MVUU Newsletter
June 17, 2022
Weekly Calendar
Sunday, June 19
Sunday Book Group

Sunday Service
A Playful Farewell: A Celebration of Life, led by Rev. Dr. Samantha Wilson
10:30 am Join on Zoom

Farewell Celebration for Rev. Samantha and Andrew
Immediately following the service - Join on Zoom

Monday, June 20 - 24
UU General Assembly Week
The MVUU Office will be Closed during this week.

Tuesday, June 21
Men's Night Out
7 pm Join Zoom

Thursday, June 23
Faith on Fire for Democracy

Friday, June 24
Learn to UU the Vote in 2022

Saturday, June 25
Letter Writing Party

*Please note the MVUU office will be closed during General Assembly week
June 20 - June 24 and will re-open Tuesday, June 28.
MVUU's Current COVID status is Medium Risk:

Our building is open. Sunday services are in-person and online. We do request that attendees continue to wear masks while indoors unless actively eating or drinking.

Check out our county data at Covid ActNow by clicking here.
Message from the Minister:
Bring Flower Petals

It is our last Sunday service together!

This is a special service, dedicated to your completion of interim ministry. Interim ministry is a ministry of change -- it is about understanding who you have been and who you want to become. It involves looking at your history, hurts, hopes, leadership, relationships, and future. You have been resilient in the face of this task through building transitions and pandemics.

This Sunday, we will be holding a playful "celebration of life" to complete this ministry together and to make space for the emerging ministry you are beginning together and with Rev. Matthew Funke Crary.

To do this, we will be reflecting on the stories each of us tell about this congregation, "church" or "religion" in general, ministers and ministry, and community. Do you have a story you tell, to yourself or out loud... to everyone else? Is it a story that helps you connect and be creative? Is it a story that makes you feel stuck or leaves you frustrated?

This service will be a celebration and an invitation to notice, share, and, just maybe, release our stories. We promise, it will be fun.

Our one invitation is this: if you have flower petals, bring them!

Celebrating you!
Rev. Sam
Farewell Celebration and Gifts for Rev. Sam
Sunday, June 19, 10:30 am
 
It is time to bid farewell to Rev. Sam. Time to shower her with gifts. Join us in a Farewell Celebration on June 19, at MVUU following the service or by Zoom. Bring your love, expressed in hugs, smiles, words, tears, prayers, poetry. There will be music and food.

What Rev. Sam most wants are your remembrances of our time together. We’ll make this real with a gratitude circle. If you are moved to do so, please bring one remembrance, to share, of a time when something she did or said changed you, such as, “Rev. Sam, I remember when you…” Please craft these stories to 1 minute (60 seconds) so all may share. If you have something lengthier to say, please write it out and give it to her in an email, a card or a letter.  

If your love language is the gift of money, you can show your love for Rev. Sam by contributing to a monetary gift which will enable her to focus on her family as she navigates post-MVUU life (described in her homily: HERE). You may write a check payable to "Samantha Wilson" or bring cash to the June 19 celebration. She modeled so well. Let us now Engage, Love, and Transform Rev Sam’s future.
UU the Vote with UUJAZ
June 23 - June 25, 2022

June 23 at 7:30pm PT: Faith on Fire for Democracy – Rally for UU the Vote
Building on the incredible momentum from 2020 when over 5,000 volunteers in 450 congregations contacted more than 3 million voters, UU the Vote 2022 is ready to fight for a world where all communities are free and thriving. Join UU the Vote for this special multi-platform event! Featuring a live performance by Emma’s Revolution and special guests, our UU the Vote team is excited to share this time of inspiration, strategy, and grounding. Sign up here!
 
June 24 at 1:45pm PT: Program #311 Learn to UU the Vote in 2022
Join us for our UU the Vote GA Workshop online in the Whova app or in person at Ballroom 201-202 in the Oregon Convention Center as we dig deeper into our UU
the Vote state strategy and the organizing tools we will be using through November. Led by our Campaign Manager, JaZahn Hicks and joined by partners across the country, we will discuss the races and initiatives we are watching and organizing for and why you should get involved. NOTE: General Assembly virtual registration required to view online.
 
