This Sunday, September 30, 2018
Congregation on the Cusp
Service Leader: Rev. Margret O'Neall
Sunday, September 30, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
Transitions raise many questions about how we live into our potential, learning to respond to changing times. This is especially true as this congregation articulates your dreams for the future ministry here. What does it mean to be on the cusp of change, living a liberal faith responsive to our time?
Share the Plate with Abolish Private Prisons
Sunday, September 30, 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM
Abolish Private Prisons (“APP”) is dedicated to criminal justice reform, particularly the abolition of incarceration-for-profit. APP will challenge the constitutionality of prison privatization in federal court.
APP will use donations from UUCP to educate the public about: government’s abdication of its essential role in criminal justice; what segments of the public are impacted most by mass incarceration; and how profiteering drives mass incarceration and violates human dignity. Most immediately, UUCP’s donations will help APP launch a grassroots crowdfunding campaign and secure fundraising expertise to support our efforts.
John Dacey, the founder, will be doing a short presentation between services 10:40-11:00. Plan to stay after first service or come early for second service. For more information about this non-profit, see their website here ( www.abolishprivateprisons.org .) and an op-ed John wrote for AZ Central here ( Azcentral.com )  
New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Every Sunday 9:45 AM in Annex B
Inquirers is a series for anyone who would like to meet others and learn more about UUCP. Each week after service join other newcomers, members, lay leaders and the membership team for a half hour of building connections and growing relationships. The second half hour explores changing topics each week, that go deeper into an area of ministry within our congregation. Inquirers topics include  Leadership, Children’s Ministry, Unicare, Social Justice, Membership, Congregational Tour and History, Small Group Ministry, Unitarian Universalism 101  and  Inside Worship Services. Coffee and treats provided, no sign-up necessary!
 
This week:   Membership
LAST DAY-- Ministerial Search Survey! Sunday, Sept. 30
Sunday is the last day to submit your Ministerial Search Survey. The survey will provide insight into who we are as a congregation, with questions about you, your views on various topics and the qualities you see in a successful minister for UUCP. Prospective ministers look at our survey results and also how many of us participated. We want to see 100%! 
Members and friends (basically, anyone who has a “nametag”) have been sent a reminder email link to the survey this week—look for it in your inbox. If you did not receive it, please let us know—we will be in the Johnson Room after each service on Sunday, or send an email to Jim Sorgatz at  wayfarjim@yahoo.com .   If your household shares one email address, please be sure that all members or friends in the home take the survey.  Paper copies of the survey will also be available in the Johnson Room. All paper copies should be returned to the Office by 1:00PM on September 30. 
The survey is anonymous; we neither ask your name, nor can we track your response. Your voice is important—be heard!
Advancing Justice
This week's Advancing Justice action will address our objection to private prisons. This is in anticipation of the September 30 Share the Plate, which will help fund the non-profit Abolish Private Prisons.
Next Sunday, October 7
“The Ministry We Dream Of”
  Service Leader: Rev. Margret A. O’Neall
Sunday, October 7, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
The Search Committee wants to know what you think! In this special Sunday service, we will divide into small groups to discuss how you would describe this church now, the future you imagine, and what success will look like in that future. Come let your voice be heard!
New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Sunday, October 7
Inquirers are invited to join the rest of the congregation to learn more about the ministerial search process.
Upcoming Events
Spanish Discussion Group
Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 PM in Annex C
Join José Diaz for Spanish conversation on current events and cultural topics. This drop-in group is best for people with intermediate Spanish skills.
Poetry Writer’s Workshop
Thursday, October 4, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM in Annex B
Mary Oliver wrote, “Poetry isn’t a profession, it’s a way of life. It’s an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that.” The Poetry Workshop is the place and opportunity to let your creativity flow - a forum for all those writers who have been looking for a place to interact with like spirits and creators. For more information contact Rosemary Roenfanz at poetry@phoenixuu.org or please register at  phoenixuu.org/poetry
Outdoor Group
Saturday October, 13
Join the Outdoor Group for the season opener campout and hike in Flagstaff, at Cinder Hills Off Highway Vehicle Area. To receive full details or be added to our mailing list, please e-mail your contact information to outdoorgroup@phoenixuu.org. Your information will not be used for any purpose other than Outdoor Group business.
Membership at UUCP
Have you been considering membership here at UUCP? Do you feel ready to make a commitment, to move from an observer of the congregation, to part of its fabric? Do you want to have a voice and a vote when we choose to call our new Minister in the spring?
 
