MVUU Newsletter
April 9, 2021
Weekly Calendar

Saturday, April 10
Parents of Preschoolers (POPS) Meeting
1 pm Join Zoom

Sunday, April 11
Sunday Book Group Online

Baja 4 Sunday Service: "Balance"

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

Tuesday, April 13
Chronic Pain Group
3 pm Join Zoom

Men's Night Out (Virtual)
7 pm Join Zoom

Thursday, April 15
Community Sings! with Shekela
7 pm Join Zoom

Friday, April 16
Book GroUUP
12 pm Join Zoom

Saturday, April 17 & 18
Mata Ortiz Pottery Event
10 am (Article Below)
President’s Column

Building Tours Coming!
Welcome to the beginning of our life at 3235 W. Orange Grove Road, in the heart of the Flowing Wells Neighborhood! Members of the MVUU Board, Project Management Team and Ambiance will be offering tours of the new building on the weekends of April 17-18 and April 24-25.

You will receive a special email signup for these tours, which will have a maximum of 6 persons per tour. The guides can fill you in on the details of some features and special stories about the process. We hope that many of you are able to participate.

UUA Virtual General Assembly 2021
For the second year, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly will be an all virtual conference. “Justice, Healing, Courage” is the theme of this year’s event, to be held June 23-27, online.

As a congregation, we are a contributing member of the UUA, and we are allocated representatives to the business portion of the meetings. Besides our minister, we are allowed three representatives, based on our size. As your President, I am asking for volunteers!

Last year, Ann Bowling and Julie Slayton-Frank represented us. I am sure they would welcome your questions if you email them, if you are interested. Please Email Anne Tatum if you wish to be a delegate from our MVUU membership. While the cost of registration is $200, some financial support for delegates may be available.

Please see the article on GA elsewhere in this newsletter. All interested can register to attend through the link offered there.

Anne Tatum, Board President



Kids POPs Meeting
Saturday, April 10, 1 pm

Join us for Earth Day celebrations!



The Sunday Book Group on Zoom
Sunday, April 11, 8:15 am 

On Sunday, April 11, we will complete discussion of “Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson. On Sunday, April 18, we will begin discussing our new book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

“As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together. Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings―asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass―offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices.

In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return."

We’ll be reading this book until June 6. For more information Email John Clark
Chronic Pain and Illness Circle at MVUU
Tuesday, April 13, 3 pm

Do you experience chronic or consistent pain? Come and be in a space of community where there are fresh ears to hear and experiences to share. Find connection, care, and some laughter. 
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
Thursday, April 15, 6 pm

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
Thursday, April 15, 6 - 8 pm
Tuesday, April 20, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, April 28, 5 - 7 pm

Let's create community safety in Phoenix together!




Community Sings!
Thursdays, 7 pm

Join us on Thursdays in April for singing, music and community! All are welcome.

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.

Mata Ortiz Pottery Event
Saturday, April 17 & 18, 10 am

April 17, 10 am - 4 pm
Plaza Palomino, 2900 N. Swan Rd at corner of Ft. Lowell

April 18, 10 am - 3 pm
Harlow's Gardens--5620 E Pima St, Tucson, AZ 85712

In order to continue UUCT's support of the Mata Ortiz potters whose community relies almost entirely on sales of hand-made pottery and has fallen on very hard times with the pandemic, we have secured two outdoor venues for upcoming pottery sales on Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18.

As in the past 14 years, our friends, potters Ana Trillo, Adrian Corona, Julio Mora  and Alma Hernandez will bring not only their own artwork but also pottery from about 50 other potters from the village. It’s a community effort. Their prices are always outstanding, and the pottery they bring is beautiful.

Please plan to stop by these two sales (other arts and crafts vendors will be at Plaza Palomino) to support the Mata Ortiz potters, wear a mask, and plan to pay by cash or check.

Thank you for your continued support!
 
Carolyn Saunders, UUCT
Julia Mehrer, UUCT
Susan Call, UUCT
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
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 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
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 this Sunday, we will finish 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
GIVING & SUSTAINING
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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