This Sunday, May 28
From Jackhammers to Meditation: Spiritual Practices for Peace 
Service Leader:  Emrys Staton
Sunday, May 28 at 10:30 AM
A look at some faith-based resistance to war, and how we battle within ourselves for peace.
Board Chat
Sunday, May 28, at 11:30 AM in Annex B
Join the Board of Trustees for a monthly conversation keeping you updated on what we're working on. We will be updating you on combined campaigns and discussion of strategic planning process. We will also be discussing the upcoming budget and answering any questions about it. 
Poikilos Fundraiser
Sunday, May 28, at 11:30 AM in the Sanctuary
Let's do some celebrating of writers. Poetry Coffeehouse is hosting a fundraiser for Poikilos, the UUCP literary journal, on May 28 after the service at the back of the Sanctuary. Please stay to bid on a Tish Gauntt painting or photograph of Antelope Canyon. There will be 3 baskets (2 for young children and 1 for adults) to raffle off and information about Poikilos for writers. Winners to be announced around noon and refreshments for all.

There will be poetry readings by 6-7 poets.
Next Sunday, June 4
The Possibility in Ambiguity 
Service Leader:  Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Sunday, June 4 at 10:30 AM
Uncertainty, ambiguity, multiple truths - these could all be recipes for inaction and stagnation. However, this is the last thing we need right now. How can we as a people and as individuals find clarity and momentum for action, even in the midst of uncertainty?
Congregation Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 4, at 11:30 AM in the Sanctuary
All members are invited (and encouraged!) to attend the Annual Meeting. At the meeting, we will elect Board, Nominating Committee and Foundation members, approve the annual budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, and hear an update on the Capital Campaign and construction projects.The Board will also share information about a potential interim minister and update on Rev. Susan's Presidential campaign. We will also recognize outgoing elected leaders.
Children's Day at the UUCP Community Book Corner
Sunday, June 4, at the back of the Sanctuary
June 4 will be Children's Day at the book corner featuring an array of books beloved by children from the very young to older children. Adults will find a few books highlighted for them with the themes of Ambiguity and Paradox.
New Day Center Meal
Sunday, June 4, at 5:00 PM at the New Day Center
Live out the UU commitment to serving those in need by serving a meal to the 150 parents and children of the UMOM New Day Center. This is a one-time, two-hour commitment. Please email Rene Apack below if you are able to help.
Upcoming Classes & Events
2017 Summer Kids Kamp
June 5 - June 29 from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Jam-packed fun for children, ages 3 -13! Organized in age-based "tribes," kids dance, act, drum, create, play, perform and have a rollicking good time. Experienced teachers and teen counselors create a memorable and high energy experience for Kampers.
Upcoming Memorial Services
Here are the details for upcoming memorial services for UUCP members and and friends: 

Cyndi WhitmoreMay 27, 2:30pm at Shadow Rock United Church of Christ, 12861 N 8th Ave.

Faye BergerJune 3, 2:30pm, UU Congregation of Phoenix

Lois FisherJune 10, 2:00pm, UU Congregation of Phoenix
Parent(s) of Young(er) Children Small Group
Saturday, May 27 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM at the Orchard near 12th St. and Glendale
For the 4th Saturday afternoon groups, we are going to try out our new "family style" small group. Bring the kids and they can play in the splash pad, on the grass, with each other or hang out with you while we have group. Group check in will start around 3:15 PM and will consist of going around the circle with names, introductions and answering a topic question. After the check in is complete with everyone, families can converse in groups, one-on-one or however they would like to get to know each other. Include the kids or let them play. This is more casual than a typical small group. This group is meeting at the Orchard located at 7100 N. 12th Street in Phoenix. The topic for this group is Wisdom and Growth in parenting and the UU White Supremacy Teach-in. What questions do we have when talking to our kids about racism?
Summer Potluck Picnic Party
Thursday, June 1, at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room & Patio
Staying in town for the summer? Can't wait until Community Nights resume in the fall? Want to beat the heat with your favorite UUCP friends?

June 1: "Hot Dogs and Ice Cream with Rev. Susan!" Spend some time with our amazing Lead Minister before she heads to New Orleans for the UUA election. Please bring a side dish or snack, we will provide hot dogs (and veggie dogs) with the fixings, and ice cream and toppings.

All Summer Potluck Picnic Parties are held  on Thursday evenings at  6pm in the Johnson Room and patio. No childcare is provided for these family-friendly events, so kids and adults can socialize together. In keeping with our green picnic theme, please consider bringing your own utensils and plates, and be prepared to wash your own dishes. See you there!
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, May 30, 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
Sanctuary Congregation Discussion
Thank you to everyone who stayed after last Sunday's service to participate in the conversation about what it would mean for UUCP to become an active "sanctuary congregation" for people at risk of deportation. We would like to continue discussing the ways our community can be of service to this movement. If you are interested in joining a committee to keep exploring our calling, please send an email to Emrys Staton and he will coordinate a time for everyone to meet again. 
Needed: Small Group Facilitators
Participation in Small Groups' Ministry is a fulfilling way in which to become better acquainted with fellow congregants through monthly conversation. As a member of a group, you will also have an opportunity to further discuss each month's spiritual theme in a small setting.

Facilitators and co-facilitators are need to ensure growth of this important community activity. Orientation and ongoing training are provided for group facilitators. If you are interested in contributing your leadership skills to this program, please contact Ruth Braunstein below.
Transylvania Unitarian Universalist Pilgrimage 
Experience Transylvania alongside Khasi Unitarians from northeast India. Spend two weeks visiting historic Unitarian places, medieval cities, castles and enjoying the pastoral beauty of central Transylvania. This pilgrimage is open to all and we hope it fosters a new understanding of our historical roots. The tour logistics are coordinated by the UU Partner Church Counsel Pilgrimage Service which has more than a decade of experience. Please read more at the links below.
Children's Art Exhibit 2017
Currently on display in the Sanctuary
"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child." (Pablo Picasso)

The Children's Art Exhibit consists of contributions  from Desert View Learning Center (Kindergarten through Fourth grade) and the Early Education Cooperative Preschool (ages 2 -5).  Sonja Saar, who teaches art at DVLC, is dedicated to drawing out the artist within every child. The EEC encourages art expressions which are developmentally  appropriate and enhance a child's creativity. 
Beacon UU Fundraiser in Flagstaff
The UU congregation in Flagstaff is having a fundraiser during the weekend of June 23-June 25. They are offering hospitality and there are 7 rooms available that weekend ranging from one with a queen bed to one with a few twin beds for a $70 per night donation. This is the weekend of "Pride in the Pines" and "Flagstaff Folk Festival." For more information or to reserve a room, please email the Beacon office below.
Thank you from a Syrian family
The Al Saleh family and the UUCP Refugee Assistance Program thanks the congregation for the much needed household items and cash donations.  This Syrian family, of nine, expressed their heartfelt appreciation for the generosity of the congregation when they received the gifts.