Poetry Coffeehouse
Poetry Coffeehouse meets the Second Sunday of each month after the second service 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 romo19@q.com, or sign up at phoenixuu.org/poetry

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, jayalagia@gmail.com.

Art Journaling Workshops
9:00 AM – Noon Saturdays 9/29, 10/27, 11/24, 12/22, 1/19, 2/16, 3/16, 4/27, 5/25, 6/22, 7/20, 8/31 in Annex H
Join mixed media hobbiest, Heidi Parmenter, each month in exploring the worship theme through art journaling. Art journaling is a visual expression of our reflections, experiences, and feelings recorded in a mixed media art journal. Everything goes when it comes to art journaling: collaging, stenciling, stamping, painting, inking, drawing, etc. Heidi will teach basic techniques and help those new to this type of journaling get started. Heidi will share many of her art supplies like stamps, stencils, and mark making tools, but you are required to bring your own supplies as well.
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Not included on the Amazon list but also needed: roll of paper towels, wet wipes, and old gift card/credit card that will be destroyed. If for any reason you cannot purchase your own supplies on this list, please contact Heidi directly for assistance. Please do not let cost be a barrier. These workshops are intended for adults but teenagers are welcome with an accompanying adult. You do not need to attend all the workshops but registration for each one is required. A minimum of four registrations must be received the Wednesday before each workshop for it to happen.

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 SongCircle@phoenixuu.org 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 different presenter invites members to take an armchair visit to a new locale. Call Barbara Cawthorne at 480-994-1452 or email her at travel@phoenixuu.org.

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 outdoorgroup@phoenixuu.org.

Early Morning Scenic Walk and Talk Group
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 most Friday mornings as early as 6:30 AM in summer, and as late as 7:30 AM in winter. 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 jayalagia@gmail.com

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.

UUCP Sangha Meditation Group
Tuesdays from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM in the Sanctuary.
Gather to learn Buddhist teachings (the dharma) and support one another in Buddhist practice, including meditation. We will start the meeting with 30 minutes of meditation followed by a dharma reading and discussion. You need not be Buddhist to attend, just interested in your spiritual growth. If you have questions, contact Donna Featherston at 602-997-7996.

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 nwards. Email jayalagia@gmail.com with email subject “meditation group” or call him at (602) 955-8889.