October 23, 2020
MVUU Connected: Radical Welcome
Click the image above for a special message from Rev. Samantha and her turtle. Also, hear a sample of great music at the end of the message from the Night Bloom series!
Have you been considering membership with MVUU? Click here to fill out a membership interest form! Our next New Member Ceremony will take place at the end of October 2020! We can't wait to celebrate your membership with us and your place in our community.
Weekly Online Calendar
Stay Connected this Week...

Sunday, October 25
  • Sunday Book Group Online: Hosted by John Clark - 8:15 am - 9:50 am  The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy by Stephanie Kelton. For the Zoom link, email John at alvinclark@aol.com.
  • Sunday Service Online: "Radical Welcome," Guest Speaker, Alex Kapitan, Led by Rev. Matthew Crary and the Baja 4 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/MVUUCongregation.
  • Fellowship Hour Online and MVUU New Member Welcome Ceremony! Fellowship Hour, 11 am Join Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87417804295. You can also join by phone: dial (253) 215-8782 and enter the Meeting ID: 874 1780 4295 when prompted. Bring paper and a marker to the Zoom call to help us welcome our new members.

Tuesday, October 27

Wednesday, October 28

Thursday, October 29
  • Sing the Spirit: Join us at 6:30 - 7:30 pm Special Guest: Adrian Davis, music educator, gospel musician, composer, and producer! Come to learn, come to sing, come to listen. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81132575970

President’s Column: Making Progress!

Final Work Details, Final Moving Day

We hope to move the contents of the storage units well before Thanksgiving! Moving has to be juggled with work details of the kitchen, now under construction after floors have been finished in the back part of the building. Floor space and room for construction materials has slowed us a bit, yet progress is achieved daily. Jim Gessaman leads the move, with Debbie Roberts coordinating the inside placement with Elizabeth Van Horn.

There will be time needed after moving day for the Ambiance Team to set up the rooms in the building plus final construction work, so we ask your patience with the process. We also await the final permit approval.

Your Board promises brief, small group (masked and distanced) tours when we are ready, even before we can safely use the inside for our programs. The MVUU Board passed a Covid-19 policy for building use at its October 15 meeting. Please read the policy in an article below. This document will be updated as CDC, UUA and Pima County Health guidelines change. 

Baja 4 Statement
The following is a statement of purpose crafted from the Baja 4 Congregation Board Retreat. The MVUU Board voted to accept it this month. We will present it for member approval at our next (TBD) Congregational Meeting: “We transform lives and our region, living our values at large as Unitarian Universalists in Southern Arizona. We derive and amplify our strength through collaboration.”

New Members
Finally, we are thrilled to be welcoming four new members this month at Sunday’s Coffee Hour. They are Theda Ellis, Melanie Landa, Susan Hansen and Tom Karnes. We are so glad you are deepening our relationships!

Anne Tatum, Board President
MVUU Safety Policy for Covid-19

Draft October 8, 2020 Bill Casey, Shekela Wanyama and Anne Tatum

Mountain Vista UU congregants will not use the building until after construction is complete.

Patio  The first space to open to small groups (10 or fewer) will be the patio. At first, users will reserve patio time of no more than 1 hour by informing and confirming the time with Erin Chadwell, MVUU Administrator, Administrator@mvuu.org. Users will bring their own chairs, sanitizer, water, and a table, if needed. Masks must be worn. The building will not be open for restroom use.

Seeing the Building Tours by volunteers from the Board and Project Management Team will be set up for very small groups (6 maximum for about ½ hour). Signups for times will be published. Masks must be worn.

Minister and Staff After all construction is complete, the Administrator and Minister can work in their offices. The Minister will decide when she is ready to meet with congregants at the building. Both the Administrator and the Minister will have air purifiers in their offices. Part-time staff can also set up their work spaces.

Building Use At a date to be decided by the Board, small groups will be able to use spaces in the building for committee meetings, book clubs, etc. There will be protocols: wearing masks, using sanitizer on entering the meeting space, leaving doors open to avoid touching doorknobs and to aid air flow. There may be a limit on the length of use, when we find out more about the rate of air exchange in our system. Reservations must be made with the MVUU Administrator.

We recommend “no touch” soap and towels and seat covers for toilets. Distance marks on the floor should be set up for spacing outside the restrooms.

