This Sunday, June 18
Mark the Time
Service Leaders:  UUCP Board and Staff
Sunday, June 18 at 10:30 AM
This will be the last service before the UUA Presidential election at General Assembly in New Orleans. Together, with leadership from the Board and staff, we'll rally behind Rev. Susan and send her off with blessings for the big week.
Share the Plate with the UUSC
Sunday, June 18 at 10:30 AM
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), a 77-year-old human rights organization grounded in UU values, advances human rights in three intersecting areas: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice & Climate Action, and Rights at Risk. Guided by the principle that local organizations should lead efforts to defend human rights and create sustainable models for change within their own communities, UUSC supports grassroots organizations in over 25 countries around the world, including the United States. UUCP's Share-the-plate contributions would support UUSC's three program areas, as well as research and advocacy that supplements direct humanitarian support.
Next Sunday, June 25
General Assembly
Service Leader:  Benjie Messer
Sunday, June 25 at 10:30 AM
This weekend, UU's will gather in New Orleans for General Assembly, the annual meeting of the faith. We will put our attention on them from Phoenix by watching video of the sermon given there just hours before, sharing the results of the previous night's UUA presidential election, and enjoying the music of New Orleans.
Book Group 
Sunday, June 25, at 9:00 AM in Annex B
The Book Group engages in informal discussions of a variety of books. We typically discuss recent nonfiction books on topics such as science, religion, sociology, history, current events, environmental issues and justice, but we don't exclude fiction. Books we read are proposed by the members and voted on by the group. We typically spend 4 to 8 weeks on a book, discussing portions as we read. For more information, contact Mike Peterson at 602-943-9543 or come to one of our Sunday meetings.
Upcoming Classes & Events
3rd Friday Movie & Immigration Teach-in
Friday, June 16, at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary
This month, we will do an immigration 101 teach-in, including several short films and movie clips about immigration enforcement, private detention centers, and deportation. Maria Castro and Ernesto Lopez from Puente will give updates on the current realities for immigrants in US, plus an overview of the immigration justice movements that are developing new tactics for resistance. 
New Green Sanctuary Group
Tuesday, June 20, at 7:00 PM in Annex B
All people interested in honoring, preserving, and restoring the earth and supporting campaigns for environmental justice are invited to attend an introductory meeting for a UUCP Green Sanctuary group. We will be crafting our statement of purpose at this organizational meeting, and brainstorming activities we might like to engage in and/or projects we might like to undertake. We will also discuss outside organizations with which we would like to partner. Bring your energy and ideas! Contact Laurel Hardin below for additional information or questions. 
80's Babies Small Group
Thursday, June 22, at 6:45 PM in Annex C
Facilitators:  Sarah Moore & Amy McKlindon
The "80s Babies" (formerly the Young Adults Small Group) is a place for those of us born in the 80s (70s and 90s babies also welcome) to come together and talk about issues important to us.  We are an open group, providing a safe space to share ideas, challenge each other respectfully, and connect with one another. Feel free to join us for one or both of our two meetings a month.
Off-Site General Assembly Activities
Various times between June 22 and June 24 at UUCP in the Johnson Room
Come join fellow UU's at UUCP for a few events that are happening at General Assembly in New Orleans, Louisiana.
On Thursday, June 22 at 6:00 PM we will be live streaming the Service of the Living Tradition. The Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group invites you to join us at this service where we honor fellowshipped and credentialed religious leaders, remember those who have died, recognize those who have completed active service, and welcome those who have received fellowship or credentialed status in the past year.
On Friday, June 23 at 5:30 PM will host a live screening of the last candidate forum before the UUA Presidential election on June 24. The UUA General Assembly will elect a new UUA president on June 24. Three candidates are running for one six-year term: the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray (, the Rev. Alison Miller (, and the Rev. Jeanne Pupke ( 
On Saturday, June 24 at 6:30 PM we will livestream the General Assembly Ware Lecturer, Bryan Stevenson. Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults.
Art Journaling Workshop
Saturday, July 1, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Johnson Room
Join Heidi Parmenter in exploring the worship theme "Letting Go & Possibility" through mixed media art journaling. No experience required, only an open mind and a desire to express oneself through visual art. Heidi will teach several different mixed media techniques using paint, spray ink, and texture paste, napkins, tissue paper, etc for those that are interested.  We will start the workshop with introductions, chalice lighting & reading and then jump right into creative visual expression of the theme. We will finish up with a "show & tell" for those that want to share their work. Required supplies:  your own mixed media art journal in any size (make sure that the paper is thick!), acrylic paint brushes, acrylic paint, white gesso, craft glue (Mod Podge Matte is great!), scissors, old credit card or gift card, and a small spray bottle of water. See the Amazon shopping list below as a guide. If obtaining required supplies is a problem please speak with Heidi. Optional supplies: watercolors, markers, crayons, stencils, stickers, decorative paper napkins, tissue paper, magazine or book cutouts. Provided supplies:  baby wipes, wax paper, paper towels, stencils, stamps, ink pads, mark-making tools, misc ephemera, magazines, etc. This workshop is open to anyone 12 and older (parents may need to be present for those 12 - 14, please contact Heidi for more details). No RSVP and this workshop is FREE.
WaHoo/BooHoo Party for Rev. Susan
Sunday, July 2, 11:30 AM in the Johnson Room
On Sunday, July 2 Rev. Susan will be back from GA in New Orleans, and the UUA Presidential Election. This will most likely be her last Sunday with us before she moves to Boston to assume her presidential role... or it will be her last Sunday before she goes on vacation and returns in August. Either way, there will be much to celebrate and much to mourn, both! Join us for a "Wahoo! BooHoo!" Party in her honor, Sunday July 2, after service.  If you are interested in volunteering for the Party Planning committee and can lend a hand with food, decorations, set-up and/or clean-up, etc., contact Janine Gelsinger below.
Write Letters to Immigrants in Detention
Susan Morris will host a letter writing party to send letters to immigrants in the Eloy and Florence detention centers. Representatives from Puente will bring a list of names and sample letters. Writing letters is easy, and can make a huge impact on someone's morale while in detention. Join us from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PMSaturday, June 24. RSVP to Susan Morris for directions to her house below. 
Save Our Schools Information Session
Melinda Merkel Iyer and others from Save our Schools will offer a presentation on the movement to oppose the new school voucher program passed by the AZ legislature. Learn more about the issue, help gather petition signatures, and donate to support this grass-roots cause. The presentation will begin after the Sunday service at 11:45 AM in the sanctuary on June 25. Contact Melinda below with any questions.
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, June 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 the board will welcome its new members and (depending on the UUA election) our interim minister Margret O'Neall. We will also plan key meeting dates for next year and conclude the current board's strategic planning process. Call Glen Lockwood at 602-852-0174 or email him below with questions or comments.