This Sunday, January 20, 2019
Ages of Discord
Service Leader: Benjie Messer and Team
Sunday, January 20, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
The late 1960’s, when Dr. Martin Luther King was at his most influential, was a turbulent, polarized period in the U.S., and the 2020’s are likely to be even more so. In this service, we’ll consider how Dr. King's prophetic words and deeds can continue to guide us.
Share the Plate with The Promise and the Practice
Sunday, January 20, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
Today’s share the Plate is The Promise and Practice of Our Faith, supporting Black Lives UU in the work to dismantle white supremacy and support Black Lives within our Association. We join with the UUA in this time to connect our finances with our theological values as we enter a new chapter within our faith.  There will be three collections over the coming months contributing to this important initiative to nurture a radically inclusive, justice centered, multiracial and multigenerational religious faith! Please make all checks out to UUCP; all donations not clearly marked as pledge payments will be sent to the UUA for The Promise and the Practice.
Donate now at
New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Every Sunday 9:45 AM in Annex B
Inquirers is a series for anyone who would like to meet others and learn more about UUCP. Join other newcomers, members, lay leaders and the membership team for a half hour of building connections and growing relationships. The second half hour explores changing topics each week, that go deeper into an area of ministry within our congregation. Inquirers topics include  Leadership, Children’s Ministry, Unicare, Social Justice, Membership, Congregational Tour and History, Small Group Ministry, Unitarian Universalism 101  and  Inside Worship Services. Coffee and treats provided, no sign-up necessary!
This week's Inquirers will be Leadership  - How does the congregation run behind the scenes? Learn about the role of the Minister, Board of Trustees, staff and lay leaders with Rev. Margret.
Advancing Justice Table
Sunday, January 20, at the back of the Sanctuary
UUJAZ, our state justice organization, sponsors an annual Day at the Legislature on Presidents’ Day, which this year is Monday, February 18. A “captain” is assigned to each legislative district, and this person sets appointments to meet with district’s representatives that day. A few people from UUCP have attended this each year, and we are hoping to bring as many more of you as we can. Numbers speak. More info is available at the back table. Please consider joining us if you have that day off work.
Next Sunday, January 27
General Assembly: Democracy and Community
Service Leader: Rev. Margret A. O’Neall
Sunday, January 27, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
Each year, Unitarian Universalists gather at “GA” to connect, to learn, and to engage in the democratic processes that govern our faith movement. We will hear from those who have attended GA in recent years and learn how everyone can be part of the adventure! Congregational meeting today between services!
Mid-Year Congregational Meeting
Sunday, January 27 at 10:35 AM, between the two services, Sanctuary
The members of the Board of Trustees warmly invite you to a brief meeting to provide updates on campus construction plans, ministerial search progress and the financial health of UUCP. The meeting will be at 10:35 AM sharp, and it will end before the second service starts. All UUCP members and friends are asked to join us. Our shared commitment to democratic governance calls us to join together in discernment. UCCP continues in the midst of major transitions and exciting developments. We have lots of news to share!
New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Sunday, January 27
Next week’s Inquirers topic is Membership - What does it mean to become a member off UUCP? Come find out whether this step is right for you and start on your Pathway to Membership.
Upcoming Events
Flamingo Flocking: A Coming of Age Fundraiser
The Coming of Age Group forecasts the annual arrival of flamingo flocks in our yards after January 20. To find out more and/or to purchase counter-flocking insurance please see their table today, January 20, and Sunday. January 27. 
Unicare Update
Sergio Mosqueda had knee replacement surgery this week. Consider delivering a meal as he recovers, here's the link for more information:
We lift up Rosemary Roenfanz whose 96 y/o father passed away 1/12.
Congratulations to new Grandfather Rene Apack. 
UUCP Drummunity
If you’ve always wanted to make music and connect with others, the UUCP Drummunity is for you! We play drums and create rhythms, but most importantly, we have fun! Currently, the group is learning West African djembe rhythms, but we will expand to include other styles and explore ways to play and perform. Drummunity meets every other Monday in the sanctuary. Please contact Carol at  for more information.
