A Blessing and a Curse
Date: Sun., May 29, 10 a.m., Sanctuary. Leader: Rev. David Miller. Music: Davin Hutchins, vocals and piano. Religious Exploration: No RE. Child care available to age 5 in the Sanctuary Nursery.
We Can't Stop Now: A Vespers for LGBTQ Capital Pride Month in the Greater Washington, DC, area. Fri., Jun. 3, 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary. Music provided by Colin Addis. Equality UUCF's theme for this vespers, We Can't Stop Now, celebrates legal and societal progress made and encourages UUCF congregants to remain informed, energized and ready to Stand on the Side of Love for equality and justice for all. Because, it's clear, we can't stop now!
Gratitude for a community of caring
by Kelly Schlageter, Lay Minister for Caring and Wellness. In July 2013, I became Lay Minister for Caring and Wellness. I was looking for a way to serve, to learn about the more practical aspects of operating a campus our size and, most importantly, to get more connected and to know more of you. I couldn’t have known at the time that we were about to embark on a period of significant transition. First, Director of Music & Arts Mark Vogel announced he and his family were moving. Then, Parish Minister Mary Katherine Morn announced she was leaving UUCF to take a position at the Unitarian Universalist Association in Boston. We welcomed Jennifer Brooks into our community as interim minister and we welcomed Pawel Jura as our new music director. During that year, we experienced profound loss when Pawel died, followed by the excitement of selecting our new senior minister. Just a few short weeks ago, we installed Rev. David Miller in a ceremony full of anticipation and joy. I learned a great deal during my time as your lay minister. I learned that deep sorrow and loss don’t only happen to individuals, but can happen to whole communities. I also learned that just as it is with personal loss, the depth of our sorrow reflects the depth of our connection. I learned that we are incredibly resourceful. We comfort each other through words and deeds, yes, but also through song and dance. As I stood there looking out across the Sanctuary during our Banding Together concert, I saw people intentionally choosing joy. Through sheer force of will, we were choosing hope, dammit. What I wanted most when I took on this role was to get to know more of you on a deeper level, and I have. You have a cavernous capacity for kindness, talents beyond measure and a willingness to share them, and a resilience that gives me great faith in our shared future. Thank you for the opportunity to serve in this capacity. It has been a great gift.Read More >>>
Search narrowed to top three candidates
Posted May 4, 2016. “As previously reported, your search committee for our new Director of Music and Arts received more than 40 applications for the position. We narrowed the list down to seven highly qualified applicants with whom we recently held Skype interviews. After considerable discussion, we selected three of them for personal visits to UUCF during the next several weeks. They will be given a tour of the campus, meet the staff and various groups, and conduct the Chorale. Our goal is to make a final selection soon thereafter so that the new director can start work in August.” Best regards, Bill Ades, Kat Bindbeutel, Raoul Drapeau, Meg Harrelson, Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig, Jennifer McLaughlin, Rev. David Miller, Laurel Ohlson and Karen WolfRead More >>>