This Sunday, February 12
MultiGen Valentine's Day: RE Sunday
Service Leader:  Katie Resendiz
Sunday, February 12 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
This year, our Elementary students are on a storyteller's journey. They've learned to listen and tell their UU values through movement, craft, and tales. For Valentine's Day, we'll share our story with you. Join us for a multi-gen celebration of love in all of its forms- Dragons welcome.
Board Chat
Sunday, February 12, at 10:15 AM in Annex D
Join the Board of Trustees for a monthly conversation keeping you updated on what we're working on. We want to hear your voice to ensure we're being a spiritual community of our time. These chats will be held the 2nd Sunday of each month in Annex D between services.
Starting Point Tour
Sunday, February 12, at 10:45 AM in the Foyer
Meet Janine Gelsinger, our Membership Coordinator, and a member of our Children's Ministry program in the front foyer at 10:45 AM for a brief tour of our campus. You will have a chance to learn about our programs and ask questions in this informal introduction to UUCP. No sign up. Just show up!
Legislative Visit Training and Overview
Sunday, February 12, at 12:30 PM in the Sanctuary
For all who are planning on attending Day at the Legislature, and for those who would like updates on bills currently working through the process, you're invited to attend a training after Sunday service, starting at 12:30 PM. You'll learn about the Request to Speak system, get an overview of bills that your representatives are working on, and some strategies for effective relationship building and lobbying at the State level. We'll meet in the Sanctuary after 2nd service.

Please scroll down to see information about the day at the legislature event on February 20.
Refugee Assistance Project
Sunday, February 12, after each service on the patio
Eritrean refugees Tirhas, Even, Meharena and Tesfalem are coming this Sunday to meet and thank the congregation for their Christmas donations. Please greet them on the patio after each service.
Next Sunday, February 19
A Leadership Ethic of Love and Justice 
Service Leader:  Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Sunday, February 19 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
What are the qualities we most seek in our leaders? What leadership do we need for today? In the leadership roles we hold (as parents, at work, in the community, in our families or households) what are the ethical principles that can help us lead in ways that encourage the values of love and justice.
Upcoming Classes and Events
Traveling 2nd Fridays
Friday, February 10 at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Nancy and Dave share their experiences when they traveled to Krakow, Poland, in June 2016 to attend the wedding of the son of English friends and his new Polish bride. They celebrated Will and Malgosia's marriage in a palace an hour outside Krakow and also spent the better part of a week exploring the city of Krakow, a fascinating medieval center filled with wonderful surprises.

We visited castles, parks, historic sites and museums, walked the medieval cobblestone streets of the original market and the old town, and ate in the underground grottoes and leafy courtyards of national restaurants where the fare was one delightful surprise after another. We also took time to visit Auschwitz and Birkenau, Schindler's factory and the former Jewish quarter and ghetto and learned much about that sad part of the city's history. Please join us. Any questions, call Barbara Cawthorne at 480-994-1452.
Outdoor Group
Saturday, February 11, at 7:30 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 February 11 at Second Water Trail in Superstition Wilderness. 7:30 AM Meeting place:  McDonald's, 1250 S. Country Club, Mesa.  Please come prepared with hiking shoes, water, sunscreen, basic first aid and snacks for the trail.  For complete information email Jeanne Devine  H: 480-968-4987;  C: 480-678-2455 or email her below.
Young Adult Small Group
Tuesday, February 14, at 6:45 PM Off Site TBD
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.
This specific meeting will be off site at a time and place to be determined. If you are planning on coming to this meeting, please call Claire at 608-443-8418 or email her below.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, February 14, 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.
Rally at Phoenix City Council: Make Phoenix Safe for Immigrants
Wednesday, February 15, at 2:30 PM at City Council Chambers, 200 W Jefferson St in Downtown Phoenix
Join Puente and other community partners on Wednesday, February 15 for a rally at the Phoenix City Council meeting. Our message is for the Mayor and Council to defy SB1070 to protect immigrants by reforming Phoenix police code and transform our city's policies to stop the targeting immigrants. Meeting begins at 2:30pm at City Council Chambers, 200 W Jefferson St in downtown Phoenix. For more information or if you have other questions, please message Emrys Staton below.
Community Night
Thursday, February 16, 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.
Following Community night,  Thursday evenings feature many activities: small groups, adult faith development, Pathway to Membership, and more. Chalice Kids childcare is available between  6:30-8:30.

