ONE SERVICE 10:30am-12:00pm
Service Leader:
Rev. Christine Dance
Ministry does not belong to the Minister alone—it belongs to the entire community. Ours is a shared ministry. What does that mean? Why is it something we want to strive for? Why does it matter? This is a special single 90-minute service from 10:30-12:00. The Committee for Shared Ministry, Small Group Ministry and other groups within the congregation will be involved in fun and interactive ways.
Music: Jazz Combo and Mary Cota, Pianist
New Member Weekend
Come join us this weekend 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. 

Our first class What Moves Us is underway.

Here is what is coming up:

New General Semantics Study/Discussion Group
6 Sessions beginning February 2 nd after 2 nd Service. From 12:45 to 2:00 p.m.

Would you like fewer problems with miscommunications, misunderstandings or hurt feelings?
If so, check out new group: General Semantics
"You too can function better in your life by using general semantics. You can learn how to improve the way you evaluate, so you can make more and full use of your potentialities, learn more easily, cope better with uncertainty and change, achieve more of what you want…”  From Drive Yourself Sane: Using the Uncommon Sense of General Semantics.“ Drs. Susan and Bruce Kodish.

Pete Creelman will lead discussions. A long-time member of the Institute of General Semantics, Pete has recently rejoined UUCP. Cost: $13.00 for book Drive Yourself Sane. Contact Pete at (602) 971-9277 or for more information.  

Kernels of Character
6 Sessions: Each Thursday, February 13- March 19, from 7-9 PM
Registration opens Feb. 3  (Gary is away until then)

What are the characteristics of a “good person” or a “life well lived”? It is not a short list; life has many dimensions, and there are many virtues that are admirable. None of us can embody them all, and different religions, philosophical traditions, and writers emphasize some more than others. In the spirit of living an examined life, in each of these sessions we will look at 3-4 of these virtues, grouped by a common theme: Acceptance (Humility, Non-attachment, Patience); Empathy (Compassion, Charity, Respect, Justice); Integrity (Honesty, Perseverance, Discipline); Joy (Wonder, Attentiveness, Gratitude) and Possibility (Courage, Creativity, Faith).

Led by Gary Ezzell: In each session, we will first share readings, quotes, poems, and songs that illustrate or celebrate the selected qualities. Then we will offer our personal reflections: Why are these important (or not), when have we experienced or needed to draw on them, when are they difficult to live up to, when have we seen them expressed? Finally, we will consider how we might cultivate these qualities in our lives.

Resistance and Transformation:
UU Social Justice History 
6 Sessions: Each Thursday, 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.

Community Night Dinners Are Back!
This Thursday,
January 30th at 6:00 pm

Join us for Hot Dogs and Sides Potluck
Picnic Potluck Bring your favorite picnic sides!
Our Future Masculine Mens group will provide the hotdogs, buns and condiments. Click on the link to sign up
Social Justice Opportunities
Sunday, January 26th at the back of the sanctuary
Civic Engagement
Be sure and come by Civic Engagement's "station" this Sunday and have a bite to eat. In addition, we'll have the following:
  • a last-minute signup for folks who want to learn the AZ Legislature RTS system (after service at 12:30 in the Sanctuary - bring laptop or tablet)
  • a description of what it's like to visit the detention center in Eloy and how to sign up if you would like to join the UUJAZ group that does this once a month
  • a flyer about an event on February 15 from 10am to 3pm at the First UCC Church downtown. Topic: undoing systems of oppression by "Burying White Privilege"
  • a feedback form - let us know what's important to you, and tell us if you'd like to help!
Earth Justice Ministry
Earth Justice Ministry
Earth Justice Ministry   will be providing the Community Dinner on 2/6/20 and afterward, showing the film "Last Call at the Oasis", a full-length film about water. Before the film, Igor Glenn will sing and original song.  Also, Dorie Morales Publisher of Green Living magazine will speak. She is very passionate about an eco-conscious lifestyle and sustainability because she has lost all of her immediate family members to cancer, dementia, and medications going toxic in their bodies. She takes it as a personal mission to teach everyone that there are simple solutions that they can do in their daily life to create change and make an impact.   

