This Sunday, October 21, 2018
How Did We Become a Racially Polarized Country/Faith?
Service Leader: Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kūpono Kwong
Sunday, October 21, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
The “original sin” of racism is our heritage in America, deeply woven into even our Unitarian and Universalist faith and theology .How can we change our trajectory to individually and collectively repent the sin of racism? Let us re-imagine our ever-evolving faith to build the world we dream about.
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:   UU 101
Advancing Justice
At the Advancing Justice table, sign a petition from the ACLU asking Greyhound to stop allowing Border Patrol agents to board buses and question people without cause. Also, if you need a ride to the polls on November 6 OR can offer a ride, add your name to a list and we'll help connect you.
Board Chat
Sunday, October 21 after each service in the Johnson Room
Come chat with the board at coffee hour in the Johnson Room and the topic will be gender inclusive initiatives.
A Vigil of Healing for Women
October 21, 2018 from 4:00 PM-5:30 PM in the Sanctuary
The current social and political climate has reawakened old vulnerabilities and hurts for women and those who identify as women, especially those who have experienced assaults and boundary violations in their lives. Our vigil of healing will offer a shared experience of contemplative music, readings, and healing ritual in a space of safety and acceptance. Child care will be available.
Pronoun Stickers
In our commitment to radical inclusion, we affirm all gender identities and expression by letting others know which personal pronouns we choose.  Stickers are available at the Welcome Desk for name tags – he/him/his, she/her/hers, they/them/theirs. You may also request another set of pronouns for your name tag.
Next Sunday, October 28
Dia de los Muertos
Service Leader:  Sylvia Sharma
Sunday, October 28, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
At this sacred time, we honor our connection with the spirit world, celebrating the rich heritage, the legacy and gifts of our ancestors. All are welcome in this multi-generational service to bring a photo or memento of a beloved who has died to place upon the ceremonial altar.   
New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Sunday, October 21
Inquirers are invited to learn about Children's Ministry
Upcoming Events
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, October 23, 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. We will be discussing progress on construction plans, Ministerial search, and gender inclusion among other topics. Please contact board Co-President Mary Dawes at or 602 761-2741 if you have any questions
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, October 23, 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.
Calling all drummers!
Come learn rhythm and create community in UUCP's new drumming group! Starting on October 29, we will meet every other Monday night at 7:00 PM led by drummer and member Carol Benwell. We will use exercises simple enough for beginners, and work toward playing pieces on the djembe in the West African tradition. Drums will be provided, but if you have a djembe, please bring it. Please let Carol know if you're interested, at , and contact her with any questions.
Spanish Discussion Group
Wednesday, October 24, 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.
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.
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 .

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Menu for October 25 - West African Peanut and Sweet Potato Stew, with or without chicken.

At Community Night dinner, we will be making butterflies for our Dia de Los Muertos service. Please bring your sharp fabric scissors and your creativity. 
Singing Meditation
Thursday, October 25, 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Join Music Director Benjie Messer to center yourselves with an hour of singing meditation, including toning, chants, and simple songs from world traditions. No singing or meditation experience necessary.
Fighting for the Future of Arizona’s Public Schools
Thursday, October 25, 6:45 PM in Annex F
Join Melinda Merkel Iyer and Sharon Kirsch, two of the co-founders of Save Our Schools Arizona, for an engaging conversation about the state of public education in Arizona. Come learn what's happened to school funding over the years, discuss the history of privatization in our state, and explore the many ways for you to get involved! Register Here!!
Men’s Group
Thursday, October 25, 6:45 PM in Annex B
The primary goal of this men’s ministry is to assist men in our quest to discover who we are as men, as sons, fathers, grandfathers, husbands, partners, friends and brothers. We support and engender a masculinity that is male-positive, pro-feminist / womanist, gay-affirming, culturally and racially inclusive and diverse. A masculinity dedicated to spiritual and personal growth and one that challenges men to confront gender injustice, homophobia, racism, loneliness and the distrust between men and women, children, other men, ourselves, and the earth. We will meet in circles created as sacred spaces by men. Through listening to men’s stories, exercise, process and ritual, men will engage and explore the masculine and feminine energies resident in every man. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Menu for November 1 - Vegan Greek vegetable stew (eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes), green salad and bread.
Arizona Water Vision
Thursday, November 1, 6:45 PM in Annex B
As Thomas Berry said, rivers have river rights, but have lost their voices. We can be voices for them in political and business arenas. Arizona Water Vision was organized to support HB 2581 and the free flowing of water in AZ rivers: the Agua Fria, Babocomari, San Pedro, Upper Verde and Little Colorado. If not protected, it is expected that groundwater demand in these river basins will exceed flow by 2050. Join host Green Sanctuary, and guests from Arizona Water Vision to hear more about these water protection efforts.
Spiritual Practices with Anthony Johnson
Thursday, November 1, 6:45 PM in the Sanctuary
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.

Parents of Teens Group
Thursday, November 1, 6:45 PM in Annex C
Facilitator: Tammy Wheeler-Rhodes
Join other parents of teens in a space designed for sharing thoughtful discussion and mutual support. 
Community Dance at UUCP
Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM - Doors open at 6:00 PM for socializing
Come promenade, do si do, play, learn and laugh together under the joyful guidance of dance teacher Peg Hesley, to live traditional music. Invite family and friends and neighbors to join us for inter-generational fun. (Childcare available for the youngest). $2.00 -$5.00 per person optional contribution. Bring your water bottle; wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe footwear. Optional: Bring a plate of finger food to share Sponsored by lovers of fun and possibility.
UUCP Arts and Craft Fair
Sunday, November 11, 2018, Before and After Sunday Services
All UUCP Artists, Crafters and lovers of Arts and Crafts are welcome to participate in this annual event – reserve a table to sell your artistic creations, or plan to come and do your holiday shopping for one-of-a-kind items! The Arts & Crafts Fair is a fundraiser to benefit UUCP!
Please visit to reserve a table or contact Katy Boxley or Ruth Pinkus via email at
UUCP Annual Auction
December 1, 2018, 5:00 PM-9:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Party time with food, music, and auctioneers! We need people to offer up services, physical items, and events for the auction block. When that hammer goes down, be part of the fun. We want to have items up for bid that fit all ages, all wallets, and many interests. Also please sign up to help plan and execute. Contact for further information or go to .

Opportunities to Serve:
  • Seeking members and friends for the new Racial Justice Team - see Anthony Johnson to get involved.
  • The Inclusion Ministry Team will work for radical inclusion, including gender inclusion and other initiatives to promote welcome, safety and justice for all. See Rev. Margret to get involved.
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