CURRENT OFFERINGS

EXAMINING WHITENESS
Facilitator: Brooke Gaunt
When: Monday nights, 6:30-8:30pm, 1st Session of 8 – March 15
Where: Zoom
Registration: Opens Feb. 17
Questions:  Email Brooke Gaunt at Bagaunt37@gmail.com – Subject: Examining Whiteness

Many people are now beginning to acknowledge that “whiteness” is a social construct. This 8-session Zoom discussion class will explore the issues of white identity, white racism, and white supremacy through personal experiences and the larger historical framework. The class will begin with an historical overview of white supremacy in the United States and within Unitarian Universalism in America. The course will then discuss racial identity, white power and privilege, developing a positive anti-racist white identity, and resources for change.
Each session will run 90-120 minutes. The class is designed for participation in every session. There will be reading materials of no more than 25 pages to be completed prior to each session, although the historical session has a little more reading. All written materials will be provided to the participants by facilitator. It is expected that all materials will be read in advance of the session, so that all participants can get the most from the session and we can have good discussions. Participants will need paper/pen during the sessions. The sessions will consist of discussion, small group activities, videos, etc.
Below are the dates and topics. As stated above it is best to attend all sessions.
1) History of White Supremacy in the United States and within UUism in America (3/15)
2) Emotional Lives of White People (3/22)
3) Racial Identity Development (4/5)
4) Racial Identity Journey (4/12)
5) White Power and Privilege (4/19)
6) Developing a Positive White Identity (5/3)
Class materials were developed and prepared by Rev. Dr. Bill Gardner. Info about him can be found on the UUA website – Examining Whiteness—About the Author | UUA.org .

“I BELIEVE….”:CREATING YOUR PERSONAL CREDO
Leader: Julie Wambach
Where: Zoom during Covid-19 restrictions
When: 6 Sessions, Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm – First Session: Mar. 25
Registration: Email Julie Wambach (azwambach@icloud.com) – Subject: I Believe

 Have you found yourself at a loss for words when asked, “Well, what do you believe?” Or even found that you can’t answer that question for yourself?
Based on the UUA program “Building Your Own Theology” that assumes we are all theologians, this class offers tools for creating your personal theology, so you can confidently explain to others what you believe.
The sessions build on each other. Therefore, participants should expect to attend all 6, actively participate, do all homework, and share your personal credo in the final session.
Course Dates & Subjects
Mar 25 – A Spiritual Odyssey–Your Own
Apr 1 – History-An Honest Backward Look
April 8 – What is Holy?
April 15 – Ethics–The Importance of Being Good for Nothing
April 22 – We are Meaning Makers
April 29 – A Personal Credo for Each of Us
Questions:  Email Julie Wambach at azwambach@icloud.com – Subject: I Believe

INTRODUCTION TO THE ENNEAGRAM
Leader: Tom Reemtsma
When: Friday, March 19, 10:30-Noon
Where: Zoom
Sign-up: Email Jeff London (jvlondon@yahoo.com) – Subject: Introduction to the Enneagram


The Enneagram is a study and practice for revealing both the welcome and less welcome aspects of character active in our personal natures. It is a recovered wisdom from ancient sources merging with twentieth century psychology. It offers possibilities for growth. This one session will present an outline and quick experience. Questions??? Contact Tom Reemtsma – reemtsma623@msn.com.

Hike/Bird Watching Opportunity
Leaders: Sally Thomas, Susie Cole & Darnell Kirksey
When: Friday, March 26 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Hassayampa River Preserve…$5.00 Entry Fee…Cash or Credit Card
Sign-up: Call Susie Cole (406-600-8857) or Sally Thomas (623-693-8494)
They can help arrange carpooling, if desired.

