This Sunday, April 23
When Humans Become Gods... 
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Service Leader:  Emrys Staton
Worship 10:30 AM 
Artificial intelligence, genetic modification, and today's questions about the capability of human creation. 
Next Sunday, April 30
YRUU Flower Communion: Multigenerational Service
Service Leader:  Katie Resendiz
Sunday, April 30 at 10:30 AM
Community members are asked to each bring a flower to service. Flower Communion celebrates the beauty, strength, and diversity of community and, in our congregation, marks the end of the Sunday School year. This year our ritual will be lead by our high school group YRUU. The youth will reflect on a year of education, organizing, action, and resistance and will bring into focus our Sixth Principle Principle, the affirmation and promotion of peace, liberty, and justice for all. We will also honor the moment of transition as our high school seniors depart and rising 9th graders are brought into the circle through a few distinctly UUCP traditions.
Share the Plate with the International Rescue Committee
Sunday, April 30, at 10:30 AM
Donations will go to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) which assists refugees & victims of trafficking to integrate in Arizona through crucial services such as initial housing, employment services, cultural orientation, English-language instruction, job skills training, financial literacy & behavioral health to help them become self-reliant. They help refugees move from surviving to thriving through farming, opening new businesses and purchasing homes. In 2016 the IRC helped over 600 people become US citizens. The IRC helps refugees from harm to home.
Upcoming Classes and Events
3rd Friday Movie & Discussion - The Moral Movement
Friday, April 21, at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary
Join us to watch a recording of Rev. Dr. William Barber II's inspiring talk at last year's UUA General Assembly where he elaborates on his book, The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear. Dr. Barber has provided consistent leadership and analysis of how faith communities participate in the work of racial justice. His book was selected as a UU common read for this year. The viewing will be followed with group discussion and reflection. UUCP's Coming of Age youth will be selling popcorn and pizza (cash only). 
Take Our Annual Congregational Survey
Please complete the survey by April 23
Every Spring we ask our community to complete an Annual Congregational Survey. This survey provides valuable feedback and reflection about the ministries at UUCP. The Annual Survey is a tool the Staff and Board of Trustees use to evaluate our Strategic Ends as well as create a baseline to track changes and improvements over time. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete. Thank you very much for your time and your input. The deadline for completing the survey is Sunday, April 23, 2017. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the office at 602-840-8400.
White Supremacy Teach-In
Saturday, April 29 at 1:00 PM-2:30 PM and Thursday, May 4
7:00 PM-8:30 PM, in the Johnson Room. 
Following a call from the Black Lives of UU (BLUU) organizing collective, and along with hundreds of other UU congregations, our worship service on May 14 will be a teach-in on white supremacy culture. The worship planning team is inviting all of the people of color in our community to participate in planing and giving input on this teach-in. There are two available meeting times: Saturday, April 29 from 1:00 PM-2:30 PM and Thursday May 4, from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, in the Johnson Room. 

For questions, please contact Emrys Staton below.
A New History of UUCP
If you missed getting to see the history display at Celebration  Sunday , the new history of UUCP will be available for perusing in the Johnson room after service. Compiled by congregational historian Charlotte Carl-Mitchell, it includes never-before-shared information on our earliest ministers gleaned from the UUA archives at Harvard University. A few black-and-white printed copies of the history are available in Office 2. A full color version has been posted under Publications on our website at the link below.
Sewing and Craft Circle
Saturday, April 22, drop in between Noon and 4:00 PM
The Sewing and Craft Circle will meet in the Johnson room on April 22 to make simple items to help others. We will be finishing up the drawstring pillowcase bags for children in foster care. Other projects include children's dresses and young adult clothing for an education mission in Cuernavaca, baby blankets and caps for Hogar Materno in Central America, and lap blankets for local wheelchair bound people. All skill levels are welcome. Sewing, knitting, and crochet lessons are available with advanced notice. Contact Rhia Schaudt below or 602-574-8365 (text is fine!). Let's create change together!
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, April 25, 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. We will be discussing outcomes of the combined stewardship and capital campaign, transition plans should Rev. Susan be elected, and the process for reviewing minister performance. Call Glen Lockwood at 602-852-0174 or email him below with questions or comments.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, April 25, 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
Community Night
Thursday, April 27, 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
This April, we continue our Community Night tradition. 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. 

