MVUU Newsletter
Mar 17, 2023
Weekly Calendar

Friday, Mar 17
Mahjong at MVUU

Saturday, Mar 18
(POPS) Grown Ups Meet Up
1 pm Join Zoom

Sunday, Mar 19
Sunday Book Group Online

Sunday Service & Fellowship Hour
Press Play: Present, led by Rev. Matthew Funke Crary
10:30 am Join Zoom

Monday, Mar 20
Dance to Heal

Snowbird Potluck
12 pm on the Patio

Tuesday, Mar 21
Men's Night Out (Virtual)
7 pm Join Zoom

Wednesday, Mar 22
MVUU Choir
6:30 pm at MVUU Email Chris Tackett

Thursday, Mar 23
Loving Kindness Meditation (Mindfulness)

Friday, Mar 24
Mahjong at MVUU
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MVUU's Current Airborne Communicable Disease status is
LOW Risk in Arizona

Our building is open. Sunday services are in-person and/or online.
Masking is now optional.
President's Column

Stewardship campaign update….
By now, all MVUU members, friends, and those who have donated in the past should have received their
pledge packet.

As we reflect on where we are in our relationship to MVUU and each other, we focus on the value of our maturing spiritual journey. My hope is that we begin to move beyond the next year’s budget and begin to focus on longer range planning to ensure the future of MVUU for years to come.

We had a very successful sustainability campaign last year in addition to pledging. For those of you who contributed to sustainability over several years, please honor this year’s sustainability commitment in addition to pledging. Your generosity and support of MMVU is deeply appreciated. When your steward contacts you, I hope you will engage them in a spirit of relationship as well as giving.

Over the next weeks, your board and finance team will be holding working sessions to develop a budget for next year and do some longer range financial planning which we will present at our next congregational meeting. I am grateful to be able to look to the future of MVUU and consider what we will be in the years to come.

Tom Sawyer, President
Sunday Services in March

March 19 Press Play: Present
With recordings and stewardship speakers we will celebrate the many gifts MVUU brings to life for us.

MVUU Leadership Series:
Meet Pi Irwin

Pi Irwin served as Vice President of the MVUU Board for the 2018 to 2020 term. Before retiring from a career in education and moving to Tucson, Pi served as a school district administrator and college dean. She and Zsombor Zoltan, her husband, joined MVUU in 2015 and haven’t stopped working to support MVUU since then.
Pi has been a UU (Unitarian Universalist) for over fifty years. Her commitment to supporting liberal religious communities, especially MVUU, is clear in her actions. Here are just some of them:

Pi and Julie Frank Slayton began MVUU’s Caring Circles as a way for MVUU friends and members to support one another better during COVID. Since then, Pi has continued to help coordinate the Caring Circles groups. She has also served on Rev. Samantha’s Committee of Ministry and as the co-coordinator of the Tucson Festival of Books for the Baja Four for a number of years. Currently, Pi is serving on the Baja 4 Coordinating Committee, the Beloved Conversations: Among, and the MVUU Nominations Committee.

Why is serving at MVUU so important to Pi? She explains, “Being a part of a religious community helps us have a voice in the world, and it doesn’t just happen without participation.” And why step up to serve in leadership positions? “As UUs,” Pi adds, “we have an opportunity and responsibility to help chart the direction of our faith. Through leadership, we honor those who place their trust in us to speak and act on their behalf.”
Parenting of Preschoolers (POPS)
Grown Ups Meet Up
Saturday, Mar 18, 1 pm

Connection. Inspiration. Acceptance.

This monthly group is designed for those adults raising children who are ages birth to 6, but everyone is welcome. This is an amazing group of adults that come together to talk about topics relevant to our daily lives. We offer support, words of wisdom, and connect to those around us. We hope that you join and share with us.

Meeting ID: 975 7892 4511 
Passcode: 973902
Register for the First UUA Presidential Forum

It is an exciting time in Unitarian Universalism as we prepare to elect a new president of our Association. The UUA President is the primary public and spiritual leader of Unitarian Universalism, as well as the UUA’s Chief Executive Officer. They help to lead Unitarian Universalists on a path to Beloved Community, in which people of diverse backgrounds, identities, and theological beliefs can thrive. Voting will open in early June and presidential forums begin this weekend. We invite you to meet the candidate for UUA President. Learn how you can participate in the forums in the information and links below.