Join Sally Thomas, Susie Cole and Darnell Kirksey at Hassayampa River Preserve for a morning of hiking and/or bird watching. Susie and Sally have hiked this preserve for several years. Darnell is a retired 20-year volunteer with a love of birding. Bring your binoculars if you wish. The hike can be any distance up to 3 miles. There is little elevation gain and lots of shade trees. Bring lunch/snack and water.
Hike Description: Hassayampa River Preserve is an oasis in the desert. The river runs underground except in the preserve where the water is above ground, crystal clear and flows year-round. Plenty of shade for this time of year. More than 280 species of birds have been found in the Preserve with many viewed easily from the trails.
Hassayampa River Preserve is located on US 60 (Grand Avenue) just this side of Wickenburg. It is on the left just past milepost 114.

Great Decisions 2021: U.S. Foreign Policy
Leader: 
Dr. Bonnie F. Saunders
When:
8 Sessions at 7:00pm in February & March (See dates & topics below)
REGISTRATION: Registration required – limited to 30 – Email Jeff London at jvlondon@yahoo.com – Subject: Great Decisions 2021. Include your name and preferred email address for receiving Zoom invitation and GREAT DECISIONS 2021 book acquisition info.

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,
Thrs., 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,
Thrs., Mar. 11 – The Korean Peninsula,
Tue., Mar. 16 – Roles of International Organizations in a Global Pandemic,
Tue., Mar. 23 – The End of Globalization?.

ONGOING OFFERINGS

UU MEN’S GROUP
When: 2nd & 4th Fridays, 7:00pm
Where: Zoom during Covid restrictions
Open Sign-ups: Email uumensgroup@outlook.com

It has been said that most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with their song still in them.
Do you sometimes feel that way?
A good friend is someone who knows your song and sings it to you when you have forgotten it. Wouldn’t it be great to belong to a group of men who would do that for you?
We all know that the positive energy generated when men get together is a force for good in this world. With this in mind, our men’s group provides a supportive forum for conversations on a wide range of topics. Please join us at any time!  For further information contact Michael Piper at uumensgroup@outlook.com.

UU Women’s Group
When: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 10:00am-Noon
Where: Currently on Zoom during Covid-19 restrictions – Zoom link sent via email prior to each meeting
Open Sign-Ups &/or Further Information: Email or call Judy Reynolds – jmr2642@yahoo.com or 623-882-6012

Would you like to join a group of dynamic, interesting women?
Would you like to participate in confidential discussions of a wide range of fascinating topics?
We discuss everything from, ‘best advice your parents gave you’ to ‘political issues of the day’.
Our group ranges from as few as 6 (in the summer) to as many as 20 when the snow birds are in town. During this time of Covid-19 we have been meeting on Zoom and many of our members are joining us from all parts of the country.

BUUK Circle
Leader: Julie Wambach (azwambach@icloud.com)
When: Every second Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: On Zoom during Covid-19 restrictions
Open Sign-ups: Email azwambach@icloud.com

BUUK Circle is a group that loves to read and discuss books chosen by the group. You are welcome to join this group at any time whether you’ve finished the book or not even started. For information, contact Julie Wambach azwambach@icloud.com.

Upcoming Books

Mar. 9, 2021–“The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz” by Erik Larson
“The Splendid and the Vile” takes readers out of today’s political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when–in the face of unrelenting horror– Churchill’s eloquence, strategic brilliance, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together.” (Eriklarson.com)
April 13, 2021–“A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II” by Sonia Purnell
Chosen as a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by NPR, the New York Public Library, Amazon, the Seattle Times, the Washington Independent Review of Books, PopSugar, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, BookBrowse, the Spectator, and the Times of London. Winner of the Plutarch Award for Best Biography. “Excellent…This book is as riveting as any thriller, and as hard to put down.” — The New York Times Book Review.
May 11, 2021–“Americana: A 400 Year History of American Capitalism”
by Bhu Srinivasan.
“In a winning, accessible style, Bhu Srinivasan boldly takes on four centuries of American enterprise, revealing the unexpected connections that link them.” Publisher’s Synopsis

INSIGHT MEDITATION GROUP
Leader: Yvonne Bentley
When: Saturdays, 2:00pm & Wednesdays, 5:00pm – Starts February 6
Where: On Zoom during Covid-19 restrictions
Open Sign-ups: Email Jeff London at jvlondon@yahoo.com to receive Zoom meeting links.

