April 29, 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 1 at 11 am:  Music and Discussion of Indigenous Issues with David, Saskia and Nanauwe Vanderhoop. 
Join us either in-person at Stevens Chapel or online.
This Week's Happenings
Tuesday, May 3, 9:30 am:  Worship Committee (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Tuesday, May 3, 9:30 am:  Meditation Circle (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Friday, May 6, 2 pm:  Sewcial Action Network, contact Laura Beebe for further information

Save The Date
Friday, May 13, 9:30 am:  Lay Pastoral Ministry (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Upcoming Services                                                                                       
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.

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.
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
Dr. Ursula Goodenough of our congregation, and president of the Religious Naturalist Association, will receive the honorary Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa from the Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago on May 15. We congratulate her! 

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!

Chapel Re-Dedication and Spiritual Retreat
It was a week full of good things!  In case you missed the Stevens Chapel re-dedication sermon on Sunday, here is a link to Rev. Rob's sermon.

And here are some images from the Spiritual Retreat with Rev. Rob

Audio-Video System Update
We appreciate your patience during our trials and tribulations with the new audio-visual system these past two Sundays.  Kristy Brooks and Ann Cilfone met with a representative from Power Sound NE on Monday and we are hoping the system will be up and running to its full capacity by this Sunday.

 Here a few of the auction items, services or experiences that have been donated.  We will feature items every Friday.
  •  Clifford the Big Red Dog book autographed by Norman Bridwell (Bill Bridwell)
  • Quahaug Outing - clamming, learning, consuming, yum! (Steve Engh and Peter Palches)
  • A variety of vintage canning jars (Linda Wilson)
  • LL Bean Fishing Rod (Laura Beebe)
  • Kala Ukulele (Linda Wilson)
We would love to have gift certificates: Black Dog, Linda Jeans, The Lookout are ideas.
Also a garden center gift certificate.  These are great ways to participate!

Let us know if you have any questions or need help with your auction item.  Contact Ann Cilfone at .

May Birthdays
 Johanna Kobran (April) 29th
Kristine Hopkins 6th
Rebecca Gilbert 10th
Rev. Judy Campbell 13th
Mimi Davisson 18th
Judy Crawford 23rd
Doreen Kinsman 28th

April and May Care Coordinator
Peter Palches - April     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 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
In 1966, 94% of U.S. energy consumption was from fossil fuels. In 2019 fossil fuel had fallen to 80% of energy consumption.  In 2019, renewable energy consumption in the United States surpassed coal consumption for the first time.  Impressive, but not good enough to combat severe climate change.  45% of fossil fuel usage is for personal vehicles.  Conserve whenever you can.  Walk, bike, carpool, or batch many errands into a single driving run. 

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. Just come to the chapel at 11:55 am, ready to pull the bell rope !   Let me know if would like to help — 

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
Hi everyone, It has been a pleasure meeting more of you during our Sunday services.  We have had a few "glitches"  with our audiovisual system and we appreciate you patience.  Send me dates, times and locations to add events 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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