This Sunday, August 20
Sanatana Dharma and the Four Yogas of Our Living Tradition
Service Leader: Arpit Davé  
Sunday, August 20, 10:30 AM
Our Living Tradition is sustained by "Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life." Join Arpit Davé in a brief exploration of the Sanatana Dharma tradition, known more commonly as "Hinduism." We will seek modern truths in the ancient practice of The Four Yogas and, just maybe, discover the Yogi living within us all.
Next 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. 
Upcoming Classes & Events
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, August 22 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.
Protest against White Supremacy with Puente
Tuesday, August 22 at 6:00pm at the Phoenix Convention Center
We are invited to join with Puente and others to protest white supremacy on Tuesday in downtown Phoenix. More details about the event will be available on Sunday morning, including carpooling info. Puente is hosting an art party starting at 6:00 PM tonight at their office at 1937 W. Adams to make banners and posters for the protest. The are also hosting a De-escalation Training starting at 7:00 PM for anyone who feels called to serve on a de-escalation team. 
Spanish Conversation Group
Wednesday, August 23, 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 linked below.
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.
Celebration of Life service for Celso Mireles
Saturday, August 26 in the UUCP Sanctuary
6:00 PM service 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
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.
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.
Labor Day Camping Weekend at SAWUURA
Friday, September 1 - Monday, September 4, 2017
SAWUURA is our own UU 100-acre woods in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness near Young, AZ (about 4-hours drive from Phoenix). Join dozens of other UUs Labor Day weekend for a relaxing weekend under the stars. Disconnect from your phones, computers, TVs and share meals, hikes, music and laughter with other nature-lovers. Meals are provided with the cost of registration, just bring snacks, drinks and camping gear.
Registration Fees: $60 per adult ($50 for SAWUURA members), $25 per child.
Registration Due Date: Friday, August 25.
For more info please contact Eb Eberlein, 520-622-6966
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.
Campus Spruce up Opportunities
Now through Saturday, September 9
Sunday, September 10, is our congregation's Ingathering Service. Ingathering is our "kick-off" to the new ministry year where we welcome everyone back to the valley from their summer vacations and travels. Heidi is looking for volunteers to help make our campus sparkle and shine for Ingathering. Email Heidi if you are willing to take on any of these jobs and indicate a day/time you'd like to work on the task. Heidi will help make sure you have the materials you need and access to the campus. Certificates are available for those who need community service hours.
Your Generosity is Showing
You might notice something a little different in the UUCP hallway the next time you come. Due to your amazing generosity during the capital campaign, we are starting to do some work. You might see a couple of holes in the ceilings around the campus and this is to allow our engineer to have access to certain areas of the building. 

Thanks again for supporting our spiritual home.