The Building Is Closed…
… but the congregation is thriving. When the COVID-19 restrictions started in the spring of 2020, we didn’t miss a beat. Within days of the decision to stop in-person services for the safety of our community, we were up and running with virtual services that are also available on YouTube. Our music programs have been sharing videos on YouTube to help keep our spirits up while we haven’t been able to gather in person.
When Will We Open Again?
We are definitely looking forward to being able to meet again in person, but will remain closed as an act of love and inclusion until everyone, including children, can be vaccinated and the Maricopa County numbers have reached a safe level. We strongly feel that it would be unfair to reopen before our entire community can safely participate. Our minister, staff, and Board of Trustees are working to determine under what circumstances it will be safe to open our campus to in-person services and activities. Until those criteria and determined and met, we will continue with our weekly online services.
However, even after the campus reopens, we plan to continue to make our worship services available online for those who can’t attend in person for any reason.
Information about reopening the campus, which we hope will be possible in the fall of 2021, will be available on this website and in our weekly Compass email newsletter.
Live-Streamed Sunday Services
While each of our services is unique, with a focus drawn from a range of theological and social justice topics, there are certain things you can expect: a chalice lighting, shared Joys and Sorrows, great music, a strong sense of community, and a sermon or alternative way to share the message of the week. We encourage visitors to attend at least 3 services during the process of deciding whether UUCP is the right choice for them.
Our Sunday worship services are broadcast via secure Zoom webinars, live-streamed on our YouTube channel, and can be viewed after each service on our Past Worship Services page. A post with the link to the YouTube live stream is shared on our Facebook page, and the link to each Sunday’s service is published in our weekly Compass email newsletter.
Other Ways to Connect
After each Sunday service, we host a virtual “Coffee Hour” that you are welcome to join where you can meet and chat with congregation members. Information about accessing these sessions is in each week’s Compass email newsletter.
If you are curious about what types of connections are available throughout our congregation, we encourage you to explore our wide range of groups and committees that support the congregation, each other, and our wider community.
You can also follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel for periodic updates on what’s going on within the congregation, and, of course, subscribe to our weekly Compass email newsletter.
Would You Like More Information?
We love reaching out to people who are curious about our congregation. Let us know how you’d like us to contact you, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions about UUism at UUCP.