) Children Small Group
Thursday, January 10, from 6:45 PM to 8:15 PM in Annex C
Facilitator: Rev. Margret A. O’Neall
Join with others who are in a parenting role to little ones for a group discussion that engages adults in quiet reflection while the small people are cared for in a loving space nearby.
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
Thursday Community Night & Faith Development
Join us in building a “Spiritual Community for our Time” every Thursday at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room January 17 - April 25, 2019. Each week features the culinary talents of the members of our congregation: two entrees (one vegetarian), as well as sides, salad and bread. A donation of $6 per adult, $3 per child under ten, or $12 per family, covers the cost of the meal (those experiencing financial hardship can receive a payment waiver). In the spirit of Radical Inclusion, there are vegan and gluten free options, and food served is labeled for the top nine common allergens. If you’d like to join but have additional dietary restrictions or preferences, you are welcome to bring your own meal.
Following the meal, Thursday evenings are an opportunity to deepen our knowledge of what it means to be Theologically Diverse, Radically Inclusive, and Justice Centered. A diverse offering of adult faith development classes, small groups, justice experiences, and guest lectures help us to live into the congregation’s vision. If you have any questions about Community Night or you’d like to contribute as a Sous Chef (sides, salad, or bread), please contact .
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Open Drop-In Group
Thursday, January 17 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Annex B
Facilitator: Joan O’Connor
Drop in to experience the connection, and to see what Small Groups are all about.
Women’s Ritual
Thursday, January 17 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the Sanctuary
Facilitator: Pat Reed and others
Join a group of women for earth-centered rituals that honor the season, the phases of the moon and personal spirituality. Each month a different participant will plan a ritual for everyone to engage in.
Construction Update
You can get the most up-to-date construction information by calling 602-840-8400 and choosing option 8. Starting January 7 the upper parking lot is closed 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. You can also still get through the back glass door. You can park along 40th place, and in the closest lot of our neighbor church just on the other side of 40th place. The path is currently available for people to come in from 40th place.
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
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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