July 5, 2019
The next newsletter will be published July 19 . Submit articles to Editor@mvuu.org by 6 pm July 17 . Articles may not exceed 250 words.
Upcoming Events
Sunday, July 7, 1 pm
Sunday Service: Patriotism? Christiane Heyde

In this post-July-4th sermon, Rev. Christiane Heyde will share thoughts about our country, patriotism, and national pride.   

Thursday, July 11, 6:30 pm
Event: Exploring Flavors

Sunday, July 14, 1 pm
Sunday Service: Got Questions? , Matthew Crary

Tuesday, July 30, 2pm
Event: Bookaholics

Thursday, August 1, 6pm
Event: SAZCUUPS Lammas Ritual
Spiritual Path
SAZCUUPS Lammas Ritual

Thursday, August 1

Join SAZCUUPS for a gathering celebrating both the annual harvest and the awesome power of storms. Participants will have the opportunity to communally celebrate the accomplishments and bounties of the summer and to prayerfully contemplate the recent monsoon season and the start of the hurricane season. Ritual is at UUCT at 6pm. Childcare available upon request; email Jamili at DRE.uuct@gmail.com.
President's Column

Welcome to a new year in the life of Mountain Vista UU! I am honored that you have elected me to be your Board President for the next two years. It will be a time for us all to roll with changes…a new Interim Minister, our rented space and the possibility of finding a home as we continue the search, an almost new Board, plus other leadership changes.

Both Pi Irwin , Vice President, and Paula Lipsitz , Secretary, continue on our Board. Besides having proven themselves to be strong Board members, they have experience of recent Board issues. We welcome new Board members:  Conrad Paul , Treasurer; Bill Casey , Trustee; Ann Bowling , Trustee; and Bob Seyfried , Trustee. Each has a long background in UU congregations here and elsewhere.

The Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 15, at the MVUU office. We will use Zoom to link in Board members who are out of town.

Good communication is important to me. I promise to listen to you. When you have concerns or congregation business, please send them to my MVUU mailbox, anne.tatum@mvuu.org . My phone number is in Breeze.  

We are looking forward to the arrival of our Interim Minister, Rev. Samantha Wilson , who will greet us from the pulpit on September 1! From my recent reading and talking with Rev. Samantha, I know there is much more to this interim role than the spiritual direction; it is about us, who we are, and about working with us to achieve the directions that we want.

We have a Transition Team led by Tom Sawyer , and it includes Paula Lipsitz , Samar Adi , David Greene and Lisa Ponder-Gilby ! Yes, most of these volunteers were on the Interim Search team and already had an introduction to Rev. Samantha. They will help her in her housing search and planning. They also will arrange activities, starting in September, when you each will have a chance to talk with her in small groups. I am thankful for these volunteers to ease our way.

This is a time for us to step up and own our congregation. Our combined energy is what really makes the community work.

Anne Tatum , MVUU President
Our New Interim Minister

In case you missed the special e-mail announcement regarding our new Interim Minister, please check your inbox, or ask Congregational Administrator Erin Chadwell to send it to you again. Get to know Rev. Samantha Wilson by visiting her website which includes sermon videos and so much more!

Mark your calendars! She'll be in the pulpit on Sunday, September 1!
Exploring Flavors
Thursday, July 11 6:30 pm

Let's try Charro Vida for their evening menu. Last month a few of us enjoyed the lunch options. Dinners also focus on vegetables. Meats may be ordered in addition, if desired.

7109 N. Oracle Road
Tucson, AZ 8570
 (Just south of Whole Foods, Oracle and Ina)

Please RSVP to Ann Bowling at (815) 209-0413 call or text
MVUU Movies at the Loft

Please join us this summer for a film each month at the Loft. Descriptions of each feature will be sent via email along with the name of chosen restaurant for a before or after treat. If you would like to be included on this email distribution list, please contact Bonnie Grant Baird at  BJGRANTB77@gmail.com .
Sunday Morning Book Group
 10 am at The Fountains

We have chosen a new book “The Second Mountain” by David Brooks, but we will not begin discussing it until Sunday September 1. We are taking a 10-week vacation this summer beginning June 23. For more information contact John Clark at  alvinjclark@aol.com .
 Tuesday, July 30 2:30 pm

We are a group of enthusiastic readers who meet the  last Tuesday of the month at 2pm . 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. Our next meeting will be on July 30 The Book is   P achinko by Min Chin Lee. It is about the life of a Korean family in Japan during and after WW II. If you are interested, new to the group and will need directions to the meeting, contact   Anne Leonard at anne@alartworks.com 520-307-8045)
Pastoral Care

Life’s not always easy. Know that you are not alone.
Reach Out To Pastoral Care today.
Coffee Baristas - July Signup   
Contact Erin Chadwell  administrator@mvuu.org Training is available - just ask!
Justice Outreach
Lights For Liberty
Friday, July 12

On July 12th, Lights for Liberty will shine a light on the horrific abuses of the Trump administration in human detention camps.

In Tucson, people will arrive at Jacome Plaza, outside the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, in downtown Tucson, beginning at 7pm. There will be music, speeches, and community education about how to influence our lawmakers to end the abuses.

Our voices will be raised. Our voices will be heard.

At approximately 8:30 pm we will light our candles (battery powered) and glowsticks in solidarity with hundreds of other vigils nationwide. We will end with a solemn procession around the perimeter of the plaza .

For More Information Click on the Links Below:

Interfaith Community Services Food Bank
Please bring a jar of peanut butter, a can of meat (tuna, Spam, etc.) or a can of spaghetti and drop it off in the  ICS Food Basket on the patio  on 2nd & 4th Sundays each month. If MVUU members and friends deliver foods on their own to ICS Food Bank, mention  MVUU   and we will get credit.
Contact Beth Williams  at  uubethnw@gmail.com.
July Woven Basket Partner:  No More Deaths/Keep Tucson Together

No More Deaths is a humanitarian organization based in southern Arizona . We began in 2004 in the form of a coalition of community and faith groups, dedicated to stepping up efforts to stop the deaths of migrants in the desert and to achieving the enactment of a set of Faith-Based Principles for Immigration Reform . We later developed into an autonomous project. Since 2008 we have been an official ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson .
The mission of No More Deaths is to end death and suffering in the Mexico–US borderlands through civil initiative : people of conscience working openly and in community to uphold fundamental human rights. Our work embraces the Faith-Based Principles for Immigration Reform and focuses on the following themes:

  • Direct aid that extends the right to provide humanitarian assistance
  • Witnessing and responding
  • Consciousness raising
  • Global movement building
  • Encouraging humane immigration policy
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