Before This Sunday, Don’t Miss Out:
Outdoor Group Hike - Saturday, February 29th, 8:00 am (rescheduled from 2/22/20)
Join us for a hike in Cave Creek Regional Park on the Go John Trail February 29 in Cave Creek Regional Park. This is a moderate to difficult hike that is through some of the prettiest desert Arizona has to offer. The poppies are already starting to bloom! You may see a few other hardy specimens of our wildflowers beginning to show up as you hike this trail that is known for its showy wildflower season.
https://www.phoenixuu.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Go-John-Trail-February-22-2020.pdf
THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2020
Service Leader: Rev. Christine Dance
Spiritual growth-check! Community-check! Social justice-check! Compassionate support-check! This is the kickoff of our Stewardship campaign (but don't let that scare you off!). We'll be talking about spiritual growth, our ideas about money and have a little fun while we're at it!

Music: UUCP Choir, Mary Cota

March Theme: Wisdom
Smile!
Sunday March 1
The Congregational Photo will be taken at 11am sharp, between services on Sunday March 1. Hope to see everyone there!

Trio del Fuego Concert
On Sunday, March 1 at 2:00pm, our spring stewardship drive will begin with an innovative string trio concert of tangos, classical and world music in our sanctuary! Trio del Fuego is a project of UUCP member and Phoenix Symphony alumnus Glenn Stallcop on bass and piano, together with Kimberly Sullivan on viola and Sarah Walder on cello.

Donations at the door are welcome but not required. $15 is a suggested amount for adults. And admission is free with your completed stewardship form!

Social Justice Opportunities
Sunday, March 1 at the back of the sanctuary
Civic Engagement

  • Last week, many of you signed a letter to Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and/or wrote postcards to councilmembers. We are happy to report that the civilian review board for the Phoenix Police Department was approved in a 5-4 decision last Tuesday. All of the provisions that we advocated for were adopted: independence, transparency, investigative powers and community involvement. Carlos Garcia, Councilmember for District 8, was instrumental in developing this plan, and Mayor Gallego was the deciding vote in approving it. On Sunday, stop by the table to sign a letter to each of these Phoenix leaders thanking them for passing this measure.

  • Order items needed at the Welcome Center for asylum-seekers at http://tiny.cc/WelcomeHelp. Most needed: jackets, underwear and socks for kids, adult size small. Info at the back table.
Earth Justice Ministry
  • Earth Justice Ministry will hold its next regular meeting Sunday, March 8, 2020, at 12:30, in Annex G. We'll discuss a field trip to Tucson (Mission Garden and Native Seeds), the election of SRP Board representatives, and the election of AZ Corporation Commissioners. These two elections are important. Decisions made by ACC and SRP affect you in your homes and lives every day. There are 15 Candidates for the ACC. Some of them support more aggressive standards for Clean Energy. It is important to find out which ones.
  • The SRP election for both the SRP Water Users Association and the Power District will be held on April 7. The deadline to request a ballot (online at https://www.srpnet.com/elections) or on paper (call 602-236-3048) is 3/27/20. If you live where you can irrigate your lot, or if you pay SRP for water or power, you can vote your acreage. When we all vote our 1/4 - 1/2 acres, we have more voting power than larger land owners. Information is available on our table and at info@srpcleanenergy.org.

Green Tip:  Reduce packaging -- shop at thrift stores!
Blue Tip:  If you see a leak, grab a wrench and fix it! You'll save about 140 gallons a week.
Diet for a Small Planet Tip:  Less meat consumption bodes well for the future of global food supplies.
Community Night Dinner
Thursday, March 5, 6:00 pm

Dine with the Choir 6:00-7:00 pm
Come and enjoy culinary creations from the Choir! Then stay for some musical fun in the Sanctuary.

Chalice Kids 6:30 pm-9:00 pm, Room 15
Music Jam 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, Sanctuary
BLUU 7:00 pm-8:00 pm, Room 22
LOVE Class: Kernels of Character 7:pm-8:30 pm, Annex G (Class Full)
POCI Meeting 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, Annex C
BLUU Watch Service Thursday March 5 th
 7:00 pm-8:00 pm, Room 22 (near Minister’s Study)
Are you a Black Unitarian Universalist feeling in need of connection with other Black UU’s?? We invite Black Unitarian Universalists and all Black people to join us for online worship. BLUU worship is built specifically for black UU’s as a Sacred Black Space. This is an opportunity for black UU’s to come worship together with one another. It is a smaller more intimate gathering. Please join us for this special time together as black UU’s fostering community. For more information contact Sydney A. Harrison at sydneyha@usc.edu
Welcome Stephanie -- New Business Administrator!
Welcome to our new Business Administrator, Stephanie Breidel-Vigil (pronounced Bride-DELL VI-gil) . Stephanie started on Wednesday. She has a strong history of administrative roles and office management positions. Most recently, Stephanie worked for a construction company as their Office Manager, in charge of office administration, managing two people, overseeing large budgets, and handling a lot of the office work. She worked as a start-up, developing problem-solving skills she will be using to create systems here at UUCP. Stephanie has a great can-do attitude and a warm and inclusive personality. 

We ask that you be helpful and patient as Stephanie learns all about UUCP and gets up to speed. Stephanie will be posting her office hours on her office door. You can email her at administrator@phoenixuu.org . Thank you in advance for helping her to get off to a strong and friendly start.
Opportunities to Connect and Serve





Resistance and Transformation:
UU Social Justice History 
Six Sessions: Thursdays, March 26 through May 7 (not including April 9th ), from 7-9 pm

Grounded in the belief that even “failures” in our history can be instructive, this program presents the ongoing struggle of our tradition to live up to its ever-evolving ideals of social transformation. Themes include abolition, peace-making, civil rights, free speech, utopianism, counter-culture, the women’s movements of both 19th and 20th centuries, sexuality education, and LGBT equality.

