This Sunday, January 22
Getting Real
Service Leader:  Rev. Terry Simms
Sunday, January 22 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
I sometimes think that being "real" with each other is overrated. After all, our authentic selves contain our worst as well as our best. On the other hand, if we are not who we truly and fully are, what is left for us to be with each other? Religious faith might provide a way out of this conundrum.
Song Sharing & Jam Session
Sunday, January 22, at 12:45 PM
All the musicians in our community are invited to an informal song sharing circle and jam session after second service on Sunday, January 22. This is a chance for musicians to meet and make music together, and for songwriters to share songs they've written. Please come with a song in mind that you'd like to share or play. We'll meet in the sanctuary from 12:45 PM to 2:00 PM. Contact music director Benjie Messer below with any questions.
Thank you to the Ushers and Greeters for Sunday
Thank you to the Sunday Evening Potluck Small Group for volunteering to Usher and Greet at both services on Sunday, January 22. What an amazing way to get to meet new folks, serve the congregation together and to allow us to recognize the members of your group. If your Small Group, AFD class, activity group, ect. would like to do a "Welcoming Takeover" like this one Sunday, please email Janine below.
Next Sunday, January 29
Truth and Authenticity
Service Leader:  Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Sunday, January 29 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
One definition of authenticity is something being true. In leadership, there is much emphasis on the importance of authenticity. What does this mean even as we increasingly dispute facts and people talk about living in a post-truth age?
Upcoming Classes and Events
3rd Friday Movie Night
Friday, January 20, at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary
Join us at UUCP at 6:30 for a screening of "13th," a documentary examining the impacts of the 13th amendment, which led to the criminalization of African Americans and the resulting growth of the prison industry. The film will be followed by some discussion of current efforts in Phoenix to address mass incarceration. Pizza, popcorn & drinks will be available for purchase.
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, January 24, at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
We invite all members to join us for the monthly Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, January 24th in the Johnson Room. Break bread and socialize with us starting at 6:00 PM, and the meeting begins at 6:30. Guests are invited to address the board during guest comments at the beginning and observe the remainder of the meeting. The board will continue the process of reviewing UUCP's long term strategic goals. We will also discuss the upcoming congregational meeting. Recently, members suggest that UUCP make a strong commitment to becoming a fully accessible congregation. The board will discuss the process for making sure requests to the board are communicated to appropriate staff. Call or email Glen Lockwood at 602-852-0174 or email him below with comments or questions.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, January 24, at 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.
Young Adult Small Group
Thursday, January 26, at 6:45 PM in Annex C
Facilitators:  Sarah Moore & Claire Bethel
The young adult small group is a place for "younger" adults to get together and talk about issues important to us. We provide a safe space to share ideas and challenge each other respectfully. We are an open group and anyone who feels they are a young adult - regardless of age - is welcome to join and share their thoughts with us. For more information, email Claire Bethel below. 
Outdoor Group Hike
Saturday, January 28, at 8:00 AM
The Outdoor Group arranges day hikes twice a month (second and fourth Saturdays during the winter months). We invite everyone who likes being outdoors to join us. Our next hike is January 28 at Phoenix Sonoran Preserve. 8:00 AM Meeting place:  Apache Wash Trailhead, 1600 E. Sonoran Desert Drive. Please come prepared with hiking shoes, water, sunscreen, basic first aid and snacks for the trail. For complete information email Mary Plettenberg below or call her at 602-992-2662.
Couples Enrichment
Facilitators:  Bonnie White & Ed Cernek
Wednesdays beginning February 1 - March 8
This workshop is for couples who want to work on their relationship. Couples of all genders, length of time together and relationship status (married, partnered, engaged, co-habituating or not, ect) are welcome. Explore how to strengthen and rejuvenate your connection. Topics include healthy communication, respecting differences, resolving conflicts, healing past hurts, relating to your larger community. Couples also explore how the 7 principles of UUism can create a more compassionate and deepening connection to each other.
Memorial Garden & Trail Cleanup
Saturday, February 4, 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
UUCP's Memorial Garden is a sacred space where UU's ashes have been interred for generations and home to John Waddell's "That Which Might Have Been" statues honoring the four young girls who were killed in a church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1961 by members of the KKK. A hardworking crew of dedicated volunteers is needed to join Heidi with chainsaws, lopers, and strong backs to help us hack away the dead trees and brush and haul it to the roll off dumpster that will be provided. Families with children & youth are encouraged to participate. For more information contact Heidi below.
Attention UUCP Members and Friends Art Show Participants
The 2017 Members and Friends show will start  March 4, 2017 with 
painting drop off in the Sanctuary from  9:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
It's time to get your latest artworks ready. 

If you need further information, please email Ann Bixel below.
Community Night is Back
Thursday, February 2, at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
February brings the return of Community Night! Every Thursday evening through April, join us at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room for food and friendship. 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.

The menu for the February 2 meal is Hungarian Cabbage Rolls (a family recipe) or Vegetarian Cabbage Soup, Baked Beans and sweet Cornbread from Charlene Broom.  

If you have any questions about Community Night, or you'd like to contribute as a Sous Chef (sides, salad, and/or bread) please contact Janine Gelsinger at the link below.
Variety Hour
Thursday, February 2, at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Come join us in the Sanctuary after the 6:00 PM community night for our next Variety Hour. This is a no-talent talent show, a relaxed, all-ages chance to share your creativity and culture with the congregation. Music, poetry, theater, jokes, inventions, drawings, ect are all fair game, and non-performers are welcome to attend as well. There is no need to sign up in advance. Just let Music Director Benjie Messer know what you would like to do when you arrive. For further information or if you have question, email Benjie below.