February Menu

2/16 - Winter Soup Night: featuring Squash and Lentil Soups from Emrys Staton, with Winter Salad and Rustic Bread.
Open Small Group
Thursday, February 16, 7:00 PM in Annex B
Facilitator:  Joan O'Connor
Small Group Ministry is an ideal way to connect to others and tend to your heart and spirit at UUCP.  Life can feel like a frenzied struggle against a materialistic world, which leaves us feeling disconnected from our deepest selves and without the energy to reach out in love and service to others. They follow the monthly worship themes and offer a way to engage the themes in your daily life and grow and learn with a group while sharing your own story, insights and learnings. For more info visit the link below.
3rd Friday Movie
Friday, February 17, 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary
We will continue our 3rd Friday movie series on February 17th at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary. The film hasn't yet been picked, but will be related to Black History Month and will be announced at Sunday service. Coming of Age will provide popcorn and other snacks as a fundraiser. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Emrys below.
Sewing & Craft Circle
Saturday, January 23rd, drop in between  12:00 PM and 4:00 PM
The Sewing and Craft Circle meets in the Johnson room on January 23rd to make simple items to help others. The group makes pillowcase knapsacks for the Sewing Project for Foster Children, children's dresses and young adult clothing for an education mission in Cuernavaca, baby blankets and caps for Hogar Materno in Central America, and lap blankets for local wheelchair bound people. We'd love to meet you and sew, knit, crochet, or quilt together. Please call or email us if you are thinking of coming so we can notify you if there is a last minute change.

Contact Lori Williamson at the email link below
 or call her at 480-234-1476.
UUJAZ 2017 Day at the Legislature
Monday, February 20 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Sign up to attend the annual UU Day at the Legislature where we meet and talk with the state representatives and senators from your district. The plan is to be at the state capitol from 9:30am to 3:00pm on Monday, February 20th
Register for Day at the Legislature at the box below.
UUCP Nominating Committee is Seeking Qualified Candidates
Are you interested in potentially serving on the UUCP Board of Trustees, Foundation Board, or Nominating Committee?  If you are thinking a leadership position at UUCP might be the right fit for you, check out the February edition of Horizons.   The UUCP Nominating Committee is beginning to plan for our upcoming elections in late spring.  We need people from all walks of life and perspectives.  Primary qualifications include commitment to UUCP and its vision and mission, creativity and energy, and the ability to communicate well with congregation members.

For additional information including job descriptions, contact Nominating Committee Chair Jim Sorgatz at the link below .
Standing on the Side of Love
You may have heard about Standing on the Side of Love (SSL - often pronounced as 'sizzle') or noticed people in our congregation wearing the yellow shirts with the heart logo and wondered what this was all about. SSL was created in 2009 as the justice organizing arm of the Unitarian Universalist Association. They provide resources and coordination for UUs across the United States engaged in campaigns for a variety of justice issues. The bright yellow shirts are a great way to show unity at public events and rallies, you can purchase one from the UUA bookstore at the link below. 

Learn more about SSL and current campaigns at

Buy a SSL shirt 
Annual UUCP Spring Picnic
Saturday, February 25, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The Stillman Ramada at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E Indian Bend Rd
Bring a potluck dish to share and your musical instruments. This is a casual way to connect with friends. Come one, come all! If you are interested in helping out on the Picnic Committee to set-up, decorate, plan games and songs, or clean-up after the picnic, please contact Janine below.
AFN Community Conversations: Economic Inequality
Attend a presentation and conversation hosted by Arizona Faith Network for "A Living Legacy: Immigrant Worker Organizing in Arizona" on February 9th6:30-8:30pm, at the UFCW building (2401 N Central Ave.) Panel discussion will include workers and organizers from Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy (CASE). They will talk about how Arizona worker organizing has weathered times of economic growth and decline, including the history of organizing against exploitation, with a special focus on the mining, agricultural, and construction industries. 

Information and RSVP at
General Assembly Delegates
You can represent UUCP as a Delegate at General Assembly 2017 from June 21-25 in New Orleans, Louisiana! It is an opportunity to grow as a leader, connect with other Unitarian Universalists, and deepen your spirit. Delegate application deadline: Feb 23rd.

Click Here for Delegate Application
Justice District Assembly
March 31 - April 2 in Southern Arizona
Gather with UUs from Arizona, Southern California and Las Vegas in Southern Arizona for interactive immersion experiences, led by 30 partner organizations, designed to connect you to the social, environmental and spiritual facets of immigration justice. Sunday morning worship will take place at the border wall in Nogales, AZ. 
UUJAZ Collection
Sunday, February 12 & 19
Donations for released immigration detainees may be brought to the back table in the sanctuary on February 12 and 19 for delivery to UU Day at the Legislature. Information and a list of suggested items are available on the back table.
Food Drive & Donations
UUJAZ is holding a February Food Drive to assist immigrants released from detention who are dropped off by ICE vans at the Greyhound bus depot in Phoenix. They have bus tickets but little else for their travels as far away as Georgia, New York or Washington, D.C.   For more information and a  list of food items needed for immigrants' travels, check  the back table in the sanctuary or download this flier.  
Please bring your donations on Sundays, February, 5, 12 and 19.  Collected items will be taken to UUJAZ Day at the Legislature on  February 20 .