Register for the first forum, which will take place this Saturday, Mar 18 at 1pm ET/12pm CT/11am MT/10am PT. Registration for online attendance will continue up until the start of the event. All forums are multiplatform and registration is required. For more information, click one of the links below:

Snowbird Potluck
Monday, Mar 20, 12 pm

All snowbirds and seasonal visitors are invited to a patio potluck lunch at MVUU on Monday, March 20. Please bring a dish to share, your own place settings and drink. We will be sharing our space with snowbirds from UUCT. This will be the last gathering of the season. Make sure to be there!
Creating a Charitable Legacy
Sunday, Mar 26, after the Service

Hybrid Workshop
Whether you are thinking about giving for the first time or want to revisit your current plan, come learn more about charitable Planned Giving with philanthropic advisors from Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA). In our presentation, we’ll discuss common methods of legacy giving, ways to increase your impact, share resources and real donor stories, and invite your questions. CFSA works with donors to create philanthropic legacies that provide effective solutions to complex issues, fulfilling visions of an equitable and vibrant Southern Arizona.
Laura Maher, Major Gifts Officer, Workshop Presenter
A non-profit professional with deep roots in Tucson, Laura has more than a decade of experience in communications, program coordination, and fundraising. She is continually inspired by the people, places, and work of Southern Arizona. The best part of her workday is getting to connect with people and learn about the causes they care about most. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her human and canine loved ones, exploring new places through travel, exploring new ideas through podcasts and books, and attempting to find and bake the perfect cookie.
Bookaholics Unanimous
Tuesday, Mar 28, 2 pm

We are a group of enthusiastic readers who meet the last Tuesday of the month at 2 pm by zoom. We select a variety of books based on what has intrigued members. The next meeting will be on Tuesday Mar 19, 2023. The book is  Made in China: a Prisoner and SOS Letter and the Hidden Cost of America’s Goods by Amelia Pang. Chris Angle will lead the discussion. Questions? Email Anne Leonard or call (520) 307-8045.
Team Camp Roll Call PSWD
San Luis Obispo
Friday, Apr 21 - Sunday Apr 23, 2023

Come share in the assortment of workshops including two keynote speakers: Violet Sage Walker, Speaker Chairwoman for Northern Chumash Tribal Council, and Mona Olivas Tucker, Tribal Chair of the YTT Tribe. There will also be meals, wine tasting, nature preserve walk, worship, and song. Find places to stay and dine, delegate information, financial assistance, vendor information, and other needed details on camp's website:

In-person price per adult is $75/$100  Virtual price is $50/$75
In conjunction with this Assembly, we are also hosting a Youth Con! We are inviting all young persons in 8th to12th grades to come join us to connect, bond, play, and grow as we begin to nurture our connections in person once again.

Price per youth is $50/$75
March Woven Basket Partner:

Primavera Foundation

The Primavera Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization located in Tucson, Arizona. For more than 35 years, Primavera Foundation has provided pathways out of poverty through safe, affordable housing (at a number of apartment complexes that serve their residents), workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. They are able to carry out this life-changing work because of steadfast donors and volunteers. Primavera is currently working towards meeting the needs for the Survival, Stability, Security, and Sustainability of those in the Tucson area and surrounding communities.

Donate via MVUU as the Woven Basket Partner: You can make your donations online at or by sending a check to the Church Office. The mailing address is: MVUU, P. O. Box 91080, Tucson AZ 85752. Please make checks payable to "MVUU" and indicate that this donation is for UUJAZ in the memo line.
Sunday Book Group on Zoom
Sundays at 8:15 am
We are currently discussing, The Song of the Cell: An exploration of medicine and the new human, by Siddhartha Mukherjee. Questions? Email John Clark and check out the Sunday Book Group Reading List.
Dance to Heal
Mondays at 12 pm
This is a one-hour class at the Jewish Community Center on Mondays at 12 pm. The participants are primarily MVUU members. First class is free. Classes $15. Questions? 
Email Ann Bowling or call/text (815) 209-9413.
Men's Night Out (Virtual)
Tuesdays at 7 pm
Join us for Men's Night Out, every Tuesday evening via Zoom. Click to Join Zoom For more information Email Phil Troyer
MVUU Choir
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm
Do you enjoy music? Being a part of a singing community? Join us Wednesday evenings for Choir! Email Chris Tackett
MVUU Loving Kindness Meditation (Mindfulness)
Thursdays at 9 am
Join us! For more information, please Email Bonnie Grant Baird or Email Sharon Bottorff.
Fridays at 2 pm
Weekly Mahjong game sessions in the Oasis Room at MVUU! All are welcome to join us for an afternoon of fun! If you have any questions, please Email Barb Seyfried.
Caring Circles
Join a Caring Circle to connect, strengthen, and expand ties within our congregation. Circles meet weekly or bi-weekly via Zoom and/or in person. Got Questions? Email Pi Irwin
We are a Welcoming Congregation, inviting and celebrating all LGBTQs in all areas of our community. If you want to speak to someone from the church about LGBTQ+ issues or community, email or text MVUU's affiliated minister, Rev. Christiane Heyde (520) 393-9960.
Volunteer with MVUU!
If you are a part of a volunteer team or would like to join others supporting our community, please click on
Volunteer with MVUU for more information and to sign up!
Fellowship Hour Goodies & Treats Sign Up
We now are ready to welcome the congregation's participation via the Fellowship Hour Goodies Sign Up for each week. We cater to those with special food preferences and request only one to two items per category. Thank you!
MVUU Membership Invitation
If you are interested in joining our community and would like to become a member at MVUU, please Email Tom Bunch.
2023 UU Women's Retreat
Service and Self: Putting Life in Balance May 5-7
We will be gathering for an amazing weekend of moving, breathing, singing, and relaxing in the mountains.
Primavera Foundation
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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