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Sunday Services are Currently Online

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16th
10:30 AM

In This Great Turning

Led By:
Rev. Christine Dance
With Worship Associate
Gary Ezzell
Scholars believe that we are in the final turn of a great generational cycle--one of great destruction but also of creation. We will explore what this great turning can create for us--as a world, nation and congregation.


Sunday’s Service online via Zoom. 
To attend, please click link:


Coffee Hour
Meeting ID: 939 9248 9556 | Password: CoffeeHour


Children’s Ministries Coffee Hour
Meeting ID: 954 5851 8843 | Password: KidsCoffee

You may use a computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you are asked to install the Zoom application, say yes. Feel free to share this link with friends and family!

If you have problems with Zoom, you may view the service live on YouTube. Or after the service, you can watch it any time.
Share the Plate this Sunday
For 37 years, Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship has provided weekly free riding lessons to Phoenix valley children and adults with disabilities. Each student is supported by their PATH Intl. certified riding instructor and as many as 5 caring volunteers overseeing the lesson, the student’s safety, needs and abilities. Their 38th lesson season begins this September at their wheelchair accessible Scottsdale ranch and all necessary precautions will be taken for everyone’s safety during the COVID crisis. Funding received will be used to offset expenses associated with the care and maintenance of their therapy horses. To view their website click HERE and to watch a short video that shows and explains their philosophy click HERE.
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Programming August 16th-August 21st
Please visit https://zoom.us/join 
Enter Meeting ID Number & Password
or click on the activity title to join
August 16th

Immediately Following Service
Meeting ID:
939 9248 9556
Password: CoffeeHour

Immediately Following Service
Meeting ID:
954 5851 8843
Password: KidsCoffee

Immediately Following Service
Meeting ID:
915 0535 2349
Password: YRUU

12:30 pm
Sam Kirkland
Meeting ID:
957 9957 2120
Password: OWL3
August 17th

8:30 am
Katie Resendiz
Meeting ID:
956 6366 2771
Password: 550602

1:00 pm           
Ms. Cherilyn
Meeting ID:
959 8260 9304
Password: zUUm345
August 18th

6:30 pm
Katie, Jezz & Chris
Meeting ID:
953 5370 8396
Password: 409806
August 19th
12:00 pm      
Rev. Christine Dance
Meeting ID:
910 6552 9716
Password: 372662

3:30 pm
Ms. Cherilyn
Meeting ID:
912 3942 4225
Password: 616801

6:30 pm
Chris Akin
Meeting ID:
921 1845 9883
Password: 704555
August 20th

1:00 pm
Ms. Cherilyn
Meeting ID:
959 8260 9304
Password: zUUm345

7:30 pm
Rev. Christine Dance
Meeting ID:
958 7198 3662
Password: 690450
August 21st

CANCELLED -
UU Kids in the Desert

7:00 pm
Katherine Kruse
Meeting ID:
950 7604 3992
Password: Sangha
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346-248-7799 and enter the Meeting ID number.
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Help Us with a Monthly Food & Supply Drive for our Navajo Nation Community
At the end of June, a second truck full of supplies was delivered to the Navajo reservation for the extended family and community friends of a UUCP member. A wonderful team of folks came together again to donate funds, shop, store, and deliver it all to make this happen – and the recipients, many of whom are recovering from COVID or caring for them, were very appreciative. Recovery takes time for the elders, and more people continue to be infected. We are beginning another collection which will be delivered mid-August, and would appreciate your help. If you are able to contribute and are not already on the team list, please use this form to let us know how you would be willing to be involved.  Many thanks for your generosity.

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UUCP is Beginning to Plan for
Adult Classes in the Fall
There are many curricula and resources available, such as:
  • Varieties of Spiritual Practice
  • UU History 101
  • Coming of Age for Adults
  • UU Theology
  • Creating Your UU Elevator Speech
And so many more.
If you are interested in helping to develop our adult faith development program, please email afd@phoenixuu.org.
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Maryland School
Back to School Supply Drive

School is starting, with many concerns and a variety of formats. Children want to learn and teachers want to facilitate that, safely and successfully, however it can be managed. Our goal with the Maryland School Project is to support their efforts where we can, budgets are even more stretched this year, and they still need school supplies to give out during the semester to children when they pick up their Chromebooks, breakfast/lunch bags, and other instructional materials.
Here is a sign-up link with more details and the list of supplies they have suggested.  We would be very grateful for an online order of supplies or a donation for us to shop.
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Across the country UU’s are expanding the coalition of people prepared to overcome voter suppression and #votelove in 2020.

The next phonebank is August 25th from 6-8 pm ET.

This is an all hands on deck moment!
Please sign up and help us recruit more volunteers.
People understand what a crucial moment we are in and our nation is in right now.
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UUCP Board of Trustees Meeting
August 25, 2020
6:00 - 8:30 pm
https://zoom.us/j/95805175464

Meeting ID: 958 0517 5464
Passcode: 260330
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Civic Engagement Announcements
As you know, the US Post Office is being undermined by the Trump administration, likely for political reasons. We need to be doing whatever we can to push Congress to allocate funds to allow it to operate so that voting by mail is trustworthy and efficient (and for many other reasons). This link from the Postal Workers Union makes calling our Senators easy and quick. Please take a moment to do so. Calls are much more effective than online petitions.  
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The Outdoor Group
We had originally planned on our season opener campout in Flagstaff to be the first weekend in October. It is with sad heart that I must announce that it is cancelled. The O’Leary Campground is closed because of the pandemic. 
 
