This Sunday, March 18
Music Sunday: Street Requiem
Service Leader:  Benjie Messer
Sunday, March 18, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
UUCP's congregation choir, in collaboration with Valley UU's choir and a chamber orchestra, presents Street Requiem, a ten-movement contemporary choral work dedicated to those who have died on the street. A musical exploration of homelessness and violence, it is challenging, reverent and ultimately optimistic.
Share the Plate with Children First Foundation
Sunday, March 18, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
The Children First Foundation was founded in 2012 as a 501-C-3. It exists to eliminate the barriers to education and success amongst poor, handicapped and homeless students. The Foundation serves the Children First Leadership Academy, Sequoia Deaf School, Sequoia Elementary and Secondary Schools, along with underprivileged and homeless students within Edkey's other schools. Each Foundation school offers a rigorous and nurturing experience with high expectations and provides high-caliber,   comprehensive array of services including academics, health, dental, behavioral health and supportive services to prepare students to be lifelong learners, leaders and productive citizens.
Our mission : To enhance fulfillment of the academic, physical, social and emotional needs of underprivileged children.
Our vision : All children under our tutelage achieve their full potential
Restoration Project Presentation & Training
Sunday, March 18, from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Come learn about the important work of the Phoenix Restoration Project that offers hospitality and travel assistance to individuals and families being released from immigration detention. After the presentation, those who wish to stay can complete the training and orientation to become a volunteer for PRP. This is kid friendly. Please let us know if you need childcare or any accommodations so that we can make arrangements. Feel free to bring a snack to share if you're able. All are welcome to attend, just make sure to RSVP at the Advancing Justice table at the back on Sunday.
Sunday Parking
Sunday, March 18
We are expecting a FULL HOUSE for the amazing Street Requiem Music Sunday. Please come early, carpool or park down on 40th Street. 
Board Chat
Sunday, March 18, between services 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 between services. We will be discussing the ministerial search process and anything else on your mind. Please drop by!
Next Sunday, March 25
The Promises We Make
Service Leader:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, March 25, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Martin Buber famously declared that we human beings are the "promise-making, promise-keeping, promise-breaking, promise-renewing" animal. What are the promises we make to each other in this community of faith, and how do we balance and integrate the promises of the past and an emerging future?
Upcoming Classes & Events
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April 1 - Congregational photo in between services - stay after first service, or come early for second service to be in the picture.
April 8 - Special Congregational meeting to elect the Ministerial Search Committee.
April 29 - Emrys' farewell, one service, at  10:30 AM , followed by a reception and an afternoon outdoor event.
Faith, Equity and Inclusion in the Age of Mass Incarceration
Thursday, March 22, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Ability360 Center - 5025 E Washington St, Phoenix, Arizona 85034
Through shared dialogue and a panel discussion rooted in the richness of our various faith and spiritual traditions, this event will address ways to reform the Arizona criminal legal system through a lens of faith, equity, and inclusion. A Call to Action will encourage participants to stand up for justice, equity and inclusion in our criminal legal system. Please RSVP at
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, March 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 be discussing changes in board committee structure and planning for the election of ministerial search committee members. All are welcome. Please contact Board President, Vince Waldron, via email below or 623-670-6500 if you have any questions.
TAMING THE EGO:  A journey to the middle path
Saturday, April, 7, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Join UUCP Sangha  and Arizona friends of Bhante Sujatha, in welcoming him back to Phoenix . Originally from Sri Lanka, Bhante Sujatha is the Head Monk and Abbot of the Blue Lotus Temple in Woodstock, Illinois. He is a 30-plus year Buddhist Monk and longtime practitioner of meditation, who has dedicated his life to adding more love in the world. His approach to meditation is deep and simple, bringing core Buddhist teachings to everyone in a way that is practical and easy to understand.  A joyful, radiant, funny and wildly energetic monk, time with Bhante is a warm and spirited learning experience. Join him for this two-hour workshop as he shares his own spiritual journey and teaches simple and effective ways for you to get beyond Ego to live the fullest and most meaningful life possible. Fee: $35. All proceeds go to Bhante's Annual incubator project which funds the purchase of incubators for Sri Lankan hospitals.
Pathway to Membership
Thursdays, April 12 and 19, 6:45 PM-8:30 PM
Pathway to Membership is a class that invites you to meet with other folks considering membership and hear more from ministers, leaders, and recently-joined members about what it means to be a member of our congregation. You will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Unitarian Universalism and UUCP, get to know each other in  groups, and ask questions. The class ends with an invitation to join by signing the membership book and pledging your support. There is no pressure to join. We recognize membership is a commitment, and we hope people will take their time before joining. This will be the last opportunity to join before fall 2018. 
Community Night
Thursday, March 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 March 22  Amanda Rogers is making Bow Tie pasta with sausage and creamy tomato sauce (contains dairy, meat and gluten), vegan sausage and tomato sauce (soy) is also an option along with gluten free noodles. Robin Stewart is bringing vegan roasted zucchini squash and onions, Carol Manetta is making spring veggie and rice salad with fresh herbs (vegan, GF, no allergens). Joan Gale rounds out the team and is bringing Italian bread. (vegan and gluten free options are available).
Apply to be a UUCP Delegate at General Assembly
June 20-24 in Kansas City, Missouri 
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.
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.
Green Sanctuary
Would you like to help reduce air pollution and the respiratory diseases it causes? Send a message to the governor by visiting  and filling out the simple form to ask Gov. Ducey to use the $57 million Arizona received from the VW lawsuit to purchase new electric school buses to replace dirty diesel buses. When you do, please mention our justice partner, CHISPA, and their 'Clean Buses for Healthy NiƱos' campaign. 
UUCP Switching to a new Database System
After many months and lots of sweat, we have finally switched our congregational database system over to a product called "Realm." We are all very excited about this new product as it will allow everyone to connect more with UUCP in a much easier way. If you previously had a login to our "Access ACS" system, then you already have a login to our new system. For more information and instructions, please see Geoff in the office on Sunday. He can help with logins and installing the new app on your smartphone. He will also be available future Sundays and Community Nights.
Adult Faith Development Courses
Please register for courses below at There is a $10 fee for each course.
Exploring Your UU Identity
Wednesdays, March 21-April 18 from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM in the Johnson Room
Facilitator: Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? In this six-session class we will explore the theology, history and organization of our UU religious tradition, along with our faith's core commitments to lifelong learning and social justice. Participants will be encouraged to discover and articulate their own Unitarian Universalist identity through the various "lenses" of our historic and open-ended way of faith.

Boundary Setting and Negotiating
Thursday, March 22, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM in Annex B
Facilitators: Mary Dawes and Natalie Fabert
Two-hour workshop to learn and practice skills that you can apply in the workplace and in relationships. One essential part of healthy and productive relationships is establishing good boundaries. Boundaries can be rules and principles that guide you and establish what you will or won't allow in a relationship. Negotiation is a dialogue between people over one or more issues, intended to reach a constructive outcome. Developing these skills will reduce conflict and promote results that satisfy both/all participants.

Curiosity and Vulnerability: A path toward better listening
Saturdays, April 14, 21 and 28, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in Annex C
Facilitator: Phil Weaver-Stoesz

The Critical Response Process is a step-by-step process to give and receive feedback, embrace vulnerability and dismantle  defensiveness. The process teaches you to lean on the virtues of curiosity and open inquiry to facilitate difficult conversations and can be applied to any "work-in-progress" -  
whether it's an artistic goal, a relationship, or a personal area of growth. The 3-part course will teach us to transform discomfort into inquiry.