CALENDAR
All events are at the church, unless otherwise indicated.

Please send your event information to the Webmaster for inclusion on the calendar. Items on the calendar are updated one week in advance.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Life in the Time of Corona

  Covid-19      May 2002   Click here to read a letter from the Board of Trustees President containing pertinent information for the congregation during this pandemic.  
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

CHILDREN'S RE

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. Please R.S.V.P. to this event in order to receive the ZOOM link or by emailing the Children’s Religious Education Director, Lisa Lawrence, at uucslisal@gmail.com

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Sunday, October 25th 5:30-8:30 P.M.- Quarantine-o-Ween Trunk-or-Treat

Let the tricks and treats be had this Halloween! Much planning has gone into creating a social-yet-safe, outdoor event for the entire family. Not only will there be social distancing between participants but also between cars! Registration and properly worn masks are mandatory.  No half-masks allowed, as noses are connected to the lungs, and gloves will be handed out at the event.

Whether you have young children, grandchildren or no children; love Halloween; enjoy wearing costumes; are looking for a creative outlet; or just really like candy, you are welcome as long as the safety precautions are followed.  After treats are collected and the sun begins to dim folks are welcome to light Jack-o-Lanterns and set up lawn chairs at their assigned spaces to catch-up with surrounding neighbors. Please bring plenty of water, as it may still be very hot and the church will only be open for one-family-at-a-time bathroom use.  This should be great fun for all with many photo opportunities!

There will be crafts for the kiddos, family Bingo with prizes, guess and win candy jars, and a Great Pumpkin photo booth!

Registration with Lisa is a must! 

To register contact: Lisa Lawrence, Director of Religious Education at uucslisal@gmail.com

Here are a few video links to help inspire your creativity:

200 Trunk-or-Treat Decorating Ideas- https://youtu.be/QqFtdIvIpfA

30 of the Coolest Trunk-or-Treat Ideas- https://youtu.be/_fU0tT8BuBk

 

SOCIAL HOUR

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.

 

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS

UUC Announcements

If you have something of interest to contribute to our UU Announcements, please send an email to Kathryn at uucsaz2@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from YOU soon. Thank you!

From Suzi Walling:  Civic Engagement … Make Your Voice Heard!

Voting – Important Dates from the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office at https://recorder.maricopa.gov/elections/electioncalendar.asp

  • October 23 – Last day to request a Ballot in the Mail
  • October 27 – Last day to Mail Back your Ballot
  • November 3 – Election Day!

Request to Speak – Weigh in on bills from the comfort of your couch! Arizona’s Request to Speak (RTS) is an online tool that lets everyday citizens give Arizona state lawmakers our feedback on bills. More info at https://www.cebv.us/rts.html

From Tom Reemtsma:  Here is an action for “Get Out the Vote.” Please contact me when you are ready to stand with a Biden sign at Bell and 114th for an hour on Thursdays and Fridays between the hours of 3:30 to 6:30. Plan to be on one of the four corners for an hour.

Tom Reemtsma, text 480 486 8353 or email reemtsma623@msn.com

Save the date to UU The Vote with Invest in Ed
Want to connect with people over causes you’re passionate about? Imagine a swell of 200 UUs coming together across the US, to raise their voices in Arizona to UU the Vote. We have an opportunity to make that happen. What will it take? A commitment from 20 UUs in your congregation to host a national phone bank. Be the first to sign up for this event by filling out this form:
https://forms.gle/J4n2xfwhZNHb7JAV8
Join UUJAZ and partners on October 22nd to make it happen!

Want to learn more about Invest in Education Arizona (INVESTinED)?
Be sure to stop by our Action Hours on October 20th where we will be prepping for our national phone bank together!
Register at https://uujaz.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fd4bda5bec1782a22b5f83c31&id=3f24e0c7d3&e=fba0026368

How can you help? By becoming an Election Defender.
Unlike traditional poll watchers, Election Defenders will be working to provide safe supports for voting (such as PPE and water), election and voter defense, de-escalating right-wing voter intimidation tactics, and signaling to a network of groups and lawyers if and where trouble breaks out. 

Protecting the rights of people to vote in-person on November 3 means thousands of people signing up for different roles. Signing up today means you’ll have access to weekly training and a Slack channel, where our efforts can be coordinated around the nation. UU the Vote is part of a united front effort with hundreds of other mass-member organizations to ensure free and fair elections.

This Friday, the 16th, we’ll be discussing As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock by Gina Gilio-Whitaker.
Register for the meeting at https://uujaz.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fd4bda5bec1782a22b5f83c31&id=d9fa5da0ea&e=fba0026368

Book GroUUp is free to all our monthly sustaining donors. If you wish to join but aren’t a donor, you can contribute a suggested donation of $10 at uujaz.org/donate. If you aren’t financially able to donate, join us anyway!

The Candidates on Education
Our incredible partners at Save our Schools Arizona and Civic Engagement Beyond voting have been busy this month putting together candidate forums in several legislative districts. Hear candidates explain their positions and plans for education in the following legislative districts:
District 6 (Flagstaff)
District 17 (Maricopa County)
Districts 20 + 21 (West Valley and Surprise)
District 23 (Scottsdale)
District 28 (Phoenix)

The First Principle + Immigration Justice: Accompaniment and Dignity
“We affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of all people.” The first principle of Unitarian Universalism is a charge, not for charity, but to journey alongside asylum seekers as equals, community members, humans. How do we act for immigration justice in ways that are rooted in the restoration of dignity, the dignity our system tries to strip from migrant travelers?

Over the last nine years, Phoenix Restoration Project has created a network of folks accompanying asylum seekers, including UUs from UU Phoenix, Valley UU, Surprise, and West Valley. Hear stories, best practices, and ways to honor the dignity of our traveling friends, ask questions, and engage in discussion with Mountain Vista’s Contigo team.

Wednesday, October 28th, 6 pm
Register at https://uujaz.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fd4bda5bec1782a22b5f83c31&id=d9fa5da0ea&e=fba0026368 for a zoom link.

 

 

FACEBOOK

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