June 24, 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 PERSON at Steven’s Chapel EVERY  Sunday!
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, June 26 at 11 am:  "Ablaze, but not Consumed"  in-person with Reverend Rob Hardies
Rev. Hardies kicks-off his summer residency on island with a sermon about how we maintain spiritual resilience in difficult times—and how we sustain it over the long haul. Drawing lessons from the story of Moses and the Burning Bush, Rev. Hardies will share insights for how we keep our inner flame burning bright in the face of challenges, disappointments and setbacks.
This Week's Happenings
Friday, June 24, 10 am:  Lay Pastoral Ministry (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Tuesday, June 28, 9:30 am:  Meditation Circle (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Wednesday, June 29, 3 pm:  Book Club (meeting will take place on Zoom) 
Thursday, June 30, 10 am:  Out Back Team (meet outside Stevens Chapel weather permitting)

Save The Date

Friday, July 1, 2 pm:  Sewcial Action Network
Wednesday, July 6, 10 am:  "In This Refulgent Summer"  Emerson and Unitarian Universalism (Register with Rev. Rob Hardies)
Upcoming Services
Sunday, July 3 and July 10 at 11 am:  Reverend Rob Hardies 


Sunday, July 17 at 11 am:  "Slave Song Spirituals"  with Jim Thomas

Sunday, July 24 at 11 am:  " Invasive Plants and Humans" with C.L. Fournari
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Member Updates
Alan Wilson was hospitalized, went to rehab and is now home.  His number in the directory is incorrect and will be updated.  The correct number is 774 310-0737.  

Erika Berg arrived home last Monday and will begin outpatient rehab at the hospital. She’s very happy to be back in her home with her family. 

Mary Gillette is recovering well from an illness and is open to receiving cards and calls. You can send cards to Mary Gillette, c/o The Heritage at Framingham, Box 353, 747 Water Street, Framingham, MA 01701. Her mobile is 774-563-5904. 

Myra Stark (who was hospitalized last month) was discharged from MVH rehab and is back in her own home.  
“In This Refulgent Summer” - Emerson and Unitarian Universalism
Facilitated by Rev. Rob Hardies
Wednesdays at 10 am at Stevens Chapel (or backyard): July 6, 13, 27, August 3, 10
To register, email Rev. Rob at
Over five weeks this summer we will read key religious and spiritual works by Unitarian minister and Transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. We will use Emerson’s work as a window into learning about the important spiritual and theological insights of our Unitarian Universalist tradition. Participants will need to purchase a copy of David Robinson’s, The Spiritual Emerson, published by the UUA’s Beacon Press. The books are $20 and will be available from the church office beginning Sunday June 26th. (If the cost is a barrier, just let me know and we can cover the costs of the book.)

Technology Assistance
We are happy to report we have been improving the AV system every week.  Andy has made some changes to the system to enhance the audio quality during live singing performances, something we have been struggling with for awhile.  We appreciate your patience!  Ann Cilfone is willing to help anyone who has questions regarding the quality of their Zoom experience.  Give her a call at the Chapel 508-693-8982 or email her at for assistance.  

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.


June/July Birthdays

Susanna Savov 26th

June Care Coordinator
      Judy Hickey
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 the MV Diversity Coalition 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.

June 25th 3:30 PM WEST TISBURY LIBRARY (Saturday)
June 29th 5:00 PM CHILMARK LIBRARY (Wednesday)
July 16th 7:00 PM UNION CHAPEL (Saturday) (tickets are available for $20,00, please call (703) 407-1207)
July 17th 11:00 AM UUSMV (Sunday)
Wampanoag (TBD)

For the presentation on July 16th, taking place at Union Chapel, tickets are available for $20 per person. Proceeds will go to The US Slave Song Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Please call (703) 407-1207.

