May 20, 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 22 at 11 am:  "Re-Wild Our Souls" 
Our physical bodies, hearts and minds have traveled great distances, exploring unknown lands over the past two years.  Join the Knight family, several contributors to the Covid Monologues MV Project, and Greg Colossale & the UUSMV Singers as we explore together in words and song how to navigate these new times by re-wilding our souls.

Our auction ends Sunday, May 22 at 9 pm  
New items added daily! 

Good luck and Happy Bidding!
Go to to register, view and bid on your favorite items.
If you need help signing up or would like to make a donation contact Rita Brown, Kristy Brooks or Ann Cilfone.
This Week's Happenings
Friday, May 20, 6 pm:  Bingo (join on Zoom)
Tuesday, May 24, 9:30 am:  Meditation Circle (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Wednesday, May 25, 3 pm:  Book Club 
Save The Date
Friday, June 3, 2 pm:  Sewcial Action Network
Tuesday, June 7, 9:30 am:  Worship Committee (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Friday, June 10, 10 am:  Lay Pastoral Ministry (meeting will take place on Zoom)

Upcoming Services                                                                                       
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.
UUSMV CommUUnity

Supporting Our Community 
News has come to us that our former minister, Rev Bill Clark, had a minor stroke recently and is currently in rehab in Spaulding. The good news is that he expects to make a full recovery. If you would like to send a card: P.O. Box 1979, Provincetown, MA 02657

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.

Bingo is Back! 
When:    Friday, May 20th from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Where:   UUSMV's Zoom Link
Why:       It's FREE and there are FUN prizes!!!
Who:      Anyone!  Invite your friends, neighbors, grandkids near and far! 
Please let me know if you'd like me to drop off of bingo cards to you.
-Kristy Brooks

A Long Talk
Join other UUSMV members/friends and become an ENERGIZED, ACTIVATED and EMPOWERED ALLY.  A Long Talk About The Uncomfortable Truth is an anti-racism activation experience. They engage in constructive, reflective conversations, where participants are asked to listen, contribute, and practice effective anti-racism. Their goal is to have an anti-racist at every dinner table in America.
If you believe that a good conversation is what this country really needs, register HERE for their next Community Conversation via Zoom -  June 8 & 15, 2022 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 pm.
After completing this initial workshop, you will be given a myriad of opportunities for sustained engagement within the ALT network through their Pillars of Change program, Movie Mixers, Book Bounces and Monthly Community Conversations. 
For more information visit

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.”
Impromptu Brown Bag Lunch 
Judy Hickey is hosting an impromptu get together at Owen Park in Vineyard Haven for June 15 at 12:00 pm!  Bring a chair, your lunch, or just yourself for a fun gathering!  No need to RSVP but if you have questions, you can contact Judy Hickey.

May Birthdays
 Judy Crawford 23rd
Doreen Kinsman 28th

May Care Coordinator
Jack Street 
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 us 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.

... fostering community action, racial equity, and universal justice
UUSMV Universal Justice in 2022
Becoming a Good Trouble Congregation!
Our mission calls us to universal justice action!  Will you join us in helping the UUSMV become a Good Trouble Congregation? 
The UUSMV team has identified the following actions (based on criteria established by UU the Vote) to lean in and uphold our sacred principle: the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large and become a Good Trouble congregation:
1.         Send 1500 postcards or letters to get out the vote. (Dorie Godfrey letters, Mimi Davisson & Ann Charnley postcards)
2.         Create and distribute 1500 doorknob flyers with voting information to place on Island doors. (Dorie Godfrey & Barb Caseau)
3.         At least 20% of our congregation will join us in some of the Good Trouble activities
4.         At least 2 UUSMV congregants will be line warmers, poll workers, or poll watchers for the November elections. (Mimi Davisson & Dorie Godfrey)

In addition to the above, the Good Trouble team would lead actions on the following:
1.         Sharing the UUSMV space (chapel and outdoor area) with other agencies for building a strong democracy. (Rita Brown)
2.         Sharing actions to support legislation (local, state, and federal) for building a strong democracy. (Dorie Godfrey)
3.         Partner with other community organizations on activities to build a strong democracy. (Barb Caseau)
If you are ready to protect our democracy and take action, contact the person(s) identified after each activity to get signed up to help!
Dorie for the Good Trouble Congregation
Climate resolution for 2022
Palm oil is a vegetable oil found in products such as moisturizers, cosmetics, shampoos, cleaning products, and even some foods.  This versatile oil comes from oil palm trees which are grown only in the tropics.  Unfortunately, its production contributes to climate change through rainforest deforestation and the destruction of peatlands which store more carbon than any other ecosystem.  Palm oil production has also been associated with the decline of threatened and endangered species, human trafficking, and child labor.
What can you do?  Don’t boycott palm oil - small farmers are dependent on the income from this efficient crop.  Check the label and buy from RSPO certified companies (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil).  For more information see:, and
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 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 week before Sunday's service and on Thursday 12 - 2 pm.  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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