This Sunday, July 23
Lessons from Sculptors and the Skin Horse
Service Leader: 
Reverend Kathy Baughman 
Sunday, July 23
, 10:30 AM
Richard Rohr, contemplative Franciscan friar, says that "all great spirituality is about letting go." We will explore the concept of "letting go," which is a strong component of Eastern and 12-Step spiritualities. We start "letting go" at birth when we leave the womb, and it continues right up until we die when we surrender to leaving existence as we know it. Given that "letting go" is a life task that we will be asked to do again and again, this sermon will explore it as a spiritual practice, one that helps us clear away non-essential clutter so that authentic, life-affirming possibility can be realized in life.
Next Sunday, July 30
Resolving Resentment Towards a God Not of My Understanding
Service Leader: 
Celso Mireles
Sunday, July 30, 10:30 AM
How do we let go of resentments about our own religious histories and find our own spirituality? Celso Mireles speaks about his own spiritual journey, which leads from his Catholic roots to rebellion and judgement and finally to a place of acceptance.
Book Group
Sunday, July 30, at 9:00 AM in Annex B
The Book Group engages in informal discussions of a variety of books. We typically discuss recent nonfiction books on topics such as science, religion, sociology, history, current events, environmental issues and justice, but we don't exclude fiction. Books we read are proposed by the members and voted on by the group. We typically spend 4 to 8 weeks on a book, discussing portions as we read. For more information, contact Mike Peterson at 602-943-9543, or come to one of our Sunday meetings.
Upcoming Classes & Events
Moving Volunteers for Interim Minister Rev. Margaret O'Neal Needed
Moving Volunteers for Interim Minister Rev. Margaret O'Neal Needed
Our Interim Minister Rev. Margaret O'Neal is almost here! Let's welcome her by helping to make her transition to a new home a seamless one. We are looking for volunteers to help unload boxes on Saturday, July 29, at her home near the intersection of 39th Street and Greenway Road. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. 

Maryland School Partnership
Many students come to Maryland School from families that have a difficult time providing support for their children, school budgets are inadequate to maintain needed programs, and teachers often spend their own money to have necessary supplies.  Also many students require extra help to master grade level skills.  Your help is needed in a variety of ways!  Please check the July/August Horizons for more information about our partnership or stop by the Justice Ministry table on a Sunday. We will be collecting supplies from July 23 - August 13.
Parent(s) of Young(er) Children Small Group
Saturday, July 22, from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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 - 8:15 PM, and the Fourth Saturday, 3 -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. 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. Please feel free to contact Janine with any and all questions, or check out our Facebook group.
Open Arts & Crafts Studio
Monday, July 24, from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the Johnson Room
Almost every week the Johnson Room is open for your artistic endeavor. Currently Jay Alagia, a watercolorist with 20-years experience, is available there to teach watercolor painting on an individual basis, if requested, free of charge. Please contact Jay at 602-952-8889 or at his email, linked below, for more information.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, July 25, 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
Spanish Conversation Group
Wednesday, July 26, 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.
Retiree's Scenic Walk Group
Friday, July 28, at 6:00 AM
Meets most Fridays. Contact Jay before attending. This is a two-mile walk in 1.25 hours with four stops to enjoy views and poetry. The walk is at medium pace on paved streets in the hillside developments at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, northwest of 16th Street and Northern Avenue. Meets most Friday mornings as early as 6:00 AM in summer, and as late as 7:30 AM in winter. Bad weather cancels the meet. Please contact Jay Alagia for details at 602-952-8889.
Summer Potluck Picnic Party
Thursday, August 3, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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?

Save the Date for our Summer Potluck Picnic Parties! 

August 3rd: "Variety Hour with Benjie and the Music Ministry" 
Bring your instruments, artwork, and voices for a casual talent show... no talent required! Potluck dinner before the show, bring your favorite food!

All Summer Potluck Picnic Parties are held on Thursday evenings at 6:00 PM 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! Contact Janine Gelsinger for more information, and RSVP on our Facebook!
Path to Membership
Saturday, August 12, from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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.
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
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.
Our Progress Report
 is Up
Every year we create a Strategic Implementation Plan to set our mission and goals as a congregation, and every year we publish a progress report to assess how we are measuring up to those goals. Our Annual Strategic Implementation Plan Progress Report is now available on our website along with our Annual Report.