This Sunday, May 7
Adult Coming of Age Service
Service Leaders:  Kim St. Clair & Gary Ezzell
Sunday, May 7 at 10:30 AM
Coming of age is a continual process. A small group of UUCP congregants has spent the past year exploring what "Coming of Age for Adults" means as we move through life, using our Covenant as our lens. This Sunday we will share what we individually have learned about ourselves and what turns out to be most important to us.
Song Sharing Jam Session
Sunday, May 7 at 11:45 AM in the Sanctuary
All the musicians in our community are invited to an informal song sharing circle and jam session after service on Sunday, May 7. 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 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM. Contact music director Benjie Messer with any questions below. 
UUCP Community Book Corner
Sunday, May 7, at the back of the Sanctuary
The UUCP Community Book Corner is the first Sunday of each month. May's theme is Wisdom and Growth and there are three featured books. There is a book for children, young adults and adults. There will be other books as well, which promote our UU values. Come celebrate the theme of Wisdom and Growth with a purchase, browsing or just sharing your thoughts.
New Day Center Meal
Sunday, May 7 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.
Next Sunday, May 14
Wisdom and Learning in Action
Service Leader:  Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Sunday, May 14 at 10:30 AM
Mother's Day began as a day of action when women left their homes to protest militarization and call for an end to war. To honor these activist roots, we are taking this day to join in a teach-in about the ways patriarchy and white supremacy continue to persist in our lives and our world. Come join the conversation with openness to new insights and learning. 
Starting Point Tour
Sunday, May 14, at 11:40 AM in the Foyer
Meet a representative of our Membership Committee and our Children's Ministry program in the front foyer at 11:40 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! 
Upcoming Classes & Events
Ethical Will Workshop
Saturday, May 6, at 10:00 AM in the Johnson Room
Come learn about ETHICAL WILLS and Legacy Letters, learn about Barack Obama's Ethical Will, and why and how you, too can make one. This will be a 2 hour presentation by 3 board members of the UU Foundation of Phoenix, which will include a workshop and a question and answer session. Discover why an Ethical Will can be as important or more important than a conventional Last Will and Testament.
Young Adult Small Group
Tuesday, May 9, at 6:45 PM in Annex C
Facilitators:  Claire Bethel & Sarah Moore
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.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, May 9, 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
Second Wednesday Small Group
Wednesday, May 10, at 1:00 PM in Annex B
Facilitators:  Anne Lackey and Jan Bickley
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. Small groups are led by a trained facilitator.
Parents of Small(er) Children Small Group
Thursday, May 11, at 6:45 PM in Annex B
Facilitators:  Janine Gelsinger & Jonny Lifshitz
The Parents of Young(er)  Children  Small Group is a drop-in friendly group that meets twice per month: on the second Thursday,  6:45 PM-8:15 PM, and the Fourth Saturday,  3:00 PM-4:30 PM. We welcome all members and friends/participants of UUCP, who are in a parenting role to little ones, to join our village. 

On the second Thursday, we will meet in Annex B in a traditional  Small Group format, engaging in deep discussions led by Jonny Lifshitz, following the  Small Group packet on the monthly congregational theme. This time set aside for adult discussions feels amazing, as the littles will be cared for at Chalice Kids, free programming in room 15 provided by the  children's ministry. On the fourth Saturday, we will meet in a rotating location outside the congregation (splash pad, parks, homes, kid-friendly restaurants). The Saturday group will include the kids in a new-to-UUCP family-style  Small Group. We will still have a chalice and a check-in, and conversation around the congregational theme, but the structure of this group will inevitably be looser, and welcoming of the  small people in the space, as life with kids necessitates.

Our hope is for this group to provide the connection, support, challenges and community outside of Sunday service that we as parents need. We hope you'll join us. 
Traveling Second Friday
Friday, May 12, at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Please join Carolyn Allenby for ROAMING CHINA OFF THE BEATEN PATH. We started our three weeks journey of 2,000 miles in Beijing. We traveled to Datong and the Yungan Grottoes, then south to the ancient town of Pingyao, near the Hanging Monastery and Wang Family Courtyard. Next to Xian to see the Terracotta Warriors, then to Hangzhau. Next onto Guilin.  A river boat by the scenic karst hills brought us to Yangshuo. We climbed the Yellow Mountain  and descended by cable car, and bicycled the countryside of Yanshuo. Our final stop was in Shanghai. In most of these places we seemed to be the only western tourists viewing a mix of ancient and modern ways. If you have any questions, call Barbara at 480-994-1452.
Anne Lackey's Celebrating Life with Music and Friends
Saturday, May 13, at 3:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Come celebrate our own Anne Lackey on May 13 at 3:00 PM! Anne will play violin and speak about the wisdom she's gained through studying music, and after the recital, appetizers and drinks will be provided in the Johnson Room. All are invited; if you plan to come, please RSVP to Chelley Lackey-Stockton below so that Anne knows how many people to expect.
Women's Ritual
Thursday, May 18, at 7:00 PM in the Johnson Room
Facilitator:  Pat Reed
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.
Drop In Small Group
Thursday, May 18, 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 & Discussion
Friday, May 19, at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary
Join us for a screening of "I Am Not Your Negro," a film by director Raoul Peck based on the writings of James Baldwin. The film explores black history in the United States surrounding the civil rights movement and connects it up to the present day #BlackLivesMatter movement. The film begins at 6:30 PM in the UUCP Sanctuary, and snacks will be available for sale by the Coming of Age youth. (Cash Only)
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.
Love Resists
The Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee are excited to launch Love Resists, a joint campaign to protect both the values of our democracy and the humanity and rights of individuals and communities most at risk.
Road Construction on Lincoln
There will be extensive road construction starting on Monday, May 8 and it will run through Monday, May 29. Lincoln drive will be restricted east of the congregation so if you come to UUCP from the east, please allow some extra time as the intersection on Lincoln and Tatum will be under heavy construction. If you come from the west, there should not be any delays.