Service Leader: Rev. Amy Beltaine

 Let us gather to find again the divinity of our miraculous bodies, our beautiful souls. If you have ever thought that your body is too fat or thin, or your hearing aid is a flaw... If you have ever run into an inaccessible doorway or airplane seat or hesitated to admit you take medication... Join us to re-member, to re-divine our sacred selves. Let us stand (or sit, walk or roll) together on the side of love for every-body!

Music: Mary Cota, Katie Quinn

Listen to our Choir Celebrate Our Inclusive Restrooms!
Events Before This Sunday--Don't Miss Out!
Traveling Second Fridays
Sanctuary, 7 pm

January 10
The Camino Frances: Walking Spain's Medieval Pilgrimage – by Jan Kaplan
In 2017, Jan walked the entire Camino Francés, or “French Way”, from the border of France to Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain, stopped for a couple of days, and then decided to keep walking to the ocean…a total of 747 miles. Come learn about this medieval pilgrimage route, and why people from all over the world continue to be drawn to it. You will walk with Jan, join her with friends and in solitude, and understand why she did a second pilgrimage, the Camino Portugués (Portuguese Way) in 2018.
Dethroning the Internal Oppressor
Workshop Saturday, January 11th 9 am-Noon
Join guest Reverend Amy Beltaine in a Workshop exploration of the Inanna Journey to dethrone the internal oppressor. Saturday Jan. 11 from 9 a.m to noon in the Johnson Room. Using meditation, journaling, singing, deep listening, and movement, this workshop will provide you with tools to undo the judge, censor, colonizer, and master and re-emerge with inner creative power.

The class will draw on teachings from Starhawk, Resmaa Menakem, Adrienne Maree Brown, and Joseph Campbell on myth and transformation. Cost is $35 cash or check.
Outdoor Group -Hike in Superstitions
Saturday January 11th
The New Year was celebrated in traditional Outdoor Group style. 36 people showed up for the hike on a picture-perfect morning. No one could have ordered better weather for hiking. Once the exercise was done, it was time to eat! The UUCP potlucks are always, always, always interesting, and this one was no exception! No one went away hungry. At no time did the conversation lag! Thank you one and all for a very fun day. What a great way to start the new year. May 2020 bring each and everyone of you good health and happy hiking!

Our next opportunity for a hike will be January 11 at Massacre Grounds Trail in the Superstitions. The Supers are always a favorite; so you are not going to want to miss this one. Barbara Seltzer will be leading the adventure. The details are all on the flyer, linked below. There is also a map of the Casino Arizona parking lot where we are meeting to carpool. The red arrow will help you see where we are meeting in this very large lot.

Let’s Make UUCP a Safer Congregation!
Becoming a Safer Congregation - Active Shooter Training
We are constantly reminded that the world can be a dangerous and unpredictable place, even in places of worship. The Texas church shooting this past week stirred some of you to ask, “Does UUCP have a plan for this?” The answer is YES, but it involves all of you taking some time to familiarize yourself with our emergency response plans.
The Safe Congregation Team will offer “Active Shooter Training” on  Sunday, January 12, from 12:45-1:45 in Annex B . This will be a tabletop slideshow presentation, with a video and conversation afterward.   (Note: we will not be conducting any surprise, simulated Active Shooter/Lockdown drills at UUCP).  Adults (18 and over, or under 18 if a COA graduate) are encouraged to attend one of these sessions, if you have not previously attended. Childcare will be provided. Contact Jan Kaplan or Vicki Myers if questions.
Learn CPR
Saturday, January 25
9:00am – 12:30pm
UUCP Sanctuary

Didn’t get the holiday gift you wanted? Full of new year’s resolutions to do something GOOD for yourself?
Then sign up TODAY for a CPR/ Basic First Aid Course, to be held Saturday, January 25 – 9:00a – 12:30p in the Sanctuary.
This is the LAST day a Safe Congregation Team representative will be available after each service for check or cash sign-up ($40 per person). You can still register on our online Realm system by credit card for $43 through January 18.

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. 

