This Sunday, August 27
Women, Race, Misogyny, Economics, and Lesbian Erasure
Service Leader: Katie Resendiz
Sunday, August 27, 10:30 AM
Through storytelling, song, and obituary this service will grieve the women we have disappeared. Through yelling, laughing, and poetry, we will work to honor each other and the divinity we are again and again becoming. As a community learning intersectionality, we find that naming and examining all of our aspects is hard, heartbreaking work. We look to our foremothers to remind us that it is the only work that has ever made us whole. And together we move forward.
Chispa Campaign for Clean School Buses
Sunday, August 27, from 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM in the Sanctuary
The UUCP Green Sanctuary Group will host Chispa, a community organization affiliated with the League of Conservation Voters, to give a presentation about their campaign to use money from the Volkswagen settlement to purchase clean emissions  school  buses. Arizona will receive $53 million that can be spent at the discretion of the governor. Chispa is asking the state to use this money to replace diesel buses in  school  districts with high childhood asthma rates. Snacks will be provided. 
Next Sunday, September 3
Bread and Roses
Service Leader: Benjie Messer
Sunday, September 3, 10:30 AM
With widening income inequality and austerity measures around the globe, let us celebrate Labor Day by singing the labor music in our UU hymnals! In these beautiful songs of working people, we give thanks for the benefits of labor, grieve the harm it does, and shout for a better world.
New Day Center Meal
Sunday, September 3, 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 the coordinator, Rene Apack below to RSVP.
Upcoming Classes & Events
Celebration of Life service for Celso Mireles
Saturday, August 26 at 6:00 PM in the UUCP Sanctuary
 followed by reception
Join us for a community celebration of life and memorial service to remember the life and honor the legacy of Celso Mireles. You can listen to Celso's sermon "Resolving Resentment Towards A God not of My Understanding" given at UUCP on July 30, 2017 by visiting our audio archives. You can find information about the service on the Facebook event page
Parent(s) of Young(er) Children Small Group
Saturday, August 26 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.
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, August 29, at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
Break bread and socialize with us starting at 6:00 PM, and the meeting begins at 6:30 PM. Guests are invited to address the board during the guest comments at the beginning and observe the remainder of the meeting. We will be discussing the timeline for our transition process and the progress of our construction project. Email board President, Vince Waldron below with any questions.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, August 29, 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.
Spanish Conversation Group
Wednesday, August 30, at 10:30 AM & 7:00 PM in Annex C
An informal bi-lingual discussion group that looks at current events, politics and culture of Latin American countries, along with justice movements in the United States. Contact Jose Diaz for more info at 602-488-6524, or at the email link below.
Musical Instruments for Maryland School
Do you, a family member, or friend have a musical instrument collecting dust in a closet?  For most families at Maryland School instrument rental fees are outside of the budget, so the band and orchestra teachers are reaching out for donations to the school of instruments of all kinds, including guitars.  Many students are interested in learning to appreciate music and play them, so if you can help please email Cathy Kim below.
Qais Essar Trio Concert 
Saturday, September 2, at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary 
Please join us on the evening of Saturday, September 2 for a concert in our sanctuary with the Qais Essar Trio. Qais is a virtuoso of the rabab, the lute-like national instrument of Afghanistan. Based in Phoenix, he has traveled the world as a performer, composer and educator. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the concert begins at 7:00 PM. A suggested donation of $10-15 per adult will be accepted at the door.
Are you interested in singing at UUCP?
Wednesday, September 6, at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Sing with our choir just for a week! No commitment or musical background necessary! Open rehearsal in the Sanctuary and childcare is provided during rehearsal. Sing at one service on September 11 with a brief rehearsal before. Everyone Can Sing! Contact Music Director Benjie Messer below with any questions.
Calling All Artists
Art show begins on Saturday, September 30
The Sanctuary Art Team is calling all artists who are members and/or friends of UUCP to participate in the 2017 fall art show The show will begin Saturday September 30th. It's time to get your artwork ready! For forms and information about how to participate contact Ann Bixel at 480-782-5888 or you can email her below.
Community Night Chefs and Helpers Needed
Calling all chefs! Do you like to cook? Are you looking for a way to use your talents to serve the congregation? Could you commit to cooking for a crowd in the Johnson Room, one  Thursday  night this year? Our Community Night dinners will resume on  September 21 , and we are looking for chefs to make it happen! Come join us to choose a date and plan your meal! Not a cook, but still love Community Night? We also need Sous Chefs to sign up to bring salads, bread and sides. In addition, we could use some extra hands in the kitchen for set up, serving, and assisting chefs. If you attend Community Night, we'd love you to sign up for one night as a host helper! We will have a Community Night Orientation on  Sunday, August 27,  after service in Annex B. Join us for the meeting, or contact Janine Gelsinger, Membership and Welcoming Ministries Coordinator below.
Join the Welcoming Ministry as an Usher!
Would you like a reserved seat just for you on Sunday? Do you like helping to keep our community safe? Are you responsible with money? Calm in an emergency? Do you like to complete your service to the congregation once per month, during worship service when you are already here? If so... you may find a perfect fit as an Usher in our Welcoming Ministry!

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an Usher, there will be a kick-off party and orientation on Saturday, September 9th from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at an off-site location. Please see Janine Gelsinger, our Membership and Welcoming Ministries Coordinator at the Welcome Desk in the lobby to sign up, or email her below.
Art Journaling Workshop
Saturday, September 2, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Johnson Room
Join Heidi Parmenter in exploring the worship theme "Welcoming" and the desert nature theme "Saguaro" through mixed media art journaling. No experience required, only an open mind and a desire to express oneself through visual art. We will start the workshop with introductions, chalice lighting and reading and then jump right into creative visual expression of the theme. We will finish up with a "show and tell" for those that want to share their work. Required supplies:  your own mixed media art journal in any size (make sure that the paper is thick!), acrylic paint brushes, acrylic paint, scissors, old credit cards or gift cards, and a small spray bottle of water. This workshop is open to anyone 12 and older (parents may need to be present for those 12 - 14, please contact Heidi for more details). No RSVP and this workshop is FREE.
Raised-Upper-Class Facilitator Needed
Our Identity Nights program helps us make connections and share with other members of our community around issues of identity. This fall, one of our Identity Nights will be about socioeconomic class. We have two facilitators for the raised-poor and raised-working-class group, and two for the raised-middle-class group, but only one for the group of those raised in either the upper-middle-class and upper-class-elite, and it would be good to have one more. Most of us have mixed class backgrounds, so if you have any upper-class influence in your childhood at all and would be willing to help facilitate this group, please email Benjie Messer below. We know that class background can be a sensitive and confusing aspect of identity, and we appreciate you considering helping our congregation grow in this way.
2017-2018 Connections Now Available & Online
Our 2017-2018 Annual Connections Magazine is HOT OFF THE PRESS!

They were just mailed to members today so expect to see it in your mailbox on Monday or Tuesday. You can also look at it online at the link below. The Connections has a ton of information about UUCP. You can find information about Adult Faith Development Classes, Small Groups, Worship Themes and much more. Click on the link below now to check it out!