This Sunday, October 9
Living Beyond Like-Minded People
Service Leaders:  Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Sunday, October 9 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
People often say they came to UU congregations to be with like-minded people. However, with time we come to discover that we don't all look at things the same way. How do we practice the art of really embodying a celebration of difference? And at the same time what still holds us together?
Starting Point Tour
Sunday, October 9, at 10:45 AM in the Foyer
Meet a representative of our Membership Committee and 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!
Next Sunday, October 16
Diversity as Discovery
Service Leaders:  Rev. Terry Simms
Sunday, October 16 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
The idea that Unitarian Universalism should be widely diverse and inclusive is commonly accepted among us. But I wonder how often we ask ourselves why we want to be more diverse. After all, it takes effort to embrace what is unfamiliar. What does holding differences within a unity bring to our lives and our faith that might make the effort worthwhile?
Share the Plate with Planned Parenthood
Sunday, October 16
Planned Parenthood Arizona promotes and protects every person's freedom and right to enjoy sexual health and well-being, to make reproductive choices, and build strong, healthy families. Planned Parenthood provides family planning, medical services and educational programs including community outreach and Nurse Practitioner training. Generation SEE is a medically accurate sexual health education program designed to support the development of healthy sexual attitudes, behaviors and life styles in students aged 9 to 18, in collaboration with parents and teachers with a long term goal to improve public health by increasing positive outcomes for youth, and to reduce the number of teen and unintended pregnancies and the high rate of STI transmission in AZ.  Our UUCP funds will be used for educational programs for the public.
Upcoming Classes and Events
Welcoming Janine Gelsigner
We would like to officially welcome our new Membership/Volunteer Coordinator to UUCP, 
Janine Gelsigner.

Janine Schmenk Gelsinger joined our team in October 2016 as the Membership and Volunteer Coordinator. She joined UUCP in 2015 when she and her family moved from Denver; she was previously involved in our children's ministry with the Preschoolers.

Janine holds a BS in Human Development and a BA in Psychology from ASU. She has worked as a business owner, a retail educator, a web editor and at an elementary school: the common thread being her love for people and making connections between them.

You can reach her at or by calling 602-840-8400 x 204
Community Night & Indentity Groups
Thursday, October 13 at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
Community nights are opportunities for us to gather together and eat in community. Come for a meal and stay for identity groups. For more information about community nights, please email Sky WIlliams below.

Our religious heritage, gender and race have profound effects on our lives. On each of these three evenings, all members and friends of UUCP are invited to connect with others over personal stories of how we've noticed these identities in our own lives and the lives of people we know. Regardless of your background, you belong in these groups!

Oct. 13: Race

Thursday nights, 6:45-8:45pm, after the Community Night Meal
Young Adult Small Group
Tuesday, October 11, at 6:45 PM in Annex C
Facilitators:  Caitlin Tuffin-Gaspar & Sarah Moore
The young adult small group is a place for "younger" adults to get together and talk about issues important to us. We provide a safe space to share ideas and challenge each other respectfully. We are an open group and anyone who feels they are a young adult-regardless of age-is welcome to join and share their thoughts with us. For more information, please email Caitlin below.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, October 11, at 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 or Katherine Kruse at 602-369-9477
2nd Wednesday Small Group
Wednesday, October 12, at 1:00 PM in Annex B 
Facilitators:  Anne Lackey and Jan Bickley
Come one, come all to the new small group at UUCP. 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. 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. Each group is led by a trained facilitator. Each group also engages in a service project at least once during the year to serve the congregation or wider community.
Sewing and Crafts Circle
Saturday, October 15, drop in between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM
Make simple pattern dresses, quilts, backpacks and knitted items to support marginalized children locally as well as Mexico, South America and around the world. Share creative ideas as well as stitch and talk. A sewing machine nice to bring, but not necessary. Please contact Lori Rubin-Williamson at 480-234-1476 or email her below.
Coming of Age for Adults
First Meeting - Thursday, October 20, at 7:00 PM
Facilitators:  Kim St. Clair & Gary Ezzell
We've listened to inspiring Coming of Age speeches for 15 years, many wishing for a similar experience. Now it's here! Using a small group format and competencies from the youth COA, we'll explore UU history, principles and engage in deep conversations with each other and people of different faiths. At the end, participants will write their own statement of belief, clarifying what is most important, and be invited to share these as a part of a service. To register for this class, please visit the link below.
Memorial Garden Cleanup
Saturday, October 22 7:00 AM - Noon
UUCP's Memorial Garden is a sacred space where UU's ashes have been interred for generations. The Garden is home to John Waddell's "That Which Might Have Been" statues honoring the four young girls who were killed in a church in Birmingham, AL in 1961 by members of the KKK. Our Garden is the start to a meandering trail through our 9 acre property with hidden areas where you will find solitude with nature. Our Garden is in serious need of care. It is overgrown with trees, brush, and weeds. We need volunteers with chainsaws, strong lopers, and strong backs to help us hack away the dead trees and brush and haul it to the rolloff dumpster that will be provided. Families with children & youth are encouraged to participate. Email Heidi below to signup
UU Arts & Craft Fair 
Sunday, November 13, Before and after services on the patio
Unique, handmade items by our own UU artists and crafters will be available for purchase. A minimum of 20% of all sales will go back to supporting our mission. Shop local, shop UU!
Live Service Auction
December 4, 2016 11 am, Sanctuary
Deadline to Donate: November 20
The focus of this year's auction is "Connections." The auction provides a fun way for our community to connect over dinners, services, lessons, tours, etc. Stop by the auction table on Sundays during coffee hour to learn more or visit our website:
SFG For UUA President
Thanks to all participants, chili/dessert chefs, and $ contributors who made our "SFG for UUA President" fundraiser last Sunday such a success!  We are thrilled to have raised over $20,000 to date from UUCP alone, an amazing statement of support for Rev. Susan!  The "envelope trees" will remain up through October.  Please contribute by picking an envelope and donating that amount or more (cash or check made out to above).  Credit card donations are welcomed at
Worship Associates Applications now open!
Deadline October 30
Are you interested in getting more involved in worship at UUCP? Worship Associates work with the worship team to create and shape services and monthly themes. It's an opportunity to be a part of the one of the most central aspects of this community. Please speak with a current Associate or Rev. Susan if you'd like to know more. For more information, visit the link below.
Unicare Friendship Partners
Do you have a congregation friend or family member who is experiencing a life challenge and could benefit from a partner? Health issues and life events can make it difficult to maintain social contacts and community. Friendship partners pairs members of our community with friends to help maintain those cherished connections. Learn more by contacting Diana Ashley below.