MVUU Newsletter
April 2, 2021
Weekly Calendar

Saturday, April 3
MVUU Mission and Vision Conversations - Last one!

Sunday, April 4
Sunday Book Group Online

Baja 4 Sunday Service: "Falling Into Easter"

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

Tuesday, April 6
Men's Night Out (Virtual)
7 pm Join Zoom

Wednesday, April 7
MVUU Poetry Sharing

Thursday, April 8
Community Sings! with Shekela Wanyama
7 pm Join Zoom
Ministerial Search Committee

We are happy to announce that the following MVUU members have accepted the invitation to serve over the next year on the Ministerial Search Committee. They will be ratified by the congregation at its May 23 Annual Congregational Meeting:

Samar Adi
Tom Bunch
Derek Contreras
Ray Deeney
Pamela Donnelly
Mary Nell Hoover
Lisa Ponder-Gilby

The team will work with a Unitarian Universalist Association consultant to be able to select an appropriate candidate to come to MVUU for a week in April 2022, when you all will vote on the selection. 

We give our heartfelt thanks to this dedicated group of members, who will work on our behalf!

Anne Tatum, Board President
Contigo News

We are announcing the great success of our Contigo Fundraising Drive in February 2021. Our goal was to raise $15,000. We are so very happy to tell you we are currently at 87 donors contributing over $17,000 for Contigo! Not bad for a fledging start up with only one year under our belt. We are also in process of becoming a multi-faith coalition of contributing churches!

Please take any opportunity to THANK the following people who have worked tirelessly to achieve this goal:

The Contigo Team (and support staff)

Theda Ellis, MVUU
Chuck Tatum, MVUU
Kyoko Katayama, MVUU, Buddhist
Cheri Desmond May, MVUU, Buddhist, Team Lead
Cecilia Valenzuela, Southside Prebsyterian
Ruha Temlock, Baha i’ Community of Tucson
Andrew Clinard, MVUU, Fundraising Consultant

Rev. Samantha Wilson, MVUU, Minister Extraordinaire
Ricky Tutaan, Tech Aficionado
Elizabeth Reed, Website Maven
Erin Chadwell, Administrative cheerleader and numbers counter!
Welcome, Edwin (Ed) Andrade!

We are welcoming our new Religious Education/Exploration Coordinator for Youth and Young Adults, Ed Andrade!

"Hello friends! My name is Edwin Andrade. I am the new Coordinator of Religious Education at Mountain Vista UU Congregation focusing on youth and young adults. I am a product of Tucson, Arizona. I left the state for my undergraduate degree and returned home a few years back. I am second-year Master of Divinity student. Outside of the office you will either find me running, biking, reading, practicing yoga, or grocery shopping (a highly underrated activity). I look forward to meeting each of you and growing alongside our community!"

We will be introducing Ed to our community during our upcoming fellowship hours. Ed, Stacie, and Rev. Samantha will work alongside Jamili Omar of UUCT to explore collaborative, virtual religious exploration programming.
Virtual General Assembly 2021: Register Now!

Circle 'Round for Justice ● Healing ● Courage is the theme for General Assembly 2021. General Assembly is a time to circle ‘round in community. We circle ‘round in care and healing; for liberation and justice; and for love and courage. We share stories of the work happening at our Association and in our congregations. We study ways to implement and live into our mission. UUA GA 2021 will incorporate recommendations from the Commission on Institution Change report, "Widening the Circle of Concern" and dialogue with the Article II Commission about our Principles and Purposes.

  • Registration is open! Registration for virtual GA 2021 is $200 per person. Register Here
  • Volunteer Applications are open for those who want to volunteer to lower their costs to attend. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
Community Health & Safety Phone Bank

Anti-racism allies know that safety doesn't start or end with police. It comes from strong communities, supported by affordable housing, mental health care, programs for drug users, job training, and education. We have work to do in Arizona around engaging our peers in discussions about ending police violence. Will you join UUJAZPoder in Action / AZ Poder, and White People Against White Supremacy to call 24,000 people in April?