Services  The Minister, music staff and Pastoral Associates may set up services in the sanctuary for live zoom (or other mode) delivery and conduct these with a limited group of live attendees or not, depending on circumstances. We will follow the guidelines of the CDC, the Pima County Health Department, and the UUA on reopening. We hope to be able to serve everyone on zoom (or other) and in person.
Hand sanitizer should be at the sanctuary doors; hymnals will not be used (words on the TVs) and congregants wear masks. We suggest a couple of “no contact” thermometers to be used by greeters as people enter the building from the front and asking them to space as they enter the sanctuary. The two double side doors through the social hall to the patio are recommended for exit.

Choir Since singing in groups is a super spreader activity, our choir will not perform during the 2020-21 year. The Minister, Music Director, and Pastoral Associates will determine the safety details for musicians and 1-3 singers when they produce services (video, zoom or other) in the building; singers not recommended with live attendees.                                  
Coffee and/or food will not be served at first. With CDC, Pima County Health, and UUA guidelines, we will follow the MVUU food safety guidelines (in another section of the Safety Policy). Masks are to be worn outside after the service, and conversation groups should observe social distance. 
PMT Update: Making Progress at 3235 W. Orange Grove

Every time I visit the new building, I see something that has changed -- a project completed, new furnishings that have arrived, a room that has been painted, new projects begun. It’s exciting! Both the Minster’s and the Administrator’s Office are now almost ready to go with some new furniture and rugs and other furniture donated by the Reineckes.

The plumbing is done and the walls are up in the new kitchen and once the floor is done, the installation of cabinets and appliances will begin. Thanks again to the Seyfrieds for their generous donation which made this possible.

The PPP (Patio Planting Posse), under the leadership of Kathy Kouzmanoff, along with Ambiance Team member Derek Contreras, has been working hard on plans for the garden on the patio which will be revealed soon. All of the irrigation work has been completed. 

The equipment for RE has been ordered along with new round tables for the East Hall and patio which we hope will encourage people to socialize as we did at BSLC. We are about to sign a contract for the outdoor play equipment and will be ordering 15 tons of pea gravel to be used for various purposes. Contractor Scott Chilcote is about to begin putting in the tiles on the stair risers.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in that project. Even though it may seem that progress is slow, we are getting closer to our goal and look forward to the time we can be there together.

Debbie Roberts, PMT Co-Table
Online Donations

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Sing the Spirit!
Thursday, Oct 29, 6:30 pm

Join Shekela for 'Sing the Spirit,' a bi-monthly meeting to explore and experience music that engages the mind and nourishes the spirit. We'll learn new songs, sing old favorites, and hear from invited guest musicians. Sing the Spirit will meet Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm on the following dates: October 29, November 12, and December 10.

Upcoming Sing the Spirit Events:

Thursday, October 29 - Sing the Spirit @ 6:30-7:30pm
Special Guest: Adrian Davis, music educator, gospel musician, composer, and producer

Thursday, November 12 - Sing the Spirit @ 6:30-7:30pm
Unity Church Unitarian + Baja 4 Community Sing - Make new friends and keep the old!

Thursday, December 10 - Sing the Spirit @ 6:30-7:30pm
Dr. Celestino Fernández on corridos - Songs from the borderlands

Also: Hear great music at Night Bloom on Wednesday evenings with Charlie Welty (bass & guitar), Anaida Carquez (singing bowls), and other invited guests.
Wednesday, Oct 28, 6pm

Dear MVUU Friends,

Please join us in educating yourself and discovering ways all of us can show up for asylum seekers in these trying times. This workshop is being designed with us in mind, and promises to be a useful way to further understand what is happening in immigration right now. The MVUU Contigo team needs your support….want to join us?

The First Principle + Immigration Justice: Accompaniment and Dignity
Wednesday, October 28, 6pm

"We affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of all people." The first principle of Unitarian Universalism is a charge, not for charity, but to journey alongside asylum seekers as equals, community members, humans. How do we act for immigration justice in ways that are rooted in restoration of dignity, the dignity our system tries to strip from migrant travelers?
Over the last nine years, Phoenix Restoration Project has created a network of folks accompanying asylum seekers, including UUs from UU Phoenix, Valley UU, Surprise, and West Valley. Hear stories, best practices, and ways to honor dignity of our traveling friends, ask questions and engage in discussion with Mountain Vista's Contigo team.
Sign up here to register and for a Zoom link:
Thanks from the Democracy Team

Thanks to everyone who is helping get out the vote in various ways: mailing, phoning, texting and dropping off materials. Voter turnout is going to be larger than ever.

