This Sunday, April 1
Living Into Our Promise
Service Leader:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, April 1, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Since 1946, Unitarian Universalists have congregated here, seeking community, working to create a better world. From those days of things remembered the promise has emerged, growing in power and presence, a beacon that shines with hope. How do we build on our heritage to live into that emerging promise?
Congregational Photo
Sunday, April 1, between services at 10:45 AM on the patio.
Everyone is encouraged to come out to the patio between services for our annual all-congregation photo! Please plan on staying late after the first service. We'll start getting into place at 10:45 AM to take the photo at 11:00 AM on the patio. 
Next Sunday, April 8
Commitment and Call
Service Leader:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, April 8, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Ministry is the act of putting into action our programs, desires and commitments- an act of leadership and service to a higher good. As this congregation elects the Ministerial Search Committee, we consider, what is the ministry to which we are called, and to which we commit ourselves?
Ministerial Search Committee Election
Special Congregational Meeting
Sunday, April 8, 10:45 AM in the Sanctuary 
Information on the nominees for the Search Committee were sent out in Horizons and Compass, and is available at a table in the back of the Sanctuary this morning, along with a Board member who can answer your questions.  All UUCP members in good standing are eligible to vote on the members of the Ministerial Search Committee. Check-in begins at  10:35 AM , and this is an in person vote.
Starting Point Tour
Sunday, April 8, 10:40 AM in the Foyer
Meet Janine Gelsinger, our Membership and Welcoming Ministries Coordinator and a member of our Children's Ministry program, in the front foyer at 10:40 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!
Upcoming Classes & Events
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. 
Traveling 2nd Fridays
Friday, April 13, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Please join us for a one-hour travel presentation on MONGOLIA: WIDE-OPEN SPACES by Harriet Williams. In September 2016 Harriet Williams toured Mongolia for 15 days, from the Gobi Desert in the south, to Khovsgol Lake in the Alpine north, spending several days in the capital Ulaanbaatar. One fifth of Mongolia's population are still nomadic herders, living in easily-transportable "gers" (aka, yurts) very much like ones steppe tribespeople lived in 3000 years ago. These days, however, many gers are flanked by solar panels and satellite dishes. In 1990 the people staged a peaceful revolution that brought democracy to their nation, along with a renewed acceptance of Buddhism and of Genghis Khan. Please call Barbara Cawthorne with any questions at 480-994-1452 or by email below. 
Passover Event at Community Night
Thursday, April 5, 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Please join us for a special Community Night Passover celebration at UUCP on April 5. We will begin at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary with a special reading of the Haggadah, and seder plates, led by the Lifshitz family. A potluck Passover dinner will follow around 7:00 PM. Please sign up for a dish below.
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.
Radically Inclusive Yoga Movement Class
Wednesdays 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary
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.
80's Babies Small Group
Tuesday, April 10, 6:45 PM in Annex C
Facilitators: Sarah Moore and Amy McKlindon
The "80s Babies" (formerly the Young Adults Small Group) is a place for those of us born in the 80's (70's and 90's babies also welcome) to come together and talk about issues important to us. We are an open group, providing a safe space to share ideas, challenge each other respectfully and connect with one another.  The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month and the fourth Sunday of the  month. The fourth Sunday meets after the second service and then heads off-site for food and conversation. Contact Sarah below for more information and calendar reminders.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
We will start the meeting with 30 minutes of meditation followed by a dharma reading and discussion. You need not be a Buddhist to attend, just interested in your spiritual growth. If you have questions, contact Donna Featherston at 602-997-7996.
Two Spanish Groups
Intermediate class meets Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in Annex C
Beginner class meets Thursdays, at 6:45 PM in Annex D
UUCP is adding a new beginners Spanish class along with the existing culture and conversation group. Join José Diaz on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM for Spanish conversation on current events and cultural topics. This drop-in group is best for people with basic or intermediate Spanish skills. Join Jim Breuer for beginners Spanish language instruction, learning new vocabulary and grammar.
Green Sanctuary
Green Sanctuary would like to help you light up your lives for less (electricity and money)! LED bulbs will be available for purchase near the library starting  Sunday, March 25. Let us know if you need a different type, and we'll do the shopping for you.  Also, remember to go to   to send your comments to the governor asking to use the $57 Million from that suit to buy electric school buses for high pollution school districts.
Outdoor Group Hike
Saturday, April 14, Watson Lake
We are looking forward to  April 14 for our Watson Lake Hike. Watson Lake is in Prescott, and the temperatures are going to be a little cooler than here in the Valley of the Sun. I think we can safely plan on meeting to carpool at  7:00, driving to the trailhead, hiking for approximately  2:30 to 3:00 hours, and then deciding where to enjoy a lunch together before we drive home.  

Hike details including directions to the carpool meet up are attached.  I have also attached a map of the hike as well as directions to the trailhead for those who do not wish to carpool. The weather looks ideal for this adventure.  Let's strap on our boots and go see some beautiful country and enjoy a good meal!
Emrys' farewell sermon and celebration
Sunday, April 29, one service at 10:30 AM
Emrys will preach his final sermon, "My Top 10: What I'll Cherish from UUCP," at 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary. This service will be followed by a farewell celebration in the Johnson Room and Emrys is also inviting everyone to join him afterwards at Piestewa Park at the Mojave Ramada at 3:00 PM for a Grill n Chill afternoon plus a sunset watching hike at 6:30 PM.
UUCP Switching to a new Database System
You might have noticed when trying to login into the UUCP directory that it is no longer around. We have switched to a new system from the same company that will make life much easier. Please visit for information and instructions.
Adult Faith Development Course
Please register for the course below at There is a $10 fee for each course.
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.
Moving to one service soon
April 29, 2018, 10:30 AM
This is an early reminder that starting on Sunday, April 29, we move to the one service summer schedule with the service starting at 10:30 AM. This is also the date of Emrys' farewell sermon and celebration.