The Building is Closed; The Congregation is Open
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Sunday Services are Currently Online

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30th
10:30 AM

The Best Medicine

Led By:
Rev. Kimberley Debus
With Worship Associate
Sam Kirkland


Amidst the pains, sorrows, and struggles of the pandemic, we need the wisdom and healing humor brings to help us heal our spirits and bear the crudeness of reality. We'll consider ways to make space for joy and find the funny.

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.
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Programming August 30th-September 4th
Please visit https://zoom.us/join 
Enter Meeting ID Number & Password
or click on the activity title to join
August 30th

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 31st

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

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

6:30 pm
Katie, Jezz & Chris
Meeting ID:
953 5370 8396
Password: 409806
September 2nd
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

7:00 pm
Benjie Messer
Meeting ID:
931 4339 4891
Password: 989100
September 3rd

Death Cafe
Cancelled this week
Will return on
Sept 24 with
Lynne Westmoreland

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 28th

4:00 pm
K thrUU 5th Grade
Meeting ID:
964 8387 3328
Password: Desert
If you don’t have access to a computer, laptop or smart phone
OR don’t want to be on video, you can simply call in to
346-248-7799 and enter the Meeting ID number.
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Who to Contact:
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Get To Know UUCP
Would you like to learn more about our congregation, our principles, what we do, how to get involved? 
Join Rev. Dance for a Zoom
get-together on
Sunday, September 6th,
12:30 pm
Meeting ID: 971 3012 3045
Password: 090620
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Help Us with a Monthly Food & Supply Drive for our Navajo Nation Community
Many thanks to all those who helped make it possible for UUCP to deliver last week a large supply of food, cleaning and health safety materials to our friends up on the Navajo Nation. It was, again, a wonderful team effort of donations, purchases, storage and delivery.  A large amount of cleaning work and food preparation is shared around the community which is spread out over a large area, all very much appreciated by the people who participate in this work and those who benefit.  We anticipate making another delivery the beginning of October.  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 Adult Classes Announced

To see the number of opportunities UUCP will be offering
for learning and discussion beginning in mid-September.

You can explore the current offerings and register at:
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Maryland School
Back to School Supply Drive

Maryland School has completed the third week of online learning in this time of social isolation, with many students struggling to be focused and engaged, especially when the home situation does not provide the needed level of assistance. Teachers continue to learn new technology and ways to work with students in the virtual classrooms, spending many extra hours in preparation. As the school provides breakfast and lunch bags, we are supporting their efforts to give out supplies as well. We thank all of you who have generously contributed to that effort - the school administration has expressed their gratitude for our community of giving. This will be the last week of our collection, so if you are able to donate, please see the attached form for a list of needed supplies and a way to give.

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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Civic Engagement Announcements
  • School board members are often on the ballot, but most of us are not familiar with the candidates. It’s also hard to know which legislators strongly support public schools. Save Our Schools AZ (SOSAZ), after sending out surveys to candidates, has awarded the #PublicSchoolProud seal of approval to those candidates who “made the grade.” Read about the requirements for this seal and see a list of school board and legislative candidates who qualified for the seal. [If you are not sure which legislative district you’re in, go here and enter your address in the yellow box. Your legislative district number will be in red on the right.]
  • Any loss of postal service affects everyone, but since distance and access make voting especially difficult, rural voters, including Native American nations, will be most at risk. Let’s not give up on this issue! Contact our Senators through RuralOrganizing.com
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Earth Justice Ministry

While the pandemic is occupying our attention, actions are being taken to again plunder precious lands of our state. To learn more about the issue, you can watch the wonderful webinar. "Protecting our Heart: Uranium mining and the Grand Canyon", produced by AZ Faith Network at  https://www.facebook.com/ArizonaFaithNetwork/videos/2712162752437507   You can help the Hopi and other native tribes affected by these actions. The following link: 
https://www.arizonafaithnetwork.org/grand-canyon-uranium-mining-toolkit has a link to send an online to political leaders to co-sponsor and support the Grand Canyon Protection Act, SB3127, introduced by Sen Kyrsten Sinema. This is a  mirror bill to HR1373, sponsored by Raul Grijalva, which passed in the House. It is in the last group of links under the Postcard link.
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outdoor group
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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Security & Communication Enhancements at UUCP
Part of being a beloved and welcoming community is assuring that we do as much as possible to assure that congregants, visitors, and staff feel safe and secure when they come to our campus. We were working on this before the pandemic, but have expanded how we think of keeping our people and property safe while the building is closed.  

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.

Additionally, an Emergency Response Manual covering everything from medical emergency to active shooter situations to utility failure has been published and is available in paper format in key locations throughout the campus (Office 1 & 2, Greeters’ and Ushers’ Desks, Annex B, and Minister’s Office) as well as online on our UUCP website à Publications, via your Realm password access: https://www.phoenixuu.org/test-page-emergency-response-manual/.
While writing the manual, we took into special consideration the UUA’s guidelines on “Alternatives to Calling the Police” https://www.uua.org/safe/handbook/alternatives-calling-police.
We urge all to review these materials.

If you have any questions, please contact: safety@phoenixuu.org
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Sunday Services are Currently Online
 
NEXT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH
10:30 am

Works in Process

Led By:
Rev. Christine Dance

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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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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.
UUJAZ Upcoming Events:
  • September 8th @ 6-7:30 pm:
  • September 9th @ 4-6 pm:
Tuesdays @ 6 pm
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."
Heads up: 
UU the Vote Arizona will not meet on September 1st!
Wednesday
Sept 2nd @ 5:30-7 pm
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.
Thursday
Sept 10th @ 7-8 pm
Are you a congregational leader, on the membership team, board, faith development, worship team, leadership development... or any role?

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 @ 10-11 am
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.
Worried about the post office?
Stop signing petitions; start taking action!
  • Call your Senator and tell them to support at least $25 billion in stimulus funding for our public Postal Service.
  • File an online complaint with the Inspector General for the Post Office requesting an investigation into reports of systemic mail delays, removal of mailboxes, and incidences where mail sorting machines are being eliminated from mail processing.
  • Call your County Recorder and tell them you support additional ballot drop boxes.
Ways to Vote in Arizona:
Election Calendar:
  • October 5: Voter Registration Deadline
  • October 7: Ballots mailed, in person voting available
  • October 23: Last Day to Request a Ballot in the Mail
  • October 27: Last Day to Mail Back Your Ballot
  • November 3: Election Day
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