This Sunday! After Service 11:45 am-3 pm
(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.
Share The Plate September 29
Booker T. Washington
Child Development Center

On Sunday 9/29, we will once again 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.
Minister's Musings
Rev. Christine Dance shares her observations from the Pacific Southwest Districts’ UU Ministers Gathering. There, she met with colleagues and discussed guidelines for how to hold ministers accountable—with each other, with congregants and with staff.
Social Justice Opportunities
Sunday, September 29 at the back of the sanctuary
Civic Engagement

The IRC Welcome Center for migrants passing through has an Amazon wish-list for supplies they need.
NEW THIS WEEK - we will let you know specifically what they are in need of currently. The link to the wish-list is here

If you have not yet filled out a blue Civic Engagement survey, please do. We want to know your thoughts about what we offer, and what concerns you want us to address.
Earth Justice Ministry/ Green Sanctuary

The Earth Justice Ministry invites you to join us Sunday, 10/06/19 at about 12:30 in Annex G for our regular monthly meeting. The date has been moved up so as to prepare for a talk by Carol Manetta on Sunday 10/13/19 about "Greening the Desert", large-scale planning for water generation and conservation in food production. Newcomers are welcome, and refreshments will be provided.

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.
Opportunities to Connect and Serve
Community Nights Are Back!
Thursday evening October 3

Join us in building a “Spiritual Community for our Time” every Thursday at 6:00 pm in the Johnson Room. This year, our Community Dinners will truly be community coming together as we create a potluck meal.
(Once a month, we will still have a meal sponsored by one of our groups so you can still participate in that way!)

You can participate by bringing a dish or taking a setup/cleanup/cashier role (this is your "admission!") If you would rather donate by paid admission, the price is $6 per adult/teen, $3 per child, or $12 per family (or pay what you can!)

To sign up, simply go to this link at where you will find a list of spots to choose from. You can select Help with Set Up, Dessert, Main Dish Meat, Main Dish Vegan, Side Dishes, Salads, Cashier, or Clean Up.

Thursday 10/3 at 6:00 pm
Nacho Night with all the Fixins! 
Parents of children please sign up to bring Nacho Toppings. 
Chips and cheese provided.

Chalice Kids • 6:30-9:00 PM Room 15

Looking ahead

October 10: Breakfast for dinner potluck
Bring your favorite breakfast items to share!
Thursday, October 10 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Crosier Village
717 E Southern Ave, Phoenix, AZ

A storytelling and community engagement event in English & Spanish -- Free and open to the public
This 90-minute program includes a presentation on geospatial mapping of pollution exposure, personal stories from affected communities, and audience participation
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.
Help Us Keep Access to Our Entrance!
We need your help! As part of the Lincoln Drive construction project, the Town of Paradise Valley has drawn some plans for medians that will restrict our access to and from Lincoln Drive. We want to flood the city with emails. You can use the copy below (or write your own) and send it to the mayor at .

Subject: Entrance/Exit to Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix
Dear Paradise Valley Mayor Bien-Willner,
I am writing out of concern for the median plan design for access to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix from Lincoln Drive.
The alternatives that the city has suggested will create major issues for our
congregation. It is critical that we can enter and exit campus from both the westbound and eastbound lanes of Lincoln. We are a large congregation that also houses two schools and our facility is used 7 days a week for more than 14 hours a day. The current design would create severe accessibility and safety issues for us.
We urge you to reconsider and revise the plans. For more information, please refer to the email sent from our Minister, the Reverend Christine Dance. You can contact her or our Administrator Lora Gustafson at 602-840-8400.

Thank you,
[insert your name here]
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.
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 kno w. Two services each Sunday has begun, so the need for greeters doubles!

 Please contact Cherie Stafford, or 480-2002345 to volunteer. We are so grateful for all who volunteer.
Moral Stress, Moral Injury and Religious Resiliency
Service Leader: Rev. Christine Dance
When our religious upbringing or community says one thing and our lived experience or intellect tells us another thing, it can create moral stress—a cognitive dissonance between what we know to be right and what we are told. If that stress is extreme or intense enough (e.g. killing in an unjust war, conversion therapy for LGBTQ people), it can become a long-lasting moral injury. Let’s explore the stresses and injuries that we may have experienced and how we can build resilience to face them.  
Join Us For The Fall Fundraiser
The fall 2019 fundraiser on Saturday, October 19th 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

Tickets are on sale now and will be available at the back of the sanctuary this Sunday!

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: .
Trust and Estate Planning Workshop
We can agree that adulting is not all fun and games. We can also agree that it is never too soon to plan for your family's future. With that in mind, the UU Foundation Board invites you one of two sessions of a Trust and Estate Planning Workshop on either the evening of Thursday, October 24th in Annex B following the Community Night dinner or the morning of Saturday, October 26th at 9 am in the Johnson Room. Each session will run about an hour and a half. Refreshments and childcare will be provided. 

Please sign up on the clipboards on the counter in Office 2, or by emailing the Foundation Board at . If you have any questions you want to submit in advance to make sure they are answered as part of the workshop, please email those to the Foundation Board as well.
Racial Justice Collaborative
You are invited to join UUCP’s Racial Justice Collaborative. The next meeting will be Monday, October 14 at 6:30pm -8:30pm in Annex B. We focus upon sharing our experiences with racial oppression and with anti-racism efforts. We reflect on events of the day and are informed by the book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo and other sources. Questions? Contact Sandy Weir, .
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!
Have you noticed that some members have blue, yellow, or purple ribbons attached to their name tags?  These ribbons, which may say Theological Diversity, Radical Inclusion, or Justice Centered, are areas of personal study available to us in the form of on-demand classes, books, articles, videos, podcasts, social media, and other ways to reflect and discuss each topic. UUCP is in the process of organizing this program for fall 2019. Sign up to get a ribbon and be contacted about classes at a table in the back of the Sanctuary before and after each Sunday Service beginning on October 6.

Upcoming Events
9/27 Walking Conversation Lovers 6:30am - 8:30am
9/28 Advanced Level Meditation• 10:00 AM-12:00PM, Annex B
9/29 Book Group • 11:00 AM-12:15 PM, Annex B
9/30 Open Arts & Crafts Studio • 9:30 AM-Noon, Johnson Room
10/2 Choir Rehearsal • 7:00-9:00 PM, Sanctuary
10/3 Children's Ministry Parent Group • 6:30 PM-8:00 PM, Annex B 
10/3 Community Night Dinner • 6:00PM Johnson Room
10/3 Chalice Kids • 6:30-9:00 PM Room 15