Choosing Our Stories
Service Leader: Susan Goldsmith
Our brains and our worlds are dense with stories. The stories we choose to dwell in and to speak aloud can block changes we might need to make, can help us through steady changes, can lead us to revitalizing transformations. May we choose wisely!
Inquirers Newcomer Group
Sundays, 11:45 am

Inquirers is offered on most Sundays, as a place for newcomers to connect, learn about UUCP how this can be a congregational home for you.

Inquirers is offered on most Sundays, as a place for newcomers to connect, learn about UUCP how this can be a congregational home for you. Bunny Hodas will lead this discussion about Stewardship and its importance to UUCP. Inquirers will be held in Annex G at 11:45.
Minister's Musings
This week, in her Minister’s Musings video, Rev.Dance hopes you will be amused by how she’s keeping track of what she doesn’t know and is still learning about UUCP.
In addition, please note that Mistakes and Miracles will be for sale at UUCP starting NEXT Sunday, September 1!
Cost will be $20 (ordering it online is $22, plus shipping).

New from Skinner House Books, our Unitarian Universalist book publishing arm: Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism . It describes the work of creating and living in multicultural, anti-racist congregations—both the successes and challenges. Five congregations are highlighted in the book and UUCP is one of them. There are 62 pages of history, interviews, actions and reflection about UUCP and our multicultural and anti-racist work. 
Social Justice Opportunities
Sunday, August 25 at the back of the sanctuary
Civic Engagement

Arizona has the 8th highest child food insecurity rate in the country. The US Dept of Agriculture is proposing a change in eligibility rules for food stamps (SNAP). Children will not be the only ones affected if the rule takes effect. Seniors, working families, and people with disabilities would also lose benefits. We will have a postcard at the table Sunday to send in protest of the rule change. If you do not attend service (or you want to comment twice), you can speak out at .

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has opened a new Welcome Center in Phoenix, and you can help them. The link to the Welcome Center wish list is .
Earth Justice Ministry/ Green Sanctuary

Earth Justice Ministry- will have its next meeting at 12 noon in Annex G on the last Sunday of one service, Sept. 8. We'll be planning for the Justice Lunch Talk on Sunday, Sept. 15 about "How to Tweak Your Diet to Eat Less Meat." That will be the first Sunday with two services, so we will meat (ha, ha) in the Johnson Room at 12:30 for Anne Lackey's talk. **We still accept art supplies and recyclables for ARC.

Green Tip -  Avoid aerosol sunscreen -- that stuff is toxic for your lungs!
Blue Tip - Learn how you can collect and use rainwater to irrigate trees, plants, gardens and bushes in your yard
Opportunities to Connect and Serve
Save The Date!
UUCP Homecoming
Sat. Sept. 7, 6:00 pm
A cookout potluck to celebrate in-gathering, the new congregational year, and being an awesome community. Food, music, friends!
Sunday Pot Luck Gathering
Our Sunday evening pot luck dinner group (held on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month) has openings for members who are interested. We share dinner and lively discussion from 5:00 - 7:30 pm. For more information contact Joan Myer ( We expect to start scheduling in October.
Announcements for Compass

Do you have an announcement you would like to place in Compass? Please email all requests to by Thursday at noon to appear in the Friday mailing. Thank you!
Be A Greeter
This is a chance to meet members and visitors in the lobby on Sunday mornings. It only takes 45 minutes before service for you to participate in this important ministry. And it is easy! Just smile, answer questions and you will be trained to handle anything you don’t already know. Two services each Sunday is set to begin September 15 so the need for greeters doubles! Please contact Joan Gale at or 602-796-3511 to volunteer. We are so grateful for all who volunteer. 
Booker T. Washington Child Development Center
Attention Golfers:
We have a great opportunity to further our long history of support for BTW at their First Annual “Par for Preschool” charity Golf Tournament honoring founder, Calvin C. Goode. The tournament is on Saturday, September 14, at the renowned Arizona Grand Golf Course. There will be prizes, raffles and drawings in addition to lunch and a terrific day of golf. The deadline for signup is August 30. Full details can be found on the BTW website at
We Are You Too
Service Leader: Tie Resendiz
The community at UUCP is central to many of our faith paths, and our campus itself is a sacred place to many. For some, it is a place to disconnect from our weekday lives, but for the staff of UUCP, professional lives, personal beliefs, and the spirituality of our community are inextricably tied. Come listen, ask, and share with our UUCP faith professionals. Fill out your bingo card- which staff is a witch? Which is a deist? Who has the 7 principles memorized?
Inquirers Newcomer Group
There will be no Inquirers on Sunday 9/1.
UU Music Ministries Conference 2019
Benjie Messer, UUCP Music Director just got back from the annual conference of the Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries in Denver.

He says, "It was a treat to spend a week with musicians from UU congregations. This was my third year arriving two days early to participate in the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Music Leadership Certification Program, which has given me some close colleagues around the country."

Click here to re ad his article about the experience!
UUCP Pastoral Care
Are you experiencing stress, life transition, or illness? If you could talk with someone who listens, respects you, cares about you, and values what you confide, would it help? Rev. Christine Dance is available for Pastoral Care support: .

Later this year and at the direction of Rev. Dance, Lay Pastoral Care Associates will extend this presence, to provide compassionate and discreet support when needed. 

