MVUU Newsletter
Sept 16, 2022
Weekly Calendar

Saturday, Sept 17
Be Prepared to VOTE! 
8 am MVUU Patio

Sunday, Sept 18
Sunday Book Group Online

Sunday Service & Fellowship Hour (In Person and via Zoom)
The Toasted Bagel, led by Rev. Matthew Funke Crary and Samar Adi
10:30 am Join Zoom

Monday, Sept 19
Baja 4 Climate Justice Team
6 pm Join Zoom

Tuesday, Sept 20
Men's Night Out
7 pm Join Zoom

Saturday, Sept 24
Grown Ups Meet Up
1 pm Join Zoom

Grown Ups Gaming
MVUU's Current COVID status is Low Risk

Our building is open. Sunday services are in-person and/or 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.
President's Column

Looking at the future...
Now that your board has developed a comprehensive plan for required board actions for the remainder of our fiscal year, we look forward to the opportunities available over the expand our footprint in Tucson and Arizona. We now have many vital resources in place….a beautiful and functional building, a dynamic minister, active social justice initiatives, a healthy financial picture and much energy for looking to our future. 

One of our initiatives is to develop solutions to the likelihood of a parking crunch on Sunday mornings. We are also receiving a lot of ideas for various groups to form and enact social justice, community and building use by outside parties. We hope to soon fill several roles in religious education and audio/visual areas. 

We are deeply appreciative of our greeters, hospitality and PA committees for the quality and steadfastness of their work. Our staff continues to be a rich resource in music, children’s programming and handling the day to day business of the church. What can we say about the incredible work of the A/V team headed by Lee and Todd McMeeley and all those who have assisted them? Please take time to thank these folks who spend countless hours producing the services on Sunday. 

Many ideas for our future are in the works but too soon to go public. Stay tuned as these ideas are vetted and operationalized!

Tom Sawyer, MVUU President
How to Reach Rev. Matthew

As Rev. Matthew learns the rhythms and patterns of our congregational life he is present at MVUU most days. Please contact him directly if you would like to schedule an in- person, Zoom virtual, or phone meeting. Email Rev. Matthew Funke Crary or (520) 370-3013.
You Are Invited!

We want your involvement!!! Do you know of someone you worked with on a recent project, and you think they would be great in a leadership position? Would you like to participate in the decision making of the Board, as a member of Endowment or Nominating, or even as a leader in a committee? Please let us know!

We are the Nominating Committee that works year-round, behind the scenes at MVUU! Our three members were elected by the MVUU Congregation to identify and invite leaders for the elected posts on the Board, the Endowment Committee and the Nominating Committee itself. Your congregation has trusted Nominating to present an appropriate slate for vote each Spring at the MVUU Annual Meeting.

Besides finding apt candidates for the elected posts, the Nominating Committee reformed its mission last year to include seeking new leaders from among our members, looking ahead beyond the immediate posts for the next election cycle. We also want to invite participants in outside Leadership Development Workshops.   

Members of Nominating each serve a three-year term, rotating off one member, and adding one member each year. Pi Irwin is the current Chair of Nominating, in her third year, Anne Tatum is a member in her second year. Mary Nell Hoover has begun her first year.

Starting next month, the Nominating Committee will feature short articles on MVUU’s individual leaders in our newsletter. We are such a rich mixture of wisdom and experiences. We have room for many leaders and there are many opportunities to take turns!

Pi Irwin, Nominating Committee Chair
Anne Tatum
Mary Nell Hoover
MVUU Music is Back!

All the music programs (the choir, soloists for services, music associates, song leader program, and so forth) have started for Fall! If you have any interest in being a part of music at MVUU please Email Chris Tackett, our Music Director.
Mindfulness Meditation Class
The beginning of freedom is the realization 
that you are not “the thinker”.
The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a 
tiny aspect of that intelligence.
You also realize that all the things that truly matter—
beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace—
arises from beyond the mind.

