Let's Human Together
Service Leader: Rev. Christine Dance
As we begin a new year together, let us explore what it means to be human in community. As we lean into our humanity, we will explore how we will delight each other, make mistakes, understand, apologize, come back together again in community, and celebrate.
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.

There is no Inquirers meeting this week.
Please note! This week: Sunday, September 15th
We will begin our schedule of two services
9:30 AM and 11:15 AM
Social Justice Opportunities
Sunday, September 15 at the back of the sanctuary
Civic Engagement

We continue to offer information on how to help the new IRC Welcome Center for immigrants passing through Phoenix. 

Our very small Civic Engagement Team (3 core members + others who help staff the table on Sundays) is continuing to request your input:
1) What issues are most important to you?
2) Which of our advocacy actions over the past few months have been most important to you?
3) Are you interested in becoming more involved with our group?

Please fill out a blue form on Sunday or send responses to Susan at
Earth Justice Ministry/ Green Sanctuary

The Earth Justice Ministry invites you to join us this Sunday, 9/15/19, in the Sanctuary after the second service, at about 12:30 for a Justice Lunch Talk, " Heal Our Planet, Heal Ourselves" by Anne Lackey. All are welcome, and sustainable refreshments will be served. If everyone followed the new “carnivore” diet it would take 5 planets to support the current population! Every bite of meat damages our blood vessels and the planet. The meat industry is a major contributor to greenhouse gases and deforestation. A whole food, plant-based diet is a win/win!

Green Tip: Drive more efficiently (fewer trips, less idling, coast to red lights) and, when needed, replace your old car with an electric or hybrid car. 
Blue Tip: Take shorter (4-5 min.) showers and set your water heater to 120 degrees F. It will reduce energy used but not feel that different.
The staff of UUCP--with the affirmation of the Board of Trustees—is participating in the September 20 th Global Climate Strike. The Unitarian Universalist Association, our Social Justice arm Side With Love and the UU Ministry for Earth are all participating in this action. The strike is to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. There will be a march from Phoenix City Hall to the AZ State Capitol from 2-6pm on the 20th.  Find more information here.

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
Opportunities to Connect and Serve
Community Nights Are Back!
Thursday evening September 19

Tuscan Panzanella Salad (bread and tomato salad)
and Gluten Free Gazpacho

Chalice Kids
Women's Ritual 7:00-8:30p pm, Sanctuary
Future Masculine Men’s Group 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, Annex C

Looking ahead
September 26:  Community Potluck Celebrating Summer’s Harvest. 
Bring anything that makes you think of Summer Harvest!
Fall Hiking Season!
The fall hiking season is about to start up with a terrific season opener. Join the Outdoor Group for a weekend of camping and hiking at Sunset Crater National Monument just outside of Flagstaff. The fun begins on Friday, October 4 and continues into Sunday, October 6. If you enjoy being outdoors, you do not want to miss this! For full details please visit our website .

Contact  with any questions.
Small Group Ministry (SGM) Openings
Our Sunday evening SGM potluck group (held on 2 nd and 4 th Sundays of the month) has openings. Members and Friends are welcome. We share dinner and have guided discussion based on our monthly themes from 5-7pm. About 12 meetings occur Oct.- April, in homes. It’s a great way to meet others and connect on a deeper level. For more info, contact Joan Myer (
Open Drop-in Small Group
This group meets monthly, on the 3rd Thursday, from 7-8:20pm, starting Oct 17, in Annex B. This is an opportunity, to be with others and focus on the congregation’s monthly theme. Members, nonmembers, and friends are welcome to share perspectives, have conversations, or chose to sit and listen. Prior to the monthly meeting, information on the designated theme, will be sent to those participating in the group. Registration is not required to join this open attendance group.

Contact Linda Vance ( with questions.
Ministerial Start-Up Workshop
Sunday, Sept 29th from 11:45-3pm
(After our single service from 10:30-11:30).   
Join us to energize the minister-congregation relationship with our new minister’s Startup Workshop! The main purposes of a ministerial startup workshop are:

  • To help the congregation and new minister become more aware of UUCP’s expectations, habits, and assumptions; 
  • To help the congregation understand more about their new minister: her style of ministry, her professional boundaries, and her openness to feedback;
  • To talk about the ongoing work of healing and trust-building in the ministerial relationship; and
  • To give input into priorities for Christine’s first year of the ministry. 
Our intent is to offer a workshop that respects and honors the traditions of the congregation while also helping to free the congregation to make choices and not simply repeat habits from the past. The workshop will be facilitated by Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh from the Pacific Western Region.

