This Sunday, January 8
The Religion of Antiques Roadshow: Authenticity as the Highest Value
Service Leader:  Emrys Staton
Sunday, January 8 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Relying on highly-trained specialists, Antiques Roadshow allows us to watch as the authentic pieces are separated from the fraudulent or imitation work. The search for what is deemed real and genuine ultimately leads to what is seen as valuable. How has a similar search for authenticity shaped the development of faith and Unitarian Universalism?
Starting Point
Sunday, January 8, at 10:45 AM in the Foyer
Meet a representative of our Membership Committee and 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! 
Monthly Board Chat
Sunday, January 8, 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. For more information or if you have question, please email Board President, Glen Lockwood below.
Day at the Legislature: Training & Sign-up
Sunday, January 8, at 1:30 PM at Valley Unitarian Congregation
Join UUs from across Arizona on February 20th as we make personal visits to our representatives in the state legislature. All who are interested are invited to attend a training at Valley UU in Chandler this Sunday, Jan 8th at 1:30pm to learn the basics of setting up appointments and talking to your representatives. We are planning to host another training at UUCP as well - details will be announced soon. RSPV for Day at the Legislature below.
Next 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?
Upcoming Classes and Events
Rally at the Capitol
Monday, January 9, at 9:00 AM
The AZ Legislature begins their 2017 session with swearing in and the governor's State of the State address on Monday, January 9th. A broad coalition of justice groups is planning a People's State of the State rally and press conference to call upon our elected leaders to reject legislation that would oppress any people or communities in Arizona. Gather at 9:00 AM at the capitol, 1700 W Washington Street. Wear your gold Standing on the Side of Love shirt. 
Young Adult Small Group
Tuesday, January 10, 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, please email Sarah below.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, January 10, at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Facilitators:  Donna Featherston & Katherine Kruse
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
2nd Wednesday Small Group
Wednesday, December 14, at 1:00 PM in Annex B 
Facilitators:  Anne Lackey and Jan Bickley
Come one, come all to the new small group at UUCP. This small group will discuss the monthly theme in a small group format. Small Groups provide a space to tend to your heart and spirit. 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. Each group is led by a trained facilitator. Each group also engages in a service project at least once during the year to serve the congregation or wider community.
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.
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 (Jan 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. 
Pathway to Membership
Saturday, January 14th, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Pathway to Membership is a class that invites you to meet with other folks considering membership, and hear more from ministers, leaders and recently-joined members about what it means to be a member of our congregation. You will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Unitarian Universalism and UUCP, get to know each other in groups, and ask questions.
The class ends with an invitation to join by signing the membership book and pledging your support. There is no pressure to join. We recognize membership is a commitment and we hope people will take their time before joining.
To register, stop by the welcome table in the lobby and fill out the registration, register on the UUCP website, or contact Janine Gelsinger below.
Join the Congregation Choir
January is a perfect time to join the UUCP Congregation Choir, and we welcome new singers! The choir rehearses every Wednesday evening from 7:00-9:00 PM, and sings during services every other Sunday morning. Childcare is provided for singing parents.

If you want to sing with us for a single open rehearsal and Sunday morning, but not commit to our spring season, join us
on Wednesday, January 11, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM to learn the music for the next Sunday's service. No previous musical experience is necessary. Please contact Music Director Benjie Messer with any questions.
Circle of Trees
Dates & Time: Wednesdays starting January 11 - March 1, 2017 6 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Memorial Garden
Cost: $10 per adult (kids are free!)
Facilitator: Heidi Parmenter
Circle of Trees is a multi-generational program of eight workshops that nurture deep connection with trees, nature, and all of earth's living creatures. The program uses trees as an entry point to understand and connect with life on earth. Across many cultures, trees are recognized as a symbol for life on earth. We slow down, go deeper, and truly experience a connection to trees and all of earth. We begin with some lighthearted learning about trees-how they are structured, what they contribute to life on our planet-then move into appreciation for these providers of life. A ritual helps us see into the essence of trees and nature, to sense what it feels like to be a tree or another being, and ultimately to experience empathy for trees and other beings; approaches that tend toward the spiritual, rather than the intellectual, foster deeper connection. The program incorporates movement, story learning, meditation, and taking action. All the workshops will be held outdoors in the Memorial Garden, weather permitting. To read more about the program visit 
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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.