Service Leaders: Amy McKlindon and Sam Kirkland

On International Women’s Day, join us to celebrate the social, political, economic, and cultural achievements of women. A panel of our community members will share their reflections as we consider the ways in which we individually and collectively advance gender equality.

Music by the ReSisters with Lynne Haessler

March Theme: Wisdom
Share The Plate Sunday: Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence
For over 38 years, Chrysalis has pursued the mission to lead our community to broad-based solutions to prevent domestic abuse. Chrysalis is an advocate for women, children, and men victims, promoting safety and healthy techniques designed to break the inter-generational cycle of abuse. Thanks to this generous support, Chrysalis will purchase basic necessity items such as food and hygiene supplies for clients and reduce utility expenses at the Phoenix-located shelter. 

Chrysalis is always looking for great volunteers! Examples of opportunities include helping to organize an immediate needs donation drive, supporting in clerical or maintenance projects or helping to organize our donation room in both our administration office and shelter. For any questions on our volunteer program or donation drives, please call Chrysalis' Community Relations Coordinator Ashley Cerna at 480-267-2176 or email .
Welcome Stephanie -- New Business Administrator!
Welcome to our new Business Administrator, Stephanie Breidel-Vigil (pronounced Bride-DELL VI-gil) . Stephanie started on Wednesday. She has a strong history of administrative roles and office management positions. Most recently, Stephanie worked for a construction company as their Office Manager, in charge of office administration, managing two people, overseeing large budgets, and handling a lot of the office work. She worked as a start-up, developing problem-solving skills she will be using to create systems here at UUCP. Stephanie has a great can-do attitude and a warm and inclusive personality. 

We ask that you be helpful and patient as Stephanie learns all about UUCP and gets up to speed. Stephanie will be posting her office hours on her office door. You can email her at . Thank you in advance for helping her to get off to a strong and friendly start.
Social Justice Opportunities
Sunday, March 8 at the back of the sanctuary
Civic Engagement

Abolish Private Prisons, a group that UUCP supports, is applying for a grant through the UUA’s “Funds for a Just Society” program. This Sunday, sign a congregational letter to the grant program in support of this worthy organization. If you are part of a committee within the congregation, please include your membership and the name of the committee.  

March 8 will be Initiative Awareness Sunday! There are four really positive ballot initiatives being circulated right now, and MANY signatures are needed before the July deadline. Two of these are going to be very visible at UUCP:
The Save Our Schools Act , which strictly limits school vouchers, protecting taxpayers’ investment in public education, and AZ Fair Elections , which extends voter rights and limits money in politics.
Become a petition circulator! In order to get sufficient signatures to get these initiatives on the ballot, we need LOTS of circulators. It’s not a hard thing to do -- just carry a petition with you as you go about your day. Melinda Iyer will be offering a short training between services this Sunday, or watch this video:
Are you confused about which petitions you have signed? Pick up a wallet-sized card and keep track as you sign!   

Order items needed at the Welcome Center for asylum-seekers at . Most needed: jackets, underwear and socks for kids, adult size small. Info at the back table.

Earth Justice Ministry
  • Earth Justice Ministry- holds its meeting this Sunday March 8th in Annex G at about 12:30. Light refreshments are served and visitors are welcome.
  • Do you prefer Clean Energy from Renewable Sources? This is your last chance to stop by our table and sign on to our letter to tell the AZ Corporation Commissioners that you favor them increasing their Renewable Energy Standard to 50% by 2030 and 100% by 2045. They are meeting 3/10 and 11 to consider this issue.
  • Do you pay SRP for water or electricity? Come to our table for information about how you can vote for Association (water) and/or District (power) board elections to be held 4/7/2020. If we all vote our acreage, we have more voting power than larger land owners.

Green Tip:  Try growing your own vegetables in pots or in a garden. Lettuce, chard, bok choy, spinach and other greens grow especially well.  
Blue Tip:  If you see a leak you can't fix (like a fire hydrant or a city sprinkler), call the city or an adult owning or working in that business or property.
Diet for a Small Planet Tip: Be adventurous! If you see a vegetable or fruit you haven't eaten before (like cactus pads or nopales), give it a try. You can find recipes galore online.
Community Night Dinner
Thursday, March 12, 6:00 pm

You are invited to a Potato Party hosted by the Northcentral Women's Potluck Group. Enjoy spuds with all your favorite toppings, salad, and dessert!
Chalice Kids 6:30 pm-9:00 pm, Room 15
Future Masculine Men’s Group 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, Annex C
LOVE Class: Kernels of Character 7:pm-8:30 pm, Annex G (Class Full)

Opportunities to Connect and Serve

Resistance and Transformation:
UU Social Justice History 
Six Sessions: Thursdays, March 26 through May 7 (not including April 9th ), from 7-9 pm

Grounded in the belief that even “failures” in our history can be instructive, this program presents the ongoing struggle of our tradition to live up to its ever-evolving ideals of social transformation. Themes include abolition, peace-making, civil rights, free speech, utopianism, counter-culture, the women’s movements of both 19th and 20th centuries, sexuality education, and LGBT equality.

Led by Debbie Westwood: Originally from England where she attended a traditional evangelical church, Debbie has lived in Phoenix for five years and in North American for more than 20 years. She has a passion for learning and adult education, currently with a particular interest in spirituality, social justice and intersectionality.

