OUR MISSION: TO WELCOME, CARE FOR, AND INSPIRE

November 22, 2019
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Upcoming Events
Sunday, November 24, 1pm
Sunday Service: Let Us Be Resilient, Rev. Samantha Wilson
Event: Sunday Book Group, 10 am

Tuesday, November 26
Event: Bookaholics Unanimous, 2 pm

Sunday, December 1
Sunday Service: Karma and the Black Swan , Jim Donnelly

Tuesday, December 3
Event: Tucson Arts Tour, 1 pm

Friday, December 6
Event: First Friday Hike, Time - TBD

Sunday, December 8
Sunday Service: Begin Again, Rev. Samantha Wilson, 1 pm
Event: Holiday Card Party, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Spiritual Path
Minister's Message

This Sunday, you celebrated a historic vote to purchase a new building. 

This community accomplished that with engagement, curiosity and trust. This is a time to notice and thank each other, celebrate each other’s hard work and begin again with one another. As I shared in the Sunday reflection-- the task is to be a people who do not finally arrive anywhere, but who are always arriving, surprised and grateful at the not-inevitable inevitable of being alive and being related. Congratulations!

We are entering the season of sacred holidays-- cooler weather and big cultural stories. Each of us relates to this time differently-- for some, this is a time of celebration and re-connection, for others, a time of remembering what was and what isn’t. For most of us it is both. In our time together, we will welcome all of it: the joy of this time of year, the sorrow of this time of year and the common project we are committed to-- our growth as individuals and as a spiritual community that matters to us and matters to the world. 

Our theme for December is Begin Again . We will engage different cultural and religious holiday stories and learn from each about what it means to be resilient, hopeful and connected-- even when it seems like hope may be lost. 

I am grateful to be on this hopeful journey with you.

With all my care,

Rev. Samantha

P.S. - The poem from this Sunday is posted on my blog I hope it supports those of you who are also in a time of transition, and reminds us of how far you have all come in your shared transition time. 
Sign Up Now to Learn in 2020!
 
MVUU’s Adult Education and Exploration Committee is pleased to offer a variety of adult education opportunities - both religious and nonreligious - to members, friends, and the wider community.
 
Enriching Our Lives with Birds
Saturday, Jan 4, 9 am – 12 pm
Tuesday, Jan 14 & Saturday, Jan 18, 8 am – 10 am Field Trips
Facilitators: Ray Deeney & Jim Gessaman
Birds can positively impact our lives in various ways. Two experienced guides help you understand how the birds of SE Arizona enrich us. You will practice the skills for identifying various wild bird species and then enjoy local (not strenuous) field trips.
For More Information, contact Jim at  jim.gessaman@gmail.com
 
Explore African American Literature
Jan 11 & 25, Feb 8 & 22, 10 am – 11: 30 am
See article below for more details!
 
Exploring Taoism and the Taoist Healing Arts
Mondays, Jan 13 – Feb 17, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Facilitators: Elizabeth Reed & Bill Casey
Often called the path to harmony, Taoism is an ancient Chinese philosophy. We will discuss its history and teachings and sample the healing arts of qi gong, tai chi and Taoist meditation. Participants will consider selected passages from the Tao De Ching and share their knowledge, thoughts and questions.
For More Information, contact Elizabeth at  reedeliz@gmail.com
 
Good Grief! Dealing with the Inevitable
Saturday, Mar 7, 10 am to noon; Monday, Mar 9, 1 pm to 3 pm
Facilitator: Michelle Vedus-Deeney, M.A., M.ED.
The experience of loss can be terrifying, but being prepared can decrease the dread and perhaps use the experience of loss and death to enrich our personal journey. This presentation explores grief: what it is, how to manage it, and tools to help us cope. 
 
Donations are requested to offset costs. Suggested $5 members, $10 non-members
All classes meet at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church.
Explore African American Literature
Saturdays, Jan 11 & 25, Feb 8 & 22, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
 
The African American contribution to our American culture is immeasurable. This study group will focus on their contributions to the written word: fiction, non-fiction, poetry and some other famous words. It combines a crash course in history for context but with a generous helping of literature. The sessions will be participatory discussions. While we cannot cover all the books in the bibliography, you will have it to continue reading on your own. Although Anne will be covering the more major figures, the group can decide what they want to read individually as well. Consider it an organized book club discussion.
 
To Register contact Anne Leonard   anne@alartworks.com   or (520) 307-8045. Respond by e-mail and she will register you and immediately send you a short list of suggested interesting books. You do not have to read them all before coming to the first meeting! You may have read some of them already.

Donations are requested to offset costs. Suggested $5 members, $10 non-members
All classes meet at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church.
Governance
Congregational Vote Results

On Sunday, November 17, the MVUU Congregation voted to approve the purchase of the building at 3235 W. Orange Grove Road, currently the furniture store Antigua de Mexico . The vote was 69 for purchase to 2 against purchase.

This will be accomplished with existing MVUU building funds, from the sale of the Cromwell property, donations from the Capital Campaigns and with a $500,000 loan from Mid-First Bank. Closing is set for December 16 and we will gain access to the property, at the latest, after January 16. Phase I of remodeling to meet county regulations will be completed, we anticipate, by the end of April 2020.