It seems that many in our congregation have already voted as well having made their considered judgments about the candidates, using their UU values. If you have not yet cast your ballot, the ballot drop-off information is readily available from the Pima County recorder’s office at the link below:

The Democracy Team hopes to continue to bring out issues important to keeping and improving our democracy’s functioning and fairness to all, however the election turns out. Join us! 

Anne Leonard, Mary Nell Hoover, Debbie Gessaman, Joe Scott, and Richard Kopp
Interfaith Community Services

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many congregations are not holding in-house services. This holiday season 1 in 4 children in the Tucson are will not have enough food. ICS has created a faith based program that will allow we folks to still contribute to this huge need.

On November 29, from 12 pm to 2 pm, ICS will have a truck packed at our new church to receive your donations. They will continue to do this each month and perhaps more often until we meet in our new church.

Here is a list of what is needed:

(Fill a bag with)
  • Peanut butter (14 oz. jar)
  • Spaghetti sauce/ pasta
  • Meals in a can, chili, ravioli, etc.
  • Canned meats, tuna, chicken 
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Rice/dry beans
  • Stuffing mix
  • Instant potatoes 
Sunday Book Group Online
Sunday, Oct 25, 8:15 am

On Sunday, October 18, we will begin discussing our new book: The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy by Stephanie Kelton.  

Stephanie Kelton's brilliant exploration of modern monetary theory (MMT) dramatically changes our understanding of how we can best deal with crucial issues ranging from poverty and inequality to creating jobs, expanding health care coverage, climate change, and building resilient infrastructure. Any ambitious proposal, however, inevitably runs into the buzz saw of how to find the money to pay for it, rooted in myths about deficits that are hobbling us as a country. Kelton busts through the myths that prevent us from taking action, e.g. that the federal government should budget like a household and that deficits will harm the next generation."

We’ll be reading this book through mid-November. For more information Contact John Clark at alvinjclark@aol.com
Book-a-Holics Unanimous
Tuesday, Oct 27, 2 pm

We are a group of enthusiastic readers who meet on the last Tuesday of the month at 2PM. We select a variety of books based on what has intrigued members. The next meeting is on Tuesday, October 27 at 2 pm and the book is Eleanor Oliphant is Perfectly Fine, by Gail Honeyman.

We are currently meeting by ZOOM. If you are interested in learning more about the group and perhaps new to ZOOM, Contact Anne Leonard at anne@alartworks.com or call (520) 307-8045.
Men’s Night Out (Virtual)
Tuesday, Oct 27, 7 pm

To those of the male persuasion, push back any isolation or concerns in these challenging times! Join us for a virtual drop-in group Tuesday at 7pm where you can share personal thoughts and ideas in a supportive community of men. No need to sign up, just connect by going online to Zoom or calling in and entering the Meeting ID and passcode number below at the appointed time. Hosted by Tom Sawyer.

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbA7ubzIKB

Meeting ID: 892 5252 4209
Passcode: 911081
Night Bloom: Midweek Meditations at MVUU
Wednesday, Nov 4

7 - 7:30 pm Contemplative Service
7:30 - 8 pm Fellowship

First and Third Wednesdays - October through December 2020, Co-Hosted by Rev. Samantha, Shekela Wanyama, and the Pastoral Associates

The seasons are changing and so many things pull at our attention. Join us for Night Bloom: six services of contemplative music, story, reflection, and fellowship. We will focus on the changing season, the beauty of our chalice, stories that honor the darkness, live music from MVUU musicians and rituals that help us stay present to our lives and our world.

The services are thirty minutes long (7 - 7:30 pm) and occur live over Zoom. An optional fellowship time (7:30 - 8 pm) will follow each service. All are welcome!

Save the Dates! November 4 and 18, and December 2 and 16.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88169411576 (Meeting ID: 881 6941 1576)
October's Woven Basket Partner: UUJAZ

The UUJAZ mission is “to engage Arizona Unitarian Universalists in justice making through strengthening congregational social justice ministries, connecting UU activists and congregations across the state, partnering with like-minded justice organizations, and empowering UUs to work for socially just public policy.”  

MVUU has been a staunch supporter of UUJAZ for many years through our Sunday donations. Please give generously again to help support its important statewide justice outreach work. Learn more about them through their website: https://www.uujaz.org.
How to Donate: You can make your donations online at http://mvuu.org/donate/ or by sending 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".
MVUU's Pastoral Care Team (PCT): We Are Here For You! Reach Out, Be Loved!

All contacts are handled in a confidential manner. We are here when support is needed to help you. We are here to care about your pain, grief, uncertainty and even to help find additional support.

Reach out. Be loved. Contact Pastoral Care today to share how you are.
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