This Sunday, February 3, 2019
Radical Isn’t a Dirty Word: A Two-Part Working Service on Transformational Inclusion
Service Leaders: Rev. Mykal Slack, Zr. Alex Kapitan
Sunday, February 3: 9:30am to 12:30pm
How do we live out our vision of being a radically inclusive spiritual community for our time? Radical inclusion requires far more than simply opening our doors to trans people. It requires transformation of ourselves and our awareness, transformation of our congregation and its culture, and transformation of our wider community and world. All are welcome to this experience that engages our hearts, minds, and spirits in the work of radical inclusion.
Inquirers Series at UUCP
Every Sunday 9:45 AM
Inquirers is a series for anyone who would like to meet others and learn more about UUCP. 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, Inquirers is in the sanctuary, and the topic Radical Inclusion. Newcomers are encouraged to attend this service in the sanctuary, with our special consultants

Social Justice Opportunities
Sunday, February 3, at the back of the Sanctuary
Advancing Justice
We encourage anyone who has Presidents' Day (Monday, Feb. 18) off to join the justice team at the Capitol to meet their representatives face to face. The AZ Legislature's actions have a huge impact on our daily lives: education, civil rights, criminal justice, environment, state parks, veterans, tax credits, aid to the needy, etc. Come find out who your legislators are and who else in your district will be attending, and attend the training here at UUCP on Sunday, Feb. 17 from 12:30-1:30! 

Maryland School Refugee Families
If you are a parent, you really want to send your children off to school smelling clean and in clean clothes.  If you are a refugee parent, that can be tough, with the cost of soaps and towels.  Can’t buy those with food stamps.  Stop by the back table this morning to find out how you can help provide some of these much needed supplies for refugee families at our partner, Maryland School. If you would like to make a cash donation, we will shop for you. These items are needed by next Sunday, February 10th. Also find out how you can help as a volunteer and make your tax credit donation. 
recycle and repurpose
Green Sanctuary
Green Sanctuary invites all members and anyone who is interested in supporting environmental efforts to join us for a semi-annual Goal-Setting session.  After the second service, about 12:45, on Sunday, February 10,  please join us for a brown bag lunch meeting in Annex B.  This will take the place of our regular meeting on Tuesday February 12. Come bring your energy and ideas! Mark your calendar for Environment Day at the Capitol, Wednesday, February 13, from 8:30am-2:00 pm.  This event is sponsored by the Sierra Club. See for more information.
Next Sunday, February 10
Faith Development: Children's Sunday
Service Leader:  Katie Resendiz and the Children’s Ministry Team
Sunday, February 10: 9:30 Kid Led Experiential Spiritual Practices
11:15 Testimony, Large Group Artwork, and Q&A
What does it mean to be part of an intentional faith development community -- to have agency in your learning? How do we inspire exploration? Our congregation has the answers: the kids! Come hear how we as a whole community Grow UU Identity, Equip Our Kids, and step into our roles as religious educators for one another.  

Sunday, February 10 will be Membership
What does it mean to become a member of UUCP? Come find out if the Pathway to Membership is right for you!  
Support for departing staff
With the recent budget and staff reductions, the congregation is encouraged to support Janine Gelsinger and Geoff Anderla as these valued members of our community transition out of their positions. The Board has provided a modest severance package. Please consider donating to the staff transition fund for those who would like to provide a financial gift — please use the QR code or mark your check or cash donation as “staff transition,” and consider using your professional connections to help Janine and Geoff land new positions. 

