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Upcoming Sunday Services on ZOOM

Make sure you have a Chalice available to light before the Service begins.
Services can be seen on Zoom every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Our Touchstones Theme for July is Harmony.

July 5th:
Sunday Service
with Barbara Face, Noell Hyman, Katie Seiferth, Marci Beaudoin, David Berry
 •  Order of Worship

Join our Service every week at this link: Zoom Worship Service
Mark your calendar for more Caravan Protests for safe, socially-distanced protesting in support of our Black brothers and sisters.

Last month was our first one and we had about 45 cars! Let’s keep it up!

Each protest will start at 3pm on a Sunday. We will depart from the VUU parking lot. Here are the next three dates:

July 12th
August 9th
September 13

Have posters ready to tape to your car with painter’s tape. Window paint and black or red balloons or streamers from the antenna are also great.

Contact Noell Hyman or Melissa Bush for questions. We’ll see you through your car window on July 12th!
We are thrilled to announce that VUU’s next administrator begins with us Monday, July 6th. Matthew Clark (he, him, his) is a self-proclaimed nerd who finds administration oddly fun. He comes to VUU from a Regional judicatory body of a mainline protestant denomination, but is excited to learn the nuance, beauty, and people of Unitarian Universalism. Matthew has eight years of administrative experience within faith communities, bringing tech and social media experience as well. He is excited to start on July 6 and looks forward to beginning relationships with each of you and VUU.

How to Support Black Community 
Ways You Can Help

Faith Formation Summer Programming for Children & Youth 
Unitarian Universalist Principles Virtual Art Walks 
 Check out the: Second Principle Art Walk 
Get involved: Click Here

Upcoming Special Events

July 1 - July 8
VUU Staff online
Check out the info/schedule at the bottom.
Our events are listed on our Facebook page: click on events

It’s Time to Invest in Education 
Thank You!
We want to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who turned in petitions over the last few weeks. It has not been easy with the current circumstances, but we made it happen despite the obstacles. 
We are happy to report that VUU did an outstanding job, turning in 79 petitions and a total of 848 signatures!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be learning more about the proposal and the November ballot and will do our best to keep everyone updated. 
Thank you again. Well done!
Bill Elliott, Barbara Quijada & Denise McLeod 

Summer 2020: Hosting Chandler I-HELP 

We will continue to host the Chandler I-HELP Shelter in our Sanctuary at least through August. Would you like to help by washing sheets? You would pick up dirty sheets on a Tuesday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and return them clean the next Tuesday during those same hours. To sign up, please click here.

Thanks to the food donors, the sheet washers and thanks to the whole beloved VUU Community for your generous hospitality during these challenging times. Our guests and those who run the Chandler I-HELP program are so grateful.
Volunteer Opportunities 
Opportunities to help VUU create engaging Sunday morning services.
Sunday Tech Team:   9-11:45 Sunday morning, 1-2x/month.  We will train you to run the Zoom room, share slides, share videos during live streaming service.  Best if you have multiple monitors and a strong internet connection.
Audio/Video Editor:  2-3 hours Thursday/Friday (flexible time), 1-2x/month. Create PowerPoint slides, add subtitles to audio and visual files.  No experience necessary. We will provide the software and training.
Contact DeeAnne McClenahan at

Youth Programs

One-N-Ten Support Group is now online! HERE is the link to their NEW newsletter! In addition, HERE is an Anti-Racist Resource Guide by Victoria Alexander - recommended by One-N-Ten.

 Zoom with the East VUU Group!

Thursday, July 9, 6:30p to 8:15
Topic: Doing Away with “Good and Evil”--Join us for a lively discussion led by Melanie Cloonan-Schulte on the ways that Buddhist thought speaks to our times. Buddhism does not conceptualize good and evil like western thought. Melanie will illustrate the practicality of some Buddhist approaches to coping with current difficulties, which we’ll discuss in zoom breakout groups. If you need some fresh perspectives and more peace of mind, zoom with us via the link below!
Dr. Melanie Cloonan-Schulte, MD, is a worship associate and a facilitator of the Dalai Lama group at the Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

Join Zoom Meeting by clicking on this link:
 The meeting ID and Dial-up information is needed only if you will be joining the meeting via phone call (audio only).
Meeting ID: 739 743 734
Dial by your location
        +1 253 215 8782 US
        +1 301 715 8592 US
VUU’s Green Sanctuary Garden
Did you know that VUU has a beautiful garden located on the northwest corner of the property? The Green Sanctuary Garden was started a few years ago and produces vegetables that have been contributed to local food banks, Paz de Cristo and iHelp. Our congregation often reaps some of the benefits as well from the annual bounty! 

