This Sunday, February 5
A Community of Love and Justice
Service Leader:  Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Sunday, February 5 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Much theological work has been done to reveal the necessary connection of love and justice. What does this work offer to us as a community seeking to live at the intersection of love and justice?
Congregational Meeting
Sunday, February 5, at 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary
Please join the Board for our first Congregational Meeting of the new year. At this meeting the Board and Capital Campaign Team will share information about the Capital Campaign. The Board will also share information about Rev Susan's Campaign for UUA President and have an announcement for GA Delegates. All are welcome.
Community Book Corner
Sunday, February 5, at the back of the Sanctuary
The UUCP Community Book Corner is the first Sunday of each month.
February's theme is Justice and Love and there are three featured books,
one each, for adults, young adults and children. There will be other books, as well, which promote our UU values. Come celebrate the theme of Justice and Love with a purchase, browsing or sharing your thoughts!
New Day Center Meal
Sunday, February 5, at 5:00 PM at the New Day Center
Live out the UU commitment to serving those in need by serving a meal to the 150 parents and children of the UMOM New Day Center. This is a one-time, two-hour commitment. For more information and to RSVP, please email Rene Apack below.
Next Sunday, February 12
MultiGen Valentine's Day: RE Sunday
Service Leader:  Katie Resendiz
Sunday, February 12 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
This year, our Elementary students are on a storyteller's journey. They've learned to listen and tell their UU values through movement, craft, and tales. For Valentine's Day, we'll share our story with you. Join us for a multi-gen celebration of love in all of its forms- Dragons welcome.
Board Chat
Sunday, February 12, at 10:15 AM in Annex D
Join the Board of Trustees for a monthly conversation keeping you updated on what we're working on. We want to hear your voice to ensure we're being a spiritual community of our time. These chats will be held the 2nd Sunday of each month in Annex D between services.
Starting Point Tour
Sunday, February 12, at 10:45 AM in the Foyer
Meet Janine Gelsinger, our Membership Coordinator, and a member of our Children's Ministry program in the front foyer at 10:45 AM for a brief tour of our campus. You will have a chance to learn about our programs and ask questions in this informal introduction to UUCP. No sign up. Just show up!
Day at the Legislature Training
Sunday, February 12, at 12:30 PM in Annex B
Join us after services at 12:30 PM on February 12 for a training and education session to prepare us for our 2017 UU Day at the Legislature, which is on Monday, February 20. Representatives from UU Justice Arizona Network (UUJAZ) and the Center for Neighborhood Leadership will give updates on current bills and issues at the state level and then talk about how we build relationship with legislators and provide ongoing feedback to our representatives. No RSVP required for the training, but you do need to register for the actual Day at the Legislature. Go to for more info and to sign up. 
Upcoming Classes and Events
Memorial Garden & Trail Cleanup
Saturday, February 4, 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
UUCP's Memorial Garden is a sacred space where UU's ashes have been interred for generations and home to John Waddell's "That Which Might Have Been" statues honoring the four young girls who were killed in a church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1961 by members of the KKK. A hardworking crew of dedicated volunteers is needed to join Heidi with chainsaws, lopers, and strong backs to help us hack away the dead trees and brush and haul it to the roll off dumpster that will be provided. Families with children & youth are encouraged to participate. For more information contact Heidi below.
Second Wednesday Small Group
Wednesday, February 8, 1:00 PM in Annex B
Facilitators:  Anne Lackey and Jan Bickley
This small group will discuss the monthly theme in a small group format. Small Groups provide a space to tend to your heart and spirit. Each group is led by a trained facilitator. 
Community Night
Thursday, February 9, 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
February brings the return of Community Night! Every Thursday evening through April, join us at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room, for food and friendship. Each week features the talents of the fabulous cooks in our congregation: two main dishes (one vegetarian), as well as sides, salad and bread. A donation of $5 per adult, $2 per child under ten, or $10 per family, covers the cost of the meal. If you'd like to join, but have dietary restrictions or preferences, you are welcome to bring your own meal.
Following Community night,  Thursday evenings feature many activities: small groups, adult faith development, Pathway to Membership, and more. Chalice Kids childcare is available between  6:30-8:30.

February Menu

2/9 -  Beef Bourguignon, or roasted Eggplant and Zucchini with Herbs de Provence Scented Mashed Potatoes, Baguette, Salad with Blue Cheese and Pecans, from Justin Gelsinger.
Traveling 2nd Fridays
Friday, February 10 at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Nancy and Dave share their experiences when they traveled to Krakow, Poland, in June 2016 to attend the wedding of the son of English friends and his new Polish bride. They celebrated Will and Malgosia's marriage in a palace an hour outside Krakow and also spent the better part of a week exploring the city of Krakow, a fascinating medieval center filled with wonderful surprises.