Have you ever thought it might be great to have a little island of calm that you could escape to? Well, starting Feb. 6 there will be two opportunities each week 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.
Saturday, 2:00pm Session – Includes a reading, basic instructions and a silent 35-minute group “sit”. Those who would like more detailed instructions can join at 1:45pm.
Wednesday, 5:pm Session – Includes a 20-minute silent group “sit” without instructions, followed by a continuing study of Jack Kornfield’s book “The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology”. You don’t need a book in order to participate and no need to read the book beforehand.
Want more information? You can call the Insight Meditation group leader, Yvonne Bentley, at 623-521-2242.

LOOKING AHEAD

SURVEY OF FAVORITE MUSIC GENRES
Leader: Maggi Mahan
Where: Zoom during Covid-19 restrictions
When: 4 Sessions, Thursday, 6:30-7:45pm – May 13, 20, 27 & June 3
Registration: To register and receive Zoom invitation email Carol Calkins –
carolpcalkins@gmail.com – Subject: Music Genres

Most of us have a favorite, or more than one, type of music we like to listen to, be it classical, rock, jazz, blues, hip hop, country or one of many others. This class is designed to stimulate interest, share knowledge, and potentially enhance UU Surprise congregational gatherings.
After an introduction to musical genres, each participant will share one or two of their favorites. We will explore the music’s characteristics, listen to examples, and discuss our emotional responses. In culmination we will identify examples from multiple genres that suggest correlation to UU principles and bring meaningful messages to intergenerational musical experience.
Questions? Email Maggi Mahan (magathalee@gmail.com)

 

LIVING IMPROV WISDOM
Leader:  Juliet Gustavson
Where:  TBD Based On Covid-19 Restrictions
When:  Monday, 10:00-11:30am/Apr. 17 & 24, May 3 & 10
Registration: Opens March 24

“The maxims of improv can help us meet real life challenges more skillfully…and with a sense of humor.” In this 4-session course we will practice the 13 maxims found in Patricia Madsen’s book IMPROV WISDOM, individually and collectively, exploring incorporating them into our everyday lives. You might call this tai chi for the soul or just plain fun.

Questions:  Call Juliet at 602-527-5308.

BUILDING A BUTTERFLY/POLLINATOR GARDEN IN THE LOW DESERT
Leader: Claudia Yeager-Smith
When: Saturday, May 8 & July 24, 8:30am-10:00 or 10:30, with last session in the fall, to be determined by plant sales.
Where: Claudia Yeager-Smith’s garden & Arizona Room
9856 W. Oraibi Drive, Peoria, AZ 85382
Registration: Opens April 1

What if you could create a beautiful low-desert garden to enjoy and at the same time contribute to the support of butterflies and other pollinators, including the endangered Monarch butterfly? Well, you can, and Claudia Yaeger-Smith is just the person to help you make that happen in this 3-session offering.
You will learn what low-desert plants might be desirable/suitable for your garden, where to acquire them, and where and how to plant them in your garden to attract monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

Requirements for Participants

Before Offering Starts: Have a desire to encourage butterflies/pollinators by adding plants to your garden that provide supportive habitat. Have an open mind using plants native to the low desert.
During Participation: Come with a desire to get down and dirty in your own garden and to seek out native plants that are safe, appealing and supportive of butterflies/pollinators. Become inspired by Claudia’s beautiful garden and gain tips and help from her to create your own. Be ready for plant buying expeditions in the Fall!
Questions??? Email Claudia (honeygirlmom@yahoo.com).