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February 14, 2020
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Upcoming Events
Sunday, February 16
Sunday Service: Living in the Future Today, Rev. Matthew Funke Crary, 1 pm

Sunday, February 23
Sunday Service: Gather Around Gratitude, Rev. Samantha Wilson, 1 pm
Spiritual Path
Stewardship and Personal Testimonials

What keeps me coming to MVUU? Why is MVUU important to me? Why am I passionate about MVUU? Over twenty members and friends were asked to respond to these questions in the form of personal testimonials. Heartfelt testimonials are welcomed at any time; this year they will be the core of our upcoming stewardship/financial commitment campaign that formally begins on Sunday, February 2nd. A few testimonials will be published in every newsletter between now and the end of February when the campaign draws to a close. 

I t is not difficult to support an enthusiastic, loyal community like the one at MVUU. It is a group that lives up to its values. I felt welcomed the day I walked in in December of 2004 and still feel that way each time I walk through our doors, no matter where they are. Expending time, talent and/or treasure at MVUU is easy, as expenditures here seem to compound. The many times I have spent in front of our group have not only made me more aware of what I might hope to contribute verbally, but seem to have encouraged resonances like the new Finding Hearts group being offered in the coming months. This place promotes growth, and with its new minister and new home, may it continue to so for years to come.
--Barbara Gates

Sunday practice with my MVUU community is a peak experience of my every week. Here, feelings of oneness, love, belonging, struggle and union hold and mold me. MVUU is a large part of my creation story. I want to be part of MVUU’s creation and share this with others.
--Tom Bunch

I have been a member of Mountain Vista Congregation (MVUU) for ten years, a Unitarian for over 20 years and an active member of three different congregations. When I first visited MVUU in 2009 I was very impressed by how welcomed everyone made me feel. It was my first time in Arizona, and as a Black man I was not sure what to expect. At MVUU it was real easy to make friends, get involved and contribute my time, energy, skills and money. During these ten years I sang in the choir, been a greeter and a member of the: Planned Giving, Endowment Fund and Ministerial Advisory Committees. My wife, Almut, and I have contributed financially every year. We are planning to give more as the congregation settles into our new home. We believe Mountain Vista UU is a joyful congregation to be a part of and a great place to worship and create fellowship.
--Joe Scott
 
The common commitment of our congregation to the MVUU Covenant contributes to my being an enthusiastic member of MVUU. Our MVUU Covenant connects me to our congregation and shapes how I want to be in the world and in relationship to others and myself. The weekly singing of our Covenant song strengthens and renews my commitment to following the Covenant in my relationships to others—within and beyond our community. I am heartened by the ways in which our congregation seeks to be guided by the Covenant in our behavior and actions during both happy and hard times. Our common MVUU embracement of the Covenant compels me to support and foster the work of our common commitments.
--Pi Irwin
Fellowship
Sunday Book Group
Sunday, Feb , 10 am

Our current book is Misbehaving: the making of behavioral economics by Richard H. Thaler.  Traditional economics assumes that people are rational actors. When people do NOT act economically in the rational fashion traditional economists predict, people are considered to be misbehaving.  Behavioral economics is the study of how real people make economic decisions differently from the Spock-like automatons that are the basis for traditional economic predictions. Besides tracing the history of behavioral economics, Thaler will also use discoveries in human psychology, with a practical understanding of incentives and market behavior, to enlighten us about how to make smarter economic decisions.  We are scheduled to read this book through March 8 and will choose a new book on March 1. For more information contact  John Clark  at   alvinjclark@aol.com .
Bookaholics Unanimous
Tuesday, Feb 25, 2 pm 

We are a group of enthusiastic readers who meet on the last Tuesday of the month at 2 pm. We select a variety of books based on what has intrigued members. Our next meeting will be on February 25, at 2 pm. The book is   Circle  by Madeline Miller.  With the move, the venues change and are generally at members’ homes. If you are interested, new to the group and need directions to the meeting, contact Anne Leonard at  anne@alartworks.com  or call (520) 307-8045.
Tucson Book Festival 2020 at U of A
March 14 & 15, 2020

Volunteer at the Unitarian Universalist Booth
Only 3 Hours

Great place to introduce the curious, adventurous and book lovers to UUs.
The UUs of Southern Arizona will have a booth again this year at the festival.
 
Click the link to the volunteer Booth Sign Up

Sign up soon to save your volunteer spot on the schedule. More Info to come!
Pastoral Care

Life’s not always easy. Know that you are not alone.
Reach Out To Pastoral Care today.
Coffee Baristas Sign Up

It’s time to sign up for February Barista Shifts! Help us plan ahead and sign up now. Many thanks! February Sign Up Here

Contact Erin Chadwell   administrator@mvuu.org  - Training is available - just ask!
Justice Outreach
Pima County Interfaith Council 2020 Action Team Opportunities!
  
PCIC is one of our Strategic Change Agents, a non-profit, non-partisan, interfaith association of some 28 religious and civic organizations, affiliated with the Arizona Interfaith Network. PCIC educates and mobilizes citizens to advocate for systemic change in an inclusive democratic society. MVUU members have many opportunities to work through and with this broad based faith and non-profit community to carry forward MVUU issues of great concern. Two major PCIC action teams are gearing up for the new year and invite our participation. Just show up and be counted in.

There will be more opportunities for MVUU participation as the election year progresses. For questions and information contact Anne Leonard   anne@lartworks.com   or (520) 307-8045 
Interfaith Community Services Food Bank
Look for the Interfaith Community Services Basket most every Sunday on your way into services and drop off your donation.

MOST NEEDED:
  • Pop-top cans of SpaghettiOs, chili and ravioli
  • Canned meat, tuna and soups (pop-top cans)
  • Instant mashed potatoes, rice, dry pasta
  • Spaghetti sauce in cans, canned fruits and vegetables

When you drop off food directly to the ICS Food Bank, please mention MVUU so we get credit. This ongoing activity supports our Justice Outreach focus. Contact Bill Casey at bill.casey@mvuu.org for questions.
February Woven Basket Partner:

Giffords Law Center

When Congresswomen Gabby Giffords was shot through the head at pointblank range, along with eighteen others, by a deranged young man in January 2011, Tucsonans were shocked that such a thing could happen in an every-day peaceful shopping plaza. Six were killed. Ms. Giffords underwent heroic surgery and medical care but will never fully recover.

It was only natural— and positive— that she and her husband, Mark Kelly, would turn their lives toward stopping the raging gun violence in our country. Joining forces with the Legal Community Against Violence in 2017, they created the Giffords Law Center To Prevent Gun Violence.

Last fall, the MVUU gunviolence/gunsafety justice caucus chose to learn from them and support them. This month of February, our MVUU justice outreach Woven Basket contributions will go to the Giffords Law Center.  

America is awash in guns. Almost 400 million guns in the hands of civilians. 67 million guns more than we have people! Mass killings make the news, but about 100 men and women, girls and boys are killed everyday. And on average, 60% are gun suicides. Moreover: 100,000 Americans are wounded with guns each year,  often with life-altering consequences.

It does not need to be this way. Regulating guns is not unconstitutional. The MVUU gun safety caucus supports:

  • Background checks for all gun purchases
  • Red-flag laws to take guns out of the hands of those known to be threatening, and
  • Mental health counseling in all our schools and communities.

Giffords Law Center For more information, contact richardkopp@mac.com.
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