Community Health and Safety Training and Phonebank
Tuesday, April 6th, 5 - 7 pm
Saturday, April 10th, 11 - 1 pm
Thursday, April 15th, 6 - 8 pm
Tuesday, April 20th, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, April 28th, 5 - 7 pm

Let's create community safety in Phoenix together!
MVUU Mission and Vision Conversations:
There is still time to sign up!

Have you signed up to be part of one of our Mission and Vision conversations? All MVUU friends and members are encouraged to participate. Your participation makes our mission statement meaningful, real, and relevant.

One Final Session! We need you!

Saturday, April 3 - 3 pm - 5:30 pm

MVUU Poetry Sharing
Wednesday, Apr 7, 6:30 pm

Now is the time to search your file cabinet or your computer for some poems to share. MVUU poets are invited to read 1 - 3 original poems to each other (listeners are welcome too) at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, April 7 in a Zoom meeting. You can optionally use the “Share Screen” feature as you read your poems. If you wish to submit your poems for screen sharing instead of doing this yourself, please Email Alan Harris at least one day before the meeting. We don’t critique the poems—just enjoy them. The Zoom link will be emailed to you on April 6.

Community Sings!
Thursdays, 7 pm

Join us on Thursdays in April for singing, music and community! All are welcome-- come sing, come listen, come to community.

Book GroUUp
Friday, April 16, 12 pm

What legacy will you leave your beloved: your children, grandchildren, congregation, community, and/or country about how you worked to dismantle systemic racism during your lifetime? What will you bequeath to your beloved? What is your hope for their future, for Beloved Community?

Join Rev. Tina Squire and Steve Kraynak on the third Friday of each month for a justice-centered book discussion from the perspective of our Unitarian Universalist values. Here we will use reading, conversation, and writing to answer these questions.

April 16, 2021: Discuss BREATHE – A Letter To My Sons by Imani Perry
May 21, 2021: Read aloud our own letters we've written to our Beloved.

Bookaholics Unanimous
Tuesday, Apr 27, 2 pm

We are a group of enthusiastic readers who meet the last Tuesday of the month at 2 pm. We select a variety of books based on what has intrigued members. The one who suggests the book generally leads the discussion of that book. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 27 and the book is The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich. We are currently meeting by Zoom. If you are interested in learning more about the group and perhaps new to Zoom, Email Anne Leonard or call her at (520) 307-8045.
Missing Our UU Library?

Soon our library books, all packed away, will be back. Brand new shelves await, with thanks to the Ambiance Team. I am seeking co-librarians to help me organize our books and envision ways to update and expand our collection. This library is focused on our UU Principles and interests. It sits in a wonderful welcoming space, awaiting the casual browser and the intent seeker of the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
If you are interested, please Email Connie or call (520) 544-7723.

Connie Armstrong, MVUU Librarian
Calling All Gardeners -- our patio plants need you!

We are needing people who want to keep our garden looking at its best. It needs monitoring, watering and plant conditions. Also, some animal has dug up three plants that will need to be replaced. Kathy Kouzmanoff, who was on the team that selected plants and planted them, will act as consultant (she just had a knee replacement so is house-bound for now). Please text her if you are interested at (414) 617-7979.  
April Woven Basket Partner: Keep Tucson Together

Keep Tucson Together is a local non-profit organization dedicated to Immigration Justice. They work with asylum seekers to aid in citizenship, help with DACA, providing bonds and assisting in their status of Withholding of Removal by ICE.

The staff of KTT is partly paid, but mostly volunteer who are Spanish speakers and when needed, offer pro bono legal assistance. Our very own Chuck Tatum has been volunteering with KTT for a number of years and assures us it is a dedicated organization that provides migrants a much needed source of support and resources. Our hope is that you will donate generously. 

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 indicate that this donation is for the "Woven Basket."
Exchanging the Love
April 17, 2021, 9 am

Love Right Through locally, by connecting with other UU Pacific Southwest Service Area congregants. You can exchange ideas, actions, and thoughts in breakout rooms on a variety of topics. Click for Details
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. Six Sessions starting May 9, Sundays 3:30 - 4:30 pm, led by Janine Gelsinger
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 Sundays, we will continue discussing our 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
April 27: The Night Watchmen by Louise Erdrich. For more information Email Anne Leonard or call her at (520) 307-8045
Keep Tucson Together
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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