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Sunday Services are Currently Online

10:30 AM
(Arizona Time)

UU the Vote

Led By:
Rev. Christine Dance
Worship Associate
Joseph Benesh

We are two weeks from the October 5th deadline to registration to vote. The anxiety about the election is running high. The stakes have not been higher in our lifetimes. What is our Unitarian Universalist and moral responsibility to our democracy? Where is our power? And how do we respond in such extraordinary times?

UU the Vote—What You Can Do:

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.
This Month's Share the Plate:
Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Neighborhood Band, a band of 30 children of all ages, races, and walks of life, has been making bluegrass music in the home of our band leader Mrs. Anni Beach since she founded the band in 1994. Our goal is to make people and ourselves happy with our music.
Please visit our website
Contributions during the pandemic help pay for lessons on-line and transportation loan payments. Thank you!
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Programming September 20th - 25th
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ALL Programming is in Arizona Time Zone
September 20th

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
September 21st

8:30 am
Katie Resendiz
Meeting ID:
956 6366 2771
Password: 550602
September 22nd

6:00 pm
Meeting ID:
959 0652 4221
Password: 002180

6:30 pm
Katie, Jezz & Chris
Meeting ID:
953 5370 8396
Password: 409806
September 23rd
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

7:00 pm
Benjie Messer
Meeting ID:
931 4339 4891
Password: 989100
September 17th

11:00 am
Lynne Westmoreland
Meeting ID:
959 8987 7787
Password: 567193

7:30 pm
Rev. Christine Dance
Meeting ID:
958 7198 3662
Password: 690450
September 25th

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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Who to Contact:
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UUCP Board of Trustees Meeting
September 22, 2020
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Meeting ID: 959 0652 4221
Password: 002180
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Civic Engagement Announcements
  • The First United Church of Christ (UCC) in downtown Phoenix is sponsoring a Rice and Bean Drive to support the Latinx church community. If you would like to donate, bring some 1-pound bags of dry rice and/or beans to UUCP on Sunday morning, September 27 between 7:00am and 9:30am. Daisy Danforth will be there to collect and take them all to First UCC. 
  • Look here for information from the ACLU about applying to vote by mail and deadlines for application request and ballot return. Also, get familiar with the Maricopa County Attorney candidates.  
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Earth Justice Ministry Announcements
Many people have lost jobs or have reduced income due to Covid 19. Chispa is asking us to help by commenting on APS's request to the AZ Corporation Commission for a rate hike on electricity. The ACC has many dates and times to phone in your comments, or they will accept emails or letters. Either of the links below have more information on how and when to do that. You don't have to be an APS customer to comment.
The Cookbook Committee celebrates the submission of our first great vegan recipe by Ruth Shada! Yea!! Please send yours to us at by 10/16 to assure it gets to us in time. 
For complete specifications about how to send your recipes:  Click 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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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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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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Fall 2020: Family Survey
Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, Everyone who knows a kiddo they want to be connected with UUCP: We need to know you!

The Children's Ministry team at UUCP works to ensure that our youngest community members are connected, supported, and encouraged as they explore spirituality, community, and growth. This year, we don't get to see you in person, so we need some information about you and your kiddos. This way we can figure out how best to connect!

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Sunday Services are Currently Online
10:30 am

Being Allies to Jews

Led By:
Benjie Messer
Worship Associate
Bonne deBlas
As we mark the end of the Jewish High Holy Days, music director Benjie Messer gives an introduction to antisemitism, explains why we’re seeing more of it lately, and invites all Unitarian Universalists to be allies to Jews.

Sunday, October 4th we’ll be having a BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS. Our pets have been our greatest comfort during this time. Please send a 10 second video introducing your pets or a photo of you and your pets to by
Monday, Sept 28th to be included in our blessing video.
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Missed a Worship Service?
Prior Worship Services are always available to view
09/13/2020 Worship Service
Water Communion
with Rev. Christine Dance & Staff
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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
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.
Friday September 18th 
by Charlene Carruthers
A manifesto from one of America’s most influential activists which disrupts political, economic, and social norms by reimagining the Black Radical Tradition.
Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, including the Haitian Revolution, the US civil rights movement, and LGBTQ rights and feminist movements, Unapologetic challenges all of us engaged in the social justice struggle to make the movement for Black liberation more radical, more queer, and more feminist. This book provides a vision for how social justice movements can become sharper and more effective through principled struggle, healing justice, and leadership development. It also offers a flexible model of what deeply effective organizing can be, anchored in the Chicago model of activism, which features long-term commitment, cultural sensitivity, creative strategizing, and multiple cross-group alliances. And Unapologetic provides a clear framework for activists committed to building transformative power, encouraging young people to see themselves as visionaries and leaders.
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.  
Last Call to UU The Vote
This November, we have an opportunity to reflect our UU values in local policy more than ever. Can we ensure free and safe elections? End cash bail and contracts with private prisons? Hold police accountable? Empower those most vulnerable to pandemic and racism? Fund education? 
None of this will happen without you. We have less than a month before ballots drop, so NOW is the time to have conversations with people you know, or join a phone or text bank. Don't wake up in November wishing you did more. Fill out this form, and all UUJAZ/ UU the Vote opportunities will be emailed to you, with links to sign up.
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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