As it now stands, we will not be hiking until further notice. I encourage you to get out on the trails with your family and enjoy the outdoors, but getting together just doesn’t seem to be the prudent action right now.
 
There will be announcements in Compass when it is safe to resume. In the meantime, stay safe and know that this too shall pass. If you have questions, please contact outdoorgroup@phoenixuu.org.
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Safe Congregation Team
The Property and Safe Congregation Teams have been working diligently, while everyone is out of the building, to install new equipment and systems to enhance safety and communication on our campus. 
  • In the coming weeks, we will be installing new doors and a programmable key card door access system in the main building. Our current “key access” is not secure; it is hard to keep track of keys, particularly with people losing their keys, moving away, or shifting commitments in which a key is no longer needed. And as many of you know, the current door locking system is “clutzy” at best, and people are not always diligent about locking up after after-hours gatherings. The new system will focus on keeping people safe and the building secure (locked), yet easily accessible and welcoming for those with scheduled activities.
  • An expanded PA system will allow for announcements to be broadcast to the front lobby, Johnson Room, and RE wing in the main building.
  • Cameras will be installed at select building entry and external locations, with remote monitoring and video-recording capability.
  • A new Wifi system is being installed to enhance communication in the main building, RE wing, and Annex.
  • We are looking into LED lighting for the parking lots.
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A Report Back on General Assembly
By: Benjie Messer
Hello, members of UUCP! Many of you heard that I was the Music Coordinator of this year’s General Assembly (GA), an annual convention and business meeting of thousands of Unitarian Universalists. This was the first fully online GA, and I want to share some highlights of my experience.

To read Benjie's GA Report Back Click HERE
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Sunday Services are Currently Online
 
NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 23rd
10:30 am

"...On Account of Sex":
100 Years of Women's Suffrage

Led By:
Rev. Christine Dance
With Worship Associate
Sam Kirkland
August 18th is the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. In this important election year and when women are still struggling for equal representation, we will talk about this momentous milestone, including who wasn't included in the 19th amendment, the complicated moral issues involved and why this is so relevant to our Unitarian Universalist principles.
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Stewardship Update
Our March month-long stewardship drive is over, but we are still hoping to get 100% of congregational participation. We still need forms from many of you. You may complete your commitment form online by clicking complete your pledge form online here. Or, you may enter your pledge amount and payment information in Realm (please select the drop-down to indicate "2020-2021 Pledge").
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Receiving Suspicious Emails
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 scammers have been sending out fictitious emails claiming to be Rev. Christine. Please be aware of emails asking for assistance or requesting you to purchase something. Rev. Christine will NEVER ask for money or gift cards over email. If you receive an email like this, please delete it. 
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UUJAZ Updates
Join UUJAZ to learn, grow, and act our values through social justice! Sign up for monthly mUUvie night and book groUUp, weekly UU the Vote Action Hour or office hours with Janine. Participate in an online course: Beloved Conversations, Trans Inclusion in Congregations, How Do We Defund the Police?, Summer Organizing School, or Widening the Circle of Concern. Take action at weekly #FreeThemAll car protests, or find actions from home on our Facebook group for Justice as a Spiritual Practice.
Learn more and sign up at uujaz.org.
UU the Vote!
Every Tuesday @ 6pm
Each Tuesday, Join UUJAZ for an hour of engagement. Each week will rotate through education on the issues, visits from guest partners, training on deep canvassing conversations, and phone/text banking "action hours."
Register here:
Wednesdays @ 5:30-7pm
Aug 19th, 26th, & Sept 2nd
You've participated in Q+A's about the call to defund police, and our faith movement. Now, get into the details about how that looks in policies and budgets.
UUJAZ invites you to join a multi-part discussion about the BREATHE Act and its proposals, including a nationwide defunding of police. This will be a guided discussion, facilitated by UUJAZ staff member Thoi held across three one and a half hour sessions, Wednesday nights, 5:30-7:00pm. Our first session will cover the BREATHE Act and its specific proposals, as well as taking an overview of the MPD150 project and report. The second section will focus on the “Past” section of the MPD150 report, which looks at 150 years of policing in Minneapolis and its outcomes. The final session will wrap us up with a look at the “Present” and “Future” portions of the report, which go in depth to discuss community perspectives on policing through interviews, and presents alternatives to policing and a path to get there through political action.
Thursdays @ 7-8pm,
Aug 6th - September 10th
Are you a congregational leader, on the membership team, board, faith development, worship team, leadership development... or any role?
What does it look like for UU's to be anti-racist and anti-oppressive within our own congregation? Join Janine and UUJAZ to read the Commission on Institutional Change's report "Widening the Circle of Concern" compiled over three years of interviews and research, analyzing structural and systemic racism. Discuss the specific, recommended actions, and how they could translate into actions in our UU congregations in Arizona, to advance long-term cultural and institutional change that redeems the essential promise and ideals of Unitarian Universalism.
The commission's report is available free to read online, or as a downloadable PDF for a limited time, or can be purchased from the UUA bookstore, InSpirit.
Fridays @ 10-11am
Join UUJAZ Executive Director Janine Gelsinger any Friday morning for a casual "office hours" on Zoom. Since we aren't traveling around the state, Janine misses the informal opportunities to chat after service, or in the hallway, because its often where the best ideas are born! Bring your questions, chat about the social justice news this week in AZ, or suggest what programming you'd like to see UUJAZ do next.
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