This Sunday, March 11
Service Leader:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, March 11, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Thriving faith communities offer a balance of connection and commitment that both sustains our lives and offers opportunities to serve. On this Connection Sunday, we celebrate those who lead and serve, and explore the love that binds us into creative and sustaining community.
Starting Point Tour
Sunday, March 11, 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! 
Next Sunday, March 18
Music Sunday: Street Requiem
Service Leader:  Benjie Messer
Sunday, March 18, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
UUCP's congregation choir, in collaboration with Valley UU's choir and a chamber orchestra, presents Street Requiem, a ten-movement contemporary choral work dedicated to those who have died on the street. A musical exploration of homelessness and violence, it is challenging, reverent and ultimately optimistic.
Restoration Project Presentation & Training
Sunday, March 18, from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Come learn about the important work of the Phoenix Restoration Project that offers hospitality and travel assistance to individuals and families being released from immigration detention. After the presentation, those who wish to stay can complete the training and orientation to become a volunteer for PRP. This is kid friendly. Please let us know if you need childcare or any accommodations so that we can make arrangements. Feel free to bring a snack to share if you're able. All are welcome to attend, just make sure to RSVP at the Advancing Justice table at the back on Sunday.
Board Chat
Sunday, March 18, after each service in the Johnson Room  
Join the Board of Trustees for our monthly chat about the upcoming happenings at UUCP. They happen the third Sunday of each month and this Sunday is a special one. Board Members will be in the Johnson Room after each service. We will be discussing the ministerial search process and anything else on your mind. Please drop by! Please email Vince, Board President below with any questions.
Upcoming Classes & Events
Join UUCP's new Justice Text Alert service
Text UUCP to 33222 to begin receiving timely alerts for justice actions and events in the community. We will send a few messages a month with reminders and basic information to keep you informed and plugged in! 
Outdoor Group Hike
Saturday, March 10, Dixie Mountain Loop
The Outdoor Group offers exercise combined with a healthy dose of connection to fellow UUer's who love being outside and having fun. March 10 we will be hiking in the beautiful Phoenix Sonoran Preserve. Please contact Bonnie White below or call 562-889-9404 for details.
Beginning Programming Class with Jake Danforth
Saturday, March 10, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM in the Johnson Room
We will be exploring basic concepts of programming using the Javascript programming language available on any computer that runs an internet browser. Interesting terms you will be exposed to include functions, methods, objects, classes, primitives, variables, constants, modules, any many more. Snacks will be provided during the class as well as patience and love. INTERESTED? Call or text Jake Danforth at 480-747-2717. All you need to bring is an internet capable device with a browser.
Apply to be a UUCP Delegate at General Assembly
June 20-24 in Kansas City, Missouri 
UUCP warmly invites members to apply to be delegates at the annual General Assembly. We seek a diverse team of delegates, from all walks of UUCP life. Both new and experienced members are welcome to apply. Scholarships are available to help offset travel costs for those with financial need. Apply now so you can take advantage of early registration discounts. Application at the link below.
First Annual Community Dance at UUCP
Saturday, March 24, doors open at 6:00 PM and the dancing starts promptly at 6:30 PM
"Promenade" and "sashay" at our First Annual community dance!  Those are just fancy words for walking and moving to music! Learn and enjoy the finer points with your UUCP friends and family! Peg Hesley will teach and inspire us through traditional community dance patterns with the lively music of her fiddler, Jeff Thorn. Suggested optional contribution of $2 per dancer. Bring your water bottle and optionally, a plate of finger food to share for refueling midway through the evening. Toe tapping sideliners welcome. Suggested attire:  Comfortable clothes and closed-toed footwear.
Community Night
Thursday, March 15, 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
Join us at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room for food and friendship. A donation of $5 per adult, $2 per child under ten, or $10 per family covers the cost of the meal. Each dinner  features the talents of the fabulous cooks in our congregation. Community Night is not a potluck. If you'd like to contribute as a Sous Chef (sides, salad, or bread), please signup in advance.
Menu for March 15  Chefs Granger and Marjorie are making Carnitas nachos and black bean nachos. Todd Haughton is bringing all the nacho fixings and a southwest salad.
Unicare Recognition Breakfast
Saturday, March 17, 8:30 AM in the Johnson Room
If you participate in any fashion as a Unicare Program volunteer than please join us for a recognition breakfast. This invitation includes all Unicare e-group, memorial services and friendship partners volunteers. Email Vicki below with questions or click on the link below to RSVP if you have not done so already. 
Horizons Now Online
The March edition of our Horizons newsletter is now available to read on our website. The worship theme for March is "Balance/Sun & Moon." 
The direct link is below.
Green Sanctuary Group
Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 PM in the Johnson Room
At this meeting we will be finalizing our plans for our field trip on March 15. Come join us and see what we are all about.
80's Babies Small Group
Tuesday, March 13, 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, March 13, 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.
Green Sanctuary Field Trip
Thursday, March 15, leaving UUCP at 9:45 AM
Have you ever wondered what happened to all the items we recycle? You can find out  first-hand by joining Green Sanctuary's field trip to the North Gateway Transit Station on Thursday, March 15, 2018. The station is at 30205 N. Black Canyon Highway. The tour will start at 10:30 AM and last about an hour. You may choose to meet us at the Station or carpool from UUCP. Those wishing to carpool should plan to meet at UUCP by 9:30 AM so we can leave by 9:45 AM. Those wishing to have lunch together afterward may join us at First Watch CafĂ©, 3780 Happy Valley Rd, Suite 110.
Women's Ritual
Thursday, March 15, 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Come celebrate spring equinox with us. Bring a drum or anything else you can bang on, and we will be meeting in the meditation garden next to the Sanctuary. Please contact Pat Reed with any questions below.
Open (Drop-In) Small Group
Thursday, March 15, 7:00 PM in Annex B
Small Group Ministry is an ideal way to connect to others and tend to your heart and spirit at UUCP. Life can feel like a frenzied struggle against a materialistic world, which leaves us feeling disconnected from our deepest selves and without the energy to reach out in love and service to others. They follow the monthly worship themes and offer a way to engage the themes in your daily life and grow and learn with a group while sharing your own story, insights and learnings.
3rd Friday Movie - Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock
Friday, March 16, 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
The Water Protectors at Standing Rock captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet.
Adult Faith Development Courses
Please register for courses below at There is a $10 fee for each course.
Exploring Your UU Identity
Wednesdays, March 21-April 18 from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM in the Johnson Room
Facilitator: Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? In this six-session class we will explore the theology, history and organization of our UU religious tradition, along with our faith's core commitments to lifelong learning and social justice. Participants will be encouraged to discover and articulate their own Unitarian Universalist identity through the various "lenses" of our historic and open-ended way of faith.

Boundary Setting and Negotiating
Thursday, March 22, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM in Annex B
Facilitators: Mary Dawes and Natalie Fabert
Two-hour workshop to learn and practice skills that you can apply in the workplace and in relationships. One essential part of healthy and productive relationships is establishing good boundaries. Boundaries can be rules and principles that guide you and establish what you will or won't allow in a relationship. Negotiation is a dialogue between people over one or more issues, intended to reach a constructive outcome. Developing these skills will reduce conflict and promote results that satisfy both/all participants.

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.