This Sunday, January 28
Intentional Democracy
Service Leader:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, January 28, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Our fifth UU principle upholds the value of democratic process in our congregations and in our society. Today as we gather for our mid-winter congregational meeting, we practice the self-governance that is our heritage and our future, foundational to our way of faith in a complex world.
Mid-Year Congregational Meeting
Sunday, January 28 at 10:35 AM, between the two services, Sanctuary
The members of the Board of Trustees warmly invite you to a brief meeting to update you on campus construction plans, ministerial search progress, and the financial health of UUCP.  The meeting will be at 10:35 AM sharp, and it will end before the second service starts. All UUCP members and friends are asked to join us. Our shared commitment to democratic governance calls us to join together in discernment. Under the guidance of Rev. Margret, our very experienced interim minister, UCCP is in the midst of major transitions and exciting developments. We have lots of news to share! 
Starting Cooperative Businesses
Sunday, January 28, 12:45 PM in the Sanctuary
Carol Manetta will bring you news about a great movement going on to actively change the world's economy through a very large coalition of US and Canadian nonprofits. Economic inequality is being tackled by joining forces with one another to exchange ideas, resources and collaborations to spread the "bottom-up economy." She will also talk about her work in activating the bottom-up economy with some members of the Navajo Nation. Refreshments served participants.
Music in the Garden
Sunday, January 28 at 8:30 in the Memorial Garden or Annex B
Join Russ Braman in the memorial garden or Annex B, depending on the weather, before service to relax with beautiful music. Come and go as you please.
Next Sunday, February 4
Searching for the Future
Service Leader:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, February 4, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM 
The focus of this transitional time is preparing for the future. That includes understanding the rich heritage here, preparing for new ministerial leadership, electing the team to conduct the search on behalf of the congregation and supporting the search. Every voice, every perspective is vital to a successful search process.
Information Workshop About the Ministerial Search Process
Sunday, February 4, 2018 in the Sanctuary after each service
Leader: Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh, our primary contact with the UUA
Our congregation is getting ready to search for a new minister who will join us in Fall of 2019. In this short information session, we'll explore the steps we'll take to choose a great new minister for UU Congregation of Phoenix.
80's Babies Superbowl Party
Sunday, February 4 at Amy & Mike's Home
Join us for the second annual sports-optional Superbowl party! Kickoff is at 4:30 and you can stop by any time. We'll have food and drinks but feel free to bring anything you'd like to share. RSVP to Amy below for address.
Upcoming Classes & Events
Radically Inclusive Yoga Movement Class
Wednesdays 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM in the Johnson Room
Join long-time yoga instructor Lora Gustafson for an all-ages, all abilities yoga session. Sessions will cater to who shows up. Goals include building a greater mind/body connection through breathing, increased circulation, stimulation of the nervous system, greater range of motion and sense of peace. Extra mats available.
Wake Now Our Vision Collaborative Campaign UUA Legacy Challenge
Through a challenge grant from a member UU congregation, UUCP (through our Foundation, UUFP) has an amazing opportunity to receive "FREE MONEY"!  To those who don't yet have wills, OR have not yet put UUFP or another UU entity in their wills (or have done so since 1/1/17), OR have not yet informed UUCP or UUA of your intentions, OR would like to re-examine your bequest-this is for you!  (Namely, all of us!)  For more information, come to an informational session on February 11, 18, or 25; contact any of us on the UUFP Board; or go to the "Wake Now Our Vision Collaborative Campaign UUA Legacy Challenge" website below.
Couples Enrichment Class
Wednesdays, February 7 - March 14, 6:45 PM - 8:45 PM in the Johnson Room
This workshop is for couples who want to work on their relationship. Couples of all genders, length of time together and relationship status (married, partnered, engaged, co-habitating or not) are welcome. Explore how to strengthen and rejuvenate your connection. Topics include healthy communication, respecting differences, resolving conflicts, healing past hurts, relating to your larger community. Couple also explore how the 7 principles of UUism can create a more compassionate and deepening connection to each other.
Emma's Revolution Concert
Saturday, February 10, workshop from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, concert at 7:30 PM
Valley Unitarian Universalist - 6400 Del Rio, Chandler
Activist power duo Emma's Revolution at Valley Unitarian Universalist. Concert at 7:30 PM. Concert tickets $18 in advance, $22 at the door. Workshop from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: "Music: The Voice of Justice." How has music informed and propelled social justice movements of the past? What's happening in today's Resistance? How can we use music to fuel progressive movements for #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, #TimesUp, voting rights, the environment, etc.? Learn, discuss and sing together with award-winning activist musicians Pat Humphries and Sandy O, composers of "Peace, Salaam, Shalom" and more movement songs. Workshop Tickets $15. Concert/Workshop Combo $30. Tickets for sale below.
Traveling Second Fridays
Friday, February 9, 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Join us for a free one-hour presentation as Todd and Stephanie Haughton share their rafting through the Grand Canyon trip in the UUCP sanctuary from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  Known for its whitewater rapids, the river also affords calm moments to enjoy the canyon's spectacular scenery. They will share their experiences of a 225 mile float trip, and what it's like to paddle through whitewater rapids and survive. Please call Barbara Cawthorne with any questions at 480-994-1452.
Orientation for Day at the Legislature
Sunday, February 18, 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Learn about the state legislative process and get updates on current bills to prepare for the annual UU Day at the Legislature (February 19). Presenters will talk about how bills work their way through the legislature, how bad bills are resisted, and how to build relationships with our state representatives. Please email Emrys below with questions.
Cabaret: The Spirit of Broadway
Saturday, March 3, Doors open at 6:00 PM and show starts at 7:00 PM
Tickets are $10-20 (suggested) per adult, no charge for youth under 18
UUCP's music program welcomes you to a Cabaret-style musical theater show of songs with a spiritual side. Come see your favorite UUCP singers onstage, with lights, sound, orchestra and more! Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase, and childcare will be provided for children unable to watch the show. All proceeds will benefit the Minister's Discretionary Fund, which is used to help members and visitors in financial need. Keep your eye out for an email going out next week directing you how to buy advanced tickets online. 
Opportunity for Enthusiastic and Dedicated Individuals
The UUCP Nominating Committee is currently selecting candidates for open positions for the UUCP Board of Trustees, UU Foundation, and Nominating Committee, for Fall 2018 and beyond. All three groups serve important roles in maintaining our congregation's vitality and advancing its mission of building religious community, growing in spirit, sharing journeys, and advancing justice. Primary qualifications include commitment to UUCP and its mission, creativity and energy, and the ability to communicate well with congregation members. We need people of all walks of life and perspectives.  To obtain more information, including detailed job descriptions for each of these positions, contact Jenny Jones at 480-206-2189 or by email below.
Congrats to the Gelsinger Family!
Right at about dinner time on January 16, Janine, Justin and Viv Gelsinger welcomed  Ramona Drew Gelsinger into the world. Welcome Ramona!

With a new addition to a family comes a lot of additional work. 2 kids are more than twice of one and the family can use a little help with night meals. Please click on the link below to see the Meal Train and sign up to bring them something if you are able. 
Save the Date for 2018 Regional Assembly
April 27-29, Portland, Oregon
The four districts of the UUA's Pacific Western Region will gather April 27-29 in Portland, Oregon for the 2018 Regional Assembly. Speakers include civil rights activist, the Rev. Dr. William Barber; Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, advocate for women's, immigrant, civil, and human rights; and the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, newly elected UUA president. Programming includes workshops, worship, district meetings, and an optional social justice activity. Discount lodging is available at the Portland Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, site of the Regional Assembly. Childcare and youth programming will be available. Registration below.