This Sunday, May 21
Youth Coming of Age Service
Service Leader:  Katie Resendiz
Sunday, May 21 at 10:30 AM
This year our 7th and 8th graders have joined on an amazing adventure. Coming of Age has been a chance for our middle schoolers to deepen their spiritual growth. The class has learned what others believe, analyzed UU values, served others, and all along, reflected on their experiences. The 7th and 8th grade will design and lead a worship service highlighting the work of their class, families, mentors, and our community over this past year of exploration. Students will be invited to sign the membership book in front of the congregation.
Congregational Conversation on Sanctuary Movement
Sunday, May 21, at 11:45 AM in the Sanctuary
Join an information session and feedback meeting on UUCP becoming a "sanctuary" congregation. Emrys Staton will offer updates on the need and realities of providing sanctuary to community members looking to prevent a deportation or family separation. We will gather in the Sanctuary after service at 11:45 AM.
Share the Plate with the Isac Amaya Foundation
Sunday, May 21
The Isac Amaya Foundation was founded in 2012 by a group of young community members who believed in access to higher education for all. The foundation guides and provides financial resources for students, regardless of their immigration status. The vision of the Isac Amaya Foundation is for students, in all sectors of society, to have the means to achieve a higher education.
Photo Directories are Here
Today at the back of the Sanctuary
The photo directories are here and in the back of the Sanctuary. Right now, only people that had their photo taken are able to pick one up today. We will be providing photo directories to others that did not get their photo taken in the future for a small fee.
Next Sunday, May 28
From Jackhammers to Meditation: Spiritual Practices for Peace 
Service Leader:  Emrys Staton
Sunday, May 28 at 10:30 AM
A look at some faith-based resistance to war, and how we battle within ourselves for peace.
Board Chat
Sunday, May 28, at 11:30 AM in Annex B
Join the Board of Trustees for a monthly conversation keeping you updated on what we're working on. We will be updating you on combined campaigns and discussion of strategic planning process. 
Poikilos Fundraiser
Sunday, May 28, at 11:30 AM in the Sanctuary
Let's do some celebrating of writers. Poetry Coffeehouse is hosting a fundraiser for Poikilos, the UUCP literary journal, on May 28 after the service at the back of the Sanctuary. Please stay to bid on a Tish Gauntt painting or photograph of Antelope Canyon. There will be 3 baskets (2 for young children and 1 for adults) to raffle off and information about Poikilos for writers. Winners to be announced around noon and refreshments for all.

There will be poetry readings by 2 poets.
Upcoming Classes & Events
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)
Congregation Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 4, at 11:30 AM in the Sanctuary
All members are invited (and encouraged!) to attend the Annual Meeting. At the meeting, we will elect Board, Nominating Committee and Foundation members, approve the annual budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, and hear an update on the Capital Campaign and construction projects.The Board will also share information about a potential interim minister and update on Rev. Susan's Presidential campaign. We will also recognize outgoing elected leaders.
2017 Summer Kids Kamp
June 5 - June 29 from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Jam-packed fun for children, ages 3 -13! Organized in age-based "tribes," kids dance, act, drum, create, play, perform and have a rollicking good time. Experienced teachers and teen counselors create a memorable and high energy experience for Kampers.
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, May 23, at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
We invite all members to join us for the monthly Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, May 23 in the Johnson Room. Break bread and socialize with us starting at 6:00 PM, and the meeting begins at 6:30. Guests are invited to address the board during guest comments at the beginning and observe the remainder of the meeting. This meeting we will be finalizing the congregational meeting agenda and reviewing and approving the budget for 2017-2018. Call Glen Lockwood at 602-852-0174 or email him below with comments or questions.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, May 23, at 7:00 PM in Annex B
We 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.
Parent(s) of Young(er) Children Small Group
Saturday, May 27 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. The topic for this group is Wisdom and Growth in parenting and the UU White Supremacy Teach-in. What questions do we have when talking to our kids about racism?
Summer Potluck Picnic Parties
The first Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
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! 

June 1: "Hot Dogs and Ice Cream with Rev. Susan!" Spend some time with our amazing Lead Minister before she heads to New Orleans for the UUA election. Please bring a side dish or snack, we will provide hot dogs (and veggie dogs) with the fixings, and ice cream and toppings.

July 6: "Family Potluck with Katie and the Children's Ministry" Come one and all for an all-ages potluck. Let out your inner child and explore arts and crafts, games, and lots of fun! Please bring a dinner dish to share.

August 3: "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  6pm 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!
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.
Children's Art Exhibit 2017
Show starts on Sunday, May 21
"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. 
Beacon UU Fundraiser in Flagstaff
The UU congregation in Flagstaff is having a fundraiser during the weekend of June 23-June 25. They are offering hospitality and there are 7 rooms available that weekend ranging from one with a queen bed to one with a few twin beds for a $70 per night donation. This is the weekend of "Pride in the Pines" and "Flagstaff Folk Festival." For more information or to reserve a room, please email the Beacon office below.
Thank you from a Syrian family
The Al Saleh family and the UUCP Refugee Assistance Program thanks the congregation for the much needed household items and cash donations.  This Syrian family, of nine, expressed their heartfelt appreciation for the generosity of the congregation when they received the gifts.