June 17, 2022

We are an intentionally welcoming congregation of diverse faiths and shared values, fostering spiritual growth, community action, racial equity and universal justice. 
Please join us in Steven’s Chapel EVERY 

or 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, June 19 at 11 am:  "Juneteenth" with the Allies for Racial Equity Committee

Juneteenth is Sunday June 19, 2022. While Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 freeing the slaves, the news did not reach Texas for 2 years in 1865. Juneteenth recognizes the date all slaves were free.
The UUSMV Allies for Racial Equity have chosen this Sunday to share with our congregation an 8th Principle that Unitarian Universalist congregations across the country are discussing.
This 8th Principle would call upon congregations to: “journey toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”
The Unitarian Universalist Association has had other times in its history that congregations voted to work to eradicate racism; each time the work lost steam and/or funding and failed.  African American UU’s have left the denomination in the past. We hope this time the broader “we” of UU’s will not fail them. Black Lives of UU Organizing Collective is urging our collective commitment to dismantle white supremacy.  “If not us, who? If not now, when?”
We will offer two opportunities for our congregation to talk more about this proposed 8th Principle on Tuesday June 21.  1pm-2pm at the Chapel (outside if pleasant weather) or 5:30-6:30 pm on Zoom. Our congregation will have an opportunity to vote on our support for the 8th Principle. 201 congregations in the United States (out of approximately 1,000) have voted for the 8th Principle to date.
In May 2021, our UUSMV Mission statement was amended to include our support of racial equity in our shared values. Our Vision 2025 states clearly our commitment to work to accountably dismantle white supremacy, racism, and intersecting oppressions in ourselves, our community, our institutions, and our democracy.
This Week's Happenings
Monday, June 20, 5 pm:  Share the Plate Team (meet at Steven's Chapel)
Tuesday, June 21, 9:30 am: 
Medication Circle (meeting takes place on Zoom)
Tuesday, June 21,  1-2:00 pm:  Discussion of proposed 8th Principal at the Chapel (outside if pleasant weather) or 5:30-6:30 pm on Zoom
Thursday, June 23, 3 pm:  Out Back Meeting (meet at Steven's Chapel)

Save The Date
Friday, June 24, 10 am:  Lay Pastoral Ministry (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Wednesday, June 29,  3 pm:  Book Club (meeting will take place on Zoom) 

Upcoming Services
Sunday, June 26 at 11 am:  "Ablaze, but not Consumed"  in-person with Reverend Rob Hardies
Rev. Hardies kicks-off his summer residency on island with a sermon about how we maintain spiritual resilience in difficult times—and how we sustain it over the long haul. Drawing lessons from the story of Moses and the Burning Bush, Rev. Hardies will share insights for how we keep our inner flame burning bright in the face of challenges, disappointments and setbacks.

Sunday, July 17 at 11 am:  "Slave Song Spirituals"  with Jim Thomas
UUSMV CommUUnity

Member Updates
We’re sad to learn that Erika Berg is recuperating in a Boston hospital. Cards can be sent to her home address at: Erika Berg, PO Box 3112, Oak Bluffs 02557. 

Mary Gillette is recovering well from an illness and is open to receiving cards and calls. You can send cards to Mary Gillette, c/o The Heritage at Framingham, Box 353, 747 Water Street, Framingham, MA 01701. Her mobile is 774-563-5904. 

Myra Stark (who was hospitalized last month) was discharged from MVH rehab and is back in her own home. 
Commissioning the New Lay Pastoral Care Ministry Team
On Sunday, June 12 during our service the following members were commissioned as Lay Pastoral Care Ministers by Reverend Vicky Hanjian:  Jan Casey, Char Owens, Katherine Colon, Bill Bridwell, Kevin Longval, and Donna McElroy.  We wish them congratulations and many thanks for their service.  

“In This Refulgent Summer” - Emerson and Unitarian Universalism
Facilitated by Rev. Rob Hardies
Wednesdays at 10 am at Stevens Chapel (or backyard): July 6, 13, 27, August 3, 10
To register, email Rev. Rob at
Over five weeks this summer we will read key religious and spiritual works by Unitarian minister and Transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. We will use Emerson’s work as a window into learning about the important spiritual and theological insights of our Unitarian Universalist tradition. Participants will need to purchase a copy of David Robinson’s, The Spiritual Emerson, published by the UUA’s Beacon Press. The books are $20 and will be available from the church office beginning Sunday June 26th. (If the cost is a barrier, just let me know and we can cover the costs of the book.)

