Archives – Spring 2019

Faith Development Schedule
September through Spring, 2020

To register your interest in these classes, click the appropriate heading below for Radically Inclusive: Pillar One, Justice Centered: Pillar Two, or Theologically Diverse: Pillar Three OR you may visit the back table before or after Sunday services.

Radically  Inclusive: Pillar One 

Focus: NeuroInclusion

In-Person classes at UUCP

Mental Illness 101
Times TBD
Place TBD

Neurodiversity 101
Times TBD
Place TBD

Parenting and Mental Health
Time TBD
Place TBD

Mental Health Identity Groups
Time TBD
Place TBD

Neurodiversity Identity Groups
Time TBD
Place TBD


  • Neurotribes by Steve Silberman 


Mental Illness

“Why It’s Incredibly Problematic to Call White Supremacists Insane”  by Alex Kapitan


“What is ADHD?” by the ADHD Editorial Board


“About Autism” from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network

“Autism FAQ” by Lydia X. Z. Brown

“‘It’s A Spectrum’ Doesn’t Mean What You Think” by C.L. Lynch

“Identity First Language” by Lydia X. Z. Brown
(The use of ‘autistic person’ vs ‘person with autism’)

“Low Functioning” by Rhi Lloyd-Williams
(What an autistic meltdown can feel like)

“Thinking About Patterns of Opposite Extremes Among Autistic People” by Lydia X. Z. Brown

Pathological Demand Avoidance

“What is Demand Avoidance and When is it Pathological?” by Emily Wilding


Neurodivergent Rebel series
(An autistic person’s video blog on life with autism)

“Experience What Autism Might Feel Like” by Robert J. Szczerba 

(Videos that simulate the experience of autism)


Mental Illness

Depression Quest by Zoe Quinn, Patrick Lindsay, and Isaac 


(An online game that simulates the experience of clinical depression)


UU Mental Health Network

Ways to Reflect and Discuss

Inclusion Ministry Team Meetings –1st and 3rd Saturdays at noon

Inclusion Ministry Team Chats – Sunday between Services in the Johnson Room

Justice Centered: Pillar Two

Focus: Earth Justice

In Person

Sunday, 12:30 noon,  please see calendar for dates. Earth Justice/Green Sanctuary Meeting in Annex G  

On-Demand classes

Webinars on demand at



Tues., December 10, 7 am Arizona time, view Webinar about “Drawdown,” a book edited by Paul Hawken.  To watch, REGISTER at . 


General Environmentalism: 

  • A Sand County Almanac or Wilderness, or Aldo Leopold’s Southwest  by Aldo Leopold
  • The Great Work by Thomas Berry
  • World as Lover, World as Self by Joanna Macey
  • The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolber
  • Eearth by Bill McKibben
  • Co2oler Smarter by the Union of Concerned Scientists

What to do:

  • Drawdown: the most comprehensive plan ever to Reverse Global Warming, Edited by Paul Hawken (Note: see webinar 12/10/19)
  • Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, by Cynthia Barnett

Why and how to do it (justice):

  • Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong
  • A Constellation of Connections: Contemplative Relationships by Vanessa F.Hurst  (Note: see webinar 6/12/19)
  • Love Your Enemies by Arthur C Brooks
  • Active Hope, by Joanna Macey and Christopher Johnstone (self care)
  • Climate Justice by Mary Robinson  (Note: see webinar, *10/09/19)

More books at


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  • “The Story of Stuff” available online
  • “Plastic” by Michael Moore
  • “From Paris to Pittsburg”  and others

Ways to Reflect and Discuss

Earth Justice Ministry monthly meetings: Usually second Sunday of the month after service.

Book discussion group:  An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (To be scheduled).


Theologically Diverse: Pillar Three

For more information or to sign up to attend: Please email the facilitator, Gary Ezzell, at

Focus: Character, Values and Virtues

In-Person classes at UUCP

Kernels of Character – An Exploration of Virtues

Gary Ezzell, facilitator

Six sessions starting Thursday, Feb 13, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. through Thursday, March 19th. 

For more information or to sign up to attend: Please email the facilitator, Gary Ezzell, at


What are the characteristics of a “good person” or a “life well lived”?  It is not a short list; life has many dimensions, and there are many virtues that are admirable. None of us can embody them all, and different religions, philosophical traditions, and writers emphasize some more than others. In the spirit of living an examined life, in each of these sessions we will look at 3-4 of these virtues, grouped by a common theme:

  • Acceptance:  Humility, Non-attachment, Patience
  • Empathy:  Compassion, Charity, Respect, Justice
  • Integrity:  Honesty, Perseverance, Discipline
  • Joy:  Wonder, Attentiveness, Gratitude
  • Possibility:  Courage, Creativity, Faith

In each session, we will first share readings, quotes, poems, and songs that illustrate or celebrate the selected qualities.  Then we will offer our personal reflections:  why are these important (or not), when have we experienced or needed to draw on them, when are they difficult to live up to, when have we seen them expressed? Finally, we will consider how we might cultivate these qualities in our lives.

Readings and links will be posted in a shared online resource in advance, and participants are encouraged to add material they find personally meaningful.

In order to facilitate productive conversation, participation is limited to 12.

Here are some example quotations.


Generally speaking the human species does make things a very big deal. Our problems are a big deal for us. So we need to make space for an attitude of honoring things completely and at the same time, not making them a big deal. It is a paradoxical idea, but holding these two attitudes simultaneously  is the source of enormous joy: we hold a sense of respect for all things along with the ability to let go. — Pema Chodron


What I’ve come to learn is that the world is never saved in grand messianic gestures, but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion, everyday acts of compassion. In South Africa they have a phrase called ubuntu. Ubuntu comes out of a philosophy that says, the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me.  — Chris Abani


This above all: to thine own self be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man.  —  Shakespeare:  Polonius to Laertes in Hamlet


Ten times a day something happens to me like this – some strengthening throb of amazement – some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness. — Mary Oliver


You can never cross the ocean

until you have the courage

to lose sight of the shore. — Andre Gidev

On-Demand classes





Social Media Accounts

Ways to Reflect and Discuss