MVUU Newsletter
February 19, 2021
Weekly Calendar

Saturday, Feb 20
Parent Meet Up
1pm Join Zoom

Sunday, February 21
Sunday Book Group Online

Baja 4 Sunday Service: "Fake Fights and Real Talk: Money"

MVUU Fellowship Hour Online
11 am Join Zoom
By Phone: (253) 215-8782
Enter Meeting ID: 874 1780 4295

Brave Space: Talking About Race  
1:30 pm Register Here
 
Monday, Feb 22
Rev. Samantha is on study and vacation leave from February 15 - February 24.

The Work of Contigo Continues

In the last two MVUU newsletters, you have become acquainted with Contigo and the nature of the immigration/asylum work in which we are engaged. We share with you another example of an individual we are currently assisting. To protect the person’s privacy, his name and other details are omitted. 

Contigo is accompanying a man seeking asylum who has been in immigration detention for over 2 years. He has no friends or family in the US. Contigo found a sponsor who prepared and sent him the documents necessary for his request for release on parole. Unfortunately, parole was denied. This man's asylum process has reached the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He asked for our assistance in finding pro bono legal representation to prepare the appeal brief. Contigo approached the UA Law School and was referred to a professor who has recently started a volunteer group of immigration lawyers. Contigo obtained a copy of his files and submitted them to the group to review for consideration. Contigo continues to give moral support to this man while he awaits an outcome.

You can support Contigo in two ways: volunteer to take on a task associated with accompaniment as specified in the February 12 newsletter; make a monetary contribution by going to our website at www.mvuu.org and clicking on the Contigo link. You can also access a Contigo video on our website.


In Solidarity,
Chuck Tatum, Contigo Volunteer
UUJAZ Board Seeking Nominations for New Members

Are you looking to expand your leadership in statewide justice work? The UUJAZ Board is seeking to welcome 2-3 new members, and we might be looking for you! UUJAZ is a growing organization and is excited to bring new energy in at this important time in the life of our organization.

We are looking for new Board members who are already: engaged in justice work, aligned with Unitarian Universalist values, and committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals who have experience as Board Secretary or Treasurer in similar organizations. 

UUJAZ seeks to center margainlized voices in all aspects of our work. The current board represents a number of marginalized identities, including: African-American, female, LGBTQ+, trans, working class, and young adult. We encourage individuals with these or other historically marginalized identities to apply. 

Coming to Mountain Vista UU: Trans Inclusion in Congregations from Transforming Hearts Collective
Sundays Starting in May

Learn how to create congregations that are fully inclusive and affirming of the full breadth of gender diversity. Over six sessions we will deeply explore the intersection of trans identity, spirituality, and faith community, and gain the grounding, context, and skills to transform yourself and your congregation.

Six Sessions starting May 9, Sundays 3:30 - 4:30 pm, led by Janine Gelsinger
UUJAZ is thrilled to provide access to this online course on radical welcoming for free, thanks to a generous grant from the UU Funding panel. This course on transformational culture shift counts towards your annual Welcoming Congregation renewal.
Tucson Festival of Books
Saturday & Sunday, Mar 6 - 7

MVUU is participating in the 2021 Tucson Festival of Books, but this year it is virtual, as is so much of life.

The URL is http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/ and if you follow one of the Exhibitor links you can find our entry. What is new this year is the link to the UUA Bookstore inSpirit. InSpirit is the principal distributor for the UUA publishing houses, Beacon Press and Skinner House, as well as other books relating to our liberal faith. Please shop and support our publishing houses.

The balance of the TFoB can be found on their website, including Author Presentations and Literary Awards. Although the 2021 events are scheduled for Saturday, Mar 6 and Sunday, Mar 7, 2021, many events from the 2020 TFoB are available for your enjoyment.

If you have any questions please Email Steve Bottorff
February Woven Basket Partner and Special Fundraiser: Contigo

CONTIGO, the MVUU sponsored volunteer Coalition for Immigration Justice, is officially coming of age! Contigo means “with you” in Spanish and is entering its second year of existence, having made tremendous progress toward creating an efficient and conscientious immigration justice ministry. 

Choose from two ways to donate to Contigo this month:

  1. Donate Directly to the Fundraiser: https://www.gofundme.com/contigo-asylum-seekers
  2. Donate via MVUU as the Woven Basket Partner: You can make your donations online at http://mvuu.org/donate/ or by sending a check to the Church Office. The mailing address is: MVUU, P. O. Box 91080, Tucson AZ 85752. Please indicate that this donation is for the "Woven Basket."
REMINDERS
Beloved Conversations: Spring 2021
Register now, course begins Mar 15
The first phase of Meadville Lombard's Beloved Conversations anti-racism curriculum, Within, is open for registration. 
Men's Night Out (Virtual)
Tuesdays at 7 pm
Join us for Men's Night Out, every Tuesday evening via Zoom. The group will meet on consecutive Tuesdays through March into April. Click to Join Zoom For more information Email Phil Troyer
Caring Hearts Circles
Join a Caring Hearts Circle to connect, strengthen, and expand ties within our congregation. Circles meet weekly or bi-weekly via Zoom so that we can be together even as we are physically apart. Got questions? Email Pi Irwin or Email Julie Slayton Frank         
Sunday Book Group Online
Sundays at 8:15 am
On Sunday Feb 21, we will begin discussing our new book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. 
For more information Email John Clark
Bookaholics Unanimous
Last Tuesdays of the month at 2 pm
Feb 23: A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for Our Future by David Attenborough. For more information Email Anne Leonard or call her at (520) 307-8045
GIVING & SUSTAINING
Give your pledge or donate to MVUU online
Send your check to MVUU, P.O. Box 91080, Tucson, AZ 85752, indicating which fund you'd like it to go to (i.e. Pledge, Operating Fund, Capital Campaign, Woven Basket, etc.).
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Newsletter Deadlines: The next newsletter will be published Friday, Feb 26. Submit articles to editor@mvuu.org by 12 pm, Monday, Feb 22. No Exceptions. Articles may not exceed 250 words. Thank you.