The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF) is a liberal religious congregation whose mission is to transform
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"Power versus Force"
Date: Sun., Feb 1, 2015, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Minister: Rev. Jennifer Brooks. Religious Exploration: All classes in session. Gr. K-6 start in the Chapel. All other classes start in classrooms. Music: Chorale (UUCF's adult choir)
"The Power of the Shadows"
Date: Feb. 8, 2015, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Minister: Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. Description: All of us have shadow selves — those unconscious parts of ourselves we don’t like very much, parts that we try to push away. It’s all very human. But if we push those shadows away, we run the grave risk of projecting them onto others, creating enemies and perpetuating violence and division, not just in our individual lives but throughout whole societies. By making peace with our own shadows, we create peace in the world. Monthly theme: Power. Religious Exploration: Grades K-6 start in the Chapel. All other classes start in classrooms.
Worship Café is a new and more intimate way to explore our worship topics through music, readings and small group conversations. Every Saturday, starting Jan. 24, 4:30 p.m., Sanctuary Commons.
"Power versus Force"
Date: Sat., Jan. 31, 4:30 p.m. Leader: Rev. Jennifer Brooks. Religious Education: RE at Sunday services only.
"The Power of the Shadows"
Date: Sat., Feb. 7, 4:30 p.m. Leader: Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. Discussion topic: All of us have shadow selves — those unconscious parts of ourselves we don’t like very much, parts that we try to push away. It’s all very human. But if we push those shadows away, we run the grave risk of projecting them onto others, creating enemies and perpetuating violence and division, not just in our individual lives but throughout whole societies. By making peace with our own shadows, we create peace in the world. Religious Education: RE at Sunday services only.
“Dear Congregation, Thank You!”
by Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. My family and I have been so touched by your compassionate, loving response to my dad’s death last month. I want to let you know what it has meant to me. For days now, every time I come into work I have found thoughtful notes from so many of you, offering love and sympathy and understanding. And you know what? It is just amazing. In this time of deep and unfolding sadness and complicated emotions, every time one of you has reached out with a note or a hug or simply a kind smile, I have felt warmed and comforted by you. Thank you for that. I am more grateful than I can say. And the good news is, I know I’m not alone in feeling that warmth. Because, really, this is just what we do together as a congregation. People rally around one another. Friends step up in hard times. People who don’t even know each other find ways to reach out and offer support. It’s what we do. I’ve often watched you offer this kind of care to one another and felt deeply moved by the sight. Yet, to be on the receiving end of this love is a remarkable experience. I’ve found myself thinking often of a passage from the Hebrew Bible, in the book of Job, where Job says, “I had heard of you with my ears, but now I see you with my eyes.” Knowing something from the outside is a certain kind of knowledge, and a wonderful thing, but then also to know that thing from the inside out, from direct experience at the very center of the heart, is to really know it in a way that transforms. That’s what I feel I have experienced through your kindness to me and my family. I am honored to be your minister and humbled by your love. P.S. My mom and I were talking last night and she, too, has wanted to share her gratitude for the many caring notes that you have sent her too. She’s asked me to pass on this note from her: “Thank you all for your expressions of compassion about my husband’s death. Though we are miles apart, your kindness has moved me deeply. I appreciate your caring and support.” And from me: thank you so much for taking her under your wing too. It means so much to me and our family. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Impressive list of ministerial applicants
Jan. 12, 2015. This is a time when the excitement of unknown possibilities begins to manifest into reality. One week ago, the Unitarian Universalist Association sent us the list of ministers interested in our settled parish minister position. The list of individuals – with their stories, strengths and accomplishments – was impressive. A few relevant facts: 47 UU congregations are now in search. 86 ministers have expressed interest in at least one congregation. UUCF received 23 applications; one quarter of all ministers in search expressed interest in considering our position. Of our 23 applicants: Ministerial experience ranges from 1 to 28 years. And, many of the applicants had significant and impressive careers before coming to ministry. 11 identify as female; 12 male. They come from across the United States. They come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and a variety of family circumstances. At least two applied only to UUCF. The PMST has been studying ministerial records and working feverishly to learn as much as possible about each person. In the next few weeks we will hold Skype/FaceTime interviews with those candidates we believe are the best fits for UUCF. Based on those interviews we will identify and more fully evaluate a much smaller group of pre-candidates, leading to the selection of a final candidate. As a reminder, candidating week will be Apr. 18-26. That’s when the top candidate visits UUCF for the week, preaches at all services on those two weekends and meets lay leaders and staff. The week culminates in a member vote about whether to call the recommended candidate. We have gotten good initial feedback from the applicants about the quality of our Congregational Record, our comprehensive survey results and the high-quality feedback we provided through the small group forums and interviews (for those that did not see this data, it is available here). At this time, PMST communications will become more quiet. We have moved our PMST meetings off the UUCF campus to ensure the privacy of our applicants. We will let you know when our pre-candidates are selected. In the meantime, as always, please reach out to us if you have questions. With love, UUCF Parish Minister Search Team Previous “Search Updates“
Excitement is building
Dec. 23, 2014. Minister applications arrive in January. The winter solstice has passed and the days are getting longer again. As winter settles in, its calm foretells the inevitable spring … when seedlings sprout, animals re-emerge, familiar songbirds migrate back and we identify our new parish minister. Can you imagine it yet? Can you feel the excitement building? If not yet, you will soon! We are officially ‘In Search,’ along with 42 other congregations. The Parish Minister Search Team (PMST) used the survey and forum data you provided in the fall to complete our Congregational Record, which was submitted to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in early December. Of the 43 congregations in search for a parish minister this year, only one other is a large congregation like UUCF. We have asked for recommendations from many UU friends; a few have given us names and many have privately recommended us to ministers they believe would be a good fit. We have spoken to several potential candidates and encouraged them to apply for our position using the UUA process. We continue to get positive feedback about our potential for attracting strong ministerial candidates. The countdown begins … On Jan. 2, the UUA will send our search team the names and applications of those interested in being our parish minister. Due to confidentiality, we will not be able share their names with you, but we will start work immediately to evaluate their ministerial records. Here are the other upcoming key milestones January – the PMST will identify the top candidates and conduct Skype interviews. February and March – the PMST will engage and carefully evaluate a small number of pre-candidates. First week of April – the PMST will invite one minister to be the candidate for parish minister. Apr. 18-26 – Candidating week at UUCF. The candidate visits UUCF for the week, preaches at all services on those two weekends and meets lay leaders and staff. Apr. 26, 12:15 p.m. – UUCF members vote on whether to call the candidate as our new parish minister. Late summer 2015 – If all goes well, our new parish minister starts at UUCF. We continue to cherish your support and to feel grateful for all of the comments and perspectives you are sharing with us. With excitement, UUCF Parish Minister Search Team
Live stream our Sunday services
Starting Sun., Jan. 25, we will start live streaming our 9:15 a.m. worship service. Please join us by clicking the video box below. If you have technical difficulties, please send us an email.