You begin to awaken.
Eckhart Tolle

Sharon Bottorff and I would like to establish a Mindfulness Meditation practice that will be lead by numerous participants. It will consist of fifteen minutes of welcoming, twenty-five minutes of sitting, ten minutes of walking and twenty-five minutes of sitting. The practice will end with a Metta Sutta, Loving Kindness Invocation. Participants are not required to stay for the entire hour but may quietly leave anytime after the first sitting and before the last sitting commences.

Mindfulness Meditation sessions will occur weekly at MVUU. No day or time has been chosen at this point. Interested participants will be asked to complete a survey (Doodle Poll) to determine the day and time to best meet. Mindfulness Meditation will commence the last week of October, after the Doodle Poll.

*Varying levels of meditation experience are welcomed and encouraged to attend. For more information, please Email Bonnie Grant Baird or Email Sharon Bottorff.

in the lives of this family!
A Haitian Family seeking asylum in the US. They have risked everything for a chance at safety in the US including travelling for 6 years through 11 South & Central American countries.
  • In or near your home (or of someone you know)
  • Mid-late October 2022
  • Housing needed for 6 months to 1 year
  • Needs to be within walking distance of a grocery store!
  • Current host describes them as quiet, friendly, independent, very responsible & a joy to be around
Please Contact: Cheri D May
CONTIGO, an Interfaith Immigration Justice Ministry
(612) 750-6747
Be Prepared to VOTE! 
Saturday, Sept 17, 8 am

Come Saturday, Sept 17, 8 - 10 am to the MVUU Patio, 3235 W. Orange Grove Rd. Community speakers will give 6 mins. summaries of the Constitutional Amendments, Citizen Initiative, and Referenda that will be on the November 2022 ballot. 

Coffee served! There is time for Q & A also!!!
Bring friends and neighbors, email widely.....Thank you!

From 8 am - 12 pm you may sign petitions and have petitions notarized in the Patio as usual. Coffee served!

For your convenience, the attached sheet is for your notes and decisions.

Elizabeth Van Horn, The Democracy Project
Baja 4 Climate Justice Team
Monday, Sept 19, 6 pm

Calling all Climate Warriors! Join with us as we seek to find our place in the fight for a livable and sustainable environment. We are just forming and so you can help us shape our mission as a team which “seeks environmental justice, beloved community and the flourishing of all life” (as so well put by the UUMFE
Meeting ID: 924 9453 2534
Passcode: 973902
Pastoral Care Team Invitation
Wednesday, Sept 21, 10:30 am

MVUU’s Pastoral Care Team invites you to join us for
“Compassionate Care with Healthy Boundaries”
Mountain Vista UU in the Mesquite Room
September 21, 2022
10:30 am - 12 pm

Brought to us by Interfaith Community Services our September woven basket partners. Led led by Dr. Tandala Kidd this 90 minute workshop speaks to those who take care of others and helps them learn how to give care while setting secure healthy boundaries. Please Email Rev. Matthew Funke Crary to RSVP.
Parenting of Preschoolers (POPS)
Grown Ups Meet Up
Saturday, Sept 24, 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 connect to those around us. We hope that you join and share with us.

Meeting ID: 975 7892 4511 
Passcode: 973902
Grown Ups Gaming
Saturday, Sept 24, 3 pm
UUCT 4831 E. 22nd St  

Who says that game play ends when you’re an adult? Not us! This game day is geared to those ages 12+ who want to play a variety of table-top games. Lords of Water Deep? Yes! Wingspan? Yes! Azul? Yes! Century Spice Road? Yes! Bring your favorite and come teach it to us. 
Kids younger than 12 are more than welcome to attend, but we don’t have child care for this day. We do have access to the playground, so we can work together for some time to play with the kids and time to let them play. 
We will stop for a break when we get peckish to order a pizza (vegetarian option available, but no gluten free). Bring a side to share!