Women's Soup Potluck
Friday, January 25, 12:00 PM at the residence of Laurel Hardin
Women from our congregation are invited to a soup potluck at the home of Laurel Hardin, 847 W. 10th St., Mesa, AZ. Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 23, with what dish you would like to bring (crackers, cheese, beverages, appetizers, dessert) to or 480-491-9320 (voicemail only-no texts). Laurel will provide 3 soups and all dishes, glasses and flatware. Please bring your favorite joke too!
Neighborhood Connections
Neighborhood Groups gather members of UUCP who live in proximity, to make connections and get to know each other. Interested in being the lead Connector for your neighborhood? Look for the map in the Johnson Room and contact Cherie Stafford at . When your neighborhood group starts to gather, you can choose what you'd like to do. It can be anything from a casual get together to share your favorite foods, to a book discussion format, working on the Living Our Vision Everyday curriculum. Get to know your neighbors within this radically inclusive community.
Sanctuary Art
You may have noticed we have new art hanging in the sanctuary. The works are by artists in the Diversified Artist Collective of Arizona (DACAZ). The DACAZ is a group of artists who produce work, either collaboratively or as individuals, for exhibition in gallery shows or public spaces and promote multicultural visual arts/programs to educate the community about diversity. The Sanctuary Art Team hung biographies of each of the artist and some descriptions of the works. We invite to enjoy the art and the bios and descriptions.
Green Sanctuary
The Green Sanctuary Group will continue to collect any recycled items and/or art supplies you find you no longer need and would like to give to the Art Resource Center. They accept all art tools plus fabrics, yarn, egg cartons, cardboard tubes, etc. Please clean out those drawers, closets or shelves and bring us your cast-offs through the end of January.
Calling all Guest at Your Table boxes back to UUCP!!
In November we handed out Guest at Your Table boxes to take home for a donation at each meal, supporting the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s Justice Across Borders, partnering with grassroots allies along the Central American migration trail, including those in Southern Arizona. Now is the time to bring your boxes in to UUCP so we can send the donations to the UUSC. You may leave them in Office 2 or on the Advancing Justice table in the sanctuary or give them to a Children’s Ministry teacher. And thank you!!
Outdoor Group
The Outdoor Group offers exercise combined with a healthy dose of connection to fellow UUer’s who love being outside and having fun. January 12 we will be hiking Meridian Saddle to Pass Mountain Trail Loop in near Apache Junction. Please go to  for full details.
Thursday Community Night
Join us in building a “Spiritual Community for our Time” every Thursday at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room January 17 - April 25, 2019. Each week features the culinary talents of the members of our congregation: two entrees (one vegetarian), as well as sides, salad and bread. A donation of $6 per adult, $3 per child under ten, or $12 per family, covers the cost of the meal (those experiencing financial hardship can receive a payment waiver). In the spirit of Radical Inclusion, there are often vegan and gluten free options, and food served is labeled for the top nine common allergens. If you’d like to join but have additional dietary restrictions or preferences, you are welcome to bring your own meal.
Following the meal, Thursday evenings are an opportunity to deepen our knowledge of what it means to be Theologically Diverse, Radically Inclusive, and Justice Centered. A diverse offering of adult faith development classes, small groups, justice experiences, and guest lectures help us to live into the congregation’s vision. If you have any questions about Community Night or you’d like to contribute as a Sous Chef (sides, salad, or bread), please contact .
This Week:
Menu for January 24: Posole with pork, or vegan red posole with butternut squash, cilantro lime rice, and beans from Chef Justin Gelsinger and Sous Chefs Cyndi Young and Alisa Phillips.
Living Our Vision... Everyday
Faith Development 2019

This year, Faith Development at UUCP is taking a radically inclusive new direction. In acknowledging the busy lives, variable schedules, and diverse learning styles of our congregation, we are offering many ways to learn beyond the traditional classroom. Have 30 minutes on your morning commute? Listen to a podcast! Love to read? Check out the books and articles. In the waiting room before an appointment? Watch a Ted Talk on your phone. Is technology a challenge for you? Check out a packet of printed articles from the welcome desk, or come to office 2 and access the curriculum on the computers.
