This Sunday, May 8
Our Sacred Mothers
Service Leader: Emrys Staton
Sunday, May 8 at 10:30 AM
We know the stories of many of the prominent world religious leaders, but what about their mothers? We will explore what we know of the sacred mothers of the world.
Jim Scott Concert
Sunday, May 8, at 6:30PM, Sanctuary
On the evening of Sun. May 8, please join us in our sanctuary for a tribute to the music of Pete Seeger with guitarist and songwriter Jim Scott, who knew Pete well and collaborated on many projects with him. We'll raise our voices for the causes Pete championed, and remember his songs that continue to inspire us. Jim Scott has visited more than 600 UU churches in his three decades of touring, and our hymnals include many of his songs. The concert is $15/person, and youth (18 and younger) get in free. Childcare is provided for younger children. This is Mother's Day, so feel free to bring your mom!

For additional information click here or email Benjie below. 

Next Sunday, May 15
YRUU Service: Inner Peace
Service Leaders: YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists)
Sunday, May 15 at 10:30 AM
Do you remember being in high school? It hasn't gotten any easier. Join our Youth in listening to their reflections on the importance of finding inner peace (and what they do to find it) in the midst of the hectic pace and pressures of being youth today. We will also welcome in those moving into high school and offering best wishes to those moving out and beyond. Come and see what our future has to share.
Board Chat:  Vision
Sunday, May 15 at 11:30 AM in Annex B
Chat with the Vision Task Force and the Board of Trustees about the vision statement that the congregation will vote on at the 6/5 congregational meeting.
Upcoming Classes and Events
Take Our Annual Congregation Survey
Please complete the survey by May 15
We are excited to once again present to you the Annual Congregational Survey. We would love to hear from you! This survey provides valuable feedback and reflection about the ministries at UUCP. The Annual Survey is a tool we are using to evaluate our Strategic Ends as well as create a baseline to track changes and improvements over time.

The survey should take 10 - 15 minutes to complete. Thank you very much for your time and your input! The deadline for completing the survey is Sunday, May 15, 2016.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the office at 602-840-8400 x200.

Facilitate an Adult Faith Development Class
Do you have an idea for a class to teach to friends and members of UUCP? Does your class reflect the mission of this congregation and enhance people's spiritual, emotional and intellectual lives? Please consider filling out an application to facilitate or co-facilitate an Adult Faith Development class next program year.  The deadline for applications is May 15, 2016. If you have any questions, please email Reverend Susan below.

Click here for an AFD application

Are you looking for ways to connect with our monthly worship themes on a deeper level? You can gain insight from our Small Group packet, filled with quotes, poems, questions and exercises to open your heart and mind to our monthly theme. You don't need to be in a Small Group to read the packet!
This month's theme is Peace. Dive deeper into the theme by downloading the packet below.

OWL Facilitator Training
May 27-29 at UUCP
UUCP is hosting a facilitator training for those interested in being certified to teach Our Whole Lives in the Middle School (grades 7-9) & Sr. High (grades 10-12) levels.
The 22-hour training will take place May 27-29 at the UU Congregation of Phoenix in Paradise Valley. (5PM-9:30PM on Friday May 27th, 8AM-9:30PM on Saturday, and 8AM-2PM on Sunday.) The cost is $200 for the course, plus $19.99 for a required background check. Some home-stays are available for out of town trainees.

Visit the link below for more information.

Young Adult Small Group
Tuesday, May 10, at 6:45 PM, Annex C 
The young adult small group is a place for "younger" adults to get together and talk about issues important to us. We provide a safe space to share ideas and challenge each other respectfully. We are an open group, and anyone who feels they are a young adult - regardless of age - is welcome to join and share their thoughts with us. We meet on the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of each month at 6:45 PM in Annex C. Contact Caitlin below for more information and to receive calendar reminders for the Young Adult Group meeting. 

Addiction Recovery Group
Mondays, at 7:00 PM, Annex C starting May 23
Some anonymous members of the congregation are opening a addiction recovery meeting on Monday nights at 7:00 PM. It will be based on UU Principles and have a free form type of orientation. This will be a discussion group of like minded individuals who are seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addictions. Any members who wish to participate can call John Moats at 602-300-4743 Otherwise we will be meeting at 7:00 PM on Monday evenings in Annex C. The 1st and possibly 2nd meeting will be about the direction our members want to go as far as formats, snacks, coffee etc. We are planning on starting on May 23rd So come one come all because your love and gratitude are always welcome.  
Sangha Buddhist Group
Thursday, May 12, at 7:00 PM, Annex H 
UUCP members have started a Buddhist sangha, a group of people who gather to learn Buddhist teachings (the dharma) and support one another in Buddhist practice, including meditation. We will start the meeting with 30 minutes of meditation followed by a dharma reading and discussion. You need not be 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.   
Memorial Day Camping Weekend at SAWUURA
Friday, May 27 - Monday, May 30, 2016
SAWUURA is our own UU 100-acre woods in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness near Young, AZ (about 4 hrs drive from Phoenix). Join dozens of other UUs Memorial 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: $45 per adult ($35 for SAWUURA members), $25 per child. Registration Due Date: Friday, May 20. Registration forms available online ( For more info please contact Heidi Parmenter below or call 602-840-8400 ext. 202.

End of Life Planning Seminar
Saturday, May 14th, from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
The Unitarian Universalist Foundation of Phoenix invites you to Save the Date! On Saturday, May 14th, from 9:00 to 10:30 at UUCP we will be offering a seminar on end-of-life planning.  As we think about planning what we will leave behind when our lives are over, our first thoughts are often wills and trusts and "estate" planning; we tend to focus on our tangible assets and how they will be passed on. We might also spend some time planning ahead, gathering information and leaving instructions for our memorial services and for cremation or burial or donating our bodies to science. Attorney and UUCP member Robert Back will talk about wills and trusts; Rev. Kathleen Baughman will have information about future health care directives and Emrys Staton will share with us about planning memorial services.  The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Arizona will be on hand as well with many free resources. Direct your questions and RSVPs to Heidi below or call 602-840-8400 x202

Calling all UUCP Artists, Crafters, and Lovers of "Arts and Crafts"....SAVE THE DATE!
Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  - on the patio
Reserve your calendars now for our UUCP Arts & Crafts Fair, a fundraiser to benefit UUCP!   
If you are a Member or participating "Friend" of UUCP, we invite you expand your creative juices and submit an application online below.  
For those of you who just love going to a good arts and crafts fair, this is the one for you!  We will have diverse media represented-just in time for the holidays.  A percentage of all sales will go to UUCP.  This is a great time to bring a friend and introduce them to UUCP!  SAVE THE DATE!

Russell Lockwood Leadership School
July 23 - 29 in Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA
One week, exploring the history, values, actions, inspirations and complexities of the Unitarian Universalist liberal religious tradition.

Click Here for Flyer
UU General Assembly Online
At General Assembly, Unitarian Universalists come together not only to do the business of our association, but also to learn from one another and from presenters, to worship and witness together, and to focus together on questions and commitments facing our faith today. Each year, we form a learning community. This year we are offering materials to help you prepare your mind, heart, and spirit for what you will experience, whether you are in Columbus or participating by watching general sessions, workshops and other events online.