MVUU Newsletter
January 8, 2021
Weekly Calendar

Sunday, Jan 10
Sunday Book Group Online

Sunday Service Online Streaming
10 am Join Us
"Covenants in Times of Uncertainty" with the Baja 4

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

Wednesday, Jan 13
MVUU Poetry Sharing
6:30 pm Email Alan Harris

Thursday, Jan 14
Board Meeting
MVUU Memorial Announcement

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Kathy Pastryk in the early hours of New Year’s Day. Kathy and her husband, Allen, are long-time and dear friends of Richard Kopp and Cynthia Chaffee. Tina Zayhowski, friend and colleague of Kathy’s, brought her to MVUU during our last years at Cromwell Drive. 

Kathy— open, direct, honest, upbeat. And stoical. After an extended month of hospital confinement (not covid-related) she was joyful to be home at last on December 31. Even if just for days of hospice care. Her face lighted up as she lay in bed at home with her husband and children beside her.  

But so soon, before the next day, Kathy passed from this earth.

Words of condolence can be sent to the Family of Kathleen Pastryk at 11650 N. Europa Place, Oro Valley, AZ 85737. Funeral and memorial arrangements are pending. 

Richard and Cynthia
UUCT 2nd Hour
Sunday, Jan 10, 12:15 pm

Please join UUCT for 2nd Hour! It is a once-per-month afternoon of a variety of educational, spiritual, interesting, and fun workshops. To join via Zoom, just click the "Join Class" link below for the class you would like to attend. For more information, click on the UUCT Website: https://uuctucson.org/

Hypnosis with Eve Hady, C.Ht
Age: All

The Fire This Time with Steve Kraynak
Age: 18+

Exploring World Religions with Jamili Omar
Age: 12 +

Modern Druidry with David and SAZCUUPS
Age: All

Shape the Future of Religious Education with Amy Huntereece
Age: All
Sacred Poetry
Monday, Jan 11, 4:30 pm

Join us on January 11 for poetry discussion and reflection. We will review to poems written by Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet.

Night and candle (Big Red Book, p. 249)

One being, and separate beings too (Big Red Book, p. 340)

MVUU Poetry Sharing on Zoom
Wednesday, Jan 13, 6:30 pm

MVUU poets are invited to gather via Zoom on Wednesday, January 13, at 6:30 pm for reading and discussion of their poems. Listeners are also welcome. Poets may prepare 1 to 3 original poems to read to the group. If your poem is in a Word or PDF file, you will be able to use the “screen sharing” feature on Zoom to display it as you read it (just an option). Anyone who would like to attend can email Alan Harris for the Zoom link at oasis@alharris.com.
MVUU Board Roundup
Thursday, Jan 21, 5:30 pm

We want everyone to realize that the MVUU Board of Trustees’ meetings are open to those who want to attend. Because we are meeting on Zoom, it is necessary for persons who wish to attend to notify the Board President, currently Anne Tatum at anne.tatum@mvuu.org the day of the meeting, in order to be included in the Zoom invitation.

The next Board meeting will be Thursday, January 21, at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm on Zoom. The meetings are held at that time on the third Thursday of each month, with the possible exception of May, to allow for the Congregational meeting schedule.

While many past decisions of recent months have been related to our building project details, the Board has now moved toward reviewing and revising the Policies as we move into the new building. The Safety Policy for Religious Exploration and the Public Building Use Policy were recently approved by the Board and will be presented for Congregational approval in late spring. Other aspects of Safety Policy are now being reviewed by the team of Bob Seyfried, Pat Moyer and Elizabeth Van Horn, and will be presented to the Board and Congregation in the months ahead.
Sunday Book Group on Zoom
Sunday, Jan 10, 8:15 am

On Sunday Jan 10 we will begin discussing our new book: Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World by Michael Lerner.
 
Michael Lerner is a Rabbi, a social theorist, and a psychotherapist. He proposes “a strategy for a new socialism built on love, kindness, and compassion for one another. Revolutionary Love proposes a method to replace what Lerner terms the "capitalist globalization of selfishness" with a globalization of generosity, prophetic empathy, and environmental sanity … Revisiting the hidden injuries of class, Lerner shows that much of the suffering in our society—including most of its addictions and the growing embrace of right-wing nationalism and reactionary versions of fundamentalism—is driven by frustrated needs for community, love, respect, and connection to a higher purpose in life. Yet these needs are too often missing from liberal discourse. No matter that progressive programs are smartly constructed—they cannot be achieved unless they speak to the heart and address the pain so many people experience. Lerner asks that we develop the courage to stop listening to those who tell us that fundamental social transformation is ‘unrealistic’.”  

We’ll be reading this book through Feb 7.  For more information contact John Clark at alvinjclark@aol.com.
January Woven Basket Partner: UUJAZ

The Unitarian Universalist Arizona Network (UUJAZ) connects UUs across Arizona to be more effective in promoting social justice. UUJAZ nurtures social justice programs in congregations, connects congregations across the state, connects congregations to other organizations, and energizes UUs to heal the state through justice work by identifying opportunities at the state legislature. Inspired by our faith we are moved to effective action. Recently UUJAZ has been the coordinator for UU the Vote. It works to help groups dealing with Immigration, Criminal justice; LGBT concerns and equality; Climate Justice; and is coordinating the UUA series of Beloved Conversations.

The UUAZ vision is to energize people of faith to create an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just life for all those who live in Arizona. The UUJAZ mission is to engage Arizona Unitarian Universalists in justice making through: nurturing 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 supports UUJAZ through two Sunday basket monthly donations per year. It is a sustaining source of support for actions that are aimed at removing problems that hinder justice and to promote positive actions to improve justice in our state. Please donate generously.

How to Donate: You can make your donations online at http://mvuu.org/donate/ 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."
REMINDERS
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         
Sunday Book Group Online
Sundays at 8:15 am
Currently discussing: Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World by Michael Lerner.
For more information Email John Clark
Bookaholics Unanimous
Last Tuesdays of the month at 2 pm
Jan 26: The Plague, by Albert Camus. For more information Email Anne Leonard or call her at (520) 307-8045
GIVING & SUSTAINING
UUJAZ promotes social justice across Arizona
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, Wooden Bowl, etc.).
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