Service Leader:
Rev. Christine Dance

When we think of Martin Luther King, Jr. and racism, we often think of the Civil Rights era. But racism is alive and well in so many corners of our culture. We will celebrate Dr. King and his legacy and the work that still needs to be done today.

Music: UUCP Choir, Drummunity, Dave Bellama, Mary Cota
MLK March and Festival
To remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week, join us for the MLK march and festival. Join Rev. Dance in marching with the Arizona Faith Network in the parade on Monday, January 20th. We will meet at 8:30 at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church on 15th Street /Jefferson Street. The parade starts at 9:00am and ends at the east end of Margaret T. Hance Park (116 E. Moreland St). The event will conclude with the MLK Festival. Both are free of charge.
New Member Weekend
Come join us the weekend of January 24 th (6-9pm) and January 25 th (9am-1pm) to learn more about UUCP and consider joining as a member. We will learn about the congregation, Unitarian Universalism, and get to know each other. Reach out to Rev. Dance ( if you are interested. 
Board Chat
There will be a Board Chat this Sunday, January 19 th between services (around 10:45-11:15). Come join members of the board at the table by the library in the back of the Sanctuary to talk with board members to get updates, ask questions and share ideas about the congregation. 
Share The Plate with Abolish Private Prisons
Sunday, January 19
9:30 AM & 11:15 AM

Abolish Private Prisons (“APP”) is dedicated to criminal justice reform, particularly the abolition of incarceration-for-profit. We must eliminate the profit incentive to lock people up. APP will challenge the constitutionality of prison privatization in federal court. APP will use donations from UUCP to educate the public about: Government’s abdication of its essential role in criminal justice; what segments of the public are impacted most by mass incarceration, and how profiteering drives mass incarceration and violates human dignity. UUCP’s donations will support our outreach, community awareness campaign, and preparation of litigation for the constitutional challenge. For more information, see .
Free Concert with Four Seasons String Quartet

Four Seasons Strings Quartet plays Music of the Movies
Sunday January 19
Doors open at 3:00pm, Concert from 4:00-5:00pm
Free of charge

The Four Seasons String Quartet plays music by film composers John Williams, Danny Elfman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alan Menken, and more. This concert is sponsored by Walmart's Northsight store in Scottsdale.
Be Part of the Team

Would you like to help out with Compass and the weekly Order of Service? We need a few people to rotate the responsibilities of our congregation's news publications. We can train those who have basic computer skills and your participation would be a huge help!

Contact Us

Here are the email addresses to use for the various communication entities of UUCP: - Compass and Order of Service - Events Calendar entries - Web page entries and updates

UUCP is delighted to offer three Faith Development Classes for Winter/Spring 2020. 
The first class is:
What Moves Us
Six Sessions: Each Thursday, Jan 23-Feb 27, from 7-9 PM
This program peels back the doctrine-rich theological language that can prevents us from affirming our faith experiences with one another and in the wider world. Through shared direct experiences and reflection exercises, readings and lessons, and ethical deliberations, What Moves Us creates an adult faith journey for Unitarian Universalists who want to preach and teach what they already experience but have not been able to articulate: the spiritual power of our faith.
Led by Bonné deBlas: Always fascinated more by the questions than the answers, Bonné de Blas is a poet and visual artist (and recovering attorney,) who teaches high school English Language and Composition after having taught at the college level for several years. Stories—both personal and mythological—captivate her as in them are the essence of the universe. She appreciates the silences, too, where the dark protects what is not yet ready to be made manifest and shared.
The Class is held on Thursday Night/Community night so that folks can enjoy dinner from 6-7 before class if they wish. Childcare will also be provided. Minimum registration for each class is 6 people and maximum is 12 people. 

Community Night Dinners Are Back!
This Thursday,
January 23rd at 6:00 pm

Join us for Soup and Salad Potluck
Bring a pot of your favorite Soup to share or sign up to bring salad and bread.

Click on the link to sign up
Social Justice Opportunities
Sunday, January 19th at the back of the sanctuary
Civic Engagement

Due to popular demand, next week's training for RTS, a system that lets you voice your opinions on legislative bills from home, has been moved to the Sanctuary. SO many consequential decisions will be made this year: gun licensing , pro/con education funding , school voucher expansion . a ban on legislators' self-dealing , sex ed in schools that excludes LGBTQ information, yet more tax cuts for businesses to reduce services  ... the list goes on. Sign up at the back table this Sunday, the 19th, or email Susan Morris at to get on the list. Bring your laptop or tablet with you! Sunday, January 26, 12:30-1:30 in the Sanctuary.
UUCP is sending a group of one-time volunteers to the Welcome Center on Saturday, January 25 from 9:00-12:00. The Welcome Center is in south Phoenix and houses asylum-seekers passing through Phoenix. We still have room for a few more to join this group. This is your last chance to sign up! Car-pooling will be arranged.
A town hall on Money in Politics (with Terry Goddard and others) will be held Sunday, January 26 from 2-4 p.m. at the Madison Center for the Arts, 5601 N. 16 th St., Phoenix. Free. Register: .
  • Help Asylum Seekers Stranded in Mexico - The President’s “Stay in Mexico” policy has stranded tens of thousands of asylum seekers in Mexico where they are at risk for abuse. Many are seeking out the smaller border crossings thinking they are safer. One such border crossing is at Palomas, Mexico across from Columbus, New Mexico, USA. Colores United, a US charity, has teamed up with the Palomas folks who have just opened up a new shelter for asylum seekers. They need your help. Please send your kind donations to: Hit the donate button, enter your contribution, hit next and where it says “Notes” please enter “For the Palomas Project” and follow the instructions. Gracias!