For Spring 2019, we are focusing our Faith Development resources on three areas, based on our congregational vision and ends. For "Theological Diversity," we will delve into learning about Indigenous Spirituality. In the spirit of "Radical Inclusion," we will study Gender Expansiveness. Racial Justice will be our topic in the area of "Justice Centered." You can choose one focus that interests you, or move through all three, whatever works best in your life.
Reflective Symposiums are where we come together to discuss the topic we've studied. Regardless of whether we read a book, participate in a webinar, or attend an in-person class, we recognize that sharing our learning in community is a valuable experience. We hope you will find a way to attend one or more Reflective Symposiums, offered on a Thursday morning, Thursday evening, or Sunday afternoon, on various weeks. Or if you still cannot make a Symposium, you can meet in Neighborhood groups or on our Facebook page to reflect together.
Ready to sign up? Come get a ribbon for your name tag from the Welcome Desk. Have questions? Visit the Welcome Desk to learn more, pick up a "LOVE" booklet in the lobby, or visit the website, .
Upcoming LOVE Classes and Events
January 21 & 28
Long Strange Trip – A Journey Through UU History
Six Monday evenings, January 14 - February 18, from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Facilitator: Roy Miller
Do you wonder about the origins of Unitarianism and Universalism? How did the two religions evolve into “liberal” faiths with a strong focus on social justice?  What prominent role did women play? What is the only documented UU “miracle”? The six-week course Long Strange Trip traces our history from the beginning of the Christian era to what we know today as Unitarian Universalism. Each class explores the challenges of a time period in our history and the implications for our liberal faith tradition today. Register at
January 24
Spiritual Practices
6:45 PM - 8:30 PM in the Sanctuary
Spiritual practice creates an intentional pause in our lives at regular intervals so that we may better know the contents of our souls. It is a way to meet the self and learn about our deepest longings. It is also a way to draw into closer relationship with that which is larger than us. The objective of these sessions is to help you deepen your spiritual life by engaging in a daily practice, weekly worship, monthly service, yearly retreat and one-time pilgrimage. Attend all sessions or choose the practices that appeal to you.
February 3
“Transforming Hearts” Workshop - 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Head over to for more information.
February 4
Racial Justice Collaborative
2nd Mondays of the month, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM in the Sanctuary
Join Anthony Johnson on Monday evenings for Racial Justice Collaborative, a group exploring the dynamics of racism and race within American culture and how it affects our lives, consciously and unconsciously.
Construction Update
You can get the most up-to-date construction information by calling 602-840-8400 and choosing option 8. Starting January 7 the upper parking lot is closed and the handicapped spots are no longer available up there. The accessible entrance will be the center door that you get to by going down the path on the left side of the building from the main parking lot. You can also still get through the back glass door. You can park along 40th place, and in the closest lot of our neighbor church just on the other side of 40th place. The path is currently available for people to come in from 40th place.
UUCP Inclusion Team
 As UUCP commits to be a radically inclusive, welcoming community, the UUCP Inclusion Team invites you to join a vital and ongoing initiative to increase inclusion for our diversity of gender identity and expression, race, ability, mental health, age, religious background, and all our complex identities.
Zr. Alex Kapitan and Rev. Mykal Slack of the Transforming Hearts Collective will lead us in transformative exploration and healing in coming weeks as we continue to grow into our vision.
Alex and Mykjal are hosting an online gathering of trans and gender expansive community, Monday January 28, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM. You may use the link from your computer, or call (408) 638-0968, meeting ID: 256 567 574. Details about this online gathering are on the UUCP website at
Alex and Mykal are designing an engaging two-part working session for us on Sunday morning, February 3, and all are invited to join us at 9:30 and stay until 12:30 for the entire experience, or just participate in the first or second part if you prefer. 
There will be a gathering for youth in YRUU on Saturday evening February 2 and a potluck lunch for congregational leaders after the service on Sunday February 3.
See for more information. 
You are invited to continue sharing your stories of gender inclusion and exclusion at UUCP through our brief survey. Use the link .
The UUCP Inclusion Team (Amanda Rogers, Anthony Johnson, Ashley Perez, Courtney Flanagan, Jonny Lifshitz, Lynne MacVean, Judy Mitzner, Katie Quinn, Katie Resendiz, Larry Reed, Margret O’Neall, Vince Waldron, Cyndi Young)
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