June 10, 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 June 12 at 11 am:  "Why the Buddha Sat Under the Bodhi Tree" with Reverend Rob Hardies

Dear Friends,
When I was on island in April, many of us spent Earth Day taking a meditative nature walk at Polly Hill Arboretum. At one point during the walk, I found myself drawn to sit and meditate beneath one of the arboretum’s great cypress trees. I recalled one of my favorite Wendell Berry poems:
I go among trees and sit still.
All my stirring becomes quiet
Around me like circles on water.
My tasks lie in their places
Where I left them, asleep like cattle…
Then what I am afraid of comes.
I live for a while in its sight.
What I fear in it leaves it,
And the fear of it leaves me.
It sings, and I hear its song.
Sunday’s sermon, Why the Buddha Sat Under the Bodhi Tree, reflects on the connection between the Earth and our own spiritual growth and enlightenment. The order of service is attached.
Though Sunday’s sermon stands on its own, it was conceived as a companion to my sermon from two weeks ago, Why is the Buddha Crying? If you like, you may watch that sermon here:
Please join us in person or online this Sunday at 11:00 am. If you are joining in person, please be aware that masks are required while in the chapel. Worship leaders will be removing their masks while speaking and singing.
For those attending by Zoom, you may join the service virtually by clicking on the Zoom link, or copying and pasting it into your browser. You and anyone you invite can also join the service by going to our website and clicking on the button: "In Person and Virtual Sunday Services 11:00 am.”
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday! 
Rev. Rob Hardies
Consulting Minister
This Week's Happenings
Tuesday, June 14, 9:30 am:  Meditation Circle
Wednesday, June 15, 12 pm:  Impromptu Brown Bag Lunch, meet at Owen Park

Save The Date
Monday, June 20, 5 pm:  Share the Plate Team (meet at Steven's Chapel)
Thursday, June 23, 3 pm:  Out Back Meeting (meet at Steven's Chapel)
Friday, June 24, 10 am:  Lay Pastoral Ministry (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Wednesday, June 29,  3 pm:  Book Club (meeting will take place on Zoom) 

Upcoming Services
Sunday, June 19 at 11 am:  "Juneteenth" with the Allies for Racial Equity Committee
The Allies for Racial Equity will be sharing information on the proposal before the Unitarian Universalist Association and UU congregations to add an 8th Principle.

Sunday, June 26 at 11 am:  "Ablaze, but not Consumed"  with Reverend Rob Hardies
One day Moses came across a burning bush in the desert. And from its flames, God spoke to Moses, commissioning him to free his people from bondage. So begins the great biblical story of Exodus. What can the Burning Bush teach us about sustaining our spirits on the long road to liberation?
UUSMV CommUUnity

Member Updates
We’re sad to learn that Erika Berg is recuperating in a Boston hospital. Cards can be sent to her home address at: Erika Berg, PO Box 3112, Oak Bluffs 02557. 

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. 

Stephanie Michalczyk is looking for a volunteer or two who might help her sand the exterior trim on her windows. If you can help give Stephanie a call. Even 30 minutes would be appreciated. And if you have a sander that’s even better! 

More Honors for Our Graduates
Samantha Seidel-Aldrich-Moodie graduated from the Charter School on Sunday and received the Emily Henderson Design Star Award. 

Congratulations Sam!

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.

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.


June Birthdays
Emily Anderson 17th
Debbie Dean 22nd
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.

Pride Weekend in Oak Bluffs

June 11th 3:00 PM EDGARTOWN LIBRARY (Saturday)
June 14th 6:00 PM TISBURY LIBRARY (Tuesday) (on zoom – link at the library website)
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
... fostering community action, racial equity, and universal justice
UUSMV Universal Justice in 2022
Climate resolution for 2022
Food waste is linked to the climate change crisis.  When food is discarded all the inputs from fossil fuels, land and water used to produce and transport that food are wasted.  Furthermore, food waste in landfills produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas, as it decays.  According to the EPA, discarded food comprises 24% and 22% of landfilled and combusted municipal solid waste, respectively.   According to the Island Grown Initiative (IGI) “Each year, about 6,500 tons of food is shipped as garbage off Martha’s Vineyard. In 2020 alone, it cost Vineyard towns $720,000 to transport and dispose of this wasted food.”
What can you do?  Plan your meals carefully to minimize food waste and only purchase what you will use.  Find creative ways to use leftovers.  And what to do with your egg shells, coffee grounds, onion skins and other food products you don’t eat?  Compost.  The EPA has guidelines on composting here:  There are free countertop compost buckets available from the IGI at their West Tisbury office and at town transfer stations.  To request one contact IGI at or 508-687–9062.  If you aren’t able to compost at home, you can drop off your compost at IGI, The Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellowship, the Vineyard Conservation Society, Morning Glory Farm, or one of the island transfer stations.
For more information, see:, and

Climate Change:  State of Our Island Coast
Join Cynthia Dittbrenner, Trustees Coast and Natural Resources Director and Shea Fee, Trustees Costal Ecologist on Saturday, June 11, 10:00 am at the Oak Bluffs Library or streaming on MVTV Channel 13

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 12: Monday June 13 and Wednesday June 15
Week of June 19: Tuesday June 21 and Wednesday June 22
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 Thursday 1 - 3  pm and can arrange to meet you at another time if needed.  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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