UUCP is delighted to offer three Faith Development Classes for Winter/Spring 2020. The first class is:
What Moves Us
6 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 16th at 6:00 pm

Join us for a delicious meal of Gambian/Senegal stew with
peanuts, tomatoes, with and without chicken
prepared for you by Cherie Stafford and Linda Vance.

Sign up for upcoming potlucks starting on 1/23 here:
Social Justice Opportunities
Sunday, January 12th at the back of the sanctuary
Civic Engagement
Let Your Voice Be Heard
Bills before the AZ Legislature this year include pro/con increased education funding, retaliation toward Red4Ed movement, mandatory gun licensing, auto voter registration, recreational marijuana, a ban on legislators’ self-dealing (e.g. making millions through charter schools) -- all this and so much more. Don’t just read about these as they come up. Speak out! Come to a short training on the RTS system that allows you to send up or down votes and comments directly to legislators from your home computer in minutes. Sunday, January 26, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Annex B. SIGN UP at back table on Sunday or email [ ] to be added to the list. Numbers limited.

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!

One-time Volunteer Opportunity
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. Sign up at the table so car-pools can be arranged.

Women’s March
The Women’s March in Phoenix is next Sunday, January 19. Pick up a flyer with details at the table Sunday or click here. [ ]
Earth Justice Ministry
Earth Justice Ministry  will hold its regular monthly  meeting Sunday, 1/12/20  in Annex G, at about 12:30.  We will firm up plans for the  2/6/20 Community Night Dinner and Program ,  including an original song by Igor Glenn, a presentation by Dorie Morales, publisher of "Green Living Magazine" and the film, "Last Call at the Oasis" with Erin Brockovich. We'll also plan a field trip to Native Seeds and Mission Garden in Tucson.  Refreshments will be served and visitors are welcome.
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
Open Small Group
The Open Drop-in Small Group Ministry will meet  Thursday, January 16th .  This group meets monthly, on the 3rd Thursday, from 7-8:30 pm, in Annex B. This is an opportunity to be with others in a reflective space to share perspectives, on matters both great and small, including, thoughts on the congregation’s monthly theme. Prior to the monthly meeting, information on the designated theme is sent to those interested in receiving the packet by email. The information is not required reading prior to attending the group. Contact Linda Vance ( ) with questions.
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: .
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 19th
MLK Sunday:
Comfortable Racism
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
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 .
From UUJAZ (Unitarian Universalist Justice Network Arizona)
UU the Vote launch call Sunday, January 12th at 2pm AZ time
Our UU values of interdependence, democracy, and the inherent worth and dignity of all people are direct antidotes to the fear, bigotry, and inequity that define our world. In this political moment, UUs are called to join forces with all people who want to organize our communities and our nation to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate. Let’s UU the Vote in 2020!
UU the Vote campaign will open with an online launch on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 2pm AZ time. At this time you will learn about the organizing plan for UU the Vote across the country, some of the strategies we'll be deploying, examples of on-the-ground work from congregations already engaging, and how we and our congregation can get involved. 

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 .  
Upcoming Events
1/11 • Dethroning the Oppressor Workshop • 9:00 AM-Noon, Johnson Room
1/11 • Advanced Level Meditation • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Annex B
1/12 •Book Group• 11:00 AM-12:15 PM, Annex B
1/12 • Active Shooter Training • 12:30 PM-2:00 PM, Annex B
1/12 • Earth Justice Ministry Meeting• 12:30 PM-1:30 PM, Annex G
1/13 • Open Arts and Crafts • 9:30 AM-12:00 PM, Johnson Room
1/15 • UU Parenting: Middle and High School • 6:30 PM-8:00 PM, Annex B
1/16 • Community Night Dinner• 6:00 PM-7:00 PM, Johnson Room
1/16 •Chalice Kids 6:30 PM-9:00 PM, Room 15
1/16• Open Small Group Meeting • 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, Annex B
1/16• Women's Ritual Group • 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, Sanctuary
1/17• Walking Conversation Lovers• 6:30 PM-8:30 PM, see Jay Alagia