June 25 at 12:30pm PT: Letter Writing Party
Join us for our UU The Vote @ GA Letter Writing Party! Here, we will be joined by our partner Vote Forward to learn how to write letters to voters and how to host our own letter writing parties. After the training, we will write letters and fellowship together as a community. Note: GA registration required to participate in person, which will occur at the Willamette 1AB Ballroom in the Hyatt Regency.
This event is hybrid! Sign up here
Parenting of Preschoolers (POPS)
Grown Ups Meet Up
Saturday, June 25, 1 pm

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 connection. We hope that you join and share with us.
Meeting ID: 975 7892 4511 
Passcode: 973902 
Bookaholics Unanimous
Tuesday, June 28, 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. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, June 28. We will talk about the book, How Beautiful We Were, by Imboio Mbue. If you are interested in learning more about the book group and Zoom, Email Anne Leonard or call her at (520) 307-8045.
We the people need your help!
Sunday, July 3 (DATE DUE)

The July 17 service will feature original pieces by MVUU members and friends around the theme of “We the people: What makes me me.” We welcome submissions of prose, poetry, dramatic pieces, and music. Exercise your creativity and let your imagination run wild! Each piece should be no longer than 5 minutes and may be performed live or pre-recorded. If you are interested in taking part in this service, please Email Debbie Roberts a brief synopsis of what you intend to do by July 3.
MVUU's New LGBTQ+ Affinity Group

MVUU is a WELCOMING CONGREGATION, having affirmed and prepared to welcome any and all LGBTQs with open arms and hearts. Many LGBTQ+are already actively involved in our congregation. For those wanting to speak to someone from the church about LGBTQ+ issues or community, feel free to email MVUU's affiliated minister, Rev. Christiane Heyde or text (520) 393-9960.
Check Out Our New MVUU Library

……YOUR GUIDE TO A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATION OF OUR UU PRINCIPLES AND VALUES

Our library is a great resource for adults and youth delving into the topics that are of particular concern to UUs. These include Unitarianism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Eastern thought (Buddhism, Taoism) and philosophies such as humanism. Specific topics include religion and science, personal spirituality, death and dying, social justice, church leadership, environment, feminist spirituality, gender identity, immigration/border issues, mythology, Native Americans, parenting, personal growth, philosophy/ethics, politics/government, and race relations. Everything is clearly labeled with easy instructions for use.

We rely on donations and welcome all book donations. Books outside the scope of the library will be sold with proceeds going to support the library. Bring us your novels. They sell well. 

The Library Committee, Anne Leonard, Connie Armstrong, Kaaren Boothroyd
June Woven Basket Partner: UUJAZ

The Unitarian Universalist Arizona Network (UUJAZ) connects UUs across Arizona to be more effective in promoting social justice. UUJAZ nurtures social justice programs in congregations, connects congregations across the state, connects congregations to other organizations, and energizes UUs to heal the state through justice work by identifying opportunities at the state legislature. Inspired by our faith we are moved to effective action. Recently UUJAZ has been the coordinator for UU the Vote. It works to help groups dealing with Immigration, Criminal justice; LGBT concerns and equality; Climate Justice; and is coordinating the UUA series of Beloved Conversations.

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 in the memo line.
REMINDERS
The Sunday Book Group on Zoom
Sunday Mornings, 8:15 am
We are currently reading and discussing our new book, Reconsidering Reparations: Philosophy of race, by Olúfhemi O. Táíwò. For questions or to join, Email John Clark
Men's Night Out (Virtual)
Tuesdays, 7 pm
Join us for Men's Night Out, every Tuesday evening via Zoom. Click to Join Zoom For more information Email Phil Troyer
Chronic Pain & Support Group
The Chronic Pain & Support Group will be on hiatus for the summer months starting in June and will be returning in November. See you again in the Fall!
MVUU Choir Hiatus
The MVUU Choir is taking the summer off! We will gather together again starting back up in the Fall. Stay tuned for details coming in August.
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 Beth Williams or Email Connie Casebolt
Sign Up for Amazon Smile
How to Sign Up for Amazon Smile Once you do, make sure you always use www.smile.amazon.com. To support MVUU, you must specify, Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist.
Come Together for Democracy
Please sign the Arizonans for Fair Elections petition,
Sign after in-person MVUU services, or at other locations, which you can find at AZFE.org.  Email Bob Wallace or call him at (414) 617-3914.
Welcoming & Hospitality Volunteers Needed
Sharing a few minutes of your Sunday morning will create an atmosphere of care and community. Please consider volunteering June through Nov. Thank you! Sign Up Here!
Come Play with MVUU's AV Team!
MVUU is committed to creating multi-platform services. We need you to help. Come play and learn with us.
Start Spreading the News!
The MVUU Bulletin Board is ready to go. To submit your flyers/announcements, Email Kaaren Boothroyd or put in them in the Bulletin Board Team inbox just outside Erin's office.
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, June 24. Submit articles to editor@mvuu.org by 12 pm, Monday, June 20. No Exceptions. Articles may not exceed 250 words. Thank you.