Welcome Reverend Janet Newton

We have uploaded Reverend Janet's video and our letter to the UUSMV community.  Visit our member page to view and see updates from the Minister Search Team.


June Birthdays

Susanna Savov 26th

June Care Coordinator
      Judy Hickey
For Care Coordinator contact information and quick reference go to the UUSMV member page:

Our Island Community
Truth and Joy - June 25, 2 - 8:30 pm
Join the MV Diversity Coalition on Saturday, June 25th at 2:00 pm, for a Diversity Fair offering a cultural celebration of our rich island diversity. Tables filled with food from Jamaica, the Caribbean and other nations will be alongside tables overflowing with artwork from local artists. Community service organizations will also share information, including job opportunities. The tables will surround the entrance of the Tabernacle from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

June 25th 3:30 PM WEST TISBURY LIBRARY (Saturday)
June 29th 5:00 PM CHILMARK LIBRARY (Wednesday)
July 16th 7:00 PM UNION CHAPEL (Saturday) (tickets are available for $20,00, please call (703) 407-1207)
July 17th 11:00 AM UUSMV (Sunday)
Wampanoag (TBD)

For the presentation on July 16th, taking place at Union Chapel, tickets are available for $20 per person. Proceeds will go to The US Slave Song Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Please call (703) 407-1207.

Milokan Cultural Centers
We’re beginning to plant and grow a Milokan cultural center here on the Vineyard while our friends in Haiti do the same.
In both places, we’ll start small, with a temporary structure and lots of drumming and dancing. Here on MV, we’ll be setting up a hoop house at Native Earth Teaching Farm where we will offer outdoor activities on a donation basis, including art, music, and family dances.
We want you, as fellow community builders, to put us on your resource list. We provide outdoor space, a fire pit, a garden, and healing rhythms. If the opportunity to share projects arises, we’re interested, and we invite you to join in this energizing work in whatever ways work for you. We’ll be doing a  family dance and barbeque with Freedom Cartwright from 5-7 pm on Sunday nights with a Justice theme.
- Rebecca Gilbert
... fostering community action, racial equity, and universal justice
UUSMV Universal Justice in 2022
Climate resolution for 2022
Cycling is not just good for your health, it is good for the environment, and can aid in mitigating climate change.  A recent study from the University of Oxford showed that by bicycling, using an e-bike, or walking instead of driving at least once a week can significantly lower our per capita carbon footprint.  While switching to electric cars, solar and wind energy, and planting more trees are all ways to reduce CO2 emissions, they are slow to implement and achieve, whereas deciding to ride your bike or walk into town at least one day a week is something we can implement now.  If for any reason this is something you are unable to do, consider car pooling, especially if you can find a driver who has a hybrid or electric vehicle.  For more information see: and

Becoming a Good Trouble Congregation in June!
Our mission calls us to universal justice action!  Help the UUSMV protect our democracy and become a Good Trouble Congregation!
One of the UUSMV Good Trouble actions is to send 1500 postcards or letters to get out the vote. Our letter action for June is to send letters via Vote Forward to voters in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Contact Dorie Godfrey to request your packet of 10 or 20 letters!
What is a Good Trouble Congregation?
UU the Vote and Side With Love are coordinating the Good Trouble congregation effort.  “Good Trouble Congregations are congregations that answer that call to organize their communities and engage in the multiple and necessary tactics that will help us win big for our communities in 2022. Whether you’re protecting voter access in Georgia, fighting for reproductive justice in Kentucky, or election protection in Pennsylvania, your work is essential to building a strong movement for democracy. Let’s all do our part to build a multi-racial democracy by becoming a Good Trouble Congregation.”
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 June is as follows:
Week of June 19: Tuesday June 21 and Wednesday June 22
Week of June 26 (on island): Monday June 27 and Wednesday June 29.

Rev. Rob Hardies
Consulting Minister
My UUSMV contact information is:
Mobile: 202-294-9032
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!
Hi everyone, I will be in the office this upcoming week on Sunday, before our service and Thursday 12 - 2  pm and can arrange to meet you at another time if needed.  If you would like to stop in please do or send me an email if you would like to arrange a different day/time.  I update the calendar often and am happy to add your event.  Please let me know if it is in-person or online and, times and locations to add to the calendar.  Please send anything for the Weekly Vineyard UU Voice by Thursdays at 10 am.  The best way to contact me is the UUSMV email: .
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