This Sunday, January 15
A Powerful, Spiritual Authenticity
Service Leader:  Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Sunday, January 15 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, what are the ways we are called to courageous and bold love in these times? How do we develop and share a powerful, spiritual authenticity that engages us in the work of justice and liberation that is deeply rooted in love, in compassion, in life giving values?
Share the Plate with UUJAZ
Sunday, January 15 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
The Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona Network (UUJAZ) is a statewide social justice organization engaging UUs across the state to work on education, immigration, racial justice, water, economic justice, and other issues aligned with UU values. UUJAZ supports direct engagement of Arizona state legislators through its annual Day at the Legislature on February 20.  Last year, over 170 UUs, including from UUCP, met with more than 45 legislators.  At UU Day our people speak!  

Rev. Lisa McDaniel-Hutchings, will give a presentation and update on UUJAZ events between services, starting at 10:40 AM. 
Next 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.
Upcoming Classes and Events
Traveling Second Friday's
Friday, January 13, at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Join us for a one-hour presentation of Traveling 2nd Friday (January 13) on UAE, Dubai, & Oman  by Margo Wilson. Learn about Oman: its different version of the Muslim religion, its deliberate lack of tall buildings and huge malls, its beauty, its role in mediating disputes among mid-eastern countries, its lack of significant oil income. Visit these very different countries that are near neighbors. Any questions, call Barbara Cawthorne at 480-994-1452. 
Women's Ritual
Thursday, January 19, at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Join a group of women for earth-centered rituals that honor the season, the phases of the moon and personal spirituality. Each month, a different participant will plan a ritual for everyone to engage in. Contact Pat Reed below for more information.
Open Small Group
Thursday, January 19, at 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 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. 
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.
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
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.
Diverse Artist Collective - Arizona  Artists Return to UUCP
What a great way to start the New Year!   The DAC-AZ exhibit features the original work of emerging and established local African American artists.  Enjoy their vibrant collection of watercolor and oil paintings, layered wood work, photography, oil and acrylic paintings, and ceramic art work. They produce work for exhibitions in gallery shows, public spaces, and promote multicultural visual arts programs to educate the community about diversity. Artists whose works are featured are: Khandra D. Howard, Stephen Marc, Richard Retter, Tiffani Maynor, Ani Tung and Frederick Hodge. For information about individual artists or works contact: or
Monthly Theme Packets Available
For each month's worship theme, we create a packet and discussion guide for the congregation and our small group ministries. The packet offers writings, questions, and quotes for deeper reflection on the theme. Anyone is free to grab a packet from the brochure rack by the front door or by downloading the PDF below
Maryland School
Thanks go out to all those who helped us make a collection of games for Maryland School families. These activities will support both learning and families having fun together, building relationships and memories. Your generosity is appreciated by many.