Led by Debbie Westwood: Originally from England where she attended a traditional evangelical church, Debbie has lived in Phoenix for five years and in North American for more than 20 years. She has a passion for learning and adult education, currently with a particular interest in spirituality, social justice and intersectionality.

Spirituality of Aging Small Group
This new small group (or covenant group) has just been formed as forum for discussion about our attitudes toward our aging and is seeking additional participants. We will use the short chapters of the book, The Gift of Years by Joan Chittister as topics for each month's discussion. The group will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (currently thru May) in Annex B from 2:45 to 4:15 PM. If you are interested, please contact John Wilber at jwilber2001@yahoo.com .
Outdoor Group Events

We will be having a spring campout at Lost Dutchman State Park March 27 through 29. The group sites are not available; however, there are individual sites still available. This campground does fill up; so if you are planning on attending you may want to make your reservation sooner rather than later. Ed and I have booked site 107. We will be arriving on Thursday, March 26 and departing on Sunday, March 29. Further information will be forthcoming as the date draws near. In the meantime, if you have any questions please  email the Outdoor Group . See  https://azstateparks.com/lost-dutchman/camping-and-cabins/rv-and-tent-camping

Go to  http://www.phoenixuu.org/outdoor-group  for the latest news on what's happening.
Music Jam!
Thursday March 5, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
After Community Night Dinner, please join Heidi Singer and several of UUCP's music community members for an inclusive music jam. You're welcome to bring your own instruments and song suggestions as we create a sing-along and fun jam for all. (There will be a sign-up sheet and you're encouraged to also bring copies of song/chord charts or other info to help others play along!)
Next Sunday, March 8
A UUCP Perspective on International Women’s Day
Service Leaders: Amy McKlindon and Sam Kirkland

On International Women’s Day, join us to celebrate the social, political, economic, and cultural achievements of women. A panel of our community members will share their reflections as we consider the ways in which we individually and collectively advance gender equality.

Music by the ReSisters with Lynne Haessler

Share The Plate Sunday: Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence

Save The Date
Add to your schedule UUCP’s Installation of Reverend Christine Dance! Save the date for Saturday, March 21st at 2 pm when we celebrate with the Unitarian Universalist denomination the installation of our new minister, Rev. Christine Dance. This is a celebration of music, hope and the future of our congregation and our denomination. You won’t want to miss it.
UUCP All-Families Picnic
Sunday March 31, 2:00 pm at Railroad Park
Now is the time to put the picnic on your calendar-- All families, all ages, all fun ... Just bring a side dish, chips, dip or veggies. Hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and condiments in addition to lemonade and water will be provided. Bring your soda or other beverages if you are not a lemonade fan. Enjoy the jump house and other fun to be had on Sunday March 31, 3:00 pm at Railroad Park.
Save The Date--John Waddell Celebration of Life
The Celebration of Life for John Waddell, longtime UUCP member and sculptor of That Which Might Have Been in our Memorial Garden will be on Saturday, April 18th. The time is still being determined. We will need volunteers to help with the service. If you are interested, please email our Business Administrator, Stephanie Breidel-Vigil at administrator@phoenixuu.org
Seeking UUCP General Assembly Delegates
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through the democratic process.  Rooted, Inspired, & Ready!  is the 2020 theme to be in touch with our theological roots, engaged in transforming our faith, and fired up to take action in the wider world.
This year, GA is June 24-28, 2020 in Providence, RI. As a certified UUA congregation, we have the privilege to send voting delegates. We'd like you to be one of our delegates. Please inquire through board@phoenixuu.org . Early registration closes on March 15 then there will be general registration.
Inclusion Team
The inclusion team is helping plan a service for March 15 that will feature members who live with autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder and other forms of neuro-diversity. We will also be planning one or more panel discussions and a support group. If you or your family members are affected, please join our discussion. For more information, contact Vince at comprofasu@gmail.com .
Announcements for Compass:
Do you have an announcement you would like to place in Compass? Please email all requests to announcements@phoenixuu.org by Thursday at noon to appear in Friday's newsletter. Thank you! 
Contact Us
Here are the email addresses to use for the various communication entities of UUCP:
announcements@phoenixuu.org - Compass and Order of Service
uucpcalendarwiz@gmail.com - Events Calendar entries 
webmaster@phoenixuu.org - Web page entries and updates
Upcoming
2/29 Outdoor Group Hike: Go John Trail  (rescheduled)
3/1 Book Group 11:00 am-12:15 pm, Annex B mrpetersonaz@cox.net
3/2 Open Arts and Crafts Studio 9:30 am-12:00 pm, Johnson Room
3/2 Racial Justice Collaborative 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, Annex B
3/4 Choir Rehearsal 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, Sanctuary
3/4 UU Parenting: Birth to 5th Grade, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm, Annex B
3/5 Community Night Dinner 6:00 pm-7:00 pm, Johnson Room
3/5 Chalice Kids 6:30 pm-9:00 pm, Room 15
3/5 Music Jam 7:00-8:30 pm, Sanctuary
3/5 BLUU 7:00 pm-8:00 pm, Room 22
3/5 LOVE Class: Kernels of Character (Class Full) 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, Annex G
3/5 POCI Meeting 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, Annex C
3/6 Walking Conversation Lovers 7:00 am-8:30 am Contact:  jayalagia@gmail.com