To help you plan, we wanted to pass along some general information about Sunday services. Our typical service lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes, so the 9:30 service will end at approximately 10:45, and the 11:15 service will end at 12:30.
There are refreshments in the Johnson Room after each service. Also, several meetings and activities are scheduled after the early service, so be sure to check the UUCP online calendar !
Social Justice Opportunities
Sunday, October 6 at the back of the sanctuary
Civic Engagement

Your Civic Engagement table is offering information about UU Justice AZ’s Issues and Actions Day, coming up on Saturday, October 26. Register by Oct. 8 at .

We also have details and a timeline for the LGBTQ “Desperado” Film Festival, October 11-13 at Paradise Valley Community College. The films’ topics include many that speak of urgent LGBTQ issues. More info at .
Earth Justice Ministry
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 to prepare for the following talk by Carol Manetta on Sunday, October 13.

Solutions NOW! Greening Planet Earth,
Abundant Food, Clean Waters

"Greening the Desert", large-scale planning for water generation and conservation in food production. Newcomers are welcome, and refreshments will be provided.

UUCP member and worker cooperatives author Carol Manetta will explain and show videos about quickly greening wastelands of Earth.

The solutions include growing ongoing organic food for people and wildlife and cleaning ponds, streams and rivers. All this will be done by coordinated trios of worker-owned cooperatives. Exciting!

Access through the Reap Goodness website, books on these topics: Worker Cooperative People Skills, and Worker Cooperative Technical Skills.

More info at:
Cooperatives for a Better World,

U.S Federation of Worker Cooperatives, , the motherlode of information on how to get started and get help forming and running a worker-owned cooperative.

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!

UUJAZ's Issues + Action Day
Do you have your Issues + Action Day tickets yet?

Tuesday October 8th is your LAST chance to register for Issues + Action Day. On October 26th, at the UU Church of Surprise, join UUJAZ, Unitarian Universalists, and friends from across Arizona to build relationships, community power, and purpose, together.
Our line-up includes:

  • A powerful justice worship service from Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, former Senior Strategist for Side With Love, with inspiring music from Phoenix Women's Chorus. 

  • A keynote workshop from the UU College of Social Justice: "Saying Yes, Saying No" inviting us into discernment. What is our call towards justice? What talents, skills, and knowledge do we bring to the movement, and where should we "plug-in"? After saying "yes!" to where we are called, can we say "no" to all the other ways to help?

  • Engaging workshops from grassroots justice partners, experts in issues from a broad range of topics, from throughout the state. 

  • A celebration of the justice work in Arizona over the past year, and a peek at the work ahead.
Coffee and breakfast pastries from The Coronado, and a delicious vegan lunch from The Rez: An Urban Eatery.

  • A chance to browse the UU Book Fair.  

  • For folks who are local, or staying overnight, you are invited to join UU Church of Surprise Sunday for service, followed by coffee and a closing circle.
Non-profits like ours often have a big, once a year fundraiser, and this is your chance to support UUJAZ! Thank you for your donation to continuing justice work all year. Your $50 ticket price covers your meals, and partial cost of holding the event.

We are committed to making Issue + Action Day inclusive to all. If you are a UU in Arizona, and need a financial scholarship to attend, please use the code IAMLOVED and feel welcomed as our guest.

Register Here by October 8th.
Any questions, please contact Janine at .
Opportunities to Connect and Serve
Community Nights Are Back!
Thursday evening October 10

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 10/10 at 6:00 pm
Breakfast for dinner potluck
Bring your favorite breakfast items to share!

Chalice Kids • 6:30-9:00 PM Room 15
Future Masculine Men's Group 6:30-8:30 PM Annex C

Looking ahead
October 17: Pasta Bar and Salad Potluck.
Bring your favorite sauce or salad to share. Pasta provided.

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
Desperado LGBTQ Film Festival
Phoenix is hosting the 11 th Annual Film Festival at the Center for the Performing Arts at Paradise Valley Community College. On Friday night, October 11 th , the festival opens with a special film about LGBTQ issues and religion: For They Know Not What They Do, a film that explores the intersection between religion and family ties of all kinds. A reception starts at 6pm, the movie is at 7pm and a special Q&A with Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Church is at 9pm. Join Rev. Christine in supporting LGBTQ-supportive religion for this special movie. For more information, visit
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, .
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.
Longing For Belonging
Service Leader: Rev. Christine Dance
Brené Brown says that our desire for connection and love runs deep but that “when we ‘fit in’ instead of actually ‘belong,’ we mold ourselves to the situation instead of standing for our authentic self.” We will explore this month’s theme of Belonging and exploring how we both belong AND be authentic.
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 New 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!

Membership Weekend—November 1 and 2
Are you interested in becoming a Member at UUCP? Are you returning after an absence and interested in re-joining? Or just interested in learning more about our congregation? 
We will have a concentrated New Member Weekend for anyone interested. It will be on Friday, November 1 st from 6pm-9pm and on Saturday, Nov 2 nd from 9am-12pm. Ideally, participants will be there for both sessions. It will be an excellent opportunity to meet others who are new or re-joining UUCP as well as learning more about Unitarian Universalism, UUCP, our organization and structure. At the end of the weekend, you will have the opportunity to decide if you are interested in joining UUCP. New Member Sunday will be Sunday, November 10 th . To sign up for the weekend, please register here:
Upcoming: Share The Plate
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Urban Farm Program

The Urban Farm Program consists of 3 farms within the Metro Phoenix and surrounding areas that provide 3 acres of organic fresh fruits and vegetables (and sometimes fish!) to serve in five dining rooms around the Valley. In our farms, we not only provide a space for community members to give back, but also a space to learn about growing their own food in a sustainable way.

With your Share the Plate funds, our Urban Farms will be able to obtain additional and higher quality tools; we do not have enough for all the youth who may be with us at one time. We can also obtain seeds for our fall planting as well as gloves and masks.

To volunteer, contact Samantha Ansell by email: or Phone: 602-850-6734.

For more information, see
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.
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.

Upcoming Events
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
10/5 Walking Conversation Lovers 6:30am - 8:30am
10/7 Advanced Level Meditation• 10:00 AM-12:00PM, Annex B
10/7 Drumming Group • 7:00 PM, Sanctuary
10/7 Book Group • 11:00 AM-12:15 PM, Annex B
10/8 Open Arts & Crafts Studio • 9:30 AM-Noon, Johnson Room
10/9 Choir Rehearsal • 7:00-9:00 PM, Sanctuary