Spirituality of Aging Small Group
This new small group (or covenant group) has just been formed as forum for discussion about our attitudes toward our aging and is seeking additional participants. We will use the short chapters of the book, The Gift of Years by Joan Chittister as topics for each month's discussion. The group will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (currently thru May) in Annex B from 2:45 to 4:15 PM. If you are interested, please contact John Wilber at .
Outdoor Group Events

Saturday was a great day to be on the Go John trail at Maricopa County Regional Park. Thank you, Gary Ezzell, for leading the five of us, who very much enjoyed the abundance of wildflowers that are beginning to bloom on the hillsides. The desert right now is green, the cactus are fat, and the weather is cool. Now really is the time to be outside!
The next hike is March 14 at Granite Mountain to be led by Cherie Stafford. This is an easy to moderate hike around Granite Mountain. The trail is easy, but it is 5.6 miles. The distance may put it into the moderate range for some. There is very little elevation change and the trail is wide and smooth for the most part. If you have been wanting to give the Outdoor Group a try, this is the week to do it. The wildflowers will be at their peak, and this is the trail that shows them off the best. You will most likely see whole hillsides that are solid yellow!

We will be having a spring campout at Lost Dutchman State Park March 27 through 29. The group sites are not available; however, there may be individual sites still available. This campground does fill up; so if you are planning on attending you may want to make your reservation sooner rather than later. Ed and I have booked site 107. We will be arriving on Thursday, March 26 and departing on Sunday, March 29. Further information will be forthcoming as the date draws near. In the meantime, if you have any questions please e-mail me at the address below.
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Next Sunday, March 15
Radical Inclusion and Neuro-Diversity
Service Leader: Rev. Christine Dance
Our vision statement challenges us to be radically inclusive, which can mean many things to many people. What does it mean to be inclusive to people who are diverse in how their brains work, like those on the autism spectrum or with mental health challenges. The Inclusion Team and Rev. Dance will lead this innovative service to help us see how we are better through our diversity and to give the statement "we need not think alike to love alike" even more credence.

Music: Bowe Country, Mary Cota, and Katie Quinn
Save The Date
Add to your schedule UUCP’s Installation of Reverend Christine Dance! Save the date for Saturday, March 21st at 2 pm when we celebrate with the Unitarian Universalist denomination the installation of our new minister, Rev. Christine Dance. This is a celebration of music, hope and the future of our congregation and our denomination. You won’t want to miss it!
PLEASE click here to RSVP so we can have an accurate account. Or you can email
UUCP All-Families Picnic
Sunday March 22, 1:00-3:00 pm at Railroad Park
Now is the time to put the picnic on your calendar-- All families, all ages, all fun ... Just bring a side dish, chips, dip or veggies. Hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and condiments in addition to lemonade and water will be provided. Bring your soda or other beverages if you are not a lemonade fan. Enjoy the jump house and other fun to be had on  Sunday March 22, 1:00 pm at Railroad Park. (The date was misprinted last week, apologies!)
Save The Date--John Waddell Celebration of Life
The Celebration of Life for John Waddell, longtime UUCP member and sculptor of That Which Might Have Been in our Memorial Garden will be on Saturday, April 18th at 2:00 pm. We will need volunteers to help with the service. If you are interested, please email our Business Administrator, Stephanie Breidel-Vigil at
Seeking UUCP General Assembly Delegates
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through the democratic process.  Rooted, Inspired, & Ready!  is the 2020 theme to be in touch with our theological roots, engaged in transforming our faith, and fired up to take action in the wider world.
This year, GA is June 24-28, 2020 in Providence, RI. As a certified UUA congregation, we have the privilege to send voting delegates. We'd like you to be one of our delegates. Please inquire through . Early registration closes on March 15 then there will be general registration.
Traveling 2nd Fridays: March 13 at 7:00 PM
In June 2018, Bill and Joy Mee spent three weeks exploring Lake Garda’s ancient and modern city of Sirmione, Venice and nearby islands. They joined a cruise ship, which stopped in Rab, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; and various ports in Greece including Corfu, Olympia, Spetes, Crete, Santorini (with a stop in Ksadasi and Ephesus, Turkey in between) Volos and Makrintsa before disembarking in Pireaus/Athens. They saw lots of historical sites and evidence of ancient civilizations as well as beautiful scenery and gardens. In Athens, they visited the Acropolis Museum.
Women’s Ritual Group: 3rd Thursdays
Women’s Ritual Group meets every third Thursday of the month at 7pm in the Sanctuary. Join us on March 19th to celebrate Spring, new beginnings and the intergenerational wisdom of women.  Email Lucia with any questions at:
Inclusion Team
The inclusion team is helping plan a service for March 15 that will feature members who live with autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder and other forms of neuro-diversity. We will also be planning one or more panel discussions and a support group. If you or your family members are affected, please join our discussion. For more information, contact Vince at .
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Do you have an announcement you would like to place in Compass? Please email all requests to by Wednesday at 5:00pm to appear in Friday's newsletter. Thank you! 

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3/8 Book Group 11:00 am-12:15 pm, Annex B
3/9 Open Arts and Crafts Studio 9:30 am-12:00 pm, Johnson Room
3/9 Drumming Group 6:30 pm-8:00 pm, Sanctuary
3/10 Spirituality of Aging Small Group, 2:30 pm-4:15 pm, Annex B
3/11 UU Parenting: OWL Parents, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm, Annex B
3/11 Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, Sanctuary
3/12Community Night Dinner 6:00 pm-7:00 pm, Johnson Room
3/12 Chalice Kids 6:30 pm-9:00 pm, Room 15
3/12 Future Masculine Men’s Group, 7:00pm-9:00 pm, Annex C
3/12 LOVE Class: Kernels of Character (Class Full) 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, Annex G
3/13 Walking Conversation Lovers 7:00 am-8:30 am