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Upcoming Sunday Services on ZOOM

Make sure you have a Chalice available to light before the Service begins.
Services can be seen on Zoom every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Our Touchstones The theme for September is worth and dignity.

September 6th: 
Sunday Service with Hayley Wynne, Melanie Cloonan-Schulte, Ann Sebren, Katie and Andrew Seiferth and David Berry 
 •  Order of Worship

Join our Service every week at this link: Zoom Worship Service  

In case you've missed it, last week's:  Worship Service

VUU News

Click What do I See? to be part of the “Seeking Meaning Together” sermon coming soon to a Zoom service near you. Respond before September 9th, to be included!

Youth Programs

Virtual Principles Art Walk 
Last video will be posted Sunday on Facebook!
Art work by Folara, Age 15
As you probably suspect; our only option for delivering faith formation programming this fall is online (sorry to add to the kids screen time!) Classes begin Sunday, September 13th. Program calendars and ZOOM links will be emailed to you after your registration has been received.
Registration link:

ELEMENTARY: 2 yr olds - 5th graders, Sundays 1-2 p.m.: CartUUns, Unitarian Universalist values through the animated short films of Pixar and Disney. 
Please note: 
1) Monthly "take home" bags of supplies will be created for each participant. Please indicate (on registration) if you can pick up bags at VUU, help deliver, or need delivery.

 MIDDLE SCHOOL: 6th-8th graders, Sundays 3-4 p.m.: Crossing Paths, Exploring the World's Religions using a UU theological framework. Virtual visits will enable youth to experience our "neighboring faiths" in the safest format available during the Covid pandemic.
Please note:
1) Parent & youth orientation will be Sunday, Sept 13th at 3 pm. Classes will begin the following Sunday.
2) Classes will be recorded and uploaded as PRIVATE to the VUU YouTube channel. Families will receive an email with the link to view the videos.

HIGH SCHOOL: 9th - 12th graders, Sundays 4:30-5:30 p.m.: TED Talks, Discussion based programming. 
Please note:
1) TED Talks will cover a variety of topics including social change, race, LGBTQ+ issues, environment, criminal justice reform, peace/conflict and may include some swear words.

In the Community


Valley Interfaith Project (VIP) has structured a non-partisan, voter engagement initiative focusing on AZ Proposition 208, better known as Invest in Ed. This is a texting effort, and VIP will provide lists, scripts and training.
Are you interested in getting this important initiative passed? Please contact Denise McLeod at if you’d like to join the team!  
Summer 2020:Hosting Chandler I-Help 
We will continue to host the Chandler I-HELP Shelter in our Sanctuary at least through October. Would you like to help by washing sheets? You would pick up dirty sheets on a Tuesday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and return them clean the next Tuesday during those same hours. There are still spots to sign up, please click here.

Thanks to the food donors, the sheet washers and thanks to the whole beloved VUU Community for your generous hospitality during these challenging times. Our guests and those who run the Chandler I-HELP program are so grateful. 

VUUers are still getting together virtually, meeting and doing good works of love & justice

EastVUU Meeting 
Join EastVUU in a Zoom discussion about Climate Change: Thursday, Sept 10, 6:30 p.m.

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that climate change is happening, and the majority of people believe something needs to be done about it.  People are feeling the effects of higher temperatures, stronger storms, fires and floods. 
While there is a lot of negative news, there are also rays of hope about what is being done to reduce green-house gas pollution, including personal actions, renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.  But more aggressive measures are needed to stave off the worst effects of too much carbon in our atmosphere. 
VUU’s Sandy Whitley from the Citizen’s Climate Lobby will discuss how pollution affects our health and our world. She will report on positive efforts under way, and one potential solution recommended by scientists and economists alike as the most effective way to reduce GHG pollution – a carbon pricing strategy. Opportunities for individual action on climate will be shared.
Sandy is a retired nurse, grandmother, and hiker. She joined Citizens’ Climate Lobby, dedicated to working towards a solution to our warming world, and believes the best thing we can do about climate change is talk about it – and let our Congress know we want action.  She has been a member of VUU since the significant date of January 2017.  

Mark your calendar: EastVUU Social Night, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m. Stay tuned for theme.

EastVUU Gathering Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 739 743 734
Passcode: 920559
Want to re-connect with other parents from Valley UU?
Drop in to one (or more) of our Parent Chat zoom meetings. No need to RSVP
Mondays 2-3:30 p.m.
Meeting ID: 830 0882 2731
Passcode: 190811 
Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m.
Meeting ID: 842 1301 8734
Passcode: 190811

Saturdays 1-2:30 p.m.
Meeting ID: 874 4429 2775
Passcode: 190811
Page Turners September Announcement 
The Page Turners are continuing to meet via Zoom. If you enjoy reading and discussing books, we would be happy to have you join us. You are welcome to join us for all of our meetings or just when the book is of interest to you.

