This Sunday, October 1
Courage is Contagious
Service Leader: Emrys Staton
Sunday, October 1, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Witnessing the courageous actions of another, whether they feel it is courageous or not, often inspires bravery in ourselves. Given all the issues we are facing right now in the world, we need a major outbreak of courage to spread and infect us all!
New Day Center Meal
Sunday, October 1, 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.
Next Sunday, October 8
Service Leader: Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, October 8, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
As we explore the interplay of identities within and among us, we ask: how does each individual find the deep courage to explore the roots and branches of their true identity, and how do we open our hearts to affirm the varied and evolving identities of all?
Starting Point Tour
Sunday, October 8, at 10:40 AM in the Foyer
Meet Janine Gelsinger, our Membership Coordinator and a member of our Children's Ministry program, in the front foyer at 10:40 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
Rise Up and Call Her Name
Facilitator: Brenda Nelson
Monday Nights, October 9 - November 13 (Fall Session)
January 22 - March 5 (Spring Session)
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM in Annex B
A Woman-honoring Journey into Global Earth-based Spiritualities in 13 sessions that explores numerous religious and spiritual traditions through artistic expression, music, visuals, creative ritual, dialog and rich information from a variety of sources.
Exploring Your UU Identity
Facilitator: Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Time and Date:   Sunday Nights, October 8 through November 12 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the Johnson Room
What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? In this six-session class we will explore the theology, history and organization of our UU religious tradition along with our faith's core commitments to lifelong learning and social justice. Participants will be encouraged to discover and articulate their own Unitarian Universalist identity through the various "lenses" of our historic and open-ended way of faith.
Community Night
Thursday, October 5 from 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM in the Johnson Room
Join us at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room for food and friendship. A donation of $5 per adult, $2 per child under ten, or $10 per family covers the cost of the meal. Each dinner features the talents of the fabulous cooks in our congregation. Community Night is not a potluck. If you'd like to contribute as a Sous Chef (sides, salad, or bread), please sign-up in advance.

10/05 Menu:
Beef Stroganoff (gluten-free; contains meat and dairy) or Mushroom Stroganoff (gluten-free, vegetarian; contains dairy) with zucchini, fall harvest salad, and homemade "Red Lobster" cheddar biscuits, from Chefs Teri and Donna Talbot, and Sous Chefs EV Girod and Robin Stewart.  If you'd like to join, but have dietary restrictions or preferences, you are welcome to bring your own meal.  For questions about Community Night, please contact Janine below.  Following Community night, Thursday evenings feature many activities:   small groups adult faith development Pathway to Membership and more. Check out the UUCP website to sign up. Chalice Kids childcare is available between 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. 
Identity Night
Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 PM
Identity Nights are opportunities for our entire community to build relationships with each other around aspects of our identities and backgrounds and to more fully appreciate ourselves and our unique histories.

October 5: Working on race and racism
People of the global majority (People of color) in the Sanctuary
White people in the Johnson Room

People with mixed and blended backgrounds (i.e. mixed race, mixed class backgrounds, or fluid sexual orientation) are welcome to attend any group that they have a connection to. This includes many of us. If you're not sure which group to attend, our staff members and facilitators are happy to listen as you think it through.
Small Group Ministry (SGM) Registration
Information about this year's groups and sign-up sheets will be available in the back of the sanctuary.  

