“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 […]

“Respect and gratitude to all that creates and supports life”

by Rev. Julie Price. “The original instructions direct that we who walk about on the Earth are to express a great respect, an affection and a gratitude toward all the spirits which create and support Life. We give a greeting and thanksgiving to the many supporters of our own lives – the corn, beans, squash, the winds, the sun. When people cease to respect and express gratitude for these many things, then all life will be destroyed and human life on this planet will come to an end.” – from the Haudenosaunee “Basic Call to Consciousness” delivered in 1977 at a U.N. conference in Switzerland Gratitude and respect for the […]

“Roads for traveling souls”

by Rev. Jennifer Brooks. “However sheltered this port, and however calm these waters, we must not anchor here; however welcome the hospitality that surrounds us, we are permitted to receive it but a little while.” Those words are Walt Whitman’s, from his iconic poem, “Song of the Open Road.” My time has come to set sail. The energizing farewell worship service yesterday recalled to us the joys and challenges of our yearlong journey together. Now our paths diverge. My journey, shared with UUCF for one amazing year, continues. So does yours. I’m setting off for the First UU Church of Columbus, OH (like UUCF, a flagship congregation in its region). […]

“A tipping point in my life”

by Nikki Ames. On Jun. 14, I had the pleasure of singing for your congregation at the “Talking About the T” service. I didn’t know the effect this event would have on me until a few days later, as I reviewed in my mind the very kind and generous praise you showered upon me. I believe I’ve reached a tipping point in my life. Until now, I have kept the Internet presence of Nikki Ames somewhat private. Only Facebook friends can view my profile or videos online. Nothing is completely public. Although my four siblings know I’m transgender, and a handful of cousins as well, my parents and extended family […]

“Transitions, here we come (again)!”

by Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. What a year it’s been. Just 12 short months ago we were gathering at Oakton Elementary School, our temporary worship home, as our campus was taken over by trucks and bulldozers and heavy machinery of all sorts, giving form to our long-awaited parking lot. I recall the first time Rev. Jennifer Brooks came to worship and we all waved to her from those little folding wooden seats in the school auditorium. She was brand-new to us then, and we to her. Now, in less than a week, it will be time for us to say goodbye to her and wish her well in her new ministry […]