MVUU Newsletter
Aug 27, 2021
Weekly Calendar

Sunday, Aug 29
Sunday Service: Story Interrupted
Led by Rev. Dr. Samantha Wilson
10 am YouTube

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

LGBTQ Event at MVUU!
2 pm Join Zoom

Tuesday, Aug 31
Chronic Pain Support Group
3 pm Join Zoom

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

Wednesday, Sept 1
MVUU Poetry Group

*Please note: Sunday Book Group Online is currently on Summer Break.
Message from the Minister:
Board Transitions Update

Hello Mountain Vista!

Shared leadership and governance is part of our spiritual practice. We believe in the power of leaders from within a community to make the best decisions in collaboration with that community in support of its mission and vision.

With that, I want to update you all on a recent Board transition!

Bill Casey, your elected Board Secretary, recently resigned from his position. We are so grateful for Bill's remarkable service to the Board. During my time with you, he has served as a liaison to our PMT, supported our Justice Coordinating Committee in re-imagining its role in developing vibrant Justice Teams, and co-led with me our Mission and Vision process last year. I am personally grateful to Bill's good humor and his consistent reminder that our mission and vision is the most important "why" of why we come together.

As per our Bylaws, when a Board resignation takes place mid-term, it is the role of the Nominating Committee to nominate a new leader and for the Board to approve the nomination. In light of his resignation, your Nominating Committee discerned a possible replacement for Bill's remaining months of leadership.

We are thrilled to announce that Theda Ellis has accepted the nomination to serve as your Board Secretary, filling Bill Casey's role for the remainder of this year. Theda's nomination was wholeheartedly approved by the Board. We are grateful for Theda's care and attention to our financial well-being and her extensive non-profit experience, her passion for Contigo, and her desire that Mountain Vista thrive in its next phase of life.

I offer my gratitude to Bill Casey, Theda Ellis, our Nominating Committee, and our Board for their leadership, discernment, and service. You all make this community happen.

With joy and thanks,
Rev. Samantha

(P.S. Please sign up for office hours! I have so enjoyed the phone calls, Zoom calls, and in-person visits recently. You do not need a reason or a special topic -- just come because it is good to be connected. Sign up here.)
Good News, Mountain Vista!
Sunday, Aug 29, 2 pm 

A new LGBTQ group has formed and all UUs with any of those or similar initials are welcome to join us. We hope to be a supportive social group that meets periodically to get to know and support one another, as well as to plan enjoyable activities or outings. Our first meeting is on ZOOM, and we will plan other meeting formats and places depending on how safe it is with COVID. We certainly hope to have in person get-togethers, even if outdoors. 

Topic: LGBTQ Group at Mountain Vista UU

Meeting ID: 520 393 9960
Passcode: UU
Message to Veterans in the Baja 4

Your ministers are thinking about you! We would like to offer a space where veterans in the Baja 4 can meet each other and be introduced to one another. We promise connection, care, and possibly treats.

Please email Rev. Samantha Wilson to get connected.
Bookaholics Unanimous
Last Tuesday of every Month, Aug 31, 2pm

Join us in reading, Hissing Cousins: the Untold Story of Eleanor and Alice Roosevelt Longworth, written by Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer. If you have questions, Email Anne Leonard or call her at (520) 307-8045.
Chronic Pain Support Group
(Every Other) Tuesday, Aug 31, 3pm

Join MVUU's Chronic Pain & Illness Support Group, every other Tuesday afternoon on Zoom. Come and be in a space of community where there are fresh ears to hear and experiences to share. Join Zoom
Beloved Conversations: Within
Registration Ends Aug 31, 2021

The program’s first phase focused on the individual, personal work we each need to do, and runs in two sections: one for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and one for white people. The Fall 2021 programming runs from September 21st to mid-December. Read about Within here

MVUU Poetry Group
Wednesday, Sept 1, 3 pm

MVUU poets, coming up is another opportunity to share some of your poems in the MVUU Poetry Sharing meeting on Wednesday, Sept 1, 2021 at 3:00 pm on Zoom. You may prepare 1 - 3 poems for reading to the group. If you would like your poems to be displayed with Zoom Screen Sharing as you read them, please Email Alan Harris your poetry a day before the meeting. Listeners are always welcome to attend. We don’t critique the poems as in a workshop, but just enjoy and discuss them. Note that the time of these meetings has been changed to 3:00 pm, first Wednesday of the month.
Climate Justice Focus Group
Starting in September 2021

Are you interested in joining a focus group, for the reimagining of UUJAZ's Climate Justice program? Fill out this poll to choose a time that works for all of us, and we'll meet starting in September!

August Woven Basket: MVUU School Partnerships

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Our MVUU School Partnerships social justice team is helping Laguna and Hendricks Elementary schools with some of their needs. Because our congregation’s new home is within the Flowing Wells Unified School District boundaries, we are reaching out to our neighbors. In this spirit, we work closely with the schools’ principals to identify areas where we can assist. They and their staffs have welcomed our help and look forward to our participation.

You can help by contributing to this month’s Woven Basket. Your contributions will be used to purchase educational materials, school supplies, gift cards and clothing. Over a hundred backpacks and school supplies have already been purchased for students who begin their new school year in early August.

Several of our team members will be assisting teachers in the classroom during the new school year. If you would like to become a member of our team, please Email Chuck Tatum or (520) 262-3270.

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."
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
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
The Sunday Book Group on Zoom
Currently on Summer Break
We will resume meetings on September 5. Be ready to discuss our new book, Noise by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony and Cass R. Sunstein when we return.
SAWUURA in September
Labor Day Weekend
You're Invited! Details at & you must contact Eb Eberlein to make arrangements at (520) 622-6966 (leave a message).
Book GroUUp Fall 2021
Sept 17, 12 pm
Join us on the third Friday of each month at noon. Next book: Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis. Register for Book GroUUp here

School Partnerships
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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