“Invitation song”

by Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. Have you heard? This year, UUCF is partnering with more than 100 other Unitarian Universalist congregations around the continent to develop shared monthly congregational themes. This month we’ve been exploring this question: “What does it mean to be a people of Invitation?” As part of the UU “Soul Matters Sharing Circle,” each month we pool our best ideas about the theme and come up with a shared packet full of inspiring readings, provocative questions and “spiritual exercises” to help you really dig into what each theme means to you. In this month of Invitation, I found myself drawn to one exercise in particular. Here’s what the […]

“A community that is strong, vibrant and whole”

by Kelly Schlageter. As I enter my third year as lay minister for caring and wellness, I have had some time to consider what is meant by “caring and wellness” and how the work of caring for one another is ministry. When I was considering becoming a lay minister, I was daunted by the “minister” part. To me, that meant years of seminary and lots of training. I felt unqualified. And I wasn’t clear on how it was possible to coordinate care for and consider the well-being of every person in a large congregation. So for a few weeks, I sat with it and watched. And here’s what I saw: […]

The value of covenant in RE

by Linnea Nelson. On Saturday more than 100 UU religious exploration (RE) teachers from Northern Virginia gathered at UUCF to learn together, inspire one another and share ideas for the spiritual growth and development of our collective UU children. What an affirming, respectful and joyful group these RE teachers are – with over half the presenters and participants coming from UUCF! RE Committee Chair Suzanne Leonard and committee member Maria Cox-Leow led us through engaging activities that explored how we need to be in covenant with one another as we work through both the joys and challenges of teaching RE. At the training, teachers were asked to grapple with situations […]

“Embracing our work on your behalf”

“Board Works” blog for Sep. 10, 2015. In March, President Barack Obama offered a few words to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march at Selma, AL. Among these, he said: “What greater expression of faith in the American experiment than this; what greater form of patriotism is there than the belief that America is not yet finished, that we are strong enough to be self-critical, that each successive generation can look upon our imperfections and decide that it is in our power to remake this nation to more closely align with our highest ideals?” Striving for our highest ideals is ambitious. It takes effort … and bravery … and […]

“Prayer for a new congregational year”

by Rev. David A. Miller. As Unitarian Universalist congregations prepare to gather again for a new congregational year, the world has profoundly changed. As time passes, it will always profoundly change and a question that has to be asked is: How can we honor the past, understand our history, provide a place of spiritual grounding and yet adapt congregational life to meet the changing needs of a rapidly changing world? With all of the challenges in the world, we often struggle with the question of how we can somehow care for the well-being of those not in our immediate circle. How will we reach across difference with respect and curiosity, […]