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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 The theme for August is Creation.

August 30th: 
Sunday Service with Marci Beaudoin, Randy Galbraith, Rosaland Hawkins, Katie and Andrew Seiferth and David Berry 
 •  Order of Worship

Join our Service every week at this link: Zoom Worship Service  

In case you've missed it, last week's:  Worship Service

VUU News

Compost for the VUU Garden
The VUU garden needs nourishment! Since we have not been gathering together each Sunday, our compost donations have declined. We are preparing the soil for fall planting and would appreciate your contributions to our compost bins. It’s easy!
Here are the things we prefer for composting: 
•Raw plant-based kitchen scraps (peels, cores, and whole past-their-prime fruits and vegetables (bigger items should be chopped up)
• Coffee grounds
• Wood ashes
• Leaves and soft stems from vegetable garden plants, flowers, and weeds
• Soft fluffy grass clippings (green is best, but dry is good too)
• Sawdust
The garden is located in the northwest corner of the VUU parking lot. There are compost bins right at the edge of the parking lot with stones on their lids that indicate which could use a donation! Look for the “Feed Me” messages. 

For additional items that could be used for our compost or for more information, please contact Ken St. John at

Thank you!

Youth Programs

Faith Formation Summer Programming for Children & Youth  
Join the last art walk of the summer! Click here to get involved.

 Check out the: Sixth Principle Art Walk 
Art work by Sophia, Age 10
As you probably suspect; our only option for delivering faith formation programming this fall is online (sorry to add to the kids screen time!) Classes begin Sunday, September 13th. Program calendars and ZOOM links will be emailed to you after your registration has been received.
Registration link:

ELEMENTARY: 2 yr olds - 5th graders, Sundays 1-2 p.m.: CartUUns, Unitarian Universalist values through the animated short films of Pixar and Disney. 
Please note: 
1) Monthly "take home" bags of supplies will be created for each participant. Please indicate (on registration) if you can pick up bags at VUU, help deliver, or need delivery.
2) Participants will need to download the Chrome extension My Disney Pal at

 MIDDLE SCHOOL: 6th-8th graders, Sundays 3-4 p.m.: Crossing Paths, Exploring the World's Religions using a UU theological framework. Virtual visits will enable youth to experience our "neighboring faiths" in the safest format available during the Covid pandemic.
Please note:
1) Parent & youth orientation will be Sunday, Sept 13th at 3 pm. Classes will begin the following Sunday.
2) Classes will be recorded and uploaded as PRIVATE to the VUU YouTube channel. Families will receive an email with the link to view the videos.

HIGH SCHOOL: 9th - 12th graders, Sundays 4:30-5:30 p.m.: TED Talks, Discussion based programming. 
Please note:
1) TED Talks will cover a variety of topics including social change, race, LGBTQ+ issues, environment, criminal justice reform, peace/conflict and may include some swear words.

In the Community


Valley Interfaith Project (VIP) has structured a non-partisan, voter engagement initiative focusing on AZ Proposition 208, better known as Invest in Ed. This is a texting effort, and VIP will provide lists, scripts and training.
Are you interested in getting this important initiative passed? Please contact Denise McLeod at if you’d like to join the team!  
Summer 2020:Hosting Chandler I-Help 
We will continue to host the Chandler I-HELP Shelter in our Sanctuary at least through October. 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. There are still spots 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. 

VUUers are still getting together virtually, meeting and doing good works of love & justice

VUU CCL & Environmental Action Team Meetings
Time: Every month on the Fourth Wed, until Dec 23, 2020
        Aug 26, 2020 06:00 PM
        Sep 23, 2020 06:00 PM
        Oct 28, 2020 06:00 PM
        Nov 25, 2020 06:00 PM
        Dec 23, 2020 06:00 PM 

Click Here to Join Zoom Meeting
      Meeting ID: 992 3643 0521
      Password (required): 892925
Want to re-connect with other parents from Valley UU?
Drop in to one (or more) of our Parent Chat zoom meetings. No need to RSVP
Mondays 2-3:30 p.m.
Meeting ID: 830 0882 2731
Passcode: 190811 
Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m.
Meeting ID: 842 1301 8734
Passcode: 190811

Saturdays 1-2:30 p.m.
Meeting ID: 874 4429 2775
Passcode: 190811
VUU FLP Meeting - Book Discussion 
On Friday, August 28th at 10:00 a.m., we will be discussing Ingrid Newkirk’s Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion. 

We hope you can join us for an inspirational read and a lively discussion!

Join Zoom Meeting 

Contact Denise at for more information. 
EastVUU Meeting 
Mark your calendars for EastVUU Social Night August 27 6:30 p.m.

We will have a walk down memory lane. Bring to the Zoom Meeting an item that brings back memories or means a lot to you. This should be a great "show and tell". If you wish to be added to our member list, Please contact Perii at Hope to see you all there.
SINGLES  --  still having fun!

Zooming every Wednesday, noon to 2:00 p.m., bring your lunch, check in—let us know how you are doing.  At 1:00 we’ll start playing cards on with zoom. Please check the website out beforehand if you’d like to play. We leave zoom open so we can talk and open the link for cards so we can all play together and talk, too!
Second and fourth Fridays, 6:15 p.m., zoom in for Game Night—we have been playing Scattergories, Keno and other fun group games. New games introduced periodically. Come join us for some much-needed fun! 

Text Claudette, 973-768-6047, preferably, or email Claudette Wassil <>

Our Dalai Lama and Friends virtual gathering meets every Sunday at 9 a.m. It be will on Zoom. 
Here is the link
Meeting ID: 388 347 383
Password: 347553
Zoom Social Time
Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. 
Come and visit, stay connected, meet new people!
Click here for the Zoom Link
ID if needed: 492 452 8819   

For more information or assistance, Contact Jodi Freeman at

Social Distance...But Make it Social Justice

UU The Vote- Worried About the Post Office?

  • Call your Senator and tell them to support at least $25 billion in stimulus funding for our public Postal Service.
  • File an online complaint with the Inspector General for the Post Office requesting an investigation into reports of systemic mail delays, removal of mailboxes, and incidences where mail sorting machines are being eliminated from mail processing.
  • Call your County Recorder and tell them you support additional ballot drop boxes.
Black Lives Matter  
Artwork by Robin Eisenberg, Instagram & Website 
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