We visited castles, parks, historic sites and museums, walked the medieval cobblestone streets of the original market and the old town, and ate in the underground grottoes and leafy courtyards of national restaurants where the fare was one delightful surprise after another. We also took time to visit Auschwitz and Birkenau, Schindler's factory and the former Jewish quarter and ghetto and learned much about that sad part of the city's history. Please join us. Any questions, call Barbara Cawthorne at 480-994-1452.
Outdoor Group
Saturday, February 11, at 7:30 AM
The Outdoor Group arranges day hikes twice a month (second and fourth Saturdays during the winter months). We invite everyone who likes being outdoors to join us. Our next hike is February 11 at Second Water Trail in Superstition Wilderness. 7:30 AM Meeting place:  McDonald's, 1250 S. Country Club, Mesa.  Please come prepared with hiking shoes, water, sunscreen, basic first aid and snacks for the trail.  For complete information email Jeanne Devine  H: 480-968-4987;  C: 480-678-2455 or email her below.
UUCP Nominating Committee is Seeking Qualified Candidates
Are you interested in potentially serving on the UUCP Board of Trustees, Foundation Board, or Nominating Committee?  If you are thinking a leadership position at UUCP might be the right fit for you, check out the February edition of Horizons.   The UUCP Nominating Committee is beginning to plan for our upcoming elections in late spring.  We need people from all walks of life and perspectives.  Primary qualifications include commitment to UUCP and its vision and mission, creativity and energy, and the ability to communicate well with congregation members.

For additional information including job descriptions, contact Nominating Committee Chair Jim Sorgatz at the link below .
2017 Day at the Legislature
Join UUs from across AZ at the capitol to meet your legislators on Monday, February 20. We will break into groups based on the district where you live and meet with your representatives and senator. This annual event organized by UU Justice Arizona Network (UUJAZ) is an opportunity to build relationships with your elected officials and to bring your UU values to the capitol. To prepare for the visits, we will host a training and legislative update on Sunday, Feb 12 starting at 12:30 PM, after the second service.

Please RVSP now for Feb 20th Day at the Legislature
Standing on the Side of Love
You may have heard about Standing on the Side of Love (SSL - often pronounced as 'sizzle') or noticed people in our congregation wearing the yellow shirts with the heart logo and wondered what this was all about. SSL was created in 2009 as the justice organizing arm of the Unitarian Universalist Association. They provide resources and coordination for UUs across the United States engaged in campaigns for a variety of justice issues. The bright yellow shirts are a great way to show unity at public events and rallies, you can purchase one from the UUA bookstore at the link below. 

Learn more about SSL and current campaigns at

Buy a SSL shirt 
Annual UUCP Spring Picnic
Saturday, February 25, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The Stillman Ramada at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E Indian Bend Rd
Bring a potluck dish to share and your musical instruments. This is a casual way to connect with friends. Come one, come all! If you are interested in helping out on the Picnic Committee to set-up, decorate, plan games and songs, or clean-up after the picnic, please contact Janine below.
AFN Community Conversations: Economic Inequality
Attend a presentation and conversation hosted by Arizona Faith Network for "A Living Legacy: Immigrant Worker Organizing in Arizona" on February 9th6:30-8:30pm, at the UFCW building (2401 N Central Ave.) Panel discussion will include workers and organizers from Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy (CASE). They will talk about how Arizona worker organizing has weathered times of economic growth and decline, including the history of organizing against exploitation, with a special focus on the mining, agricultural, and construction industries. 

Information and RSVP at
General Assembly Delegates
You can represent UUCP as a Delegate at General Assembly 2017 from June 21-25 in New Orleans, Louisiana! It is an opportunity to grow as a leader, connect with other Unitarian Universalists, and deepen your spirit. Delegate application deadline: Feb 23rd.

Click Here for Delegate Application
Justice District Assembly
March 31 - April 2 in Southern Arizona
Gather with UUs from Arizona, Southern California and Las Vegas in Southern Arizona for interactive immersion experiences, led by 30 partner organizations, designed to connect you to the social, environmental and spiritual facets of immigration justice. Sunday morning worship will take place at the border wall in Nogales, AZ. 
Food Drive & Donations
UUJAZ is holding a February Food Drive to assist immigrants released from detention who are dropped off by ICE vans at the Greyhound bus depot in Phoenix. They have bus tickets but little else for their travels as far away as Georgia, New York or Washington, D.C.   For more information and a  list of food items needed for immigrants' travels, check  the back table in the sanctuary or download this flier.  
Please bring your donations on Sundays, February, 5, 12 and 19.  Collected items will be taken to UUJAZ Day at the Legislature on  February 20 .