April 22, 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 April 24 at 11 am
“A Chapel by the Sea,” The Re-Dedication of Stevens Chapel
In person in Stevens Chapel and on Zoom
Please join us for a special Sunday service to re-dedicate our beloved Stevens Chapel after more than two years of closure. We’ll honor the history of our community and celebrate our shared future. Rev. Hardies’ sermon this morning is called, “A Chapel by the Sea.” Stay after service for a simple catered lunch and fun intergenerational activities in the backyard.
This Week's Happenings
Friday, April 22, 10 am:  Earth Day Meditative Nature Walk led by Rev. Hardies and Liz Loucks.  To register, email Rev. Hardies at
Saturday, April 23, 10 am to 3 pm:  Spiritual Retreat led by Rev. Hardies in Stevens Chapel (in person only).  To register, email Rev. Hardies at

Tuesday, April 26, 9:30 am:  Meditation Circle (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Wednesday, April 27, 3 pm:  Book Club (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Thursday, April 28, 10 am - 12 pm:  Lay Pastoral Ministry will meet in the Chapel

Save The Date
Tuesday, May 3, 9:30 am:  Worship Committee (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Friday, May 6, 2 pm:  Sewcial Action Network, contact Laura Beebe for further information
Upcoming Services  
Sunday, May 1 at 11 am  David Vanderhoop 

Sunday May 8 at 11 am Rev. Rob Hardies

Sunday May 15 at 11 am Rebecca Gilbert
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
Congratulations to Mimi!
Congrats to Mimi Davisson who was the top vote getter write in candidate for the Oak Bluffs finance committee in the recent election.  Well done!

Many thanks!
A big thank you to Peter Palches for making the new wooden trash enclosure behind the church!  Great job, Peter! 

 Here a few of the auction items, services or experiences that have been donated.  We will feature items every Friday.
  •  New Fabric Shoulder Bag (Karen Sankey)
  • Cruise for 2 on the Skipper (Roger and Linda Moffat)
  • Custom Pet Portrait (Betsy Young Buck)
  • 2 Knit Hats (Doris Troy)
  • Luncheon for 2 with Doreen Kinsman at the Edgartown Yacht Club  
Our auction list is growing daily everyone.  Let us know if you have any questions or need help with your auction item.  Contact Ann Cilfone at .

April Birthdays
 Michael Savoy 22nd
Mary Jane Aldrich-Moodie 23rd
Rich Peia 25th
Johanna Kobran 29th

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

... fostering community action, racial equity, and universal justice
UUSMV Universal Justice in 2022
Climate resolution for 2022
EARTH DAY is 52 years old today.  Let’s pause to celebrate an important trend:  The combined emissions of six common air pollutants have fallen 73 percent since 1970. Over the same time period, the U.S. economy has grown over three and half times in size, the total number of miles Americans have driven has almost tripled and energy consumption has increased 44 percent.   Slow and steady has been winning the race over the past 50 years, but we need to substantially increase our pace of mitigation to avert climate disaster for our grandchildren.

Global Temperature Rise
Click on this link for a unique graphic on global temperature rise from 1880–2021.

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 — 

We Invite You to Share
Sometimes it can feel as though we have great ideas and vision but are not as great on taking actions to realize our vision.  In a recent meeting of the Allies for Racial Equity, we shared what we've been doing individually and in groups to dismantle white supremacy, racism and all intersecting oppressions. It was enlightening and helped us realize that we are taking actions.  We want to invite you to join us. We invite you to share actions you have taken or are taking to help the UUSMV achieve our 2025 vision to accountably dismantle white supremacy, racism, and all intersecting oppressions in ourselves, our community, our institutions, and our democracy.
Please share what you or your committees and groups (in UUSMV or the Island) are doing.  In what collaborations have you engaged? How are you educating yourself and others? We will share our cumulative work in the Friday newsletters.  
Dorie Godfrey for the Allies for Racial Equity
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 April is as follows:
ON ISLAND:  Thursday April 14 through Sunday April 24
Week of Apr 24:  Wednesday Apr 27

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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