Community Night Menu:

4/27 - Community Night End-of-Year Celebration and Chef Appreciation Night! What is a Navajo Taco? Come experience the tradition with Chef/Artist/Community Organizer Mario! Dine on traditional Frybread, with choice of beef chili beans or vegan chili beans. Top with optional mixed cheeses, greens (spinach\arugula), diced tomatoes, sliced onions, sautéed shishito peppers, picante style salsa or vegan creme salsa. Add a side of blue corn mush (grits), and end with pine nut cookies or a chipotle brownie. We will also celebrate our chefs for the year this evening, so don't miss it!

Following Community night,  Thursday evenings feature many activities: small groups, adult faith development, Pathway to Membership, and more. Check out the UUCP website to sign up. Chalice Kids childcare is available between  6:30-8:30.

If you have any questions about Community Night, or you'd like to contribute as a Sous Chef (sides, salad, or bread) please contact  Janine below. If you enjoy contributing, but cannot commit in advance, bringing a dessert to share is always welcome.
Welcoming vs. Othering
Sunday, April 30 at 9:00 AM in Annex B
In this   time of growth for our congregation, how do we welcome visitors in a way that our vision calls us:  as radically inclusive? How do we bring a sense of belonging to our new members? This workshop will deep dive into what it means to Welcome. Members of the Welcoming Ministry (greeters and ushers) as well as previous or current STARS are encouraged to attend, as well as anyone interested in learning more. Contact Janine below to sign up.
UUCP Refugee Assistance Program Meeting
Sunday, April 30 at 11:45 AM in Annex B
Are you interested in knowing how become involved as a volunteer?  You are invited to a meeting of  individuals interested in tutoring, mentoring, and/or assisting with transportation, on April 30th, after service, at 11:45 in Annex B. Within the UUCP community Linda Vance is developing a team to work with a large Syrian family.  Libby Walker works with committed volunteers to help Eritreans. Please join us and meet others involved with RAP.
Coming of Age Bake Sale Fundraiser
Sunday, April 30 after the service on the patio
The COA youth will be having another bake sale for their end-of-the-year trip! The youth have worked so hard this year in their program and would love your support for their end of your trip to Flagstaff. Baked goods, revolutionary education T-shirts,and stuffed animals will be will be being sold on the patio after service on April 30. Please join us!

An additional fundraiser that has been ongoing and will be ending soon is the flamingo yard flocking! This fundraiser has been a great success. Find your flocking work order outside the front of the lobby or contact Melinda Merkel Iyer below for more information.
Memorial Day Camping Weekend at SAWUURA
Friday, May 26 - Monday, May 29, 2017
SAWUURA is our own UU 100-acre woods in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness near Young, AZ (about 4 hrs drive from Phoenix). Join dozens of other UUs Memorial Day weekend for a relaxing weekend under the stars. Disconnect from your phones, computers, TVs and share meals, hikes, music and laughter with other nature-lovers. Meals are provided with the cost of registration, just bring snacks, drinks, and camping gear. Registration Fees: $45 per adult ($35 for SAWUURA members), $25 per child. Registration Due Date: Friday, May 20. Registration forms available online below. For more info please contact Eb Eberlein by email below or by phone at 520-622-6966.
UU Literary Journal Now Accepting Submissions
Poikilos, the UUCP literary journal, begin about 1978 created by Tish Gauntt and and has been published by her most of the years since then. She is now Editor Emeritus and Diane Mote and Lynne MacVean are the new Co-Editors.  We are now accepting your writing with brief biography through September 1 with a publication date in November.