Green Tip:   Consider purchasing dairy products in reusable glass jars. Two options are Straus Family Creamery and Danziesen Dairy -- which is local to Phoenix, AZ.  
Blue Tip:  Use good old soap instead of shower gels for washing. It rinses off more easily, using less water.
Diet for a small planet tip:   Eating locally grown foods reduces pollution. Try some Indigenous food, like tepary beans, nopales (prickly pear pads, available with spines removed at Food City), hominy, grits, corn and cornmeal, tamales, etc.
Chalice Keepers
You are warmly invited to the annual reception of the Unitarian Universalist Chalice Keepers Legacy Society.
Come meet members of the UU Foundation Board, meet current Chalice Keepers and learn more about planned giving opportunities to sustain and strengthen UUCP over the long term.
Please let us know if you are coming so we can plan for refreshments. RSVP to Diana by February 19 th at 480-259-5486 or email to . Childcare provided nearby.
Opportunities to Connect and Serve
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: .
Resilient Co-Support Group
The inclusion team at UUCP is starting a group called Resilient UU Co-Support. It's for people , who sometimes have a REALLY hard time getting out of bed and into the shower, have challenges managing their feelings when they get big and scary, or really want to do the thing, but feel overwhelmed by all this life stuff that keeps coming like waves sucking you under, tumbling in chaos, then sunlight and calm just to have another wave hit. People of all ages experience distress in life, families are welcome, UU friends, teenagers, and young people alike. T his first ever meeting is Wednesday, Jan 29th, 7-8pm . T he Resilient UU support group will have its first ( mostly planning/organizing) meeting Jan 29th 7-8pm at UUCP ( exact location TBD). All ages are welcome. There is childcare available during this time if you would prefer. The goal of this meeting is to complete the necessary forms to be an official small group, and solidify a plan for the path forward. 
For details contact Mikall Foerster (he/him) at

Life can be hard sometimes. You are not alone.
Outdoor Group Happenings
On January 25, the Outdoor Group will hike Shaw Butte Trail in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Phil Slater and Dan Hunn will be leading the hike on loop trail 306. It is right in Phoenix, will begin at 9:00, and has some great scenery. It has all the pluses! Make that new year’s resolution of more exercise a reality. Come hike with us!

We are offering something new – a hike on a weekday! On Monday, February 3, Cherie Stafford will be leading a hike at South Mountain. We have had requests for a weekday hike, and Cherie has offered to lead this one. If we get a good turnout, we will think about making this a regular in the hiking schedule. Click on the link below for the details of the hike.. If you would like to carpool from UUCP, please notify Bonnie at 562-889-9404. I will see what we can put together. 

Next Sunday, February 2nd
Justice as a Spiritual Practice
Service Leader:
Janine Gelsinger, Director UUJAZ

As Unitarian Universalists, we see our justice work as living out our values into the world. We covenant that "service is our prayer." What might it look like to create a Spiritual Practice of justice work?
Meet Janine Gelsinger, the new Executive Director of UUJAZ (Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona Network). As she shares about her life and the path that led her to this role, and builds relationships in our congregation, she'll invite us to consider our relationship with social justice activism, as well as spiritual practice, and suggest a way to have the two meet in a daily ritual.
Living Justice Into the World Workshop
Janine Gelsinger, Executive Director, UUJAZ
Sunday February 2nd, after second service in the Sanctuary
Our UU values call us to act in the name of justice. But how do we bring our unique skills, talents, and schedules to justice work? How do we ensure our justice work is accessible, intersectional, centers frontline communities, and lives into the kind of world we are fighting to create? Discover UUJAZ's programs for 2020, that support Immigration + Criminal Justice, LGBTQ+ Justice, Climate Justice, and Political Advocacy, and discern how you can take action. We'll weave together program information, with poetry, stories, movement, prayer to ground and inspire you.
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 .
Be Part of the Team

Would you like to help out with Compass and the weekly Order of Service? We need a few people to rotate the responsibilities of our congregation's news publications. We can train those who have basic computer skills and your participation would be a huge help!

Contact Us

Here are the email addresses to use for the various communication entities of UUCP: - Compass and Order of Service - Events Calendar entries - Web page entries and updates