Let us thank each other for the wonderful support and patience we have shown over the process. There will be more to do in the months ahead! Stay tuned for updates!!!!
 
Anne Tatum, President
MVUU Board
Project Management Team Update
 
Our Team is thrilled the congregation voted overwhelmingly to approve the purchase of our new home. Thank you! 
 
Our next team responsibility is to consult with the architect and general contractor on any design decisions for Phase One:
 
Here’s the Scope:
 
1. Build a space for the sanctuary including removing the large raised
entryway, redirecting HVAC ductwork, associated electrical changes and
reworking the front doors. The resulting space will bring the entire main floor to
one accessible level. No stairs!
 
 2. Provide an area for classrooms including adding an exit door to the west
(no construction except as required to provide private access to bathrooms).

 3. Upgrade bathrooms if necessary.

 4. Provide office spaces for the minister and congregational administrator.

 5. Provide an area for a social room in the east wing (no construction except
assuring access to bathrooms).
 
We will contract to have the patio paved after we gain occupancy. That will be in either 30 or 60 days, depending if the Seller decides to stay one more month.
 
We consider the two upstairs rooms and bathroom to be  Bonus Rooms . The congregation will use them as they are able.
 
Excited!
 
Jane Paul, Chair
Project Management Team
Endowment Committee Update

Slightly over a year ago I was asked to consider being on the Endowment Committee. As I took on the duties and started to understand the scope of what it entailed, I realized how valuable a role endowments can play in the congregation's future. As those of us on the committee worked together, we realized there may be a lack of knowledge of its purpose and role in the congregation. We wanted to provide an introduction as well as communicate plans both short and long term. 

The Endowment Committee manages and monitors the endowment fund which is comprised of the principal and growth from investing that principal. Members since the congregation's founding have donated for various reasons: bequests, gifts and memorials. The principal of the endowment fund is considered a permanent fund and per the bylaws can only be liquidated by a two-thirds majority vote of the congregation. The purpose of the fund was to be a long-term income generator that could be used to fund special projects that further the congregation’s mission.
 
The interest from endowment funds are another revenue stream that serves our long-term vision; a percentage of the growth is available every year for qualifying projects (up to 5%). The limitations are that funds can’t be used for day-to-day operating expenses. This year the Endowment Committee voted to distribute $1,604 for support of the book fair as well as help with registrations for the January UUA Leadership workshop.   
 
There are three endowment committee members who meet quarterly and monitor funds as well as vote on distributing for special projects. Our short-term goal is to increase congregational knowledge of endowments and start conversations on ways to increase the principal. Our long-term vision includes putting those ideas into practice -- for example possibly through having Remembrance Days as well as recognizing those who have donated. 
 
Samar Adi, Chair
Endowment Committee
Fellowship
Sunday Morning Book Group
Sunday, Nov 24, 10 am at The Fountains

Our current book is  Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth  by Rachel Maddow. We will be reading and discussing consecutive sections of  Blowout  through 
December 15 except for the Sunday after Thanksgiving, i.e. Dec 1, when we will  NOT  meet. For more information contact  John Clark  at alvinjclark@aol.com .
Bookaholics Unanimous
 Tuesday, Nov 26, 2 pm

We are a group of enthusiastic readers who meet the last Tuesday of the month at 2 pm. There is a change in schedule for November and December. The November meeting will be on the 26th at 2 pm, when we will decide on our book selections for 2020. In December, we will discuss the final book for 2019,  Things Fall Apart  by Chimua Achebe. That meeting will be held on December 10. If you are interested, new to the group, and need directions to the meeting contact  Anne Leonard at  anne@alartworks.com   or (520) 307-8045.
Tucson Art Tours Coming Up for MVUU!
Tuesdays, Dec 3 & 10, 1 pm
 
Join us for a one-hour public tour of the new Tucson Museum of Art Exhibit:  The Western Sublime, on Dec 3 and Dec 10, both at 1 pm . Meet at the Visitor's Desk.
 
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
TMA is built within the original territories of the O'Odham people. Ofelia Zepeda, U of A professor and poet, creates conversational moments as her poetry displayed within the exhibit and offers her personal perspective of the indigenous people who inhabited the land we now call Tucson.
 
The exhibit includes works from European artists active in the late to mid-1800's AND recent works by members of various western tribes. The rich blend of work displayed creates new conversations from diverse perspectives about our contemporary landscapes in fresh artistic styles. 
 
It also raises several questions: What is sublime ? What is our relationship to the landscape we call home? How has it changed over time?
 
TO SIGN UP
Please contact Elizabeth Van Horn to reserve a spot on the tour which is limited to 12 by emailing elizabethvh777@gmail.com or calling (541) 771-9993. 
 
The museum is at 140 North Main Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for visitors over 65 years, $7 for college age and free for all under 17 years and TMA members.
 
