This Sunday, February 4
Searching for the Future
Service Leader:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, February 4, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM 
Our fifth UU principle upholds the value of democratic process in our congregations and in our society. Today as we gather for our mid-winter congregational meeting, we practice the self-governance that is our heritage and our future, foundational to our way of faith in a complex world.
Information Workshop About the Ministerial Search Process
Sunday, February 4, 2018 in the Sanctuary after each service
Leader: Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh, our primary contact with the UUA
Our congregation is getting ready to search for a new minister who will join us in Fall of 2019. In this short information session, we'll explore the steps we'll take to choose a great new minister for UU Congregation of Phoenix.
80's Babies Superbowl Party
Sunday, February 4 at Amy & Mike's Home
Join us for the second annual sports-optional Superbowl party! Kickoff is at 4:30 and you can stop by any time. We'll have food and drinks but feel free to bring anything you'd like to share. RSVP to Amy via email below for address. You can also call her at  610-209-0000.
Next Sunday, February 11
Super U, Super UU
Service Leaders:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall & Katie Resendiz
Sunday, February 11, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM 
Join the children of our community and the children's ministry team to explore how Superheroes fit into our principles and values. Does Batman always defer to inherent worth and dignity? Are villains just pursing their independent search for truth and meaning? We'll tackle some really big questions, as the kids of UUCP always do, but this time we'll be wearing capes!
The Best Diet for Me: Benefits of Being Vegan
Sunday, February 11, 12:45 PM in the Sanctuary
Join UU Jerry Waters for a presentation and discussion on how diet impacts health and happiness. Jerry will speak about his journey to lower his cholesterol without using medication, as well as the environmental benefits of whole food, plant-based diets. 
Wake Now Our Vision Collaborative Campaign UUA Legacy Challenge
Sunday, February 11, 10:30 AM in Annex D & 12:15 PM in Annex B 
Through a challenge grant from a member UU congregation, UUCP (through our Foundation, UUFP) has an amazing opportunity to receive "FREE MONEY"!  To those who don't yet have wills, OR have not yet put UUFP or another UU entity in their wills (or have done so since 1/1/17), OR have not yet informed UUCP or UUA of your intentions, OR would like to re-examine your bequest-this is for you!  (Namely, all of us!)  For more information, come to an informational session on February 11, 18, or 25; contact any of us on the UUFP Board; or go to the "Wake Now Our Vision Collaborative Campaign UUA Legacy Challenge" website below.
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! 
Parent(s) of Young(er) Children Small Group
Thursday, February 8, from 6:45 PM - 8:15 PM in Annex C 
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 checkin 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 Sarah with any and all questions below, or check out our Facebook group.
Traveling Second Fridays
Friday, February 9, 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Join us for a free one-hour presentation as Todd and Stephanie Haughton share their rafting through the Grand Canyon trip in the UUCP sanctuary from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  Known for its whitewater rapids, the river also affords calm moments to enjoy the canyon's spectacular scenery. They will share their experiences of a 225 mile float trip, and what it's like to paddle through whitewater rapids and survive. Please call Barbara Cawthorne with any questions at 480-994-1452.
Radically Inclusive Yoga Movement Class
Wednesdays 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM in the Johnson Room
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.
Outdoor Group Hike at Gateway Trailhead
Saturday, February 10 at 7:00 AM
We are well into a beautiful hiking season. Come join us Saturday, February 10, at the Gateway Trailhead at 7:00 AM to do the Bell Pass Trail. Everyone is welcome on this hike. The first part is gentle, the last part a bit more of a workout.  For more information contact Bonnie White via email below or call her at 562-889-9404.
Emma's Revolution Concert
Saturday, February 10, workshop from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, concert at 7:30 PM
Valley Unitarian Universalist - 6400 Del Rio, Chandler
Activist power duo Emma's Revolution at Valley Unitarian Universalist. Concert at 7:30 PM. Concert tickets $18 in advance, $22 at the door. Workshop from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: "Music: The Voice of Justice." How has music informed and propelled social justice movements of the past? What's happening in today's Resistance? How can we use music to fuel progressive movements for #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, #TimesUp, voting rights, the environment, etc.? Learn, discuss and sing together with award-winning activist musicians Pat Humphries and Sandy O, composers of "Peace, Salaam, Shalom" and more movement songs. Workshop Tickets $15. Concert/Workshop Combo $30. Tickets for sale below.
Orientation for Day at the Legislature
Sunday, February 18, 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Learn about the state legislative process and get updates on current bills to prepare for the annual UU Day at the Legislature (February 19). Presenters will talk about how bills work their way through the legislature, how bad bills are resisted, and how to build relationships with our state representatives. Please email Emrys below with questions.
Cabaret: The Spirit of Broadway
Saturday, March 3, Doors open at 6:00 PM and show starts at 7:00 PM
Tickets are $10-25 (suggested) per adult, no charge for youth under 18
UUCP's music program welcomes you to a Cabaret-style musical theater show of songs with a spiritual side. Come see your favorite UUCP singers onstage, with lights, sound, orchestra and more! Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase, and childcare will be provided for children unable to watch the show. All proceeds will benefit the Minister's Discretionary Fund, which is used to help members and visitors in financial need. Keep your eye out for an email going out next week directing you how to buy advanced tickets online. 
Donations Needed for Maryland School
Even if it weren't the middle of flu season (which it is), the need would be there - trying to help keep students healthy so they can learn.  This month when you're out shopping, please purchase a few of these items, so teachers don't have to spend their own money (those wonderful raises....) to stock up their classrooms.  Pick up a reminder at the Justice Table and bring things in on Sunday mornings in February.  Many thanks!
Opportunity for Enthusiastic and Dedicated Individuals
The UUCP Nominating Committee is currently selecting candidates for open positions for the UUCP Board of Trustees, UU Foundation, and Nominating Committee, for Fall 2018 and beyond. All three groups serve important roles in maintaining our congregation's vitality and advancing its mission of building religious community, growing in spirit, sharing journeys, and advancing justice. Primary qualifications include commitment to UUCP and its mission, creativity and energy, and the ability to communicate well with congregation members. We need people of all walks of life and perspectives.  To obtain more information, including detailed job descriptions for each of these positions, contact Jenny Jones at 480-206-2189 or by email below.
Congrats to the Gelsinger Family!
Right at about dinner time on January 16, Janine, Justin and Viv Gelsinger welcomed  Ramona Drew Gelsinger into the world. Welcome Ramona!

With a new addition to a family comes a lot of additional work. 2 kids are more than twice of one and the family can use a little help with night meals. Please click on the link below to see the Meal Train and sign up to bring them something if you are able. 
Ending Private Prisons, A presentation by John Dacey
Sunday, February 25, at 12:45 in the Sanctuary 
The United States and the majority of state governments have created a justice system that promotes incarceration to drive profit, disproportionately impacting the poor and communities of color. Prisoners are calculated as growth commodities on corporate balance sheets and shareholders are fiscally rewarded when private prison populations increase. This practice is inherently flawed and violates the "life and liberty" guarantees in the US Constitution. Incarceration-for-profit is the new slavery.
Save the Date for 2018 Regional Assembly
April 27-29, Portland, Oregon
The four districts of the UUA's Pacific Western Region will gather April 27-29 in Portland, Oregon for the 2018 Regional Assembly. Speakers include civil rights activist, the Rev. Dr. William Barber; Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, advocate for women's, immigrant, civil, and human rights; and the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, newly elected UUA president. Programming includes workshops, worship, district meetings, and an optional social justice activity. Discount lodging is available at the Portland Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, site of the Regional Assembly. Childcare and youth programming will be available. Registration below.