Vote Your Values, Love Your Neighbors

by Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. Feb. 29, 2016. You’re voting tomorrow, right? If you’re an eligible voter, I hope you’ll make it to the polls tomorrow for Virginia’s presidential primary. I don’t have to tell you there’s a lot at stake this year. I hope we all get out and vote according to our values. For some, it’s been a tough choice to figure out where to cast our votes this time around. And for some, personal relationships have been tested, even strained. One of my dearest friends has been very active in supporting a different candidate from the one I prefer. And it’s been a little challenging. We both feel […]

Neither the beginning nor the end

by Rev. David A. Miller. Thirty days isn’t a long time in the course of human history. Although a wonderful place, UUCF probably isn’t going to be able to change centuries of racial justice issues built into the culture and the systems of this country and the world. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. Remember, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens …” I wish there were a clear road map for how to take what we have experienced and learned together during these past 30 days and move forward as a congregation to continue the work of racial justice. Unfortunately, there is not. Just like everything […]

Let’s Not Be Quiet Anymore

by Linnea Nelson. Almost 50 people from UUCF and the greater community gathered on Saturday afternoon to learn how to talk to kids about race, and everybody was eager to learn. Moderator Cayce Utley, local director of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), acknowledged that many of us may have come hoping for a guidebook to keep us from making mistakes or saying the wrong thing. In return, we shared our uncertainty about whether we should talk with our young children about race at all. The panelists began by sharing their own stories of microaggressions. One shared about curious grocery store customers asking her as a child where her family […]

The politics of Barbie

by Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. Barbie has blue hair and hips! This week, The Washington Post reported that Mattel, maker of the Barbie doll, is introducing a whole spectrum of Barbie diversity: four different body types, including a fuller-figured Barbie whose shape is a lot more like the average American woman than the Barbie dolls I grew up with; seven different skin tones; 22 eye colors; and (of course) 24 different hairstyles; including the aforementioned blue hair. It’s about time. No doubt it’s good for business. But it’s also the right thing to do. When I was a girl, I adored Barbies. I loved the clothes and the hair, as so […]