The blessing of family, ritual and hidden depths

by Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig It’s been lovely to be on vacation these last few days, and very good to be back at UUCF too. While I was away, my sister and her family came to visit from Miami – first time in DC. I was so honored to lead a dedication ceremony for my nephew Xander in our backyard with our whole family gathered around. To be there in that special and sacred way for our precious little guy – well, it was pretty wonderful. I want to share with you the closing blessing we all read, taking turns, and also to tell you a little about my family who […]

UU faith ‘alive and evolving’

by Eve Stevens Last Sunday, 10 UUCFers shared a pew in the 800-year-old church in our partner village, Szentgerice. The large bell in the tower began ringing 10 minutes before the 11:15 service. The villagers began to arrive wearing their Sunday best. The women entered the church first and were seated; the men followed. When people sing in church in Szentgerice they push the sound out from the depths of their diaphragms. The power of their voices made the pews vibrate. The many Unitarian congregations in Transylvania and Hungary have gone underground and resurfaced a number of times. In the Middle Ages, Unitarian churches were closed and the culture and […]

Practically limitless possibilities

by Pawel Jura Editor’s Note: Pawel Jura wrote this before he was to begin his role as UUCF’s Director of Music & Arts on Aug. 11, 2014. Pawel passed away suddenly on Feb. 24, 2015. I am so pleased to be coming to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax this summer. From the moment I became aware that the position of Director of Music & Arts would be available, I suspected it would be a good fit for me. The more I found out about UUCF, the stronger that belief became, and now I’m looking forward to not only beginning my work with you, but also to getting to know […]

Roads for traveling souls

by Rev. Jennifer Brooks “Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road.” So Walt Whitman begins his iconic poem, Song of the Open Road. It’s a poem I have long loved; its opening phrase resonates with me every time I set off upon a new adventure – this time to serve as UUCF’s Interim Parish Minister. When a UU congregation is between settled ministers, change is inevitable. Whatever the feelings – grief, uncertainty, longing, hope – my calling is to see the beloved community through to the other side. I’m a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Interim Ministry Guild, the professional organization for ministers committed to intentional, focused, attentive transitional […]