Two Service Schedule Starts on Sunday!
Starting on Sunday, September 16, we will move to our two service schedule. We will have a service at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM. Children’s Ministries will have programming during both services, and high school will meet at 10:30 AM.
This Sunday, September 16
The Beauty of Community
Service Leader: Anthony P. Johnson
Sunday, September 16, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
Asking for what you need is the beauty of community. Needing one another is the beauty of community. Bringing your gifts is the beauty of community. Sharing your weaknesses is the beauty of community. Anthony shares his spiritual journey and addresses the question, who is that new dude in the pulpit?
Board Chat on Social Justice
Sunday, September 16, Between services, in the Sanctuary
UUCP aspires to be a congregation Centered in Justice, This June, three Actions of Immediate Witness were approved by delegates at GA: " End Family Separation and Detention of Asylum Seekers and abolish ICE "; " Dismantle Predatory Medical Care Practices in Prisons and End Prisons for Profit "; and " We are all Related: Solidarity NOW with Indigenous Water Protectors ."  Background on these issues is available at the Social Justice table in the sanctuary. The Board of Trustees invites you to explore: the commitments made to those three important justice initiatives at General Assembly, how they intersect with social justice initiatives at UUCP, and what actions the congregation should support going forward.
New Children's Programming Year!
Got kids? Please take a moment to register your family with children's ministry. It takes just about 5 minutes and can be done completely online.   https://www.phoenixuu.org/ministries/
If you are attending Sunday services, but have not had a chance to register, please arrive 10 minutes early so that we can be sure you are checked in and we have all of your emergency contact information. See Katie or Rose at the RE sign-in table with any questions.
New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Every Sunday 11:45 AM in Annex B or Sanctuary
Inquirers is a series for anyone who would like to meet others and learn more about UUCP. Each week after service 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:   Unicare
It's Here--the Ministerial Search Survey!
On September 9th, we went "live" with our Ministerial Search Survey. The survey will provide insight into who we are as a congregation, with questions about you, your views on various topics and the qualities you see in a successful minister for UUCP. Prospective ministers look at our survey results and also how many of us participated. We want to see 100%! The survey will run from September 9-30. Look in your inbox for an email from UUCP with the survey link. The survey is anonymous; we neither ask your name, nor can we track your response. If you want help taking the survey online, we can arrange for you to receive assistance or access to a computers at UUCP. Ministerial Search Committee members will be available at a table in Johnson Room between services throughout the survey period.  Paper copies of survey will also be available upon request.  Your voice is important--be heard!
Advancing Justice
This week, the Advancing Justice action is a letter to the City Council to protest the purchase of a "sound cannon" for the Phoenix Police. Read more about this and sign the letter at the back table this Sunday!
Next Sunday, September 23
How to Empower Your Mind
Service Leader:  Bhante Sujatha
Sunday, September 23, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
The ancient texts of the Buddha tell us that no external condition can be the cause of our happiness; only the mind has that ability. When people understand the root causes of struggle and what we can do with our minds to make things better, sustainable happiness and radiant joy are the result.  
New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Sunday, September 23, 11:45 AM after service in Annex B
Next week's topic : Leadership
Upcoming Events
Course for Caregivers of Someone with Dementia
Sundays, September 16 - November 18 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM in Annex B
This discussion series offers real promise to reduce stress and build resilience. It’s for you if you’re caring for a loved one...whether across the living room or across the country. Based on the groundbreaking book Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief by Pauline Boss, Ph.D., this workshop is for any caregiver who struggles with the complex grief and stress of care giving.  There is no cost to participate, but registration is required so that we can plan. To register please visit  phoenixuu.org/duet  or email  duet@phoenixuu.org. There is room left so sign up today!!
Poetry Writer’s Workshop
First and Third Mondays 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM in Annex B
Starting Monday, September 17 at 1:00 PM

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.  -  Robert Frost
Poetry is an echo asking a shadow dancer to be a partner  -  Carl Sandburg
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary . -  Kahlil Gibran
Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life . -  William Hazlitt

