Making UUCF’s “Paris Pledge”

Sep. 26, 2016. by Dave Anderson. Like many of us, I was impressed (and depressed!) by the climate change information in Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” when it came out 10 years ago. The film hit me on an intellectual level, but not emotionally in the gut. However, after reading some of Catholic theologian Thomas Berry’s deeply spiritual writing about the sacredness of the earth and all life forms, I felt moved to do something, to try to make a difference in my personal life and, if possible, in the larger sphere. Last year, I started attending the meetings of the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions-UUCF group (recently renamed the […]

Courage in action creates hope

I watched the Ken Burns documentary “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War” on PBS Tuesday night. From the earliest age, growing up Jewish near Skokie, IL, a place with the highest population of Holocaust survivors anywhere besides Israel, I was aware of anti-immigrant prejudice and political fascism and recognized that some lives were valued more than others. I have come to believe that history doesn’t repeat itself; we must continuously fight the forces in us and around us that threaten to overtake the world with the worst, instead of the best, of humanity. We are in another one of those times. The irony of watching this documentary is that now […]

Our Future Is Within Reach

by Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller and UUCF Generosity Team Co-Chair Deborah Boehm-Davis Four years ago this congregation looked boldly ahead. Our Board of Directors and other leaders envisioned a UUCF for the future. A UUCF that welcomed people with a beautiful, safe and accessible campus. A UUCF with technology and an infrastructure that could present our transformational messages to each other and to the broader community. A UUCF that is financially stable. A UUCF that is environmentally responsible. A UUCF able to bring its social justice mission to fruition. Our leaders laid out a campaign to move UUCF forward into that vision. That campaign was called Reach. Unlike […]

Excitement for a New Year Together

by Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. As we return to UUCF for the new congregational year, it has been a hot summer with so much going on in the world. I am looking forward to a wonderful year here at UUCF. I am so excited about having a year under our belts together and being the minister of a congregation with such an incredible history and filled with such amazing possibilities. Through July and August, much goes on behind the scenes to prepare for the start of the congregational year. There have been planning retreats with ministers, staff and lay leaders. Groups like the Social Justice Council, the Worship […]

Why a UU at a UU Congregation?

by Intern Minister McKinley Sims. Grace and peace, friends! My name is McKinley Sims, the intern minister at UUCF for the next year. I’m a recent graduate from seminary up in New Jersey, but I live in DC with my partner, Kristen (whom I have always called KP and can’t quite get my mind around calling her anything else). It’s been my honor and privilege to get to know the staff at UUCF for the past few weeks, and I preached for the first time yesterday! I think it’s customary to provide a bio to the congregation from a new minister, so now is my time, and this blog is […]