While the garden has been very productive, it could be even better with your involvement. Whether you are a seasoned gardener, a novice, or an ex-gardener who would like to get those unused tools out of your garage, we would love to have you join us. Please take a few minutes to take The Green Sanctuary Garden survey.  Our plan is to set up groups to take on each of the areas. Please note that safety and social distancing will be a top priority. 
Thank you! We look forward to hearing from you.
The Food for Life and the Planet (FLP) Committee

Our Dalai Lama and Friends virtual gathering meets every Sunday at 9 a.m. It will on Zoom. Here is the link.

VUUers are still getting together - virtually of course - and groups are still meeting and doing good works of love and justice...

The Page Turners July Announcement
The book for July 16 meeting is The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantu.  This is a non-fiction book about a man who worked for the Border Patrol.  He leaves the Patrol for civilian life. But when a friend who is an immigrant travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River makes urgent and personal the violence our border wrecks on both sides of the line.    

The Page Turners are meeting via Zoom.  The meeting is July 16 at 7:15 PM.  If you would like to join the discussion, please email

VUU FLP Meeting - Social Gathering 
Please join members of VUU’s Food for Life and the Planet (FLP) Committee for a social gathering and discussion about Fourth of July plans. What vegetarian/ vegan foods are you planning to replace those burgers?

Date: Friday, July 3rd  
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Format: ZOOM

To receive all the details, please RSVP to Denise McLeod at

We hope you can join us!  

SINGLES  --  still having fun!
Zooming every Wednesday, noon to 2:00, bring your lunch, check in—let us know how you are doing, have time to visit  and maybe stay for cards!
Second and fourth Fridays, 6:15, zoom in for game night—we have been playing cards on with zoom.  Please check it out before Game Night.
Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 359 568 3684 Password: 123456
RSVP to Claudette, text preferred. 973-768-6047, or email to 

More Ways to Get Involved

From UUJAZ -

So You Want to Work on Racial Justice... a Discussion on Anti-Racist Organizing Practices
Wednesday July 1st 7-8 p.m.
A time to connect with other Arizona UUs who want to be engaged in racial justice work. This space will be moderated by Thoi, UUJAZ staff and long time organizer in the Phoenix area.
Register here:

Building Resilience as White Folks for Uncomfortable Conversations
Saturday, July 11th 2-3:30 p.m. 
Join UUJAZ's Janine Gelsinger in discussing the panel she contributed to at 2020 General Assembly, addressing how individuals and congregations can stay connected while in the discomfort of conversations about race and oppression. 
Register here: 

Night at the MUUvies 
Saturday July 11th 6 p.m. movie screening, 7:45 p.m. discussion
Join with UUs across Arizona for a virtual gathering to watch a film then participate in discussion, hosted by Emrys Staton.

THE INFILTRATORS is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of young immigrants who are detained by Border Patrol and thrown into a shadowy for-profit detention center—on purpose. Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical DREAMers who are on a mission to stop unjust deportations. And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention. However, when Marco and Viri attempt a daring reverse ‘prison break,’ things don’t go according to plan. By weaving together documentary footage of the real infiltrators with re-enactments of the events inside the detention center, THE INFILTRATORS tells an incredible and thrilling true story in a genre-defying new cinematic language.
Trailer & info:

UUJAZ Book Group
Friday July 17th 12pm
Its more important than ever to stay justice centered in our faith, as decisions made now will affect climate justice and structural inequity for years to come. Join Rev. Tina Squire the third Friday of each month at noon for a book discussion. July will feature: How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi.
Sign up here:

Look for sign-up details on UUJAZ Facebook page and website

Believe it or not, the covid pandemic has had some benefits. Our air and water are cleaner. The lack of gridlock on the highway has resulted in a longer life for those roads. Has this mitigated the effects of climate change? We don’t know yet. But, here at VUU, we have a very active and vocal group who are lobbying for climate change – change back to the way our planet was years and years ago. Arizona Interfaith Power and Light asks us to reduce the causes of global climate change through spiritual reflection, education, advocacy and action – and vote for candidates that support and advocate for these efforts. One member of that group is Jerry Waters, who recently contacted me to urge all VUU members to pledge to vote for those candidates and issues that reverse the effects of climate change. Your Board of Trustees has voted to support the efforts of Arizona Interfaith Power and Light. At this link,  ,you can pledge to consistently vote with climate in mind. And, since UU’s seventh principle is “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part,” this should be one of the easiest decisions you’ll ever make.

Schedule of Online Events

Check out our Events Page on Facebook for more information on the following online opportunities:

Wednesday, July 1
7:00 p.m. Music, Reflection, Peace with Rev. Andy and Katie. 7 - 7:30 p.m. online check in with each other

Sunday, July 5 
10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Service on Zoom 

Wednesday, July 8
7:00 p.m. Music, Reflection, Peace with Rev. Andy and Katie. 7 - 7:30 p.m. online check in with each other
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