If you'd like to learn more, come to the Inquirers "Membership" topic on September 30, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM. Pick up a Pathway to Membership map from Janine Gelsinger, Director of Membership and Welcoming Ministries at the welcome desk, before or after any Inquirers group, or by sending an email to JanineGelsinger@PhoenixUU.org .
In order to become a member you must turn your completed map in to Janine by November 30, 2018. The new member joining ceremony will be at both services on December 9, 2018. This will be the last chance to join the congregation before our ministerial search committee calls the minister... be a part of this step in the future of our community!
Dozens of migrants continue to be dropped off by ICE at the Phoenix bus station with no food or supplies. See the list of needed items at the justice table in the back, to bring in or order through Amazon at phoenixuu.org/prp
Find your connection in reflection and discussion with a small group -- see the options and sign up after service at the back table, or on line at phoenixuu.org/smallgroups
Thursday Community Night & Faith Development

Join us in building a “Spiritual Community for our Time” every Thursday at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room through November 15, 2018. Each week features the culinary talents of the members of our congregation. A donation of $6 per adult, $3 per child under ten, or $12 per family, covers the cost of the meal (those experiencing financial hardship can receive a payment waiver). In the spirit of Radical Inclusion, food is labeled for allergens. If you’d like to join but have additional dietary restrictions or preferences, you are welcome to bring your own meal.
 
Menu for October 4 - Stacked Veggie Enchiladas and Southwest Salad
Following the meal, Thursday evenings are an opportunity to deepen our knowledge of what it means to be Theologically Diverse, Radically Inclusive, and Justice Centered. Children build community too, in Chalice Kids, free childcare between 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. If you have any questions about Community Night or you’d like to contribute as a Sous Chef (sides, salad, or bread), please contact communitynight@phoenixuu.org .
 
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Parents of Teens Group
Tammy Wheeler-Rhodes, Annex C at 6:45 PM
Join other parents of teens in a space designed for sharing thoughtful discussion and mutual support in this drop-in friendly small group.
 
Welcoming Vs Othering
Janine Gelisinger, Annex F, at 6:45 PM
In Welcoming vs. Othering, we will cover basic intercultural hospitality. Without an understanding of cross-cultural perspectives, a well-intentioned greeting can have the impact of a microaggression. As our congregation deepens in diversity, learn how to truly welcome all, and avoid statements and questions that contribute to a feeling of "othering." Members of the Welcoming Ministries are encouraged to complete this class.

Spiritual Practices: Finding Your Spiritual Practice
Anthony Johnson, Sanctuary, at 6:45 PM
Spiritual practice creates an intentional pause in our lives at regular intervals so that we may better know the contents of our souls. It is a way to meet the self and learn about our deepest longings. It is also a way to draw into closer relationship with that which is larger than us. The objective of these sessions is to help you deepen your spiritual life by engaging in a daily practice, weekly worship, monthly service, yearly retreat, and one-time pilgrimage. Attend all 13 sessions, or choose the practices that appeal to you. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018


BLUUbox
Janine Gelsinger, Annex F at 6:45 PM
The Black Lives of UU (BLUU) Spiritual Subscription Box, and the corresponding group at UUCP, is a one-of-a kind, innovative way for individuals and congregations to inform, grow and deepen their faith. With content grounded in the lived experiences and diverse perspectives of Black Unitarian Universalists, this subscription box is a wholly unique opportunity to connect one’s beliefs to faith-led action while building community with others who are dedicated to justice-making and liberation through our shared faith. The September group is free and open for all to try. For the ongoing monthly groups, please subscribe at http://www.blacklivesuu.com/bluubox
 
Parents with Young(er) Children
Join with others who are in a parenting role to little ones for a group discussion that engages adults in quiet reflection while the small people are cared for in a loving space nearby. Drop-in Friendly

Spiritual Practices: Finding Your Spiritual Practice
Anthony Johnson, Sanctuary, at 6:45 PM
Spiritual practice creates an intentional pause in our lives at regular intervals so that we may better know the contents of our souls. It is a way to meet the self and learn about our deepest longings. It is also a way to draw into closer relationship with that which is larger than us. The objective of these sessions is to help you deepen your spiritual life by engaging in a daily practice, weekly worship, monthly service, yearly retreat, and one-time pilgrimage. Attend all 13 sessions, or choose the practices that appeal to you.
Calling all UUCP Artists, Crafters, and Lovers of “Arts and Crafts” - SAVE THE DATE!
Sunday, November 11, 2018, Before and After Sunday Services
Reserve your calendars for our UUCP Arts & Crafts Fair, a fundraiser to benefit UUCP!
To make a reservation please visit Phoenixuu.org/craftfair
For more information email Katy Boxley or Ruth Pinkus as craftfair@phoenixuu.org
Opportunities to Serve
  • Seeking members and friends to create a new Racial Justice Task Force. For more information, see Anthony Johnson.
  • Seeking members and friends to create a new Universal Access Team to expand our awareness and capacity to include those of all abilities. For more information, see Rev. Margret.
  • Interested in the ways UUCP organizes for excellence, or how we measure progress toward our strategic ends? See Rev. Margret to learn more about the Board-appointed Governance Committee, or the  Measurement Task Force now getting started.
  • Seeking members and friends to expand the A/V team to support our new projection resources. See Benjie Messer or email at benjiemesser@phoenixuu.org for details.
EEC Silent Auction for the Play Structures

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