Bookaholics Unanimous
Tuesday, Sep 27, 2 pm

We are a group of enthusiastic readers who meet the last Tuesday of the month at 2 pm by zoom. We select a variety of books based on what has intrigued members. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, September 27. The book is The Lincoln Highway by Armor Towles. If you are interested in learning more about the group contact Anne Leonard: Email Anne Leonard  or (520) 307-8045.
The Loft Cinema Movie Event: Jack Has a Plan
Sunday, Oct 2, 2 pm

Featuring an in-person Q&A with director Bradley Berman!

Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary, Dances with Films Festival, Los Angeles

The Loft Cinema presents the Arizona premiere of Jack Has a Plan. The film, produced over six years, was inspired by Jack Tuller’s keen desire to document and share his end-of-life story. Jack wanted to remove the taboos associated with discussions about death and dying — and to create the most honest and uplifting case study about how to approach our final days with sincerity, openness, and gratitude.

Jack was a budding San Francisco musician and then his life was forever altered in 1994: he was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor and given six months to live. He faces this diagnosis for the next 25 years.

At 55, Jack can no longer work and enlists his close friend, filmmaker Bradley Berman, to document his condition. Jack’s predicament propels him on a quest to make amends with his estranged mother, find the biological father he never knew and deal with the grief of his in-laws and a multitude of friends.

Jack Has a Plan is both intimate and moving, as the filmmaker and the subject weigh the implications and questions that arise from exploring Jack’s end of life options. The uplifting and funny story invites viewers to reflect on life’s most universal topic: death.

For More Information Click Here

Sponsors: Roots & Roads Foundation, Death with Dignity and Compassion & Choices.

September Woven Basket Partner:
Interfaith Community Services (ICS)

While much has changed over the years, our focus at Interfaith Community Services remains consistent. Today, ICS continues to passionately pursue a single mission: to help people in need achieve stable, healthy, and independent lives.

Seniors and disabled individuals will have transportation, meals and caregiving services available to them in order to remain independent in their homes. People in financial crisis will have a compassionate place to turn for vital services that help stabilize their housing, employment, food, and healthcare situations.

Our clients and the community at large will gain better access to community resources, social support, education, and information to make informed decisions.
Volunteers, faith communities and supporters will have a place to serve their neighbors in need.

Here are just a few ways we are able to help our community:

  • Emergency Financial Assistance Program
  • Covid Relief Funds
  • Workforce Development Centers
  • ISC Food Bank
  • Caregiving for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Mobile Meals

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 in the memo line.
Sunday Book Group Online
Sundays, 8:15 am
Our new book is, Mine!: How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives, by Michael Heller and James Salzman. For more information contact John Clark at Email John Clark.
Love In Action
Mondays, Now through Oct 13, 6:30 pm
Let's Talk About the 2023 Changes to Our UU Principles, Sources, and Purpose. Join the Baja 4 Congregations 
(Mountain Vista, Borderlands, Tucson, and Sky Island)
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
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. Got Questions? Email Pi Irwin
We are a Welcoming Congregation, inviting and celebrating all LGBTQs in all areas of our community. For those wanting to speak to someone from the church about LGBTQ+ issues or community, email or text MVUU's affiliated minister, Rev. Christiane Heyde (520) 393-9960.
Volunteer with MVUU!
If you are a part of a volunteer team or would like to join others supporting our community, please click on
Volunteer with MVUU for More Information and to Sign Up!
Fellowship Hour Goodies & Treats Sign Up
We now are ready to welcome the congregation's participation via the Fellowship Hour Goodies Sign Up for each week. We cater to those with special food preferences and request only one to two items per category. Thank you!
ABC's of Abolition
Join UUJAZ to talk about how abolition is a part of our UU values, and how an abolitionist movement is moving us towards liberation. Click HERE to Sign Up
Sign Up for Amazon Smile
How to Sign Up for Amazon Smile. To support MVUU, you must specify, Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist.

Interfaith Community Services
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, Sept. 23. Submit articles to by 12 pm, Monday, Sept 19. No Exceptions. Articles may not exceed 250 words. Thank you.