Lunch will be provided. Childcare will be provided. 
Coming Soon To An Inbox Near You:
 Thursday's Compass

Compass will now be delivered to you weekly on Thursday afternoon/evening. Please note the change! If you have an announcement you would like to place in Compass, please email your requests to by Wednesday at noon to appear in the Thursday newsletter. Thank you!
A Few More Ushers Needed
Help support our small, but mighty usher teams! One more person added to most of our teams will help us do an even better job welcoming and supporting our congregants and guests before and during services. Remember, you only serve once a month. We'd love to have you join us!
Please contact Paisley at to help serve our beloved community!
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. 
Anti-Racism As A Spiritual Practice
Service Leader: Rev. Christine Dance
Sometimes our justice work is external, but it is often most powerful when we do the internal work. Join us to explore how anti-racism work can be a powerful internal exercise, even a spiritual exercise.
Inquirers Newcomer Group
Are you new to Unitarian Universalism and wishing to know more about it? Do you want to know more about the UU Congregation of Phoenix? Join us after the service to get to know each other, ask questions and learn (or reinforce) information about us. We will meet from 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm in Annex. B.
Share the Plate Sunday September 22
Booker T. Washington Child Development Center
On Sunday 9/22, we will share our offering with Booker T. Washington Child Development Center. Booker T. Washington Child Development Center was founded in 1967 and UUCP members have been active at BTW since the beginning. The mission of BTW is to nurture young children through quality preschool programs, to inspire children to use creativity and to discover freely the world around them. Community donations are essential to supplement the continued reductions in Federal Head Start funding and maintain the Five Star quality of our programs.
Join Us For The Fall Fundraiser
The fall 2019 fundraiser is a “Celebration of Community and Earth,” a musical concert starring former Christy Minstrel Igor Glenn, plus Alisa Phoenix and Carolyn Allenby along with folk instrumentalists.

This is the major fundraiser for this year. There will not be an auction. Tickets are on a sliding scale from $15.00 - $60.00. $15.00 will get you in the door; however, if you can dig deeper, please know your generosity will be greatly appreciated by all in the UUCP Congregation!
To encourage family participation, 18 and younger are free! Please consider
bringing your friends and relatives!

Wine, beer, soft drinks, and water will be available at modest prices as will desserts to sweeten up the evening.
UUCP Doors open at 6:30 PM. Music from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

To volunteer to assist with the evening’s event or to donate a dessert, please call or text Bonnie
White 562-889-9404 or e-mail
A Message From The Board of Trustees
Your UUCP Board of Trustees has committed to transparency, communication, and stewardship for 2019-2020 and to establish this model for the future. To fulfill that commitment, this message is the first of three annual messages to share the priorities, actions, and positions of the Board. We offer the following updates with humility and in the spirit of transparency. We welcome continued input as to how we can do better.
  • Reverend Dance is our called minister. 
  • The patio, air conditioning, and upper parking lot are completed. 
  • Stewardship is a success. 
  • A financial plan is in place. 
  • Accessible front entrance construction paused for plans and financing. 
  • The Board celebrates the staff, members, and the congregation.        
​Please see the UUCP website for the full message. ​
Gretchen Manker
We are sad to inform you of the death of Gretchen Manker at age 90. Gretchen was a member of UUCP for 56 years. She was the wife of Rev. Dr. Ray Manker, who was the minister here at UUCP for 27 years—from 1963 to his retirement in 1990. Gretchen had a passion for social justice and was a calming and strong presence within the congregation. 
The daughter of Wendell Sylvester Loomis and Lily Brammer, she was born on March 28, 1929, in Houston, Texas, and attended Rice University before marrying Ray in 1949. They had five children and served congregations in Toledo, OH, Wayland, MA, and Riverside, CA, before settling in Phoenix. Gretchen pursued her interest in Anthropology through ASU, receiving her masters and working on a doctorate until Ray retired in 1990. Through the years, Gretchen held true to a passion for travel and women’s rights around the world. Two of her favorite places were close by: a UU camp near Young, AZ; and camping in Rocky Point, MX. She is survived by four of her children: Kathy Manker (Bruce Gardner); Ray Manker (Patti Atchley); Susan Manker (Curtiss Seale); and David Manker (Larry Purifory); four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. One son, Wendell Manker, died in 1974.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:30 on Sunday, September 15 th here at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix. 
Schumann Cello Concerto in Concert
Thurs. Sept. 26, 7:00-7:30pm
UUCP Sanctuary
Schumann Cello Concerto in concert

Please welcome one of the best cellists in Phoenix to our sanctuary! Melita Hunsinger, Prinicipal Cello of the Phoenix Symphony, will be joined by Gail Novak on piano to present a 30-minute program featuring the Schumann Cello Concerto. This masterful concerto is deeply expressive, whimsical and dramatic.

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: .
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.

Do you have your Issues + Action Day tickets yet? Be sure to snag them at the early bird price before October 1st!
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!

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.

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
Upcoming Events
9/12 Safe Congregation Meeting 5:30pm - 7:30pm Annex B
9/12 Future Masculine Men's Group 6:30pm - 8:30pm Annex C
9/13 Walking Conversation Lovers 6:30am - 8:30am
9/14 Advanced Level Meditation• 10:00 AM-12:00PM, Annex B
9/15 Book Group • 11:00 AM-12:15 PM, Annex B
9/16 Open Arts & Crafts Studio • 9:30 AM-Noon, Johnson Room
9/18 Choir Rehearsal • 7:00-9:00 PM, Sanctuary
9/18 Children's Ministry Parent Group • 6:30 PM-8:00 PM, Annex B 
9/19 Community Night Dinner • 6:00PM Johnson Room
9/19 Future Masculine Men's Group • 6:30PM-8:30 PM, Annex C