March 25, 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 ServiceSunday, March 27, 11 am:  "What If I Only Had 30 Days to Love?"  Reverend Ali K.C. Bell and Reverend Anya Sammier-Michael
Join Unitarian Universalists from all over the continent for this annual tradition! The theme of this year’s virtual service will be “What if I Only Had 30 Days to Love?” Reflections will be offered by: The Rev. Ali K.C. Bell (he/they/Ali) lives into his faith values by strengthening the interdependent web through prophetic ministry, service in the margins, and loving the hell out of the world. He is a Chaplain Resident at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia where he lives with his partner and two children. The Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael (she/her) serves in a co-ministry with a staff team among incredible leaders in a mission centered congregation that has passed the eighth principle. She works to embody the liberation and love she preaches and is helped by the grace of a theology of imperfection.
This Week's Happenings
Monday, March 28, 2 - 3 pm:  Parish and Worship Committee (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Tuesday, March 29, 2 pm:  Book Club (meeting will take place on Zoom)

Save The Date
Friday, April 1, 2 pm:  Sewcial Action Network
Tuesday, April 5, 9:30 am:  Meditation Circle (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Tuesday, April 5, 10 am:  Worship committee (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Wednesday, April 13, 2 pm:  Parish Committee
Wednesday, April 14, 10:15 am:  Lay Pastoral Ministry
Upcoming Services  
Sunday, April 3, 11 am:  "Liberation" Rabbi Lori Shaller
Fannie Lou Hamer said “no one is free until everyone is free,” and what exactly does that mean?  Some thoughts and music about liberation nearing the start of Passover.  Special guest:  Kohenet (Priestess) Batya Diamond

Sunday, April 10, 11 am: Rev. Vicky Hanjian will be sharing on the Soul Matters theme of 'Awakening'

Sunday, April 17, 11 am:  Reverend Rob Hardies
Sunday, April 24, 11 am:  Reverend Rob Hardies
From Your President
Housing Bank Endorsement from the Parish Committee
The Parish Committee, on behalf of the congregation, has endorsed support for the Coalition to Create a MV Housing Bank and a Transfer tax in the MA state legislature that would fund a Housing Bank here on MV. Thank you to the men’s group, who sponsored a presentation and Q & A from the Housing Bank for the congregation and then requested support from the Parish Committee.  This link provides a synopsis of how the Housing Bank can benefit the Vineyard.  The Housing Bank will be on a the warrant for every town at town meetings, and subsequently will be on the ballot in every town.  The concept of the Housing Bank does not have unanimous support, from us or the island as a whole; please take the time to study this warrant and ask questions to determine your vote at the ballot box following town meetings.

- Rita Brown
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
A memorial service for Nancy Cox will be held in Stevens Chapel on Saturday, April 16 at 2:00 pm  

SOLD!  To the Highest Bidder!!
Online Auction May 2022.
The Parish Committee is gearing up for a new fundraiser for UUSMV in May.  We plan to close the gap between pledge income and total income needed to meet our budget expenses this year now that we will be back in the Chapel and have a minister all year!   We hope to have our new minister in place in September after Rev. Rob Hardies completes his year of consulting ministry with us.
We are asking members and friends to help in having a successful online action.  We are using an auction platform that registered bidders from around the country can bid on our items, and we can bid on items as well.
The Parish Committee is kicking it off the auction with:
  • a charter fishing trip for 2 with the Skipper
  • a Wampanoag wampum bracelet
  • tickets for 2 at MV Playhouse with dinner for 2
  • a beautiful wall hanging with MV shells and stones created by a member
  • 2 tickets to “go to the head of the line” at Back Door Donuts
  • dinner for 4 at an island restaurant
  • dinner for 8 prepared by members
  • a lovely piece of enamel jewelry made and donated by a member
Will you ask businesses or individuals you know to donate to our liberal faith community that prioritizes justice and equity for all?
Stay tuned for more auction item ideas and information! 

Easter Flowers
We will be having Easter service in Steven’s Chapel! Any member who would donate $15 toward the purchase of flowers for the Sanctuary and entrance, please send your check or credit card and note Easter flowers in the memo line.  If you would like to gift your flowers in honor or memory of a loved one, we will gratefully acknowledge this in our Friday newsletter April 15.  Donations are due by April 10 please.

Stevens Chapel Folding Benches
The Stevens Chapel committee is looking to relocate four of our folding benches, either to a storage space, if you have one,  or to sell.  We have 3 four seaters and 2 three seaters for sale.

If you would like to purchase a piece of UUSMV history, we would love a donation of $100.00 for each bench.
You can be in touch with Lucinda Sheldon or Rita Brown if you can help us out,  as we would like them moved before our Easter service.

Hybrid Worship Service Opportunity
Would you or someone you know be interested in learning to operate the audio visual equipment for Sunday worship services? We seek volunteers to work with our paid tech gurus.
Our equipment is being installed the week of March 28 and training will be that week, when the install is complete.
Please email us at if you are interested or if you might recommend someone.

April Birthdays
Dorie Godfrey 2nd                      
Linda Wilson 13th
Nancy Wood 14th
Ann Maley 17th
Eric Brooks 19th
Michael Savoy 22nd
Mary Jane Aldrich-Moodie 23rd
Rich Peia 25th
Joanna Kobran 29th

April Care Coordinator
Peter Palches
For Care Coordinator contact information and quick reference go to the UUSMV member page:

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

Our Island Community

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
A microwave oven heats food from inside out, so it has a higher cooking efficiency and uses less electrical power than an electric oven, with as much as 75% savings in electricity.  If your food does not require the unique cooking traits of an oven, consider using a microwave to conserve energy.

Take the ACLU Pledge to Defend Every Student’s Right to Learn 
* We apologies for the broken link last week, see the revised link below to the ACLU pledge page.
In classrooms and educational spaces across our country, a coordinated attack on our students’ right to learn is underway right now.  
States are passing classroom censorship bills that restrict discussions about race, gender, and sexual orientation in schools. In 2022 so far, state legislatures have introduced 71 new bills across 22 states.  At the same time, politicians and school boards are making moves to ban books from public schools and libraries. 
Every young person has a First Amendment right to read and learn about the history and viewpoints of all communities – including their own identity – in and outside of the classroom. 
The ACLU is fighting back against these damaging censorship bills and book bans through lawsuits and fierce advocacy. Your support - public support - is going to make a huge difference in the fight. Join the ACLU in the fight for free speech and equitable education. Take their pledge today. Tell lawmakers nationwide that you oppose any efforts that would criminalize or censor books and education about race, gender, or sexual orientation – and that you support students, educators, and everyone's fundamental right to learn.
Go to

 - 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 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.  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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