There are 10 groups to choose from this year. They is the drop in group that meets the 3rd Thursday evening, the Beatitudes group that meets the morning of the 3rd Thursday, the 2nd Tuesday afternoon group at Friendship Village, the 2nd Wednesday group that meets at UUCP in the afternoon, an evening potluck group on the 1st and 3rd Sunday, men's group on the evening of the 2nd Wednesday, a group that meets in Scottsdale the evening of the 1st Wednesday evening, a group for parents of young(er) children that meets twice a month, the senior women's group on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday in the afternoon here at UUCP and the 80's Babies, a young adult group that meets at UUCP the evening of the 2nd Tuesday and off-site the 4th Sunday after the 2nd service.
Pathway to Membership
Thursdays, October 19th & 26th, 6:45 PM-8:30 PM (must attend both sessions).
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.
Beginner Ukulele for UU's
October 12 - November 16 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM in Annex H
Learn to play favorite UU songs from "Come Sing A Song With Me" (book available at class for $14.00) . Explore meditative and community music making with this portable 4 stringed instrument. Register at the link below or email   by October 9th. Loaner instruments available at first class, and we can meet you for local shopping for your own instrument. Starter instruments about $50.00; email for more details.  No AFD fee, offered by UUCP Music Ministries.
White Supremacy Teach-In:  planning meeting for people of color
Thursday, October 12, 7:00-8:30 PM in the Sanctuary
Last spring, following a call from the Black Lives of UU (BLUU) organizing collective, and along with hundreds of other UU congregations, we offered our first teach-in on white supremacy culture. Our second teach-in on white supremacy culture will be on Sunday. October 22. The worship planning team is inviting all of the people of color in our community to join us at 7:00 PM on Oct. 12 in the Sanctuary to reflect on last spring's teach-in and suggest ideas for the upcoming one.

For questions, please contact Rev. Margret below.
UUJAZ Issue & Action Day
Saturday, October 14, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the UU Congregation in Surprise
Join the UU Justice Arizona Network (UUJAZ) and UUs from around the state to gain insight and take action on local justice issues. Hear in-depth updates from expert speakers and take advantage of the question-and-answer time to find out more about what you're most passionate about. And get a sneak peek at what we might see from the Arizona Legislature in 2018, connect with other UUs who are interested in your focus issue area, and dig deeper in issue workshops. Early bird registration prices end today! 
Campus Work Day and Potluck
Saturday, October 14, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
There will be indoor, outdoor and kid-friendly projects around the campus. For every project we will have supplies here at UUCP ready for you. Bring potluck dish to share, if you plan on staying for the potluck at noon, a water bottle for while you work, and some thick work gloves. Please email Heidi below if you plan on attending so that we can send you updates as we get closer.
Hurricane Help
The UUA  has set up a donation program to help all areas including Puerto Rico, affected by Hurricanes  Irma and Maria.  Local residents have also arranged to deliver goods to Puerto Rico this week. Basic needs right now are small and lightweight things: batteries, dry foods, baby formula, baby wipes, stomach & diarrhea medicine, mosquito repellent, bullion, and garbage bags.  You can visit the link below to find out how you can help.
DACA Drive Help Needed
Saturday, September 30 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Center for Neighborhood Leadership is hosting a DACA Drive Saturday, September 30, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. They are requesting volunteers and donations of water, snacks, and office supplies. The deadline to apply for DACA renewal is fast approaching and our community has responded wonderfully. If you are able, please sign up for a shift or to donate supplies. Areas of support include: set-up/clean-up, administrative, and childcare.
Puente 10th Anniversary Celebration! 
Sunday, October 15 at 6:00 PM at 1602 E Roosevelt St. in Phoenix
UUCP is invited to join Puente in celebrating 10 years of immigration justice and human rights work in Arizona led by immigrant and undocumented organizers. The night will look back on the amazing work of the past decade, as well as featuring current and new campaigns for justice. Join activists and allies for a night of conversation, art, music and dance!
Purchase a ticket below.
Outdoor Group
The Outdoor Group season opener in the Valley of the Sun features the Go John Trail in Cave Creek Regional Park on October 14, 2017.  This moderate hike is approximately 5.8 miles.  Also available is an easy hike lasting about an hour. Email Bonnie White below for more information.
Members and Friends Art Display
Last chance to participate in the UUCP Members and Friends sanctuary art display!  Art work will be on display from  10:00 AM   Saturday, September 30  to  12:30  PM,  November 26 Forms are available in the office in the Sanctuary Team box or from Ann Bixel. Questions? Call Ann Bixel at 480-782-5888 or email below.