Changing hats

by Ministerial Intern Julie Price Yesterday in the worship service, I began Together Time wearing two hats. One read, “Julie Price, Summer DRE Assistant,” the other, “Julie Price, Ministerial Intern.” I led Our Life Together, rang the bell and then left with the children to talk about the Chipko movement in India and go outside to hug trees around the campus. Today, the Summer DRE hat sits retired on my shelf, a reminder of two enriching summers with the teachers and children of UUCF’s Religious Exploration program. And this week I begin wearing my Ministerial Intern hat. I am nervous and excited as I anticipate what the next 10 months […]

The language of changing lives

by John Monroe, Acting Minister for Social Justice In one of my first weeks on the job as UUCF’s Acting Minister for Social Justice, I spent one morning observing the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes taught by UUCF volunteers at the Southgate Community Center in Reston. I couldn’t have asked for a more inspiring introduction to the job. It was social justice work at its best: focused, practical and loving. I watched our volunteers work with patience and determination to help their students understand the vagaries of the English language. But they were not just teaching language skills. They also were providing encouragement and moral support to […]

Yoga

Saturdays through May 20, 9:30-11 a.m., Prog. Bldg. Contact Ravi Kaur (Chris Mason), 571-213-3192, to register or for more information. Senior discounts, drop-in rates or package of four or 11 sessions available. Increase your flexibility, reduce your stress and improve your breathing and your health.    

What will you offer the world?

by Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig Dear ones, I wonder if you feel also that this has been a difficult week to be a human being in this world. The headlines have shown up relentlessly, messengers of pain and suffering – refugees and political violence across the Middle East, continuing unrest in Ukraine and, much closer to home, the tragedy of another young African-American man shot by police and a community exploding in violence. We listen, and read and many of us wonder, what on earth can we do? How are we called to respond, what can we do to help? How are we to live? Will you breathe with me? Breathe […]

Western Fairfax PFLAG and FLY

Tue., May 2, 7:30-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. PFLAG is a support group for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and FLY is a support/social group for LGBTQ youth and allies ages 12 (with parental permission) to 19. FLY also holds teen lounges on the third Friday of each month. Email PFLAG or visit FLY’s Facebook page for time and place.  

Living between trapezes

by Rev. Jennifer Brooks, Interim Parish Minister As UUCF’s transition year launches, all of us now are officially living between trapezes. Rev. Mary Katherine Morn has moved on to her new calling as the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) Stewardship and Development Director. I’ve left my previous transitional ministry in New Jersey and am just getting oriented here in Fairfax. UUCF members and friends have bid farewell to their departing settled minister and are waiting to welcome your new settled minister a year from now. So here we are, you and me, between trapezes together. Don’t look down. No, wait; it’s OK to look down, because there’s a huge safety net. […]

Preparing to say farewell …

by Eve Stevens A great joy of my summer sermon series on Unitarian Universalist and UUCF history has been learning so many stories about the lives of UUCFers. When we see each other at committee meetings or at coffee hour or bump into one another at the grocery store, it’s easy to forget that each of us carries amazing stories – stories about all the moments in our lives that led to this moment. The greatest lesson I’ve learned in my year at UUCF is that the congregation is rich with human resources. No matter what the journey ahead brings, the coming together of all these precious lives in community […]