Another Opportunity to EXPLORE
Elizabeth will also be giving a one-hour tour of the Corbett House at 1 pm, Saturday, Dec 21 and 1 pm, Saturday, Dec 28. It is a 4,000 square foot home owned by the Tucson Museum of Art and is a living museum of an Arts and Crafts of a home in the early 1900's at Christmas time. 
MVUU Hikers Please Take Note
Friday, Dec 6, Time TBD

In order to hike on Dec 6, I need a volunteer to co-lead with me. Bob Seyfried is still in Illinois with his sister who is ill. My lack of direction requires me to have a co-leader. If you willing to co-lead a hike, please email or text me ASAP. Contact S usan Calder at (262) 939-1260 or scalder3812@gmail.com
Pastoral Care

Life’s not always easy. Know that you are not alone.
Reach Out To Pastoral Care today.
Coffee Baristas Sign Up
 
Baristas Needed for Sunday, Nov 24!  

It’s also time to sign up for December Barista Shifts! Help us plan ahead and sign up now. Many thanks.

Contact Erin Chadwell   administrator@mvuu.org  - Training is available - just ask!
Justice Outreach
Justice Action at MVUU

Under the leadership of MVUU’s Justice Coordinating Committee, our congregation has identified four primary issues for study and action: 

Environmental Concerns:  Protecting the Earth from the effects of climate change

Immigration: Aiding cross-border migrants and calling for humane immigration reform

Gun Violence / Gun Safety:  Calling for background checks on all gun purchases

Democracy: Working in a non-partisan manner for fair, open, and competitive elections

Four teams have been formed to educate, communicate and encourage action. Each team will share in this newsletter specific issues, initiatives and organizations that provide background and ways for you to respond. 
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We begin today with information from the Gun Violence / Gun Safety Team, to introduce you to the Giffords Law Center:

At Giffords Law Center, our legal experts research, write, and defend the laws, policies, and programs proven to save lives from gun violence.

Here’s what they have to say about Better Background Checks:

America needs background checks on every gun sale.
Nearly 40,000 people died from gun violence in 2017. A universal background check requirement will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and save lives.

The US House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, also known as H.R. 8, to close dangerous loopholes and require a background check for every gun sale. Now it’s the Senate’s turn to pass background checks and get a bill to the president’s desk.


Want to join MVUU’s Gun Violence / Gun Safety Team? Contact Richard Kopp at richardkopp@mac.com .
YOU ARE INVITED! HOLIDAY CARD PARTY!
Sunday, Dec 8, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

SPEND SOME HOLIDAY CHEER GIVING HOPE TO MIGRANTS 
  
What: Holiday Card Party where we will be sending holiday cards to the migrant inmates in detention/jail in Eloy and Florence, Arizona.
 
Appetizers and drinks will be provided!
 
Sample messages will be provided in Spanish, French and English, as suggestions for your holiday messages of hope.
 
Why: These folks need an uplifting message during a very dismal holiday season in their lives. Also, you will come away moved by the personal stories of what it is like to be in detention and what we can do, on the outside, to be a source of support, hope and strength.
 
Where: 13956 N. Trade Winds Way, Oro Valley 85755, home of Cheri Desmond May and Allen Desmond.
 
Bring: Holiday cards that are appropriate—no glitter is allowed in Eloy; no cards with Santa or lots of presents (not helpful for these folks); cards with a religious theme are fine, although not always on target.
 
Who: Everyone is invited, MVUU folks, friends, others with an open heart, wanting to share a message of hope to those in need of it this holiday season.
 
There will be a short program 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm given by Cecelia Valenzuela Gee about the realities of detention at Eloy and Florence. Cecelia has been a devoted volunteer with the Mariposa Visitation Project for several years and brings a wealth of information and personal accounts of the many folks she has spent time with. Hopefully Rocio Calderon will also join us. She spent 23 months in Eloy a couple of years ago and her story is very moving.
Tax Credit Time to Benefit Flowing Wells School District

Time is drawing near to make your year-end contribution to Flowing Wells School District and get an Arizona tax credit of up to $400. Since 2008, MVUU has collected checks for the benefit of the Flowing Wells School District. This is a win-win situation. You get a credit for the amount you donate, up to $400, straight off your Arizona Income tax and the school gets money for extracurricular activities. For details see Bill Casey after Practice or contact him at bill.casey@mvuu.org.
Interfaith Community Services Food Bank
Look for the Interfaith Community Services Basket most every Sunday on your way into services and drop off your donation.

MOST NEEDED:
  • Pop-top cans of SpaghettiOs, chili and ravioli
  • Canned meat, tuna and soups (pop-top cans)
  • Instant mashed potatoes, rice, dry pasta
  • Spaghetti sauce in cans, canned fruits and vegetables

When you drop off food directly to the ICS Food Bank, please mention MVUU so we get credit. This ongoing activity supports our Justice Outreach focus. Contact Bill Casey at bill.casey@mvuu.org for questions.

November Woven Basket Partner:

UU JUSTICE FOR ARIZONA (UUJAZ)

The mission of UUJAZ 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.

We support individual congregations to establish strong social justice programs grounded in our UU faith tradition, and help them expand circles of connection within the congregation, between the congregation and the local community, and among Unitarian Universalists across the state and nation.
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