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Poetry Coffeehouse
Poetry Coffeehouse meets the Second Sunday of each month at 11:00 AM in Annex H, from September through May, to read, encourage and appreciate poets and other writers. Our journal, Poikílos, which means “many colors” in Greek, celebrates the wonderful variety of writing by members and friends of the congregation. For information, call Tish Gauntt at (602) 544-8330.

Poetry Writer’s Workshop
First and Third Mondays 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM in Annex B
Mary Oliver wrote, “Poetry isn’t a profession, it’s a way of life. It’s an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that.” The Poetry Workshop is the place and opportunity to let your creativity flow — a forum for all those writers who have been looking for a place to interact with like spirits and creators. For more information contact Rosemary Roenfanz at, or sign up at

Arts and Crafts Studio
Monday mornings, 9:30 AM to noon. Almost every week the Johnson room is open for your artistic endeavor. Jay Alagia, a watercolorist with 20 years’ experience, is available there to teach watercolor painting on an individual basis, if requested, free of charge. For time and day, please contact Jay at 602-952-8889,

Drummunity is UUCP’s percussion group which meets every other Monday (please check the Event Calendar for dates). We enjoy connecting through rhythm and drumming, using primarily West African drums and rhythms, but also just jamming and having fun at all levels of musical ability. We perform occasionally in services as well! Drums are provided but please bring yours if you have one.

Song Circles for UU’s
Times and locations to be announced
Song Circles for making vocal and instrumental music together will be offered on select Thursday evenings and at other times. Please watch for announcements and contact if you would like dates and details to be sent to you by email.

Traveling 2nd Fridays
Traveling 2nd Fridays meets on the second Friday of each month from January to May from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at UUCP. We share travel experiences with slides, pictures, stories, souvenirs, etc. Each month a presenter invites members to take an armchair visit to a new locale. Call Barbara Cawthorne at 480-994-1452 or email her at

Book Group
Sundays 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM when UUCP is on a single-service schedule; 10:45 to 12:00 when we are on the two-service schedule – in Annex B.
The Book Group enjoys informal discussions of a variety of books. We typically discuss recent nonfiction books on topics such as current events, sociology, history, science, religion, environmental issues and justice. Books we read are proposed by the members and voted on by the group. We typically spend 4 to 8 weeks on a book, discussing portions as we read. Interested persons are welcome to attend a meeting. For more information, call Mike Peterson at 602-943-9543.

Outdoor Group
The Outdoor Group is a group of people who enjoy lacing up their hiking boots, hitting the trail, and enjoying the outdoors. The second and fourth Saturdays from October to April find this congenial group on trails around the Phoenix area or further afield during warmer weather. We try to offer an easy as well as a more challenging hike to encourage more people to get out there and participate. Frequently we enjoy lunch together during or after the hike. Anyone is welcome to join us on any given Saturday. You do not have to sign up, just show up. To be put on the mailing list to receive informational flyers about each hike, please contact

Walking Conversation/poetry lovers
This is a 1.5 mile walk in 1.25 hours with four stops to enjoy views and reading. The walk is at medium pace on paved streets in the hillside developments at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, north of 16th street and Northern Avenue. Meets Friday mornings at 7 am and will change to an earlier time in the summer. Breakfast with Jay after the walk is optional. Bad weather cancels the meet. Contact Jay Alagia for details; leave a message at 602-952-8889 or e-mail at

Radically Inclusive Yoga Movement Class
Tuesdays 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Join long-time yoga instructor Lora Gustafson for an all-ages, all-abilities yoga session. Sessions will cater to who shows up. Goals include building a greater mind/body connection through breathing, increased circulation, stimulation of the nervous system, greater range of motion and sense of peace. Extra mats available.

Advanced Level Meditation
Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in Annex B
This advanced meditation group requires experience in Zen or Yogi style secular meditation and comfort with silent meditations of 15-45 minutes. Contact group leader Jay Alagia to find out more, and to inquire about periodic openings in the size-limited group. The program includes periods of meditation plus reminiscing and socializing to relax and turn inwards. Email with email subject “meditation group” or call him at (602) 952-8889.

Color to Calm
Fourth Thursday of the month, 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Johnson Room
The simple act of coloring, on your own or with friends, can be fun and relaxing.  Christine provides drawings, you bring your own colored pencils, crayons or felt pens – just join the group at the table to color for as long as you like, in silence or conversation, whatever suits your mood of the moment.