CURRENT OFFERINGS

Current Offerings are open to all.
Feel free to invite a friend to join you.   


TALKS ON ARIZONA NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES
Presenter:
Rick Wambach
When: 4 Monthly 2-hour Sessions – Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8 – Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: UUCS
Registration: Email Julie Wambach (azwambach@icloud.com) Subject: AZ Native Am. Tribes, or call Julie (480-695-5516)

In these four sessions Rick will talk about the history, social issues, religions (including creation stories and other traditional, as well as adopted religions), cultural conflicts, and impact on Arizona.
About the Presenter: Rick Wambach, immediately out of college, taught on the Navajo Reservation. It started a lifelong joy for knowing and learning even more about Native Americans. He sponsored Indian Clubs with the Phoenix Union High School System, helped set up the River of Time Museum in Fountain Hills, and for 20 years was a docent with the Heard Indian Museum in Phoenix. Rick taught five different courses on Arizona Indians for RISE and Grand Learning to classes of 80-200. He looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for tribes in our state.

 

“I BELIEVE . . .”: CREATE YOUR OWN CREDO
Leader: Julie Wambach
When
: 6 Sessions, starting Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, 10:00am-Noon
Where: UUCS Multipurpose Rm.
Registration: Email Julie Wambach (azwambach@icloud.com) Subject: “I Believe” or call Julie (480-695-5516).

Unlike many religions, UU’s don’t just confirm a dogma created by church leaders. No, we help one another decide what we individually believe.  “I Believe . . .”: Create Your Own Credo is based on a UUA program 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.

About the Leader:  Julie Wambach spent her professional life teaching college, giving speeches, and offering seminars to professional and community groups. Twice before she taught this course to UUs, and what she found was her own credo changed with each class. The beauty of Unitarian Universalists is we grow and evolve spiritually. During this class, she plans to join others in creating her latest credo. She welcomes others to join and do the same.

UUCS JANUARY HIKE
Leaders:  Susie Cole & Glen Grant
When: Jan. 7
Where: Estrelle Mountain Regional Park (Meet in Church Parking Lot at 8:30am.)
Sign-up: Notify Susie Cole (scole100@msn.com or 406-600-8857) or Glen Grant (glenagrant@gmail.com or 707-759-0844) if you want to hike or have questions.

Come for an easy 3.5 mile hike with us in the Estrella Mountain Regional Park, another in the Maricopa County Park system.
Bring plenty of water and a snack, appropriate footwear, hat, sunscreen and poles (optional). Dress in layers for the weather.

 

“HOW I DO WHAT I DO” – Part II
Presenter:
Photographer Rich Manalis
When: Jan. 17, 10:00-11:30am
Where: UUCS Social Hall
Registration: Email Carol Calkins (carolpcalkins@gmail.com) Subject: How I Do What I Do, or call Carol (425-387-0784).

Rich Manalis will be back by popular demand to continue sharing his minimalist photography and tips for creating photographs that are works of art.
About the Presenter: As a result of his career as a biologist/neuroscientist, Rich loves to create images showing the details of relatively few components, i. e., minimalistic photography. “Cranberry Juice in the Morning” is an example.


Leader: Bonnie Saunders
When: 8 Sessions – 7:00-8:30pm – Starting Jan. 31
Where: Zoom
Registration: Email Jeff London (jvlondon@yahoo.com – Subject: Great Decisions), or call Jeff (952-200-0643).

As she has for about 25 years, Bonnie Saunders will lead the “Great Decisions – 2022 U. S. Foreign Policy Discussions” on Zoom.
The Topics and Dates:  M-1/31 – Changing Demographics; M-2/7 – Outer Space; M-2/14 – Climate Change; T-2/22 – Russia & the U. S.; M-2/28 – Myanmar & ASEAN (Assoc. of S.E. Asian Nations); M-3/7 – The Quad Alliance; M-3/14 – Industrial Policy; T-3/22 – Biden’s Agenda. If you are intereThe topics and dates: M-1/31: Changing Demographics; M- 2/7: Outer space; M-2/14: Climate Change; T- 2/22: Russia and the U.S.; M-2/28: Myanmar and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations); M-3/7: The Quad Alliance (U.S., Japan, Australia, India);M-3/14: Industrial Policy; T-3/22: Biden’s Agenda.
GREAT DECISIONS 2022 BOOK – Available in January for $21 (considerable savings).  Call Susie Bowman (469-371-1959) or email her (susiebo74@gmail.com – Subject: Great Decisions 2022 Book) to arrange pickup.

Questions??? Email Bonnie at bonniesaun@aol.com or call her at 602-312-7098.

 

ONGOING OFFERINGS

Ongoing Offerings are open to all. 
Feel free to invite a friend to join you. 
 

UU MEN’S GROUP
When:  2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7:00pm
Where: In Person at UUCS Social Hall and on Zoom as of Dec. 8
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: 1st Tuesdays in person at the church; 3rd Tuesdays on Zoom – 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. Now snow birds can also join us via Zoom on every 3rd Tuesday.

BUUK Circle
Leader: Julie Wambach (azwambach@icloud.com)
When: Every second Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: UUCS (In Person)
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 at azwambach@icloud.com

Upcoming January Book

Jan. 11 —”The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?” 227pp
Sandel maintains that meritocracy has created a hubris of the wealthy and a cruel judgment of those left behind. Individualism and globalization have stripped our society of the unity of a common good. 

 

INSIGHT MEDITATION GROUP
Leader: Yvonne Bentley
When: Saturdays, 2:00pm & Wednesdays, 4:00pm
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, there are 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.
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, 4:00pm Session – Includes a guided meditation and short silent sit followed by discussion on the meditation.
Want more information? You can call the Insight Meditation group leader, Yvonne Bentley, at 623-521-2242.

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