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SUNDAY SCHOOL IS BACK, IT’S VIRTUAL, AND IT STARTS ON SEPTEMBER 20th AT 9:30 A.M.
Classes are being offered this year for preschool (age 2 years-1st grade) and 2nd grade and up.
Starting in January, the preschool curriculum is called “Rainbow Connection” and will begin at 10 am. For 2nd graders and Up, the “Spirit of Adventure” class will begin at 11:30 am. Please R.S.V.P. in order to receive the ZOOM link or by emailing the Children’s Religious Education Director, Lisa Lawrence, at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re looking forward to “seeing” you!
When we return to meeting again at the church and it is determined that eating together is safe, we will need volunteers to set up for the social hour after Sunday service. Team 1; Prep will put out the adult and kid’s treats. Set up coffee and tea services. Team 2; coffee will make the coffee and clean the pots. Team 3; Load DW, wipe down tables, put up left over treats. You can volunteer for more than one team. Please contact the church office if you are willing and able.
If you have something of interest to contribute to our UU Announcements, please send an email to Kathryn at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from YOU soon. Thank you!
Have you made your pledge for 2021?
2020 is behind us and 2021 promises to be better. The leadership of Unitarian Universalist Surprise has been working not just to survive but to thrive as a community of faith. Virtual services and continued efforts to support our local community and social justice efforts. Fellowship continued with men’s and women’s groups, children’s RE programs and new exciting opportunities in education through the newly formed ‘Questers’ committee. We encourage you to continue your support of our congregation by committing your pledge today!
To pledge now, go online to www.uusurprise.org, click on the “Giving” link then scroll down to complete the pledge form and select a payment option.
UU Values Matter … Pledging Secures our Future
From: Amy St. Peter Calling all Cookie Lovers!
Troop 6464 is back with all the Girl Scout cookies you crave throughout the year. We will have a drive through cookie booth on Saturday, January 30th from 2-4pm in the church parking lot. Bring your cash and your appetite. We can accept credit cards. We will all wear masks and gloves while maintaining social distancing. Your support will help the troop help animal shelters and our activities as the girls learn and grow. If you have any questions or would like to have cookies delivered, please call Amy at 623.680.6848. We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you.
QUESTERS (ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM) OFFERING
Great Decisions 2021: U.S. Foreign Policy
In February and March Via Zoom, at 7:00 p.m., on the evenings below, we are Dr. Bonnie F. Saunders will once again lead this popular series of discussions on eight U.S. foreign policy topics:
Tue., Feb. 2 – Global Supply Chains and National Security,
Thurs., Feb. 11 – Persian Gulf Security Issues,
Tue., Feb. 16 – Brexit and the European Union,
Tue., Feb. 23 – Struggles over the Melting Arctic,
Tue., Mar. 2 – China’s Role in Africa,
Thurs., Mar. 11 – The Korean Peninsula,
Tue., Mar. 16 – Roles of International Organizations in a Global Pandemic,
Tue., Mar. 23 – The End of Globalization?.
REGISTRATION: Registration required – limited to 30 – Email Jeff London at firstname.lastname@example.org – Subject: Great Decisions 2021. Include your name and preferred email address for receiving Zoom invitation and GREAT DECISIONS 2021 book acquisition info.
If anyone wishes to contact Bonnie, e-mail her at Bonniesaun@aol.com or call her at 602-312-7098. She has moved to 147 Geranium Way, Ventura, CA 93004.
NEW QUESTERS (ADULT EDUCATION OFFERING)
INSIGHT MEDITATION GROUP
Starting February 6, on Saturdays at 2:00pm and Wednesdays at 5:00pm there will be Zoom opportunities, for you to drop in and practice Insight Meditation with the Insight Meditation Group.
This practice serves a community of those learning and developing the skillful use of meditation that leads to awareness in all aspects of individual, family, work, and community life. The group is appropriate for beginning meditators, as well as experienced practitioners. All you need to participate is a comfortable place to sit, i.e. a chair or cushion. Attendance is on a drop-in basis, so you are welcome to join any session as your schedule permits, beginning February 6.
For More Information: Call the Insight Meditation group leader, Yvonne Bentley, at 623-521-2242.
Sign up to receive Zoom meeting links for Insight Meditation: Email Jeff London at email@example.com.
QUESTERS ADULT EDUCATION OFFERINGS
Interior Life Practices Forum
Here is an opportunity to share your experience of a life practice and learn from others who share their explorations and practices. This forum will encourage a further reach into your hidden concerns and conclusions by means of one of these tried-and-true guides. As a class we will choose one guide to practice over and again as part of each meeting. The self-knowledge you gain in a consistent practice will add strength of character and appreciation for your personal journey.
When: 6 weekly sessions on Friday mornings from 9:30-11:00am, starting February 19
Leader: Tom Reemtsma…For further info or ?? call Tom at 623-583-5473
Sign-up: Email Jeff London – firstname.lastname@example.org – Subject: Interior Life Practices Forum
UU Day at the Legislature: Voter Suppression and the AZ Legislature
Monday, February 8th, 2021
As UUs we affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. We know that democracy is at its best with full participation of the people impacted.
