This Sunday, September 11
Water Communion & InGathering
Service Leaders: Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, Emrys Staton, Katie Resendiz
Sunday, September 11 at 10:30 AM
This all-ages service celebrates community. It's also our annual ingathering, a kick-off to the year. Everyone is invited to bring water from a place that holds significance for you, maybe from a vacation spot this summer, your own home, or even tears of joy or grief. Together, we mingle these waters together as a symbol of how are lives are woven together in community. Please remember to bring some water.
Sunday School Orientation
Sunday, September 11, at 11:45 AM in Annex G
MEET THE TEACHERS * Experience Our New Studios * Learn About the Curriculum * Register On Site * Decorate Your Name Tag * Make a Craft * Hear a story Meet other UUCP Families
Next Sunday, September 18
The Mountain of Tolerance:  A Community's Experience with Dirty Dishes
Service Leaders:  Emrys Staton
Sunday, September 18 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Emrys Staton will share some experiences of living in intentional communities, and the lessons learned to build and maintain strong communities.  
Start of 2 Service Schedule
Next Sunday is the start of our two service schedule. We have a 9:30 AM service and an 11:15 AM service.
Starting Point Tour
Sunday September 18, 10:45 AM in the Foyer
Meet a representative of our Membership Committee and our Children's Ministry program 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
Upcoming Classes and Events
Sign up for Small Groups
Participating in a Small Group Ministry is a gratifying way to connect with others and to renew your heart and spirit.  Participants fully explore the congregation's worship theme's influence on their own life.  Each group is led by a trained facilitator.  You can also sign up online by clicking the box below.
Sewing and Craft Circle
Saturday, September 10, drop in between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM
The group makes simple pattern dresses, quilts, backpacks and knitted items to support marginalized children locally as well as Mexico, South America and around the world. This group is part of the justice ministry. Everyone is welcome to attend, share creative ideas as well as stitch and talk. A sewing machine is nice to bring but not necessary. Please contact Lori Rubin-Williamson below or call 480-234-1476.
Community Cooks Meeting
Sunday, September 11, at 11:45 AM in Annex C
For each community night, someone from a team of cooks prepares a meal for everyone to enjoy. Come learn how to be a community night shef and sign up for a time to cook for our community. For more information, email Sky Williams below.
Young Adult Small Group
Tuesday, September 13, at 6:45 PM in 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. For more information, email Caitlin below.
Open Small Group
Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 PM in Annex B
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 leave 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 link below or email Mike Scheffer at the link below.
Towards the Other America - An Anti-Racist Study Group
Starts on September 17, at 9:30 AM
This class uses Chris Crass' book "Toward the Other American:  Anti-Racism Resources for White People taking action for Black Lives Matter. " Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of white supremacy, the movement for Black Lives Matter, intersections of oppression and how we can be grounded in anti-racist work through our UU faith. Register and download the ebook below. 
Minimum Wage & Economic Justice in AZ
Sunday, September 18, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Come to UUCP to learn about the economic justice movement that is spreading across the country and how to plug into the efforts to raise Arizona's minimum wage to $12 per hour. Luke Black from AZ Healthy Families will offer a presentation about the current work and offer opportunities to engage in helping to pass the ballot initiative for a living wage.
Women's Equinox Ritual
Tuesday, September 20 at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
Members of the Cakes for the Queen of Heaven class will lead a Equinox ritual open to all women. If you are curious or interested in earth based/Pagan spirituality this is the perfect opportunity. We will gather at 6:00 PM with ritual to begin promptly at 6:30 PM. If you are new to ritual please try to arrive at 6:00 PM for a brief orientation. Please bring a snack to share at the feasting after ritual. You may want to bring a small token to put on the alter. If you have questions, please call Pat Reed at 847-967-1672.
Sermon Audio Now Available on Podcast
Audio recordings of many of our sermons are now available to listen to as a podcast! Simply search for "Sermons from UUCP" anywhere you find podcasts. To see what's already available, click below
Lucienne Collaer Rusconi's Art Show
Our Sanctuary Art this fall is in honor of the late UUCP member Lucienne Collaer Rusconi (1925 to 2016)

She described her work this way: "When I paint I must feel a strong 'rhythm' in the work in progress.  Just like a note in music becomes more interesting and alive with other notes, color interaction in painting is most important.  Design, shapes, composition enhances this rhythm of the subject.  I call it My Music. Soft story telling, drama, nature, simple objects, the human condition are all my inspiration! 
Calling All Cooks and Assistant Cooks
Calling all chili cooks and assistant cooks! Volunteer cooks needed for the big chili cook-off fundraiser dinner for Rev. Susan Frederick Gray. The dinner will be Sunday afternoon, Sept. 25th. Make whatever kind of chili you want. Are you a beef and beans type chili cook? Or a turkey and white beans chili cook? Or a vegetarian chili cook? We are hoping for a wide range of chilis, which will be sampled by the fundraising diners that evening. 
Not a chili cook, but would like to contribute? We also need a few accompaniments and desserts. Please contact Cherie Stafford below or call her at 480-200-2345.