The Poetry Writer’s Workshop is a space to read your poems, short stories, to give and receive feedback on one another’s work. If you ever wonder how a sonnet, a sestina or any other form can be used to tell your story, this is the place and opportunity to let your creativity flow. This forum is for all those writers who have been looking for a place to interact with like spirits and creators.
Email poetry@phoenixuu.org or more information
Membership at UUCP
Have you been considering membership here at UUCP? Do you feel ready to make a commitment, to move from an observer of the congregation, to part of its fabric? Do you want to have a voice and a vote when we choose to call our new Minister in the spring?
 
If you'd like to learn more, come to the Inquirers "Membership" topic on September 30, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM. Pick up a Pathway to Membership map from Janine Gelsinger, Director of Membership and Welcoming Ministries at the welcome desk, before or after any Inquirers group, or by sending an email to JanineGelsinger@PhoenixUU.org .
In order to become a member you must turn your completed map in to Janine by November 30, 2018. The new member joining ceremony will be at both services on December 9, 2018. This will be the last chance to join the congregation before our ministerial search committee calls the minister... be a part of this step in the future of our community!
Dozens of migrants continue to be dropped off by ICE at the Phoenix bus station with no food or supplies. See the list of needed items at the justice table in the back, to bring in or order through Amazon at phoenixuu.org/prp
Find your connection in reflection and discussion with a small group -- see the options and sign up after service at the back table, or on line at phoenixuu.org/smallgroups
Thursday Community Night & Faith Development

Join us in building a “Spiritual Community for our Time” every Thursday at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room through November 15, 2018. Each week features the culinary talents of the members of our congregation. 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, food is labeled for allergens. If you’d like to join but have additional dietary restrictions or preferences, you are welcome to bring your own meal.
 
Menu for September 20 - Potato onion Indian curry or yellow Thai curry with or without chicken. Chef Robin will be cooking this 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. Children build community too, in Chalice Kids, free childcare between 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. If you have any questions about Community Night or you’d like to contribute as a Sous Chef (sides, salad, or bread), please contact communitynight@phoenixuu.org .
 
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Implicit and Explicit Bias: Self-reflection and why our Biases Matter
Dr. Stuart Rhoden, Annex F
This Workshop will discuss implicit and explicit bias and how it influences ourselves, society, public education, and beyond. It is suggested that participants take one or more of the Implicit Association Test (IAT) on the following website https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/ before attending to provide a uniform context for each participant.

Open Drop-in Group
Joan O’Connor, Annex B at 6:45 PM
A Small Group Ministry is a gathering of 6-15 people who make the commitment to meet regularly (once or twice monthly for 6-9 months) in order to get to know people and themselves more deeply, to share experiences and engage in respectful conversations about a wide variety of topics related to monthly worship themes and UU values. Groups are led by trained facilitators. This group is drop-in, no sign up required.
 
Women’s Ritual - Drop-In Friendly
In the Sanctuary at 7:00 PM
Join a group of women for earth-centered rituals that honor the season, the phases of the moon and personal spirituality. Each month, a different participant will plan a ritual for everyone to engage. Brianna will lead September's ritual based on her Hindu meditation. For more information, contact Pat Reed at  lbrpat@yahoo.com
 
Thursday, September 27, 2018

BLUUbox
Janine Gelsinger, Annex F at 6:45 PM
The Black Lives of UU (BLUU) Spiritual Subscription Box, and the corresponding group at UUCP, is a one-of-a kind, innovative way for individuals and congregations to inform, grow and deepen their faith. With content grounded in the lived experiences and diverse perspectives of Black Unitarian Universalists, this subscription box is a wholly unique opportunity to connect one’s beliefs to faith-led action while building community with others who are dedicated to justice-making and liberation through our shared faith. The September group is free and open for all to try. For the ongoing monthly groups, please subscribe at http://www.blacklivesuu.com/bluubox
 
