Spiritual Practices

Facilitator: Anthony P. Johnson

9/13, 10/4, 10/11, 11/1, 11/8, 12/6

6:45 PM – 8:30 PM in the Sanctuary

Spiritual practice creates an intentional pause in our lives at regular intervals so that we may better know the contents of our souls. It is a way to meet the self and learn about our deepest longings. It is also a way to draw into closer relationship with that which is larger than us. The objective of these sessions is to help you deepen your spiritual life by engaging in a daily practice, weekly worship, monthly service, yearly retreat, and one-time pilgrimage. Attend all 13 sessions, or choose the practices that appeal to you.

September 13 – Defining Spiritual Practice – Register Here

October 4 – Finding Your Spiritual Practice – Register Here

Turning Judgements into Questions: Strategies which support a collaborative problem-solving process

Facilitator:  Trudi Murch

Thursday, September 20, 2018

6:45 PM – 8:30 PM in Annex F

For this session we will discuss a collaborative problem-solving process which is helpful for addressing complex situations. This process is based on the Experience-Based Case Discussion format which was first developed for use by an Early Intervention team in their work with young children and families, but has application in many other settings. It can be used by teams or in individual consultation. The process encourages broad exploration of the situation at hand, promotes self-reflection, and focuses on identification of strengths and resources which can serve as the basis for a plan for moving forward.

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Implicit and Explicit Bias: Self-reflection and why our Biases Matter

Facilitator: Dr. Stuart Rhoden

Thursday, September 13, 2018

6:45 PM – 8:30 PM in Annex F

This Workshop will discuss implicit and explicit bias and how it influences ourselves, society, public education, and beyond. It is suggested that participants take one or more of the Implicit Association Test (IAT) on the following website https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.html before attending to provide a uniform context for each participant.

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Jagged Rocks

Facilitator: Mikall Foerster

Thursday, September 27, 2018

6:45 PM – 8:30 PM in the Sanctuary

Jagged rocks give us confidence to face the emotional spiritual and soul prodding challenges/struggles we face. These jagged rocks are saving tools, messages & values that are contextual and particular because our faith is not always smooth going. The rocks give us the assurance we can lean into when facing the challenges that threaten abundance in our lives, and threaten our ability to be present and joyful—our ability to show up for life. Bring the Goliaths of your life community/family to the 5 jagged rocks workshop. With a HOW ( honest, openminded, willing) spirit, you may discover answers that were already inside of you.

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BLUUbox

Facilitator: Janine Gelsinger

9/27, 10/11, 11/15, 12/13

6:45 PM – 8:30 PM in Annex F

The Black Lives of UU (BLUU) Spiritual Subscription Box, and the corresponding group at UUCP, is a one-of-a kind, innovative way for individuals and congregations to inform, grow and deepen their faith. With content grounded in the lived experiences and diverse perspectives of Black Unitarian Universalists, this subscription box is a wholly unique opportunity to connect one’s beliefs to faith – led action while building community with others who are dedicated to justice-making and liberation through our shared faith. The September group is free and open for all to try. For the ongoing monthly groups, please subscribe at http://www.blacklivesuu.com/bluubox

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Welcoming vs. Othering

Facilitator: Janine Gelsinger

Thursday, October 4, 2018

6:45 PM – 8:30 PM in Annex F

In Welcoming vs. Othering, we will cover basic intercultural hospitality. Without an understanding of cross-cultural perspectives, a well-intentioned greeting can have the impact of a microaggression. As our congregation deepens in diversity, learn how to truly welcome all, and avoid statements and questions that contribute to a feeling of “othering.” Members of the Welcoming Ministries are encouraged to complete this class.

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Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Facilitator: Dr. Gayle Cordes

Thursday, October 18, 2018

6:45 PM – 8:30 PM in Annex F

“I can’t understand my kid.” “My partner just doesn’t get it.” “My employees don’t listen to what I tell them.” Sound familiar? We have all experienced struggles with interpersonal communications – maybe even worked on techniques to improve our skills. In this class, we will explore Stephen Covey’s Habit 5 from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. If you’d like to move beyond techniques alone, join us as we learn more about how to build the skills of emphatic listening on a base of character that inspires openness and trust.

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Singing Meditation

Facilitator: Benjie Messer

Thursday, October 25, 2018

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Sanctuary

Join Music Director Benjie Messer to center yourselves with an hour of singing meditation, including toning, chants, and simple songs from world traditions. No singing or meditation experience necessary.

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Fighting for the Future of Arizona’s Public Schools

Facilitators: Save Our Schools AZ: Melinda Merkel Iyer and Sharon Kirsch

Thursday, October 25, 2018

6:45 PM – 8:30 PM in Annex F

Join Melinda Merkel Iyer and Sharon Kirsch, two of the co-founders of Save Our Schools Arizona, for an engaging conversation about the state of public education in Arizona. Come learn what’s happened to school funding over the years, discuss the history of privatization in our state, and explore the many ways for you to get involved!

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Arizona Water Vision

Facilitators: Green Sanctuary + Arizona Water Vision

Thursday, November 1, 2018

6:45 PM – 8:30 PM in the Sanctuary

As Thomas Berry said, rivers have river rights, but have lost their voices. We can be voices for them in political and business arenas. Arizona Water Vision was organized to support HB 2581 and the free flowing of water in AZ rivers: the Agua Fria, Babocomari, San Pedro, Upper Verde and Little Colorado. If not protected, it is expected that groundwater demand in these river basins will exceed flow by 2050. Join host Green Sanctuary, and guests from Arizona Water Vision to hear more about these water protection efforts.

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Centering Book Study

Facilitator: Janine Gelsinger

Thursday, November 8, 2018

6:45 PM – 8:30 PM in Annex F

Join us as we journey through a guided discussion on Centering, the UUA Common Read for 2017-2018. A joint project of the Committee for Antiracism, Anti-oppression, and Multiculturalism of the UUMA and Skinner House Books, Centering is the first book to center the stories, analysis, and insight of Unitarian Universalists of color offering their religious leadership. Centering captures personal stories and address the challenges that religious leaders of color face in exercising power, agency, and authority in a culturally White denomination. Centering explores how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist ministries.

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