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Sunday Services are Currently Online

10:30 AM

Water Communion

Led By:
Rev. Christine Dance
UUCP Staff

We are sad that we won't be able to gather in person, but we are going to use all of our virtual tools to have us share this time as a community anyways.

Sunday’s Service online via Zoom. 
To attend, please click link:

Coffee Hour
Meeting ID: 939 9248 9556 | Password: CoffeeHour

Children’s Ministries Coffee Hour
Meeting ID: 954 5851 8843 | Password: KidsCoffee

You may use a computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you are asked to install the Zoom application, say yes. Feel free to share this link with friends and family!

If you have problems with Zoom, you may view the service live on YouTube. Or after the service, you can watch it any time.
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Programming September 13th - 18th
Please visit 
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Click on the Activity Title to Join
September 13th

Following Service
Meeting ID:
939 9248 9556
Password: CoffeeHour

Following Service
Meeting ID:
954 5851 8843
Password: KidsCoffee

Following Service
Meeting ID:
915 0535 2349
Password: YRUU

12:30 pm
Sam Kirkland
Meeting ID:
957 9957 2120
Password: OWL3
September 14th

8:30 am
Katie Resendiz
Meeting ID:
956 6366 2771
Password: 550602

1:00 pm           
Ms. Cherilyn
Meeting ID:
959 8260 9304
Password: zUUm345
September 15th

6:30 pm
Katie, Jezz & Chris
Meeting ID:
953 5370 8396
Password: 409806
September 16th
12:00 pm      
Rev. Christine Dance
Meeting ID:
910 6552 9716
Password: 372662

3:30 pm
Ms. Cherilyn
Meeting ID:
912 3942 4225
Password: 616801

6:30 pm
Chris Akin
Meeting ID:
921 1845 9883
Password: 704555

Will return next week
on Sept 23 with
Benjie Messer
September 17th

Death Cafe
Will return next week
on Sept 24 with
Lynne Westmoreland

1:00 pm
Ms. Cherilyn
Meeting ID:
959 8260 9304
Password: zUUm345

7:30 pm
Rev. Christine Dance
Meeting ID:
958 7198 3662
Password: 690450
September 18th

4:00 pm
K thrUU 5th Grade
Meeting ID:
964 8387 3328
Password: Desert
If you don’t have access to a computer, laptop or smart phone
OR don’t want to be on video, you can simply call in to
346-248-7799 and enter the Meeting ID number.
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UUCP Adult Classes Announced

To see the number of opportunities UUCP will be offering
for learning and discussion beginning on
Wednesday, September 16th.

You can explore the current offerings and register at:
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UUCP Video Choir
Singing together is one of the fastest ways to spread an airborne illness like COVID-19, and choirs may be unsafe even when we start meeting in person again. UUCP is a singing congregation, so this is sad for all of us, but particularly for the many UUCP musicians and singers who found community in making music together- in our choir, ukulele song circle, and small ensembles.

To read Benjie Messer's whole article and to watch his video Click HERE
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Civic Engagement Announcements
AZ Faith Network is sponsoring the ACLU Smart Justice Cafe in offering a virtual Death Penalty 101 class on Tuesday, September 15 from noon to 1:30pm. Join a former death row inmate, a legal expert and faith leaders to discuss and learn about the death penalty in the US. Here in AZ, there is strong political pressure to resume executions immediately. All are welcome to join together to learn from one another and our speakers.
Register HERE.  
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Help Us with a Monthly Food & Supply Drive for our Navajo Nation Community
Many thanks to all those who helped make it possible for UUCP to deliver last week a large supply of food, cleaning and health safety materials to our friends up on the Navajo Nation. It was, again, a wonderful team effort of donations, purchases, storage and delivery.  A large amount of cleaning work and food preparation is shared around the community which is spread out over a large area, all very much appreciated by the people who participate in this work and those who benefit.  We anticipate making another delivery the beginning of October.  If you are able to contribute and are not already on the team list, please use this form to let us know how you would be willing to be involved.  Many thanks for your generosity.

