This Sunday, August 26
Justice Centered Through a Lifetime
Service Leaders: Members of the Justice Teams at UUCP
Sunday, August 26, 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary
What does it mean to be justice centered in different contexts, in different times of our lives? Members of the UUCP Justice Teams share their stories – what they have experienced, what they have learned, what inspires them as they live into their call.
Data Entry for our Community Partner Studying Police Violence
Sunday, August 26, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Bring your laptop with you on Sunday and volunteer after the service to help with data entry for a worthy justice organization,  Poder in Action  (where our own Ceyshe' Napa is a Board member). You will be entering results of a survey about community-police relations. We'll be set up from noon until 2:00 PM, but just stay as long as you are able. Food will be provided!
New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Every Sunday 11:45 AM in Annex B or Sanctuary
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:   Opportunities to Serve: This week we will focus on ways for newcomers to serve the congregation in a ministry area. From helping out in a children's studio class, to greeting at the front door, to making a salad for community night, to making copies in the office . . . find out all the ways to serve our congregation while meeting others! 
Next Sunday, September 2
When Things Fall Apart: How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Service Leader: Kathy Baughman
Sunday, September 2, 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary
When life throws us nasty curve balls it can feel like things are falling apart. That curve ball, calamity, or loss changes our lives. The mosaic of our lives is altered. The spiritual work is to access personal, communal and transcendent resources, reshaping that altered mosaic to once again reflect balance, joy and hope.
New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Sunday, September 2, 11:45 AM after service in Annex B
Next week's topic : Congregational History and Building Tour
Upcoming Events
Two Service Schedule Starts on September 16!
Starting on Sunday, September 16, we will move to our two service schedule. We will have a service at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM. Children’s Ministries will have programming during both services, and high school will meet at 10:30 AM.
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, August 28, 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. The topics this month include new Board committees, construction updates, and Ministerial search committee progress. Please contact board President Mary Dawes at president@phoenixuu.org or 602 761-2741 if you have any questions.
Calling All Singers
September is a perfect time to join the UUCP Choir, and we welcome new singers! The choir rehearses every Wednesday evening, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, from September through May and sing at two Sunday services each month. All ages are welcome, and childcare is available during rehearsals. The ability to read music at an elementary level is helpful but not required.

If you would be interested in singing with the choir for a single rehearsal and service, but can't commit to our full season, you're in luck! Our fall kicks off with a single rehearsal (Wednesday, September. 5, 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM) and service (Sun. Sept. 9) that are open to anyone, with no expectation of joining the choir. Please contact Music Director Benjie Messer with any questions at BenjieMesser@phoenixuu.org
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, August 28, 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. This group now meets weekly.
Course for Caregivers of Someone with Dementia
Sundays, September 16 - November 18 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM in Annex B
This discussion series offers real promise to reduce stress and build resilience. It’s for you if you’re caring for a loved one...whether across the living room or across the country. Based on the groundbreaking book Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief by Pauline Boss, Ph.D., this workshop is for any caregiver who struggles with the complex grief and stress of care giving.  There is no cost to participate, but registration is required so that we can plan. To register please visit  phoenixuu.org/duet  or email  duet@phoenixuu.org
Thursday Community Night & Adult Faith Development

Join us in building a “Spiritual Community for our Time” every Thursday at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room September 13 - November 15, 2018. Each week features the culinary talents of the members of our congregation: two entrees (one vegetarian), as well as sides, salad and bread. 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, there are vegan and gluten free options, and food served is labeled for the top nine common 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. A diverse offering of adult faith development classes, small groups, justice experiences, and guest lectures help us to live into the congregation’s vision. 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 communitynight@phoenixuu.org .

Upcoming Events from September 13, 2018 -
 
Spiritual Practices with Anthony Johnson - 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. Today’s session is “Defining Spiritual Practice.”

Parent’s of Young(er) Children Small Group - The Parents of Young(er) Children Small Group is a drop-in friendly group that meets twice per month. We welcome all members and friends/participants of UUCP who are in a parenting role to little ones to join our village. We will still have a chalice and a check-in and conversation around the congregational theme, but the structure of this group will inevitably be looser and welcoming of the small people in the space as life with kids necessitates. Please feel free to contact Rev. Margret with any and all questions at minister@phoenixuu.org .

Turning Judgments into Questions - For this session we will discuss a collaborative problem-solving process which is helpful for addressing complex situations. This process is based on the Experience-Based Case Discussion format which was first developed for use by an Early Intervention team in their work with young children and families but has application in many other settings. It can be used by teams or in individual consultation. The process encourages broad exploration of the situation at hand, promotes self-reflection and focuses on identification of strengths and resources which can serve as the basis for a plan for moving forward.
Phoenix Restoration Project
Immigrants are released from detention almost every day, often with children, to travel by bus to relatives or sponsors in the U.S. as they await resolution of their legal cases. They are given next to nothing for their journeys. We are collecting supplies to take to the volunteers who meet them at the Greyhound station to give them provisions and wish them well.  You can buy items from the list and bring them  on Sunday  morning to the bins by the Advancing Justice table OR order on Amazon to be direct-delivered to PRP at CLICK HERE
Opportunities to Serve!
  • Seeking UUCP members with a commitment to healthy staffing processes, with a background in HR or management, to serve on the Board-appointed Personnel Committee.
  • Small Group Ministry is a direct experience of loving connection, and we are seeking to add facilitators to sustain and expand the program in the coming year.
  • The new Safety Team to bring your commitment and expertise to supporting health and safety in congregational life.
  • The Measurement Task Force will be looking at how we track our activities and assess the impact of this congregation on our lives.

Want to know more about these flexible and welcoming opportunities? Talk to Rev. Margret, in person, by phone or at  minister@phoenixuu.org
Calling all UUCP Artists, Crafters, and Lovers of “Arts and Crafts” - SAVE THE DATE!
Sunday, November 11, 2018, Before and After Sunday Services
Reserve your calendars for our UUCP Arts & Crafts Fair, a fundraiser to benefit UUCP!
Reminder to bring water on September 9
In our traditional Water Communion on September 9 we celebrate the start of our new program year by mingling our waters from summer.  All are welcome to bring water to share from home or travels, or use water we provide here.
Poetry Writer’s Workshop
First and Third Mondays 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM in Annex B
Starting Monday, September 17 at 1:00 PM

Mary Oliver wrote, “Poetry isn’t a profession, it’s a way of life. It’s an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that.” The Poetry Workshop is the place and opportunity to let your creativity flow -- a forum for all those writers who have been looking for a place to interact with like spirits and creators. For more information contact Rosemary Roenfanz at romo19@q.com
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