This Sunday, February 18
Perseverance and the Health of Our Souls
Service Leader:  Emrys Staton
Sunday, February 18, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
What are the impacts of being in a "never give up" society? A look at the ways we internalize the expectation and glorification of perseverance.
Wake Now Our Vision Collaborative Campaign UUA Legacy Challenge
Sunday, February 18, 10:30 AM in Office #2 & 12:15 PM in Annex B 
Through a challenge grant from a member UU congregation, UUCP (through our Foundation, UUFP) has an amazing opportunity to receive "FREE MONEY"!  To those who don't yet have wills, OR have not yet put UUFP or another UU entity in their wills (or have done so since 1/1/17), OR have not yet informed UUCP or UUA of your intentions, OR would like to re-examine your bequest-this is for you!  (Namely, all of us!)  For more information, come to an informational session on February 18, or 25; contact any of us on the UUFP Board; or go to the "Wake Now Our Vision Collaborative Campaign UUA Legacy Challenge" website below.
Orientation for Day at the Legislature
Sunday, February 18, 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Learn about the state legislative process and get updates on current bills to prepare for the annual UU Day at the Legislature (February 19). Presenters will talk about how bills work their way through the legislature, how bad bills are resisted, and how to build relationships with our state representatives. Please email Emrys below with questions.
Board Chat
Sunday, February 18 after each service in the Johnson Room
Join the Board of Trustees for our monthly chat about the upcoming happenings at UUCP. They happen the third Sunday of each month and this Sunday is a special one. Board Members will be in the Johnson Room after each service. We will be discussing the ministerial search process and anything else on your mind. Please drop by!
Next Sunday, February 25
Service Leader:  Lisa McDaniel- Hutchings
Sunday, February 25, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Unitarian Universalists provided leadership in reaching moral victories such as abolition, women's suffrage, equal marriage. However since the election, policy changes affecting race relations, climate change, income inequality, immigration, and more assault us continually. How can we sustain ourselves as we resist divisiveness and hate? How can we remain resilient?
Between the Services: UUJAZ Update
Get some coffee and snacks, then meet Rev. Lisa in the sanctuary for an update on our state action network, Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona network (UUJAZ).  Come hear what the UUJAZ network is doing about racial justice, economic justice, education, immigration and water in Arizona. You can take action too!
Ending Private Prisons, A presentation by John Dacey
Sunday, February 25, at 12:45 in the Sanctuary 
The United States and the majority of state governments have created a justice system that promotes incarceration to drive profit, disproportionately impacting the poor and communities of color. Prisoners are calculated as growth commodities on corporate balance sheets and shareholders are fiscally rewarded when private prison populations increase. This practice is inherently flawed and violates the "life and liberty" guarantees in the US Constitution. Incarceration-for-profit is the new slavery.
Upcoming Classes & Events
3rd Friday Documentary
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Friday, February 16, 7:00 PM, Johnson Room
This film captures the life of Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015), a Chinese American woman in Detroit whose vision of revolution will surprise you. An influential and respected writer, activist and philosopher, rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America's past and its potentially radical future. View the trailer and more info on the film below.
Join UUCP's new Justice Text Alert service
Text UUCP to 33222 to begin receiving timely alerts for justice actions and events in the community. We will send a few messages a month with reminders and basic information to keep you informed and plugged in! 
Apply to be a UUCP Delegate at General Assembly
UUCP warmly invites members to apply to be delegates at the annual General Assembly. We seek a diverse team of delegates, from all walks of UUCP life. Both new and experienced members are welcome to apply. Scholarships are available to help offset travel costs for those with financial need. Apply now so you can take advantage of early registration discounts. Application at the link below.
Sound, Light and Movement Adult Faith Development Class
Saturdays, March 3,10 and 17 from 10:00 AM-11:30 AM in the Sanctuary
Facilitators: Aaron Ford and Stuart Silverman
This course blends art, music, and movement in creative ways to promote personal and collective awareness, empowerment, and healing. The facilitators will guide personal and group activities, followed by discussions, with the intention of raising consciousness. Participants should be prepared for some body movement (all abilities welcome) and sharing in a small group setting. Please sign up at the back of the Sanctuary today or register below.
Campus Work Day with a Dumpster
Saturday, February 17, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Volunteers are needed to throw all bulk trash and lawn clippings located to the right of the trash and recycling enclosure into a large dumpster that will be rented for this purpose. There will be no "supervision" for this effort but please do let Heidi know if you will commit to helping. Bring thick work gloves and strong backs!
Day at the Legislature
Monday, February 19, 9:30 AM at the State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington
Would you like to learn more about the legislative process in Arizona, meet your legislators, and hang out with UUs from across the state? Sign up for UUJAZ (Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona Network) Day at the Legislature on February 19! The main goal is to build and maintain relationships with lawmakers, let them know that they have intelligent constituents with progressive values, and learn about how we can be advocates for justice, equity and compassion in the political process. For more information and to register, visit the link below.
Return of Community Night
Thursday, February 22, 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
Join us at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room for food and friendship. A donation of $5 per adult, $2 per child under ten, or $10 per family covers the cost of the meal. Each dinner
features the talents of the fabulous cooks in our congregation. Community Night is not a potluck. If you'd like to contribute as a Sous Chef (sides, salad, or bread), please signup in advance.
Menu for February 22 - Bow tie pasta with sausage (contains dairy, meat, gluten and gluten-free noodle options) and bow tie pasta with veggie meat crumbles (vegan, contains soy, gluten and gluten-free noodle options); roasted zucchini, squash and onions; spring veggie and rice salad with fresh herbs; vegan yeast Italian bread -- homemade by Joan Gale (vegan, contains gluten).
Two New Spanish Classes
Intermediate class meets Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in Annex C
Beginner class meets Thursdays, at 6:45 PM in Annex D
UUCP is adding a new beginners Spanish class along with the existing culture and conversation group. Join José Diaz on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM for Spanish conversation on current events and cultural topics. This drop-in group is best for people with basic or intermediate Spanish skills. Join Jim Breuer for beginners Spanish language instruction, learning new vocabulary and grammar.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
We will start the meeting with 30 minutes of meditation followed by a dharma reading and discussion. You need not be a Buddhist to attend, just interested in your spiritual growth. If you have questions, contact Donna Featherston at 602-997-7996.
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, February 27, 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
Break bread and socialize with us starting at 6:00 PM and the meeting begins at 6:30 PM. Guests are invited to address the board during the guest comments at the beginning and observe the remainder of the meeting. At this meeting we will conduct preliminary talks on 2018-2019 budget priorities, discuss the Ministerial Search Process, and review applications for GA delegates. Call or email Vince Waldron at 623-670-6500 or by email below with questions or comments.
Let Students into Schools and Let Them Stay!
Thursday, February 22, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 
Location: Ability360 at 5025 E Washington St., Phoenix
Join Arizona Faith Network and the ACLU's "Demand2Learn" campaign on February 22 to learn how to support a stable K-12 learning environment. Families should have real choices when they enroll their students in school, and the students should not be subject to practices that disproportionately push children out of school.

