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Sunday Services are Currently Online

10:30 AM

Defund the Police:
Let's Break It Down

Led By:
Rev. Christine Dance
Worship Associate:
Carrie Lifshitz
Many of us hadn't heard the phrase #DefundThePolice
until the protests and revolution this Spring and Summer.
Let's break it down and see how it fits with our thoughts of
Unitarian Universalism.

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 6th - 11th
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September 6th

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
Rev. Christine Dance
Meeting ID:
971 3012 3045
Password: 090620

12:30 pm
Sam Kirkland
Meeting ID:
957 9957 2120
Password: OWL3
September 7th

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 8th

6:30 pm
Katie, Jezz & Chris
Meeting ID:
953 5370 8396
Password: 409806
September 9th
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 10th

Death Cafe
Cancelled this week
Will return 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 11th

4:00 pm
K thrUU 5th Grade
Meeting ID:
964 8387 3328
Password: Desert
7:00 pm
Dave & Barbara Cawthorne
Meeting ID:
960 3456 4024
Password: Morocco

7:00 pm
Katherine Kruse
Meeting ID:
950 7604 3992
Password: Sangha
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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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Get To Know UUCP
Would you like to learn more about our congregation, our principles, what we do, how to get involved? 
Join Rev. Dance for a Zoom
get-together on
Sunday, September 6th,
12:30 pm
Meeting ID: 971 3012 3045
Password: 090620
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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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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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There will not be a Labor Day group camp this year, but SAWUURA is open for camping to groups totaling no more than 11 people. Prior arrangements must be made with Eb Eberlein. 
Please visit for more information. 
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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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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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Civic Engagement Announcements
  • School vouchers have been a subject of contention since they were devised. Save Our Schools AZ has been putting out articles to inform voters how they work and how they affect public education funding. The latest in the series brings to light the racist roots of vouchers (link).  
  • We need COVID-19 emergency rent relief now. Click here to send a message to your senators and representative now and urge them to include at least $100 billion in funding toward emergency rental assistance in the next COVID-19 relief bill – and extend and expand the already-expired federal eviction moratorium.
  • COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in detention centers. Click here for information and to find out how you can help.  
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Earth Justice Ministry
Wanted: Great Cooks! : The Earth Justice Ministry plans to "publish" an online cookbook of tasty and terrific vegan recipes to make it more tempting to eat less or no meat or meat products. Please send us the one vegan recipe that you have tried and raved about. For complete specifications about how to send your recipes Click HERE

Please put "Cookbook" as the subject of your emails and send to
uuejministry@gmail.comThank you and Bon Appetit!

Also, please plan to attend, via zoom (TBA), our next regular meeting on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 12:30 after the service. Newcomers are welcome.
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Traveling 2nd Friday
Join Dave & Barbara Cawthorne on the 2nd Friday, September 11 on a Mystical trip to Morocco. It is one of the most exotic destinations, with mud and clay architecture of the kasbahs, the palace-filled medieval cities like Marrakech and Fes, and the mystical landscapes of the Sahara. This is the home of the highest mountain range in northern Africa, the High Atlas. Camel-treks into the dunes of the Sahara, walking ancient streets of Roman ruins, visiting souqs, kasbahs, and medinas are a few of the reasons why Morocco is magical. Feel free to call Barbara at 480-994-1452 with questions. Everyone is welcome.
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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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Sunday Services are Currently Online
10:30 am

Water Communion

Led By:
Rev. Christine Dance
Worship Associate
Carrie Lifshitz
Our congregation's Water Communion is Sunday, September 13th. 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.

We want to see you! Please send us a picture or a video of you and your family that we can include in our service--we'd love to see your faces! Whether you've been with UUCP for years, or weeks or have been just checking us out online, please feel free to participate!

E-mail your picture or short video (20 seconds or less) to by the end of the day Monday, September 7th. There are three ways you can participate--choose whichever one works for you! To read more about the three ways please CLICK HERE to read more or check your e-mail for the Water Communion Notification.

Following the Water Communion Service on Sunday, Sept 13th, all members of record are invited for an important congregational vote--to ordain Anthony Johnson as a Unitarian Universalist minister
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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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Join UUJAZ to learn, grow, and act our values through social justice! Sign up for monthly mUUvie night and book groUUp, weekly UU the Vote Action Hour or office hours with Janine. Participate in an online course: Beloved Conversations, Trans Inclusion in Congregations, How Do We Defund the Police?, Summer Organizing School, or Widening the Circle of Concern. Take action at weekly #FreeThemAll car protests, or find actions from home on our Facebook group for Justice as a Spiritual Practice.
Learn more and sign up at
UUJAZ Upcoming Events:
  • September 8th @ 6-7:30 pm:
  • September 9th @ 4-6 pm:
Beloved Conversations
Registration begins Sept 1, beginning in October 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 discussion groups for AZ participants, and scholarships for UU's in AZ who enroll. More details are emerging in the next month.
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.  
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."
Sept 10th @ 7-8 pm
Are you a congregational leader, on the membership team, board, faith development, worship team, leadership development... or any role?

The commission's report is available free to read online, or as a downloadable PDF for a limited time, or can be purchased from the UUA bookstore, InSpirit.
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.
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, 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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