Navajo Nation – Wood Youth Project
Through our work on the Navajo Nation with the extended family of one of our congregants, we have also learned about a wonderful project begun eight years ago by the local Bahai fellowship. A cadre of middle school students has been gathered to provide service to the community, and as the youth grow older they become mentors for the younger ones. As part of preserving culture and language, the young people are learning to see their everyday chores – which are many, including carrying out ashes from the wood burning stove, feeding and herding livestock, visiting elders – not as chores, but as opportunities for service.
To Read the Whole Article, Click HERE
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Maryland School
Back to School Supply Drive

Maryland School has completed the third week of online learning in this time of social isolation, with many students struggling to be focused and engaged, especially when the home situation does not provide the needed level of assistance. Teachers continue to learn new technology and ways to work with students in the virtual classrooms, spending many extra hours in preparation. As the school provides breakfast and lunch bags, we are supporting their efforts to give out supplies as well. We thank all of you who have generously contributed to that effort - the school administration has expressed their gratitude for our community of giving. This will be the last week of our collection, so if you are able to donate, please see the attached form for a list of needed supplies and a way to give.

Here is a sign-up link with more details and the list of supplies they have suggested.  We would be very grateful for an online order of supplies or a donation for us to shop.
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Earth Justice Ministry

Earth Justice Ministry Meeting
Sunday, 9/13/20, at 12:30 
Meeting ID: 929 0550 6684    
Password: EarthJM

We can help Chispa protest APS rate hike and request forgiveness of debt for unemployed and low wage people. We can also join AZIPL's texting parties to get out the vote for the environment will be discussed.  

Learn more about the cookbook! Newcomers welcome!
Wanted!! Great Recipes- for our "Eat Plants for the Planet" cookbook. Choose your one vegan recipe that you have tried and raved about and send it to Your name will accompany your recipe. Thank you, and Bon Apetit!  

For complete specifications about how to send your recipes, Click HERE
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Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution
As part of UUCP's commitment to inclusion, we will be hosting viewings and discussions of the film "Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution". Wikipedia describes it as a 2020 American documentary film directed, written and co-produced by Nicole Newnham and James LeBrecht. Barack and Michelle Obama serve as executive producers under their Higher Ground Productions banner. It received a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

UU member Jill Story will be hosting movie watch parties via Zoom on
  • Monday, 9/21, at 7 pm
  • Saturday, 10/3, at 7 pm
  • Monday, 10/5, at 7 pm - Facilitated Zoom Discussion
(You can also watch the movie on Netflix on your own, if you prefer.)

To sign up for a watch party and/or the discussion session
please email  
Sign-ups are preferred but not required 
Zoom links will be posted in Compass
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Race and Music
Children’s Songs
By: Mary Cota
Music has delivered powerful social and political propaganda for thousands of years. I wonder how music can play into today’s fight for racial equality and justice, and what I can do as a musician. It’s overwhelming to know where to begin, as there are many ways that music supports a doctrine of white supremacy. I try to acknowledge music’s political power with care, both by thoughtfully choosing the music I perform, and by learning about the music I listen to and teach. Lately I’ve been thinking about where it all starts – the music we teach our infants and youngest children.
To Read Mary's Whole Article, Click HERE
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Sunday Services are Currently Online
10:30 am

UU The Vote

Led By:
Rev. Christine Dance
Worship Associate
Joseph Benesh
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Missed a Worship Service?
Prior Worship Services are always available to view
09/06/2020 Worship Service
Defund the Police: Let's Break It Down
with Rev. Christine Dance & Worship Associate Carrie Lifshitz

