May 6, 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 May 8 at 11 am  "Walden's Burning" with Rev. Rob Hardies
In the summer of 1845, Henry David Thoreau moved to a cabin along the shores of Walden Pond. His two-year retreat at Walden helped launch the modern environmental movement. What most people don’t know is that just one year earlier, Thoreau nearly destroyed the very ecosystem he would one day call home. As we face the climate crisis, Thoreau’s story offers us a parable for how we might repair the damage we’ve done, process our grief and guilt, reconnect with the Earth, and cultivate hope and resilience moving forward.
Many of you are aware that our Progress Pride flag was stolen from our property last Tuesday, the same night that the Oak Bluffs select board voted to fly the flag in June. In a special ceremony at the end of this Sunday’s service, we will dedicate and unfurl our new Pride Progress flag. Please join us as we reaffirm our commitment to equality for our LGBTQ+ siblings, and to human rights for all.
This Week's Happenings
Friday, May 6, 2 pm:  Sewcial Action Network, contact Laura Beebe for further information
Tuesday, May 10, 9:30 am:  Meditation Circle (meeting will take place on Zoom)

Save The Date
Friday, May 13:  UUSMV Online Auction Begins
Friday, May 13, 9:30 am:  Lay Pastoral Ministry (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Wednesday, May 25, 3 pm:  Book Club 
Upcoming Services                                                                                       
Sunday May 15 at 11 am: Magic Wands:  Activism and Alignment
The meaning of the month of May in the Celtic pagan calendar with Rebecca Gilbert.

Sunday May 22 at 11 am:  Covid monologues, written during the pandemic by islanders, including and edited by our own Jennifer Knight.

Sunday May 29 at 11 am  "Why is the Buddha Crying" with Rev. Rob Hardies
Monseñor Oscar Romero once said, “There are some things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried.” This Sunday, a first-grader’s question to me about a Buddhist figurine opens up a reflection on loss, grief and compassion.
We are Counting Down to our Online Auction!

Our auction goes live Friday, May 13th and will run through May 22nd.  

It is not too late to donate, we can continue to receive donations-even during the auction.  Here a few of the auction items, services or experiences that have been donated.  
  • Raw Honey Products (Tricia Sirakovsky and Tim Colon)
  • Pet Sitting (Donna McElroy)
  • Jewelry and Beading Supplies (Linda Wilson)
  • Martha's Vineyard Playhouse Tickets  (Eric and Kristy Brooks)
  • Ukulele Lessons (Andy Herr)
We would love to have gift certificates from local restaurants, garden centers and merchants.  These are great ways to participate in our auction and help the community!
Stay tuned for more information next week on how to view, sign up to bid and win the items of your dreams!
Let us know if you have any questions or need help with your auction item.  Contact Ann Cilfone at .
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Our Church Bell
From “Word and Work” in March of 1873, “the Seamen’s Mission at Vineyard Haven received “a rich, deep-toned bell, the gift of a lady in Providence, announces all special services."  We don’t know who she was. (This bell was rung before services to alert sailors on the ships in the harbor to come to the service one hour later when the service would actually begin.  He had a long dock their dinghies could tie up to.)
Rev. Stevens died in 1891 and his estate listed “bell on chapel valued at $50."   As our chapel was not yet built, this refers to the chapel in the Sailors’ Reading Room and Chapel.

Editorial in the MV Times

Although rain is predicted for the outside weather, sunshine and love will fill our hearts and inside our Chapel as we celebrate our New Flag, and our congregation filled with beautiful, loving Mothers. 
Anyone who didn’t see Rita Brown’s Letter to Editor, MV Times 5/3/22, it can be found under the title  “Loss Of Pride”.  Thank you, Rita.
- Donna McElroy

Let’s Get Together!
 Would you like to be included in some impromptu UUSMV, brown bag, outdoor lunches beginning in May?  We may meet in someone’s yard or at a public park/area.  If you’d like to receive notice of such gatherings, let Dorie Godfrey know!  If you’d like to be the coordinator of an outdoor brown bag lunch, you can let Dorie know that also!  It’s fun, informal, and impromptu!

May Birthdays
 Kristine Hopkins 6th
Rebecca Gilbert 10th
Rev. Judy Campbell 13th
Mimi Davisson 18th
Judy Crawford 23rd
Doreen Kinsman 28th

April and May Care Coordinator
Jack Street - May
For Care Coordinator contact information and quick reference go to the UUSMV member page:

Our Island Community 
Spectrum is a three-day film festival (May 6 - 8) that presents a world perspective on LGBTQ+ stories, people, and issues through a variety of films and includes guest speakers, discussions,  and a special event for LGBTQ+ youth.
The first and only festival of its kind on the Vineyard, the SPECTRUM Film Festival adds to the Film Society’s consistent efforts to broach subject matter not usually covered by major Hollywood motion pictures. The Festival draws moviegoers from the Cape Cod & Islands as well as the greater Boston area.
Following the theme implied by the name of the festival– “Spectrum” or ‘Wide-Ranging’–  the films we show at the SPECTRUM Film Festival are wide-ranging, indeed. They originate from various countries; cover gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender story-lines; and combine comedy, drama, romance and documentary.
Visit the website here for more information:

... fostering community action, racial equity, and universal justice
UUSMV Universal Justice in 2022
Climate resolution for 2022
Eating local may not be as important in reducing CO2 emissions as what you eat.  According to a 2018 study, emissions from the transport of food items is a tiny fraction of the CO2 released in food production.  Beef production creates approximately 10 times the CO2 emissions than chicken production does, and greenhouse gas emissions from most animal based foods range from 10-50 times more than the emissions from plant based foods.  Please continue to eat local to support local farmers, but if you want to reduce your carbon footprint consider eating more plant based foods. (See:

Climate Week
Join us for Climate Week coming May 8-14! Participating faith groups are ringing their bells each day at noon, 40 times to signify an island free of fossil fuel energy sources by 2040.  We need bell ringer helpers each day that week. Anyone is invited to help any day—more is always welcome!  Just come to the chapel at 11:55 am, ready to pull the bell rope !   Let me know if would like to help — 
To learn more about climate week visit
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 May is as follows:
Week of May 1: Tuesday May 3, Wednesday May 4, Sunday May 8
From May 9 to May 23, Rev. Hardies will be on vacation and study leave.
Week of May 22: Tuesday May 24, Friday May 27
Week of May 29: Tuesday May 31, Friday June 3

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 Sunday and Tuesday at 10 am.  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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