This Sunday, September 10
Ingathering:  One World
Service Leaders: Rev. Margret A. O'Neall and Others
Sunday, September 10, 10:30 AM
Water is universal, eternal, ever-changing. Gathering for the traditional Water Communion to open the church year, we reflect on our changing world, our emerging understandings of community, welcoming the new into our lives. Bring a small container of water from home or summer travels, or use water we provide here.
Children's Ministry Family Orientation 
Sunday, September 10, 2017, 11:30 AM in the Sanctuary
Come learn about our 2017-2018 programs for children, newborn to high school graduation. You are invited to see your friends, learn about our OWL (Our Whole Lives lifespan sexuality education), studio and age-based programming, experience our new Tinker class, set up one-on-one meetings with staff and register for the awesome year to come.  This event will be the primary enrollment for all OWL classes offered at UUCP this year. Attending families will be given priority for spaces in OWL. For more information please contact Katie Resendiz at 602-840-8400 x233 or email her below.
Celebrating Ministry
Sunday, September 10, at 11:30 AM in the Johnson Room and on the Patio
Wish Emrys well as he heads off for the committee interview that will culminate his journey into ministry and welcoming Rev. Margret who will guide us through a new transitional ministry for our congregation.
Starting Point Tour
Sunday, September 10, at 11:40 AM in the Foyer
Meet Janine Gelsinger, our Membership Coordinator and a member of our Children's Ministry program, in the front foyer at 11:40 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!
Poetry Coffeehouse
Sunday, September 10, at 11:30 AM in Annex H
Poetry Coffeehouse is a forum for congregation members and friends who write and or enjoy poetry. Our purpose is to read, encourage and appreciate poets and other writers. It is a small group ranging from 4 to 8 in attendance. Contact Tish Gauntt at 602-544-8330 for additional information.
Next Sunday, September 17
Transitions and Beginnings
Service Leader: Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, September 17, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Sometimes we find ourselves on a threshold, entering a time of discovery with unexpected potential for transformation. Welcoming the opportunity, we prepare to explore and celebrate the joy of new beginnings as we reconnect with the abundance of gifts and grace in our lives.
Two Service Schedule Starts the 17th
Sunday, September 17, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Please remember that the two service schedule starts with the service on the 17th. We have two services with the first one starting at 9:30 AM with children's ministry classes during that service and 11:15 AM.
Board Chat
Sunday, September 17, 10:30 AM in Annex D
Come chat with the board and get questions answered about our transition and ministerial search.
Upcoming Classes & Events
Sound, Light and Movement
Facilitators:  Aaron Ford and Stuart Silverman
Time and Date: Saturdays, September 23 - November 4 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM in the Sanctuary
No class on October 7
In this course we will be exploring the creative arts to promote personal and collective awareness, empowerment and healing. Using the modalities of art, music and dance/movement, we will immerse ourselves in guided explorations, improvisation, and discussion. The integration of these expressive art forms creates a synergy which helps to raise our personal and collective consciousness. Our explorations will be a combination of individual and group work. We will also examine how our intention can raise awareness on a more global scale.
80's Babies Small Group
Facilitators:  Sarah Moore and Amy McKlindon 
Tuesday, September 12, at 6:45 PM in Annex C 
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. Email Sarah below for more information. 
Parent(s) of Young(er) Children Small Group
Thursday, September 14, at 6:45 PM in Annex B
On the second Thursday, we will meet in Annex B in a traditional Small Group format, engaging in deep discussions led by Jonny Lifshitz, following the Small Group packet on the monthly congregational theme. This time set aside for adult discussions feels amazing, as the littles will be cared for at Chalice Kids, free programming in room 15 provided by the children's ministry. Email Janine below for more information. 
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, September 12, at 7:00 PM in Annex B
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, please contact Donna Featherston at 602-997-7996 or Katherine Kruse at 602-369-9477.
Community Nights will resume Thursday, September 21, 2017
In this course we will be exploring the creative arts to promote personal and collective awareness, empowerment and healing. Using the modalities of art, music and dance/movement, we will immerse ourselves in guided explorations, improvisation, and discussion. The integration of these expressive art forms creates a synergy which helps to raise our personal and collective consciousness. Our explorations will be a combination of individual and group work. We will also examine how our intention can raise awareness on a more global scale.
This year, we continue our Community Night tradition every Thursday evening. Join us at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room for food and friendship. Each week features the talents of the fabulous cooks in our congregation:  two main dishes (one vegetarian), as well as sides, salad and bread. A donation of $5 per adult, $2 per child under ten, or $10 per family covers the cost of the meal. If you'd like to join but have dietary restrictions or preferences, you are welcome to bring your own meal. If you enjoy contributing, but are unable to commit in advance, bringing a dessert or fruit to share is always welcome. Following Community night, Thursday evenings feature many activities:  small groupsadult faith developmentPathway to Membership and more. Check out the UUCP website to sign up. Chalice Kids childcare is available between 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Please contact Janine Gelsinger below with any questions. 
Fall Identity Nights
First Night is Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 PM
For the second year, UUCP is holding a series of fall Identity Nights. These are opportunities for everyone in our community to build relationships with each other around aspects of our identities and backgrounds, and to more fully appreciate ourselves and our unique histories. The relationships that come out of these groups will make our community stronger. Please consider attending them all!