Rev. Christine and UUJAZ provided several resources:
Mijente, Sunrise, SONG, and Critical Resistance are hosting their sold out
Defund Police workshop from the summer again:
Locally, Mass Liberation has had a three part "Let's Talk Abolition" series.
Parts one and two are on their Facebook page, and part three is on Sept 16th
The UUA's Love Resists and Side With Love are halfway through their
"Taking a Collective Breath" series. Folks who sign up can still watch all the previous courses in the series.  
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Stewardship Update
Our March month-long stewardship drive is over, but we are still hoping to get 100% of congregational participation. We still need forms from many of you. You may complete your commitment form online by clicking complete your pledge form online here. Or, you may enter your pledge amount and payment information in Realm (please select the drop-down to indicate "2020-2021 Pledge").
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Receiving Suspicious Emails
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 scammers have been sending out fictitious emails claiming to be Rev. Christine. Please be aware of emails asking for assistance or requesting you to purchase something. Rev. Christine will NEVER ask for money or gift cards over email. If you receive an email like this, please delete it. 
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It is September, the month we traditionally welcome folks "back" from the summer, and begin our program year at some of our congregations. This year is different. How will we use this virtual time to connect with each other, and ourselves, in our anti-racism, anti-oppression work? As November elections creep closer, how do our UU values fall when it comes to candidates? The choices we make, now, in how to invest our time, will determine how the racial uprising ends, how the elections are decided, and whether we Side With Love in our actions and not just our words.
Learn more and sign up at
UUJAZ Upcoming Events:
  • September 8th @ 6-7:30 pm:
Beloved Conversations
Register now until September 20th
Beloved Conversations curriculum developers at Meadville Lombard Theological School have responded to the needs to learn how race and ethnicity shape our personal and collective lives and practices, in a virtual format. UUJAZ has partnered with Meadville to offer a 20% discount for AZ UU participants, and scholarships for anyone who needs one.
We hope you join us to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice, to heal the impact of racism on our lives, in order to get free together.
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum
The interdependent web of connection is central to Unitarian Universalist principles, and we know at UU the Vote, what happens at the county level affects us all. Did you know your access to a safe and accessible election, the budget for the 4th Ave jail, and even the air you breathe in the Valley is regulated by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors? Learn from the Sunrise leaders in Maricopa County more about this powerful position we don't often hear of!
Join us on Tuesday, September 15th, on Facebook Live at 6pm, for a conversation with community members of Maricopa County, Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona, Sunrise Movement, and the candidates for Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. 
Confirmed attendance: Jevin Hodge, candidate for District 1 and Whitney Walker, candidate for District 3
Hosted by UUJAZ, UU the Vote, and Sunrise Tempe

Conversation with the Candidates:
Homelessness and our Faith
As Unitarian Universalists, we honor the inherent worth and dignity of our unsheltered neighbors. We are called to work for a just, equitable, and compassionate world, where everyone has the resources needed not just to survive, but to thrive. These beliefs push us beyond serving folks in need, to advocating for policies that eradicate homelessness altogether.

Join us Tuesday, September 22nd, on Facebook Live at 6 pm, for a conversation with community members of Surprise and Sun City, candidates running for LD22, and guest speaker Sophia of Unsheltered Phoenix, hosted by Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona.  
Tuesdays @ 6 pm
Each Tuesday, Join UUJAZ for an hour of engagement. Each week will rotate through education on the issues, visits from guest partners, training on deep canvassing conversations, and phone/text banking "action hours."
Fridays @ 10-11 am
Join UUJAZ Executive Director Janine Gelsinger any Friday morning for a casual "office hours" on Zoom. Since we aren't traveling around the state, Janine misses the informal opportunities to chat after service, or in the hallway, because its often where the best ideas are born! Bring your questions, chat about the social justice news this week in AZ, or suggest what programming you'd like to see UUJAZ do next.
3rd Fridays 12-1:30pm
Join Rev. Tina Squire the third Friday of each month at noon for a justice-centered book discussion from the perspective of our Unitarian Universalist values.

Book GroUUp is free to all our monthly sustaining donors. If you wish to join but aren't a donor, you can contribute a suggested donation of $10 at If you aren't financially able to donate, join us anyway!
2nd Saturdays 6pm
Join our UUJAZ host Emrys Staton to watch a film, and then discuss how the justice issues presented intersect with our UU values.
September 12th, join us to watch and discuss the film Free Cece.

A $15 donation from those who are able is received with gratitude, to cover the cost of the film rights and compensate our discussion host.
Worried about the post office?
Stop signing petitions; start taking action!
  • Call your Senator and tell them to support at least $25 billion in stimulus funding for our public Postal Service.
  • File an online complaint with the Inspector General for the Post Office requesting an investigation into reports of systemic mail delays, removal of mailboxes, and incidences where mail sorting machines are being eliminated from mail processing.
  • Call your County Recorder and tell them you support additional ballot drop boxes.
Ways to Vote in Arizona:
  • October 5: Voter Registration Deadline ·    -
  • October 7: Ballots mailed,
  • October 7 - November 3: In person voting available
  • October 23: Last Day to Request a Ballot in the Mail
  • October 27: Last Day to Mail Back Your Ballot
  • November 3: Election Day

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