The September book is 1Q84 Vol. 1 by Haruki Murakami.  A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s 1984. It was an instant best seller in his native Japan. It begins in 1984 in Tokyo. Intrigued? Pick up the book and join for discussion in September. The meeting will be on September 17 at 7:15 p.m. If you would like to receive the Zoom link, email Amy at
VUU FLP Meeting - ENDGAME 2050

“We’re the only species we know of that is determinedly set out to destroy itself.”
Dr. Paul Ehrlich
Endgame 2050

This Friday (9/4) at 10 a.m., the Food for Life and the Planet Committee will be discussing the movie Endgame 2050.  

The movie is a stark reminder of everything that is currently at stake if we do nothing significant to address how we are destroying our planet.  We must educate ourselves and others about the harm we are doing to our dear planet and all of its inhabitants, and then take action. The film provides recommendations for things we all can do.

Endgame 2050 is available on the film’s website,  Amazon Prime, YouTube and Tubi.

Please join us for an important discussion about a most important topic.  For more information, email

Join Zoom Meeting: Friday 9/4 at 10:00 a.m.
SINGLES  --  still having fun!

Singles are meeting 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons to play cards on Check out the site and see all the fun games! We will zoom for the meeting so we can talk while we play.

Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 359 568 3684 Password: 123456

GAME NIGHTS ON ZOOM CANCELLED: We regret to announce that we just haven't been able to sustain enough interest in Game Nights on Zoom. We will resume Game Nights when we can meet in person again.

For more information contact Claudette by phone (973-768-6047) or email

Our Dalai Lama and Friends virtual gathering meets every Sunday at 9 a.m. It be will on Zoom. 
Here is the link
Meeting ID: 388 347 383
Password: 347553
VUU CCL & Environmental Action Team Meetings
Time: Every month on the Fourth Wed, until Dec 23, 2020
        Sep 23, 2020 06:00 PM
        Oct 28, 2020 06:00 PM
        Nov 25, 2020 06:00 PM
        Dec 23, 2020 06:00 PM 

Click Here to Join Zoom Meeting
      Meeting ID: 992 3643 0521
      Password (required): 892925

Social Distance...But Make it Social Justice

Beloved Conversations
Registration began Sept 1, starting in October
Beloved Conversations curriculum developers at Meadville Lombard Theological School have responded to the needs to learn how race and ethnicity shape our personal and collective lives and practices, in a virtual format. UUJAZ has partnered with Meadville to offer discussion groups for AZ participants, and scholarships for UU's in AZ who enroll. More details are emerging in the next month.

UU Congregations participating in Beloved Conversations report they are:
  • more courageous when engaging in cross-cultural dialogue
  • more comfortable taking risks to communicate deeply held assumptions about race and ethnicity
  • better equipped to sit with cultural differences
  • more adaptable at dealing with different standards for worship, music, education
  • more fluid translating personal communication styles and theological commitments to other preferences and traditions
  • better able to link personal power to systematic oppressions
  • more resilient when confronting the status quo
  • more curious about personal, narrowly held assumptions
  • better able to set aside issues of perfectionism and judgment when encountering different standards
Click here to fill out our interest form to get enrollment details, including how to sign up for a 20% discount through UUJAZ

UU the Vote with UUJAZ
This November, we have an opportunity to reflect our UU values in local policy more than ever. Can we ensure free and safe elections? End cash bail and contracts with private prisons? Hold police accountable? Empower those most vulnerable to pandemic and racism? Fund education? 

None of this will happen without you. We have less than a month before ballots drop, so NOW is the time to have conversations with people you know, or join a phone or text bank. Don't wake up in November wishing you did more. See all UUJAZ/ UU the Vote opportunities here:

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum

The interdependent web of connection is central to Unitarian Universalist principles, and we know at UU the Vote, what happens at the county level affects us all. Did you know your access to a safe and accessible election, the budget for the 4th Ave jail, and even the air you breathe in the Valley is regulated by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors? Learn from the Sunrise leaders in Maricopa County more about this powerful position we don't often hear of!

Join us on Tuesday, September 15th, on Facebook Live at 6 p.m., for a conversation with community members of Maricopa County, Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona, Sunrise Movement, and the candidates for Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. 

Confirmed attendance: Jevin Hodge, candidate for District 1 and Whitney Walker, candidate for District 3

Hosted by UUJAZ, UU the Vote, and Sunrise Tempe

Conversation with the Candidates: Homelessness and our Faith

As Unitarian Universalists, we honor the inherent worth and dignity of our unsheltered neighbors. We are called to work for a just, equitable, and compassionate world, where everyone has the resources needed not just to survive, but to thrive. These beliefs push us beyond serving folks in need, to advocating for policies that eradicate homelessness altogether.

Join us Tuesday, September 22nd, on Facebook Live at 6 p.m., for a conversation with community members of Surprise and Sun City, candidates running for LD22, and guest speaker Sophia of Unsheltered Phoenix, hosted by Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona.  
Black Lives Matter 
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