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"Active Hope: Soaring and Seeing"
Date: Aug. 2, 2015, 10 a.m. Minister: Rev. Julie Price. Description: Active Hope: How can we hope in the face of overwhelming challenges in our world? In this four-part sermon series, Rev. Julie will lead us on a journey guided by four practices from environmental activist and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy from her book, "Active Hope." Symbolized by the four elements of water, fire, air and earth, these practices can help empower and sustain us in our work to "transform the world through acts of love and justice." This Sunday, from the fire of honoring our pain, we soar into the air and see that we are just one part of a larger story. Music: Sarah Jebian and Maeve Nash. Religious Exploration: Summer RE classes in session from Age 2 to rising Grade 12. Grades 1-8 begin in Sanctuary for Together Time. HS RE resumes with Rising Grade 9 to Rising Grade 12.
"Active Hope: Grounded in the Next Step"
Date: Aug. 9, 2015, 10 a.m. Minister: Rev. Julie Price. Description: How can we hope in the face of overwhelming challenges in our world? In this four-part sermon series, Rev. Julie will lead us on a journey guided by four practices from environmental activist and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy from her book, “Active Hope.” Symbolized by the four elements of water, fire, air and earth, these practices can help empower and sustain us in our work to “transform the world through acts of love and justice. This Sunday, from the perspective we found high in the air, we come back down to earth to take the next step. Music: Mike Wingo, percussion. Religious Exploration: Summer RE classes in session from Age 2 to rising Grade 12. Nursery care through age 3 in the Sanctuary Building.
“Summer fun: No guilt allowed”
by Rev. Julie Price. By my calculations, based on the Fairfax County Public Schools calendar, we are almost halfway through summer! I have so enjoyed hearing on Sundays about the trips, visits and recreational pursuits many of you have completed or are anticipating this season. More than a few of you have apologized to me for having to miss some of the worship services this summer to enjoy some summer fun. So first of all, consider yourself absolved of any guilt you may feel in missing worship this summer whether as a result of edifying or purely indulgent pursuits. Guilt is not one of our UU virtues! I am so enjoying seeing you all on Sundays and we are having some really great worship services, if I do say so myself. But what I most want to say to folks who confess their summer adventures to me is, “Go! Have fun! Eat an ice cream cone. Go to a movie. Swim in a pool or lake. Read a good book. Enjoy an epic party. Sleep in and read the newspaper. UUCF will be here when you come back and will welcome your refreshed and renewed spirit.” Or if you are away and really missing us, just turn on your computer at 10 a.m. on Sunday and join us for worship via live stream on our website – uucf.org/streaming. You might even enjoy the opportunity it gives you to sing at the top of your lungs or to worship from the comfort of a lounge chair with an iced tea! My summer fun with you is about halfway through too. I will lead the next three worship services as your summer minister and then I will be heading on to new ministry experiences. I will spend this coming year completing my required clinical pastoral education unit at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville, MD, as well as studying in preparation for my UU Ministerial Fellowship Committee appointment in December 2016. Once I leave on Aug. 16, I won’t be back at UUCF for a year. But since my family and I are members of UUCF, once that year is up, you’ll see me again, I promise. Oh, the fun is just beginning, wonderful UUCF friends. Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig returns from vacation this Sunday and we welcome our new Parish Minister, Rev. David Miller, in the office next week. His first Sunday preaching will be Aug. 23. I am filled with such hope and joy for what I anticipate the future holds for UUCF. So rest up this summer. Take your trips and enjoy your free time. And then get ready to jump in with both feet as UUCF begins its seventh decade with renewed energy. It is going to be an exciting year and I can’t wait to come back next summer and hear all about it! With joy, Julie