March 4, 2022

We are an intentionally welcoming congregation of diverse faiths and shared values, fostering spiritual growth, community action, racial equity and universal justice. 
Join our service on Sunday at 11 am by following this link:
The UUSMV Zoom ID# is 940 766 8736, password is 735531
Or call:  1-646-558-8656, and when prompted give this ID# including the pound sign at the end:  9407668736# and the password 735531
This week's service
Sunday, March 6, 11 am:  "Slings and Arrows" Reverend Rob Hardies
Pain and suffering are an inevitable part of life. None of us can avoid what William Shakespeare called “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.” But sometimes we compound our suffering by the way we respond to it, and by the stories we tell ourselves about it. How can we be more gentle with ourselves and minimize these self-inflicted wounds?
This Week's Happenings
Join Us This Saturday in Support for Ukraine
In response to the unprovoked attack on Ukraine, we encourage you and your family to join us in a show of solidarity and support of the Ukrainian people. This Saturday, March 5 at 12 noon at Stevens Chapel.   Along with other faith communities on the Cape and Islands, we will be ringing the chapel bell 107 times. Why 107?  It has much significance to the Ukrainian people. That number – 107 – represents the number of people who died in the Maiden Revolution that took place in Kyiv from Feb. 18-23, 2014. It led to the ousting of Ukraine leader aligned with Russia, and it is an extremely important event for Ukraine for it is one of hope.
After the tolling of  the Chapel bell we you invite you to light candles of hope, and offer prayers for the people of Ukraine and their country. 

Saturday March 5 at 1 pm
5 Corners, Vineyard Haven
This is a peaceful event. All are welcome

- Dorie Godfrey
Monday, March 7, 2 - 4 pm:  Parish Committee
Thursday, March 10, 10:15 pm:  Lay Pastoral Ministry
Save The Date
Monday, March 14, 3 pm:  Caring Coordinators (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Tuesday, March 15, 2 pm:  Women's Group (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Monday, March 21, 5 - 6 pm:  Voting Rights Brainstorming (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Upcoming Services  
Sunday, March 13, 11 am: "Saving the Planet One Family at a Time"  The Solarazza Family
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, our Seventh UU Principle, is an idea never far from home for UUSMV members Steve and Emily Solarazza.
With assistance from Michelle Vivian-Jemison of MVTV, we will see photos taken during the construction of a strawbale house, fifteen years ago – now the only home children Siana and Bowen have known. During a tour guided by Emily and Steve we will how this sustainable building works, built from straw, as a place for a family to live.

Sunday, March 20, 11 am: Reverend Rob
Sunday, March 27, 11 am:  "Deepening our spiritual connections and more inspiring music"  David and Nanawue Vanderhoop.
From Your President
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)
General Assembly is in Portland, Oregon June 22-26. This is a multi platform event, in person or virtual.  If you would like to serve as one of our three delegates, please let Rita Brown know. If you would like to know more about GA events, workshops, worship, and lectures, reach out to Rev. Rob, Rita, or Jennifer Knight .  The cost is $250 for virtual registration before the end of April.  If you would like to attend, UUSMV will pay part or all of the virtual registration fee. The Parish Committee will act on delegates at our April PC meeting. If you would like to attend please contact Rita Brown by April 1st. 
Minister’s Fund - Caring Fund 
Caring funds are available for Members & Friends who need a helping hand this winter with food, medicine, utilities, heating, mortgage/rent payments or other essentials.  Your request for assistance will be kept confidential.  Please reach out to Rev Rob, Rev Vicky, Jan Casey, or Kristy Brooks.  UUSMV cares about you!
UUSMV CommUUnity
Members and Friends Updates
Please hold the following members and friends in your thoughts and prayers: Emily Solarazza who is recovering from a broken wrist; Jacqui Noel on the passing of her brother, Peter Palches whose son-in-law is is home and receiving good care; Gayle (daughter of Mike & Martha Mezger) who is in a full body cast and may be coming to MV for rehabilitation. 

Please hold Nancy Cox’s family and one another in love and tenderness during our time of loss. We will keep you informed about plans for a memorial service to celebrate Nancy's life.
In the meantime, you may send messages of love and condolence to Nancy’s family at:
c/o Nancy Cox Family
PO BOX 835
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Or for UPS shipments or deliveries:
c/o Nancy Cox Family
59 Lake St.
Vineyard Haven MA 02568

We have received word that Bob Farwell passed away in his sleep, Feb, 20, 2022, at the age of 96.  His family reports, “He was engaged, pragmatic, and loving to the end . . .”   Bob and Martha Farwell were pillars of UUSMV and the MV community in the 1990s. As the Farwell's parting gift to UUSMV when they moved to Ohio in 2008, they offered a challenge match, which ultimately yielded a $14,000 gift from Bob and Martha, as well as an increased, sustained base of pledges.   Martha Farwell passed away in 2016.
Condolence notes can be sent to:  The Family of Bob Farwell, 200 Laurel Lake Drive, E­268, Hudson, OH 44236

UUSMV has COVID-19 Tests
The Town of Tisbury, Health Agent Maura Valley has generously given us COVID-19 quick tests to distribute to our membership.  If you would like a test for you and your family call Ann Cilfone at the Chapel 508-693-8982 or email

