Start of 2 Service Schedule
This Sunday is the start of our two service schedule. We have a 9:30 AM service and an 11:15 AM service.
This 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.
Share the Plate with Healthy Packs
Our Share the Plate ministry is one way we breathe life into our commitment to become agents of the Beloved Community.  Beginning in 2008, each month UUCP has returned one Sunday's collection plate to the community-this amounts to about 3% of our operating budget.

Healthy Packs
 is a weekend food program for students who are identified through the Scottsdale Unified School District. Nonperishable kid friendly food and snack items are sent home with these needy students so they may have enough food to eat over the weekend. This year with the help of the faith community, 370 kids in all the 7 Title I schools, schools with 40% or more children on free or reduced lunches, have food on the weekends. 
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
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. For more information, email Emrys Staton below. 
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.

There will be someone at a table in the back of the Sanctuary this Sunday after each of the services to answer questions and assist with signups. 
Next Sunday, September 25
A Deeper Experience of Community 
Service Leaders:  Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Sunday, September 25 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
It has been said that what will come next to help lead humanity out of this time of division and climate devastation is not some great individual, but community, and specifically inclusive communities of hope, courage and resilience. We are experiencing the limits of both a society and faith focused on individualism - depression, isolation, loneliness, fear and fragmentation. How can we learn to live and share and practice a richer experience of community and why is this needed?
Upcoming Classes and Events
Towards the Other America - An Anti-Racist Study Group
Starts on September 17, at 9:30 AM in Annex H
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. 
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 or email her below.
SFG for UUA President Fundraiser
Sunday, September 25 at 12:15 PM in the Johnson Room
Rev. Susan will share her vision for the UUA and provide campaign updates. Members are making chili for the event. You'll have an opportunity to contribute to Rev. Susan's campaign via the "Envelope Tree"!  Pick an envelope and contribute the amount you are able (checks go to "SFG for UUA President"). We know the leadership Rev. Susan provides - let's help her share it with all UU's. For more information, email Cherie below. 
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.
Maryland School Food Boxes
Sunday, September 25 & October 2, in the Sanctuary
Food insecurity is a fact of life for so many families in our low-wage economy in Arizona.  Help us provide adequate food for students over fall break when they do not receive breakfast and lunch at school. Pick up a list of needed items at the back table and bring donations on September 25 and October 2.  Please see the October Horizon for an update from the Maryland School Task Force. For more information, please call Cathy Kim at 602-708-6423 or email her below.
Special Community Night & Indentity Groups
Thursday, September 29 at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
In addition to the formal start of community nights in October, we will have one special community night on September 29. Community nights are opportunities for us to gather together and eat in community. Come for a meal and stay for identity groups. For more information about community nights, please email Sky WIlliams below.

Our religious heritage, gender and race have profound effects on our lives. On each of these three evenings, all members and friends of UUCP are invited to connect with others over personal stories of how we've noticed these identities in our own lives and the lives of people we know. Regardless of your background, you belong in these groups!

Sept. 29: Religious Heritage
Oct. 6: Gender
Oct. 13: Race

Thursday nights, 6:45-8:45pm, after the Community Night Meal
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!