This Sunday, June 11
One Last Thing
Service Leader:  Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Sunday, June 11 at 10:30 AM
In the spirit of ambiguity, Rev. Susan will share some final wisdom, which, of course, may not be either final, nor all that wise.
Starting Point Tour
Sunday, June 11, 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! 
Board Chat - Preview of General Assembly
Sunday, June 11, at 11:45 AM in Annex B
This will be a meeting primarily focused on getting our UUCP delegates ready for General Assembly in New Orleans, with information about the business agenda at GA, workshops, and the Presidential election. All members are welcome to attend.
Poetry Coffeehouse
Sunday, June 11, at 11:30 AM in Annex H
Good poetry is deeply intellectual and emotional. Our own poetry coffeehouse has moved its meeting to the 2nd Sunday of each month; and its time during the summer to 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM in Annex H. Come read your own poems or just to listen.
Next Sunday, June 18
Mark the Time
Service Leaders:  UUCP Board and Staff
Sunday, June 18 at 10:30 AM
This will be the last service before the UUA Presidential election at General Assembly in New Orleans. Together, with leadership from the Board and staff, we'll rally behind Rev. Susan and send her off with blessings for the big week.
Share the Plate with the UUSC
Sunday, June 18 at 10:30 AM
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), a 77-year-old human rights organization grounded in UU values, advances human rights in three intersecting areas: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice & Climate Action, and Rights at Risk. Guided by the principle that local organizations should lead efforts to defend human rights and create sustainable models for change within their own communities, UUSC supports grassroots organizations in over 25 countries around the world, including the United States. UUCP's Share-the-plate contributions would support UUSC's three program areas, as well as research and advocacy that supplements direct humanitarian support.
Upcoming Classes & Events
Memorial for Lois Fisher
Saturday, June 10, at 2:00 PM in the Sanctuary
A Celebration of Life will be held for Lois Fisher in the Sanctuary with refreshments and remembering after. 
80's Babies Small Group (Formally the Young Adult Group)
Tuesday, June 13, from 6:45 PM to 8:15 PM in Annex C
Facilitators:  Sarah Moore & Amy McKlindon
The "80s Babies" (formerly the Young Adults Small Group) is a place for those of us born in the 80s (70s and 90s babies also welcome) to come together and talk about issues important to us.  We are an open group, providing a safe space to share ideas, challenge each other respectfully, and connect with one another.  Feel free to join us for one or both of our two meetings a month:
  • Second Tuesday of the month at 6:45 PM in Annex C,and
  • Fourth Sunday of the month after second service (or the only service, depending on the schedule), when we'll gather at the back of the Sanctuary and then head off-site for food and conversation.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, June 13, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 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
Open (Drop-In) Small Group
Thursday, June 15, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 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 links below.
Women's Ritual
Thursday, June 15, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the Sanctuary
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 for more information below.
3rd Friday Movie & Teach-in
Friday, June 16, at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary
This month, we will do an immigration 101 teach-in, including several short films and movie clips. Maria Castro and Ernesto Lopez from Puente will give updates on the current realities for immigrants in US, plus an overview of the immigration justice movements. 
For extra background, check out this great NYTimes article featuring the organizing work of Puente and Carlos Garcia below.
New Green Sanctuary Group
Tuesday, June 20, at 7:00 PM in Annex B
All people interested in honoring, preserving, and restoring the earth and supporting campaigns for environmental justice are invited to attend an introductory meeting for a UUCP Green Sanctuary group. We will be crafting our statement of purpose at this organizational meeting, and brainstorming activities we might like to engage in and/or projects we might like to undertake. We will also discuss outside organizations with which we would like to partner. Bring your energy and ideas! Contact Laurel Hardin below for additional information or questions. 
Off-Site General Assembly Activities
Various times between June 22 and June 24 at UUCP in the Johnson Room
Come join fellow UU's at UUCP for a few events that are happening at General Assembly in New Orleans, Louisiana.
On Thursday, June 22 at 6:00 PM we will be live streaming the Service of the Living Tradition. The Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group invites you to join us at this service where we honor fellowshipped and credentialed religious leaders, remember those who have died, recognize those who have completed active service, and welcome those who have received fellowship or credentialed status in the past year.
On Friday, June 23 at 5:30 PM will host a live screening of the last candidate forum before the UUA Presidential election on June 24. The UUA General Assembly will elect a new UUA president on June 24. Three candidates are running for one six-year term: the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray (, the Rev. Alison Miller (, and the Rev. Jeanne Pupke ( 
On Saturday, June 24 at 6:30 PM we will livestream the General Assembly Ware Lecturer, Bryan Stevenson. Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults.
Children's Art Exhibit 2017
Currently on display in the Sanctuary
"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child." (Pablo Picasso)

The Children's Art Exhibit consists of contributions  from Desert View Learning Center (Kindergarten through Fourth grade) and the Early Education Cooperative Preschool (ages 2 -5).  Sonja Saar, who teaches art at DVLC, is dedicated to drawing out the artist within every child. The EEC encourages art expressions which are developmentally  appropriate and enhance a child's creativity.