Sanctuary Art
The current Sanctuary Art features the Diversified Artist Collective of Arizona (DACAZ) -- artists who produce work, either collaboratively or as individuals, for exhibition in gallery shows or public spaces and promote multicultural visual arts/programs to educate the community about diversity. We invite to enjoy the art and the bios and descriptions, and Meet the Artists next Sunday 2/10 between services.
Neighborhood Connections
Neighborhood Groups gather members of UUCP where they live to make connections and get to know each other. Anyone interested in being a the lead Connector for can look for the map in the Johnson Room and contact Cherie Stafford at Each neighborhood group can choose what you'd like to do -- a casual get together to share your favorite foods, a book discussion, exploring the Living Our Vision Everyday curriculum. Get to know your neighbors within this radically inclusive community.
Lay Pastoral Associates
UUCP is taking first steps to create a Lay Pastoral Care Associate (LPCA) Program. Members of the congregation will be trained as skilled listeners and resource guides for people experiencing life transitions. The program will be an addition to the support offered by our minister and the Unicare Committee. LPCAs are the BEING arm of Lay Pastoral Care. Unicare is the DOING arm of Lay Pastoral Care. To learn more about being an LPCA, contact Rev. Margret at

UUCP Inclusion Team
As UUCP commits to be a radically inclusive, welcoming community, the UUCP Inclusion Team invites you to continue today’s learning with the “Transgender Inclusion in Congregations” webinar—watch it on your own at or join us in the Johnson Room, Wednesdays February 6th thru March 13th, 7:00-8:30 PM.
Share your stories of gender inclusion and exclusion at  UUCP through our brief survey—at
 The UUCP Inclusion Team (Amanda Rogers, Anthony Johnson, Ashley Perez, Courtney Flanagan, Jonny Lifshitz, Lynne MacVean, Judy Mitzner, Katie Quinn, Katie Resendiz, Larry Reed, Margret O’Neall, Vince Waldron, Cyndi Young)

Construction Update
You can get the most up-to-date construction information by calling 602-840-8400 and choosing option 8. The upper parking lot is closed and the accessible entrance is the ramped south door that you get to via the path on the left (south) side of the building from the main parking lot. The west hallway glass door is also available. Parking is available along 40th Place (the street just west of the UUCP campus), and in the closest lot of our neighbor church just on the other side of 40th Place. There is a graded path to the west hallway door from 40th Place.            
Community Night Thursday
February 7 at 6:00 pm

Join us in building a “Spiritual Community for our Time” every Thursday at 6:00pm in the Johnson Room January 17 - April 25, 2019.

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 often 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.

This Week:   Menu for February 7 — Carnitas with meat or beans, with all the trimmings, with chefs Granger Macy and the Scottsdale Sunday Evening Small Group.
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. 
Living Our Vision... Everyday
Some of the Events Coming Up Soon!
Radically Inclusive
“Transgender Inclusion in Congregations” webinar—watch it on your own at or join us in the Johnson Room, Wednesdays February 6th thru March 13th, 7:00-8:30 PM
Reflective Symposium  Sunday, February 24th 12:30-2:00 PM
Justice Centered
Racial Justice Collaborative with Anthony Johnson Monday, February 4 6:30-8:30 PM in Annex B
Reflective Symposium  Thursday, February 14th 8:00-9:30 am

Theologically Diverse
Spiritual Practices with Anthony Johnson Thursday, February 14 6:45 PM – 8:30 PM in the Sanctuary
Reflective Symposium Thursday, February 21st 6:45-8:15 pm
Becoming a Safer Congregation
We are constantly reminded that the world is a dangerous and unpredictable place, and the new Safe Congregation Team at UUCP is updating our emergency response plans. Here are some ways you can be part of becoming a safer congregation
  • Engage newcomers. Make them feel welcome.
  •  Lock your car on our premises to avoid vandalism. Don’t leave valuable items in full view.
  •  Get involved in the Safety Team: Contact Lora Gustafson at
Check out emergency preparedness on; know basic actions to take in an active shooter situation:
We look forward to creating a safer congregation with you!
Looking Ahead

UUCP All-Families Picnic
Sunday March 31, 3:00 pm at Railroad Park
Now is the time to put the picnic on your calendar-- All families, all ages, all fun. Sunday March 31, 3:00 pm at Railroad Park. Watch for details in the coming weeks!
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