Each session is on a Thursday night from 7:00 - 9:00 PM, after the community night meal.

September 21: Working on gay oppression and sexual orientation
Queer folks in the Sanctuary
Straight folks in the Johnson Room
("Queer" in this case refers to anyone who has a gender identity or sexual orientation that strays from rigid, gender-based stereotypes.)

September 28: Working on class background and classism
Raised-poor and raised-working-class in the Sanctuary
Raised-middle-class in the Johnson Room
Raised-upper-middle-class and raised-upper-class-elite in Annex B

October 5: Working on race and racism
People of the global majority (People of color) in the Sanctuary
White people in the Johnson Room

People with mixed and blended backgrounds (i.e. mixed race, mixed class backgrounds, or fluid sexual orientation) are welcome to attend any group that they have a connection to. This includes many of us. If you're not sure which group to attend, our staff members and facilitators are happy to listen as you think it through.
Urgent DACA Scholarship Fund
UUCP is supporting several local immigrant justice groups collecting donations to offer scholarships to pay for the DACA renewal applications for people in the Phoenix area. Renewals must be in by October 5, so fundraising is urgent. Contributions can be checks made out to "UU Congregation of Phoenix" with "DACA scholarships" in the memo and dropped off on Sunday, or online at the link below. Thank you for your generosity and for supporting the immigrant community! 
Outdoor Group 
The fall hiking season kicks off with a camping event at Sunset Crater National Monument September 20 - 24. Todd and Stephanie Houghton are leading a beautiful hike September 23. Hiking trails from easy (wheelchair accessible) to more strenuous are through, around, and overlooking the Bonita Lava Flow. After a day of hiking and/ or hanging around camp on Saturday, we will have hotdogs and all the fixin's for a well -earned cookout!  Bring a dish to share, and enjoy an evening of fellowship, storytelling, and s'mores around the campfire. Don't want to campout, book a room in Flagstaff, only 20 minutes away, or just come for a day. Let's go hiking! Please call Bonnie White at 562-889-9404 or e-mail her below for all the details. 
Write Letters to Immigrant Detainees 
Sunday, September 24, from 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM in Annex B
Join us in sending letters to people in immigrant detention. This is a great opportunity to connect with and support people as wait to get their cases heard. People in dentition are typically there from a couple months to a few years and outside support is essential to their well-being. This inter-generational effort does not require that you speak Spanish (people will be there to help), but feel free to bring your laptop or cell phone to access translation tools. Supplies will be provided, and light fare will be served. Please contact Judith Breuer below with any questions.
Raised-Upper-Class Facilitator Needed
Our Identity Nights program helps us make connections and share with other members of our community around issues of identity. This fall, one of our Identity Nights will be about socioeconomic class. We have two facilitators for the raised-poor and raised-working-class group, and two for the raised-middle-class group, but only one for the group of those raised in either the upper-middle-class and upper-class-elite, and it would be good to have one more. Most of us have mixed class backgrounds, so if you have any upper-class influence in your childhood at all and would be willing to help facilitate this group, please email Benjie Messer below. We know that class background can be a sensitive and confusing aspect of identity, and we appreciate you considering helping our congregation grow in this way.
2017-2018 Connections Now Available & Online
Our 2017-2018 Annual Connections Magazine is HOT OFF THE PRESS!

They were just mailed to members today so expect to see it in your mailbox on Monday or Tuesday. You can also look at it online at the link below. The Connections has a ton of information about UUCP. You can find information about Adult Faith Development Classes, Small Groups, Worship Themes and much more. Click on the link below now to check it out!