Join UUJAZ to learn from former Maricopa County Attorney Adrian Fontes about what bills are being introduced by members of the legislature that would make it harder for Arizonans to vote, the history on why this is happening now and what made this possible, and what you can do to defend democracy! Discussion to follow.
Know a UU you’d like to join you at UU Day at the Legislature? It is not too late to sign up! While we will no longer be booking appointments with additional LDs, UUs within the 20 LDs already contacted may join those appointments and folks from anywhere may join our kick-off event and forums!
Day at the Legislature: VIRTUAL Gender, Sexuality, and the AZ Legislature
Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
What can we do to ensure LGBTQ+ folks cannot be fired from jobs, discriminated against in healthcare, excluded from sports, or denied adoptions because of their sexuality and gender? What will happen in Arizona if Roe v. Wade falls, considering there are anti-abortion laws already in place? Hear from our partners at Planned Parenthood Action AZ, and Equality AZ, about what you can do to defend LGBTQ+ and gender justice.
Day at the Legislature: Racial Justice and Incarceration and the AZ Legislature
Wednesday, February 10th, 2021
Racial justice means dismantling systemic racism, in not just ourselves and our communities, but defeating policies that keep structures of white supremacy in place. From the budget to criminal (in)justice, hear from our partners at Mass Liberation AZ and the ACLU of AZ about the bills in play that attempt to move us towards a more racially equitable AZ, and those that perpetuate racism.
DACA Clinic: Volunteers Needed
2nd and 4th Saturdays at First Church UCC Phoenix, 12-4 pm
DACA is back! and UUJAZ is proud to be partnering with Keep Phoenix Together to empower Dreamers by assisting them with their DACA application. This life-changing immigration policy was recently reinstated by court ruling, and your support can help give Dreamers the tools to apply for deferred deportation under DACA. Volunteers are needed at the Keep Phoenix Together clinic. Anyone who can spare a few hours on a Saturday afternoon can help, no special language or legal skills necessary.
Sign up to volunteer here.
3rd Fridays, 12-1:30 pm
What legacy will you leave your beloved: your children, grandchildren, congregation, community, and/or country about how you worked to dismantle systemic racism during your lifetime? What will you bequeath to your beloved? What is your hope for their future, for Beloved Community?
Join Rev. Tina Squire and Steve Kraynak on the third Friday of each month for a justice-centered book discussion from the perspective of our Unitarian Universalist values. Here we will use reading, conversation, and writing to answer these questions.
February 19, 2021: Discuss The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
March 19, 2021: Discuss Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
April 16, 2021: Discuss BREATHE – A Letter To My Sons by Imani Perry
May 21, 2021: Read aloud our own letters we’ve written to our Beloved.
Beloved Conversations: Spring 2021
Register on Feb 1st, course begins March 15th
The first phase of Meadville Lombard’s Beloved Conversations anti-racism curriculum, Within, will open for registration in February. Within focuses on the internal work that each of us needs to do as we engage racial justice.
Within work will include individual Lessons, using videos, music, and readings, accompanied by reflection prompts and suggested conversations with Critical Friends chosen by the participants; bi-weekly small group conversations in a Learning Pod; and larger, monthly, facilitated Meaning-Making Sessions on Zoom. We hope you join us to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice, to heal the impact of racism on our lives, in order to get free together.
Registration coming February 1st.
Race Matters in the Supreme Court
Tuesday’s March 9th, 16th, 23rd from 4-5:30 pm
As UUs, we recognize the existence of many realities and even more so, how those realities are interwoven. The connection between law and race is one of these ever-present truths. Join Political Science Professor and UU, Howard Tolley for three 90 minute sessions examining the impact of race, political ideology, legal principles, and personal preference on the selection of Justices and the decisions they reach.
Multikulti: Removing Unconscious Debris From the Soil of the Soul
Thursdays, Feb 4th-March 11th, 6:30-8pm
In our present Time of Tumult, Rev. Anthony Johnson offers a container and powerful methods for exploring the “Ism’s” of race, gender, class, religion and more, that challenge our culture, our communities, and our relationships. Six sessions of learning, unlearning, feeling and sharing about our differences; moving us toward creating change – in ourselves and the world around us.
Love & Justice: Abolition and Alternatives to Policing
Every first Wednesday, 6:30pm
UUs proclaim that no one is outside the circle of love, therefore, our goals are also abolitionist goals. Join UUJAZ team member Thoi every first Wednesday of the month in actively resisting the systems of policing and incarceration while building relationships and community with other passionate UUs in Arizona.
Register for our next meeting, January 6th, here.
Trans Inclusion in Congregations from Transforming Hearts Collective
UUJAZ is thrilled to provide access to this online course on radical welcoming for all AZ UUs, thanks to a generous grant from the UU Funding panel. This course on transformational culture shift counts towards your annual Welcoming Congregation renewal. Contact us for your free login code (usually $125 per person) to explore this course at your own pace, or create a group at your congregation to take it together! If you’re interested in taking this course through UUJAZ, facilitated by Janine Gelsinger, fill out this form, and groups will be scheduled soon.
A Progressive, Inclusive Faith Community