Sign up at: Eventbrite   Free refreshments starting at 6:00 PM

Sandy Weir, UUCP member is the lead Arizona Faith Network volunteer for this event. 
Remember Arizona Tax Credit Donations!
Each year you have the opportunity to direct some of your state tax dollars to BOTH schools AND 501(c)3 or designated community action agencies.  For a list of Qualifying Charitable Organizations, click here.  For a link to a form for giving a donation to our partner Maryland School, see link below, or pick up a form at the Justice table on Sunday morning.  Look for Maryland School's address on the form.  You have until April 17, 2018 to make these contributions.  Your help makes a big difference to these groups!

Maryland School Form
Cabaret: The Spirit of Broadway
Saturday, March 3, Doors open at 6:00 PM and show starts at 7:00 PM
Tickets are $10-25 (suggested) per adult, no charge for youth under 18
UUCP's music program welcomes you to a Cabaret-style musical theater show of songs with a spiritual side. Come see your favorite UUCP singers onstage, with lights, sound, orchestra and more! Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase, and childcare will be provided for children unable to watch the show. All proceeds will benefit the Minister's Discretionary Fund, which is used to help members and visitors in financial need. Keep your eye out for an email going out next week directing you how to buy advanced tickets online. 
Donations Needed for Maryland School
Even if it weren't the middle of flu season (which it is), the need would be there - trying to help keep students healthy so they can learn.  This month when you're out shopping, please purchase a few of these items, so teachers don't have to spend their own money (those wonderful raises....) to stock up their classrooms.  Pick up a reminder at the Justice Table and bring things in on Sunday mornings in February.  Many thanks!
Opportunity for Enthusiastic and Dedicated Individuals
The UUCP Nominating Committee is currently selecting candidates for open positions for the UUCP Board of Trustees, UU Foundation, and Nominating Committee, for Fall 2018 and beyond. All three groups serve important roles in maintaining our congregation's vitality and advancing its mission of building religious community, growing in spirit, sharing journeys, and advancing justice. Primary qualifications include commitment to UUCP and its mission, creativity and energy, and the ability to communicate well with congregation members. We need people of all walks of life and perspectives.  To obtain more information, including detailed job descriptions for each of these positions, contact Jenny Jones at 480-206-2189 or by email below.
First Annual Community Dance at UUCP
Saturday, March 24, doors open at 6:00 PM and the dancing starts promptly at 6:30 PM
"Promenade" and "sashay" at our First Annual community dance!  Those are just fancy words for walking and moving to music! Learn and enjoy the finer points with your UUCP friends and family! Peg Hesley will teach and inspire us through traditional community dance patterns with the lively music of her fiddler, Jeff Thorn. Suggested optional contribution of $2 per dancer. Bring your water bottle and optionally, a plate of finger food to share for refueling midway through the evening. Toe tapping sideliners welcome. Suggested attire:  Comfortable clothes and closed-toed footwear.
Spring Con for High Schoolers
March 2-4 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura in California
Join your fellow youth for Spring Con, March 2-4 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, California!  A youth conference or "con" is a weekend retreat planned and run as a collaboration between high school youth and supporting adults.  Engage in meaningful justice work, worship, and community building with peers from around the district. Find out more and register below.