Earth Justice Ministry
Earth Justice Ministry will be providing the Community Dinner on Feb. 6th and afterward, showing the film "Last Call at the Oasis," a full-length film about water. Before the film, Igor Glenn will sing an original song.  
Also,  Dorie Morales, Publisher of Green Living magazine, will speak. She is very passionate about an eco-conscious lifestyle and sustainability because she has lost all of her immediate family members to cancer, dementia, and medications going toxic in their bodies. She takes it as a personal mission to teach everyone that there are simple solutions that they can enact in their daily lives to create change and make an impact. 
Green Tip:   Replace your thermostat with a "smart" thermostat -- you may also be eligible for a bill credit or rebate on your electrical bill.
Blue Tip:  Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost instead and save gallons of water every time.

Diet for a small planet tip:  #4 method to reduce carbon pollution in Paul Hawken's book "Drawdown" is to eat a plant-rich diet.
Opportunities to Connect and Serve

Call for Participants: Panel Discussions Coming in Spring 2020
The UUCP Inclusion Team is planning Thursday night panel discussions featuring members who have personally experienced neuro-diversity (including autism) or mental health conditions, such as bipolar disorder. Please consider sharing your story using a medium that feels right for you, including speaking, writing, or through a spokesperson. Want to participate or just learn more? Please contact Vince at or Amanda at
Opportunity for Enthusiastic, Dedicated Individuals!

The UUCP Nominating Committee is planning and preparing for the upcoming elections in the spring of 2020 for openings on the following leadership teams:
1.     UUCP Board of Trustees (2 year term)
2.     UU Foundation (3 year term)
3.     Nominating Committee (2 year term)
Being involved in one of UUCP’s leadership teams can be a rewarding experience and provide you with a meaningful way to contribute to UUCP’s success. This could be an opportunity for you or someone you know to get more involved!  As member of one of these teams you can participate in ways that energize you, enable you to use your talents and skills, and help you and our community grow. It is also very important to UUCP that we have diversity in our leadership groups, so we strongly encourage all members who have time to contribute to put their name forward to be nominated for a leadership team position.
These three committees support UUCP’s mission of:
·       Building community
·       Growing in spirit
·       Sharing journeys
·       Advancing justice
You may contact any member of the Nominating Committee to discuss your interest or to suggest another member that you would like to nominate for a position. All nominees must be current members of UUCP.
Please speak with or contact any Nominating Committee member for more information: Caroli Peterson, Betsy Bradley, Walt Doherty, Karen Kurtz, Kat Dickson (Chair), Val Wylie.
Nominating Committee email: .
Outdoor Group Happenings
On January 25, the Outdoor Group will hike Shaw Butte Trail in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Phil Slater and Dan Hunn will be leading the hike on loop trail 306. It is right in Phoenix, will begin at 9:00, and has some great scenery. It has all the pluses! Make that new year’s resolution of more exercise a reality. Come hike with us!

Link to flyer for the hike
Link to map

We are offering something new – a hike on a weekday! On Monday, February 3, Cherie Stafford will be leading a hike at South Mountain. We have had requests for a weekday hike, and Cherie has offered to lead this one. If we get a good turnout, we will think about making this a regular in the hiking schedule. Click on the link below for the details of the hike.. If you would like to carpool from UUCP, please notify Bonnie at 562-889-9404. I will see what we can put together. 

Link to flyer for the hike
Ushers DESPERATELY Needed!

Please consider this (only) once-a-month way to serve our beloved UUCP community. One or two ushers are needed for 4th Sundays of each month--2nd Service, as one of the team members has moved. Please contact Paisley at

Next Sunday, January 26th
ONE SERVICE 10:30am-12:00pm
This Ministry Is Not My Own
Service Leader:
Rev. Christine Dance
Ministry does not belong to the Minister alone--it belongs to the entire community. Ours is a shared ministry. What does that mean? Why is it something we want to strive for? Why does it matter?
This is a special single 90-minute service from 10:30-12:00. The Committee for Shared Ministry, Small Group Ministry and other groups within the congregation will be involved in fun and interactive ways.

Music: Mary Cota, traditional jazz combo
About Next Week’s Service
Sunday, January 26 th
Shared Ministry Service 10:30am-12:00pm
January 26 will be a very special service that provides an opportunity for renewed focus. Rev. Christine will be explaining what “shared ministry” looks like and what it means to UUCP. During the service, the break will include an opportunity to meet and experience the magic of our shared ministry.
You will find information, meet the organizers, share something to eat and have a chance to sign up or get more information on all of the wonderful small groups and activities at UUCP. Thanks to all of the organizers who are bringing their gifts to share during this time.
This is an opportunity for people to see how much is really going on in the community and how they may find just the right fit for how they might like to participate more fully in our beloved community.
Living Justice Into the World" Workshop
Facilitator: Janine Gelsinger, Executive Director, UUJAZ
Sunday February 2nd, after second service in the Sanctuary
Our UU values call us to act in the name of justice. But how do we bring our unique skills, talents, and schedules to justice work? How do we ensure our justice work is accessible, intersectional, centers frontline communities, and lives into the kind of world we are fighting to create? Discover UUJAZ's programs for 2020, that support Immigration + Criminal Justice, LGBTQ+ Justice, Climate Justice, and Political Advocacy, and discern how you can take action. We'll weave together program information, with poetry, stories, movement, prayer to ground and inspire you.
UU Day at the Legislature
Our annual UU Day at the Legislature is coming up, as always, on Monday, February 17th at the state capitol in Phoenix. If you've been a part of organizing DATL in the past, could you please contact us at and let us know your past role and how you'd like to help, or if we need to find someone else? The time is also ripe for ideas, suggestions, and comments about DATL to come our way… please email us this week if you have thoughts to share!  
Janine Gelsinger can be reached by responding to this email, or at .