February 18, 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 service
Sunday, February 20, 11 am:  "A Perspective on Indigenous Spirituality"  David Vanderhoop
1st in a series of 2 services
 David Vanderhoop will speak to some common threads in the highly diverse indigenous spiritual experience. He will offer some historic truths around the abrasiveness of Christianity towards his people. David will deepen the practice of gratitude, a core concept for the people of the first light, the Wampanoags, and their relationship with the sun.  Nanauwe will provide music with relatable songs she has written.

David Two Arrows Vanderhoop, Aquinnah Wampanoag elder, was born and raised on the island of Noêpe, currently known as Martha’s Vineyard. David co-founded Sassafras Earth Education in 2005 with his wife Saskia, a nonprofit organization that reconnects people to the earth through ancient mentoring practices and offers consultation. David is a speaker on topics like Wampanoag traditions, truth in history,  decolonization, cultural appropriation, racism, spirituality, and increasing awareness of the first people. David is recognized in his Wampanoag community as a leader and holder of Wampanoag history, knowledge and stories.
Nanauwe is an Indigenous Vibrational Artist from the island of Noepe. She is part of the Wôpanâak tribe, also known as the People of the First Light.
This Week's Happenings
Tuesday, February 22, 9:30 am:  Meditation Circle
Tuesday, February 22, 2:00 pm:  Book Club will meet on Zoom.  The book “An Anomaly” by Herve’ La Tellier will be the subject of the meeting.  Contact Peter Meleney with any questions. (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Thursday, February 24, 2:00 pm:  Women's Group (meeting will take place on Zoom)

Save The Date
Monday, February 28, 11 am:  Minister Search Team
Tuesday, March 1, 10 am:  Worship Committee 
Friday, March 4, 2 pm:  Sewcial Action Network will meet at Laura Beebe's home.

For more happenings this month check our website calendar:
Monday, March 7, 2 - 4 pm:  Parish Committee
Thursday, March 10, 10:15 pm:  Lay Pastoral Ministry
Upcoming Services  

Sunday, February 27, 11 am:  "My Visit to the Holy Lands - Democracy Is in Ruins - How Do We Prepare for the Future"  Jim Thomas
From Your Minister
Yes, I know it’s February…Yes, I know there’s still snow on the ground…but friends I’m going to let you in on a secret: spring is coming!
Yesterday the Carolina Wren sang on my fencepost here in Washington, and the first crocus poked its green head out of the damp soil.
The foretaste of spring has got me thinking about the blossoming that is in our future at UUSMV. This spring will be an important one for our congregation: In April, we plan to return to in-person/hybrid worship. Won’t it be good to be back together in the chapel? I will be on island from April 15-24, celebrating Easter (April 17) and Earth Day Sunday (April 24). I hope to see many of you in person!
At the same time, the ministerial search committee has begun the search for your next settled minister, who will serve UUSMV for many years and live among you on the island. This is the ministerial leadership that you deserve and need to thrive in the future.
These are exciting times for our community, and I hope that you will be a part of them. Please join us Sundays on Zoom, and (in the not-too-distant future) in the warmth of Stevens Chapel, our spiritual home.
Love, ROB

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 February is as follows:
Week of Feb 20: Monday Feb 21, Wednesday Feb 23
Week of Feb 27: Monday Feb 28, Wednesday Mar 2

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!
UUSMV CommUUnity
Member Updates
Our deepest sympathy to Jacqui Noel with the passing a few weeks ago of her brother.
Continued UU prayers for Isabel Noel, who will be going back into Children’s hospital in the next week.

Please hold the following members and friends in your thoughts and prayers:
Emily Solarazza (recovering from a broken wrist), Mike Shepard, the Hackney and McBride families as well as Ann Hollister, Tad Crawford, Betty Burton, Diane Holt.

Nancy Cox who is nearing the end of her grateful life, would love to receive cards or texts but no phone calls, please. Nancy's phone for texts is 413-344-3560  

For friends and acquaintances of Steve Myrick, his daughter Becky can receive cards and stories of your times with Steve at Becky & James Stephenson, 31 Old Essex Road, Manchester by the Sea, MA 09144.

The daughter of Dick and Martha Mezger, Gayle, was injured at 5 corners and remains in the hospital in serious condition. Dick and Martha were long-time members of the UUSMV until they moved off island a few years ago and would appreciate your prayers and cards. 59 Walpole Street, Unit 312, Canton, MA 02021

Items Needed
In search of  tall dressers and bookshelves. We’re tight in funds, but I can supplement with homemade candy or cookies!  Please Contact Ilona Metell.

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

Celebrating Our Member Authors
Weedy Wisdom by  Rebecca Gilbert
 Available May 8.  How to gather and prepare a variety of plants for different purposes.   

Studying US Slave Songs, a guide for young people  by Jim Thomas 
Wonderful history info about slave songs.  Available at Amazon

Covid Monologues MV: Readings to Nourish, Inspire & Connect edited by Jennifer Knight
Essays and thoughts on the past few years on Martha's Vineyard.  Available on Amazon 

Summer Housing
Rev. Rob and his husband and son would love to be able to spend 2 or 3 months on the Vineyard this summer.  This would allow him to be a more “hands on” minister to us, able to preach in person more, participate in more in-person gatherings, and do more pastoral care work.  A main focus of the Parish Committee once services in the chapel are possible will be to welcome back parishioners who have drifted away and to bring in new parishioners and families to our church family.  Rev. Rob living on the island would be a big help to us in this effort.  It would also enable him to be more helpful as we (hopefully) transition to a “contract to settled” minister in the fall.
As we all know, summer housing on the Vineyard is very expensive.  If you know of a reduced rate housing situation please contact Rev. Rob or Rita.  If you would like to contribute to a housing fund to widen opportunities available to Rev. Rob, please inform our treasurer, Jan Casey.  One generous member has already offered $1000 a month, for which we are most grateful.  Offers in any amount would be most welcome.  Thank you!
Karen Sankey for the Parish Committee

February Birthdays

Peter Palches 19th

Changes to our Directory 
Ilona Metell has moved. Her mailing address is the same. Her physical address is 421 Edgartown Road, Unit F3, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. 
You can view the directory here:
If you would like to make any changes to the directory please submit them here:

February Care Coordinators
Rita Brown  Donna McElroy
For Care Coordinator contact information and quick reference go to the UUSMV member page:

Our Island Community

West Tisbury Congregational Church still Looking for Volunteers
The WT Congregational Church needs volunteers for their Community Supper Program. Duties include chopping and preparing food, light cleaning, packing and distribution. Shifts are 2 hours and vary from morning (10-12) and afternoon (1-3) shifts Sunday thru Wednesday, with 2 additional shifts 2-4pm and 4-6 pm for packing and cleanup on Wednesdays. We offer Community Suppers every Wednesday through April.  Please call Marjorie Peirce +1 (508) 221-0314, or email for information and how to sign up. 

... fostering community action, racial equity, and universal justice
UUSMV Universal Justice in 2022
Allies for Racial Equity
Some ideas for Honoring Black History Month
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is excited to recognize and celebrate the start of Black History Month. Throughout this month the museum be sharing photos, collection items, and stories that highlight the rich history of African American people on Martha’s Vineyard, who have made immeasurable contributions to our Island.
Dorie Godfrey
Climate resolution for 2022
If you are planning to rejuvenate your lawn, redo it completely by having a meadow of native plants to attract butterflies and bees.  Do not use fertilizers, leaf blowers, gas powered lawnmowers ever again.


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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This lovely hat has been sitting in the office for a few weeks.  If it looks familiar send me an email. 
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