Milokan Cultural Centers
We’re beginning to plant and grow a Milokan cultural center here on the Vineyard while our friends in Haiti do the same.
In both places, we’ll start small, with a temporary structure and lots of drumming and dancing. Here on MV, we’ll be setting up a hoop house at Native Earth Teaching Farm where we will offer outdoor activities on a donation basis, including art, music, and family dances.
We want you, as fellow community builders, to put us on your resource list. We provide outdoor space, a fire pit, a garden, and healing rhythms. If the opportunity to share projects arises, we’re interested, and we invite you to join in this energizing work in whatever ways work for you. We’ll be doing a  family dance and barbeque with Freedom Cartwright from 5-7 pm on Sunday nights with a Justice theme.
- Rebecca Gilbert

Celebrate Gay Pride
Wild About Harry will be shown on Wednesday, June 29 at 7 pm at the Edgartown Library.  Set in 1973 and inspired by the true-life events of co-writer and director Gwen Wynne, Wild About Harry tells the story of the havoc that is wreaked in a teenage girl's life when she discovers her widowed father is gay. Alternately funny and heartbreaking, the film captures the homophobia of the time set against a backdrop of small-town America on Cape Cod. The film utilizes emblematic music expressing the artistic and experimental freedom of the early 70s.We will be joined by James Egan, producer of the film, and his husband Dan Perdios, author of A Golden Retriever and His Two Dads: An Adventure on Cape Cod, which chronicles working on the set of Wild About Harry.  For more information visit:  Edgartown Library
... fostering community action, racial equity, and universal justice
UUSMV Universal Justice in 2022
Climate resolution for 2022
We can’t discuss climate change and environmental issues without discussing environmental racism.  Environmental racism is a term coined by Benjamin Chavis in 1982, defined by Dr. Chavis as “racial discrimination in environmental policy-making, the enforcement of regulations and laws, the deliberate targeting of communities of color for toxic waste facilities, the official sanctioning of the life-threatening presence of poisons and pollutants in our communities, and the history of excluding people of color from leadership of the ecology movements”.  Environmental racism is an international problem.  It leads to the disproportionate placement of pollutants such as toxic waste sites, power plants, and methane pipelines, as well as construction sites and highways in communities of color.  Studies have shown that even when poverty is taken in to account, race is the number one predictor of exposure to pollutants.
Living close to pollutants has lead to an increased prevalence of serious health conditions such as asthma, cancers, heart disease, lower birth rates, and higher mortality rates in Black, Indigenous, and People of color, with one study showing that Black Americans face the highest health burden from environmental pollutants in the US (see:
Environmental racism occurs due to, among other things, residential segregation, affordability of land, poverty in communities of color, diversion of projects away from predominantly white communities, lack of regulatory oversight, lack of ability to fight corporations, refusal of the EPA to hear complaints, and the fact that community members are not informed ahead of time of projects taking place in their neighborhoods.  Furthermore, the lack of representation for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in politics means that when decisions are made by mostly white politicians about where to put potential pollutants, communities of color lose.
What can we do?  Educate yourself on this issue.  See:, and
Listen to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and make sure they not only have a seat at the table but have leadership positions in the environmental movement and in political office.  Vote.  Check out the UU Mass Action legislative priorities at: and contact your representatives to let them know how you feel about this issue. 

Massachusetts Moves to Protect Our Democracy
A huge thank you to everyone who wrote emails, letters, and made phone calls to support the VOTES Act!
Governor Baker signed the VOTES Act into law this week, expanding access to the ballot in Massachusetts.
The VOTES Act will make several permanent changes to Massachusetts’ election laws, including:
  • allowing voters to vote by mail without an excuse;
  • expanding early voting options;
  • making sure that eligible voters who are incarcerated are able to request a mail ballot and vote;
  • ensuring that the Commonwealth joins the 30-state Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) to keep voter registration rolls up-to-date;
  • and more.
The bill also reduces the voter registration deadline prior to an election from twenty days to ten.
Dorie Godfrey

UUSMV Allies for Racial Equity service from last Sunday
The 8th principle:  “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”  To read more please follow this link:

Becoming a Good Trouble Congregation in June!
Our mission calls us to universal justice action!  Help the UUSMV protect our democracy and become a Good Trouble Congregation!
One of the UUSMV Good Trouble actions is to send 1500 postcards or letters to get out the vote. Our letter action for June is to send letters via Vote Forward to voters in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Contact Dorie Godfrey to request your packet of 10 or 20 letters!
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.”
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 June is as follows:
Week of June 26 (on island): Monday June 27 and Wednesday June 29.

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 upcoming week on Sunday, before our service and Tuesday from 12 - 2  pm and can arrange to meet you at another time if needed. I will be away June 30 - July 10.  I will be able to make edits to the website, answer emails, etc, but will not be holding office hours during that 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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