Unicare continues to provide practical, "doing" help: .
Calling All UUCP Artists
New Opportunities from the Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona Ministry (UUJAZ)
UUJAZ's Issues + Action Day
The Issues + Action Day will combine workshops full of justice partners leading us in actions, incredible food and time for building relationships, inspiring music and speakers, and a surprise evening event! Join us at the UU Church of Surprise Saturday, October 26th.
Sunrise Organizer Training - Sept 14th + 15th 
Global Justice Center
Tucson, AZ
Sunrise Tucson is so excited to officially announce that we're hosting our first ever AZ-wide training. Sunrise for an Arizona Green New Deal!


If you are a young person (age 15-35) and/or a member of a frontline community - one that has been or will be affected most strongly by climate change and environmental injustice, and want to become involved with Sunrise, this training will be perfect for you!

Your training team (including national and local hub leaders!) will be sharing:

  • The Sunrise DNA – what unites each Sunrise hub in a national movement, including our story, strategy, and structure.
  • The Sunrise Arizona vision – how we're going to ramp up our actions to elect true progressive climate reps and enact our vision for a Green New Deal!
  • Organizing skills that will help us all kick ass and attract soooo many young people to our movement in 2019!
  • And much more!

And while we are zoomed in to the details of Sunrise AZ growth and goals at our hub meetings and local events, this chance to understand what role Sunrise AZ plays in the national movement will help you feel inspired and connected to other young people across the country, more empowered to bring others into the movement, and more confident in our strategy (and guiding our strategy!).

Our logistics team will be providing food (heck yeah!) - breakfast, lunch, and dinner for both Saturday and Sunday. Please arrange to arrive by Friday night. We will be accepting donations for the logistical aspects of this event (accommodation, food, transportation) for those who need it on a sliding scale of $0-$45 based on what you can afford. We are also arranging accommodation and possibly carpools for those who are coming from far away! Please direct any questions or concerns to and put "training logistics" in the subject line.

Climate Strike
Join us on September 20th from 2PM-6PM as we rally and march from Phoenix City Hall to the Arizona State Capitol. Our team has been working around the clock over the past few months to advocate for our futures. Stand with us and show our elected officials that we are not alone in this fight.
Fighting climate breakdown is about much more than emissions and scientific metrics – it’s about fighting for a just and sustainable world that works for all of us. If we are going to fight for this, we need everyone.
Let's show our government what people power is capable of.  #ClimateStrike

Climate Change is the biggest problem we as a state, nation and world face today. On September 20th students from across the nation and the world will be striking again to protest inaction on the climate crisis. We will be marching from the Maricopa County Courthouse across from Phoenix City Hall to the State Capitol. It is a 1.3 mile walk. If you don't want to or are unable to march you can meet us at the capitol where we will be holding a rally. You don't have to be a student to come, all are welcome!

Please also sign up on action network so we can get a more accurate number. Thank you!  Click here to join us!
Puente Human Rights Fellowship

Puente Human Right Movement will be hosting a one day fellowship training to educate, empower, and resist in these trying times. We are inviting community leaders who have a passion for justice and energy for change to join our fellowship program. Through this program fellows will be connected with activist in the valley to hone in their skills to find new and creative ways of fighting the system. We will be creating 5 working groups that will be engaged for the next 3 months to develop and co-create the change we wish to see in Arizona.

To become a Puente Fellow please click here.
We will be conducting telephone interviews before you are completely accepted into the program. There is a $100 non-refundable fee to participate in order for us to cover the cost of putting together the program. Fellows will receive Puente Swag, Support from Staff and Coaching in the committee each fellow decides to join. Committee will unapologetically focus on different aspects of ICE, Immigration Detention, and Police Violence. 

Register by September 4th. Child Care will be provided for those who indicate it on the application. We look forward to fighting for freedom by your side!
Construction Update
This week was exciting. The patio is complete and waiting for final inspection. The classroom hallway has a new soffit and paint. 

The Northwest parking lot was paved Wednesday and is currently curing and waiting to be painted. It CANNOT be parked on this Sunday.
The back hallway entrance is closed for construction, so if you park on 40th Place or in the Christ Church back lot, you can get to our main building via the gently sloped desert from the south of our buildings, or walk down 40th Place to Lincoln Drive and then use the sidewalk to get to our main parking lot. While the upper parking lot is CLOSED, the accessible entrance is the ramped south door that you get to via the path on the left (south) side of the building from the main parking lot.
Community Night
UUCP is on our summer schedule!
Community Night Dinner starts September 19!

Thursday evening August 29th
There is no Community Night Dinner
There is no Chalice Kids
Faith Development offers many ways to learn beyond the traditional classroom. Listen to a podcast, read books and articles, watch a Ted Talk, or check out a packet of printed articles from the welcome desk, or come to office 2 and access the curriculum on the computers. Our new curriculum will feature new areas of focus for each of mission pillars:
Radically Inclusive: Neuroinclusion
Justice Centered: Earth Justice
Theologically Diverse: Character,Values and Virtues
New content is coming in September!
Text To Make a Donation or Payment to UUCP
Text the message “UUCP $__” (you must enter a dollar amount in the text) to 73256 to give to UUCP. You will be directed to a link to a secure site where you can enter your credit card or bank account information to make a general donation, pay for an activity, or to make a payment on your pledge for the current year or next year. A dollar amount must be included in your text. 
Standard text message rates do apply.
Camp DeBenneville Pines UU Family and Youth Camps

Spaces are still available for the UU Young Adult Retreat Labor Day weekend, 8/30-9/2

Schedule, details and links for registration are available on their website,