Summer Housing
Rev. Rob and his husband and son would love to be able to spend 2 or 3 months on the Vineyard this summer.  This would allow him to be a more “hands on” minister to us, able to preach in person more, participate in more in-person gatherings, and do more pastoral care work.  A main focus of the Parish Committee once services in the chapel are possible will be to welcome back parishioners who have drifted away and to bring in new parishioners and families to our church family.  Rev. Rob living on the island would be a big help to us in this effort.  It would also enable him to be more helpful as we (hopefully) transition to a “contract to settled” minister in the fall.
As we all know, summer housing on the Vineyard is very expensive.  If you know of a reduced rate housing situation please contact Rev. Rob or Rita.  If you would like to contribute to a housing fund to widen opportunities available to Rev. Rob, please inform our treasurer, Jan Casey.  One generous member has already offered $1000 a month, for which we are most grateful.  Offers in any amount would be most welcome.  Thank you!
Karen Sankey for the Parish Committee

March Birthdays

Mike Kobran 4th
Karen Sankey 4th
Marianne Goldsmith 22nd

Changes to our Directory 
Johanna & Michael Kobran have a new address: 
1443 Beacons St. Apt. 609
Brookline, MA 02446
Aside from the apartment number everything else stays the same.

March Care Coordinator
 Barbara Caseau
For Care Coordinator contact information and quick reference go to the UUSMV member page:

Our Island Community

MV Housing Bank
 An educational Voter Forum on The MV Housing Bank Warrant Article Wednesday, March 16 at 6:30-8pm.  Live Q&A via Zoom.  For More Information or to Submit a question in advance, please email or .  For more information visit:

Introduction to Emergency Management Volunteerism
Dukes County Emergency Management is hosting "Introduction to Emergency Management Volunteerism", a free community program that teaches the basics of emergency preparation, sheltering, volunteer support and more. The commitment is only two classes (one virtual and one practical) a month for three months. All are welcome. We hope you or someone you know will join us for this exciting opportunity!  
Class #1 - Introduction
•Virtual: Thursday, March 3, 2022 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
•Practical: Saturday, March 26, 2022 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Class #2 - Ways to Prepare
•Virtual: Thursday, April 7, 2022 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
•Practical: TBD
Class #3 - Ways to Volunteer
•Virtual: Thursday, May 5, 2022 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
•Practical: TBD
Anyone interested in joining is asked to email us at 
Please note: If you are under 18 years old, you will need written consent from a parent or legal guardian.

Easter Dinners
MVCOH will be distributing Easter dinners to islanders facing food insecurity. Please consider making a donation.  The cost of one family dinner is $40.  Send donation to Vineyard Committee on Hunger, PO Box 4685, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or go to their website 

... fostering community action, racial equity, and universal justice
UUSMV Universal Justice in 2022
Climate resolution for 2022
LED lightbulbs use 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs to ge
nerate equivalent light and last about 25,000 hours.  CFLs (the curly ones) use 75% less energy than incandescents and last about 8,000 hours.  Incandescents last about 1,500 hours.  Consider replacing an incandescent with a more energy-efficient bulb the next time it needs to be changed.  
- Mimi Davisson

Allies for Racial Equity
March is Women's Heritage Month during which we can celebrate the scientific, art, economic, social, and political achievements of women. March 8 is International Women's Day!  Some ideas on celebrating women:
1.  Support women owned local businesses. the Great Put On, CB Stark Jewelers, Past  Presents, Claudia, Basics, and many more. Go to
2.  Let a woman who inspired you know how much she has meant to you.                                - Dorie Godfrey

Vote-by-Mail Postcards
Activate America has several active postcard campaigns.  Studies have shown that postcards can impact behavior. Go to for information on several post card campaigns.  You can write to voters in Wisconsin and Arizona to remind voters to request their vote by mail ballot for every election.  Complete postcards for WI by 3/12 and postcards for AZ by 4/15.  You can request names and addresses from 10 to 500!  If you need post cards, Dorie Godfrey has some to share!
- Dorie Godfrey

Rob's Contact Information
Rev. Rob's Office Hours and Contact Information

In keeping with my half-time contract, I am generally be available for UUSMV appointments, calls and emails two days per week, in addition to preparing for and leading worship two Sundays per month. I publish the schedule of my availability at the beginning of each month. Please feel free to reach out by email or phone to schedule an appointment with me on one of these days. If you contact me on a day I’m not working, you can generally expect to hear back from me on my next UUSMV work day. If you have a pastoral emergency or a time sensitive matter that requires attention before my next work day, please call or text me and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

My availability in March is as follows:
Week of Mar 6:   Monday Mar 7, Tuesday Mar 8
Week of Mar 13:  Monday Mar 14, Wednesday Mar 16
Week of Mar 20: Monday Mar 21, Wednesday Mar 23
Week of Mar 27:  Monday Mar 28, Wednesday Mar 30

Rev. Rob Hardies
Consulting Minister
My UUSMV contact information is:
Mobile: 202-294-9032
Hi everyone, I hope you all are enjoying the Weekly Vineyard UU Voice.   We would love to hear what you think and any suggestions for our next issue.  Email your feedback to Rita, Rob, Dorie or me.  Send me dates, times and locations to add events to the calendar.  For next week only - please send anything for the Weekly Vineyard UU Voice by Wednesday(3/9) at 10 am.  The best way to contact me is the UUSMV email: .
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