Men’s Group
Anthony P. Johnson, Annex B at 6:45 PM
The primary goal of this men’s ministry is to assist men in our quest to discover who we are as men, as sons, fathers, grandfathers, husbands, partners, friends and brothers. We support and engender a masculinity that is male-positive, pro-feminist/womanist, gay-affirming, culturally and racially inclusive and diverse. A masculinity dedicated to spiritual and personal growth and one that challenges men to confront gender injustice, homophobia, racism, loneliness and the distrust between men and women, children, other men, ourselves, and the earth. We will meet in circles created as sacred spaces by men. Through listening to men’s stories, exercise, process and ritual, men will engage and explore the masculine and feminine energies resident in every man.
We must challenge and support men to “become hunters of a more invisible game.” This group is open to drop-ins.
 
Jagged Rocks
Mikall Foerster, In the Santuary at 6:45 PM
Jagged rocks give us confidence to face the emotional spiritual and soul prodding challenges/struggles we face. These jagged rocks are saving tools, messages & values that are contextual and particular because our faith is not always smooth going. The rocks give us the assurance we can lean into when facing the challenges that threaten abundance in our lives, and threaten our ability to be present and joyful---our ability to show up for life. Bring the goliaths of your life community/family to the 5 jagged rocks workshop. With a HOW (honest, open-minded, willing) spirit, you may discover answers that were already inside of you.
Radically Inclusive Yoga Movement Class - new time and day!
Tuesdays 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Join long-time yoga instructor Lora Gustafson for an all-ages, all-abilities yoga session. Sessions will cater to who shows up. Goals include building a greater mind/body connection through breathing, increased circulation, stimulation of the nervous system, greater range of motion and sense of peace. Extra mats available. 
Kidult Kamp
September 29, 10 AM - 2:30 PM

Get ready for some fun! Help make Kids Kamp 2019 the best ever! Our Kids Kamp counselors will lead a day of games, craft, drumming, cooking, and competition. It will be wild, wet, and definitely wacky.
Please be sure to send your adult with:
-bagged lunch
-water bottle
-a change of clothes
-A little spending money for a silent auction at the end (counselor babysitting packages are some of the options)

Make sure to come sunscreened, and in clothes that can get wet.
3$0 for individual Kidult Kampers and $100 for a team of 4. Register below
Opportunities to Serve
  • Seeking members and friends to create a new Racial Justice Task Force. For more information, see Anthony Johnson.
  • Seeking members and friends to create a new Universal Access Team to expand our awareness and capacity to include those of all abilities. For more information, see Rev. Margret.
  • Interested in the ways UUCP organizes for excellence, or how we measure progress toward our strategic ends? See Rev. Margret to learn more about the Board-appointed Governance Committee, or the  Measurement Task Force now getting started.
  • Seeking members and friends to expand the A/V team to support our new projection resources. See Benjie Messer or email at benjiemesser@phoenixuu.org for details.
Plant Re-Homing in Advance of Construction
Saturday, September 22, 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM
In the upcoming construction, legally protected plants will be professional relocated; those have been identified and tagged. Other plants in the construction zone near the building will be made available to congregants if you would like them for your home property. These include common plants such as lantanas, as well as several large trees, small agaves and assorted cacti. You will need to hire a professional landscaper to relocate the large trees, agaves and cacti; others you are welcome to move yourself We can provide contact information for the landscaping company that works with UUCP, or you can use your own. Maps of the property identifying protected plants are available through the office and at the time of the event. Contact Christine Marshall at cmarshall49@cox.net to RSVP for the event and to let her know if you want to specifically reserve a tree or other plant.
Calling all UUCP Artists, Crafters, and Lovers of “Arts and Crafts” - SAVE THE DATE!
Sunday, November 11, 2018, Before and After Sunday Services
Reserve your calendars for our UUCP Arts & Crafts Fair, a fundraiser to benefit UUCP!
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