This 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.
Share the Plate with Tumbleweed
Sunday, May 15 at 10:30 AM
Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development provides a safe space for collaborating with youth and young adults in our community who are vulnerable or experiencing homelessness. These safe spaces will allow access to caring relationships, resources, and programs that offer opportunities for young people to develop their individual potential.
Next Sunday, May 22
"Shalom Living: The Soil Which Bears the Fruit of Peace"
Service Leaders: Rev. Andy Burnette
Sunday, May 22 at 10:30 AM
Rev. Andy Burnette has served since August 2012 as Senior Minister at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Chandler. He served the Unitarian Universalist Community Church in Danville, Indiana, from 2007 to 2012. From 2000 to 2007, Rev. Burnette served Church of the Nazarene congregations in southern Indiana. He was a journalist covering local government and writing a humor column in Columbus, Indiana, from 1998 to 2000.
Board Chat:  Vision & Budget
Sunday, May 22 at 11:30 AM in Annex B
Chat with the Vision Task Force about the vision statement that the congregation will vote on at the June 5 congregational meeting. Then the Board will present the 2016/2017 budget for your questions and comments before the June 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.

Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, May 24 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 24 in the Johnson Room. Break bread and socialize with us starting at 6:00 PM, and the meeting begins at 6:30 PM. Guests are invited to address the board during guest comments at the beginning and observe the remainder of the meeting. At this meeting the board will prepare for the June congregational meeting and discuss how to evaluate the minister as a supervisor. Call Glen Lockwood at 602-852-0174 or email him below with comments or questions.

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.

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.  
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!

Our new hearing assistance devices are available for Sunday worship services.  Our ushers will be happy to provide you with devices that make it easier to hear anything that is picked up by a microphone.  These devices have a wide range throughout our campus, including the bathrooms, nursery and patio, so parents can also use the devices if they need to step out of the sanctuary with their child.
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.

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