Ode to the Kaleidoscope

Oct. 31, 2016. by Cheryl Sadowski, Lay Minister for Adult Spiritual Development. Do you remember the joy of kaleidoscopes? – the long tubes pointing to a tapestry of light and color that organizes and reorganizes itself into a new picture with each twist of your hand? When you twist a kaleidoscope all the way around, you occasionally return to the very image at which you began, though really it isn’t quite the same. After all, prisms reflect and channel light, and light changes from one moment to the next. My own spiritual experience feels much like a kaleidoscope, having wound my way from a ritualized, cultural Catholic upbringing through threads […]

Steve Gold

Congregational Treasure. Oct. 31, 2016. Steve Gold has been a quietly active member of UUCF for more than 25 years. He has served in visible leadership roles such as the Endowment Committee (twice!) and on the Board of Directors, including a year as president. He has also served the congregation in many unseen but vitally important ways. He has advised the congregation on legal issues and provided legal assistance to numerous individual UUCF members. He volunteers as a pro bono lawyer for seniors requiring estate-planning documents. With his wife, Wini Atlas, he has served the congregation for many years as parliamentarian at our Annual Meetings. Steve has also contributed to […]

Systemic Racism

by Intern Minister McKinley Sims. I didn’t know I was racist. That was the big revelation. The piano falling on my head. Notice, I didn’t say that I didn’t know I was a racist. It’s not a noun, where I was a guy yelling slurs and making crude jokes and refusing to serve black and brown people. Plenty of people in my family have done that, I’m sure, along with people I grew up with, but I was different. I was an enlightened, liberal, voter for Kinky Friedman and Barack Obama! No way was I a racist! I have black friends, and I want to be a minister, and I […]

Live the Pledge to End Racism initiative

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (UUCA) has launched a new initiative – Live the Pledge to End Racism – a commitment to, and steps toward, eliminating racial prejudice in our own lives and the lives of all people. No matter where you are in your own journey to end racism, UUCA invites you to join in the following: Live The Pledge Reflection Groups. A series of Live the Pledge covenant-style sessions will be scheduled for individuals to join and reflect on issues of race, justice and white privilege. Click here to receive updates once dates are announced. Living the Pledge to End Racism Workshop – Nov. 12 and 19, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. […]

Helping Bend the Arc of the Universe Toward Justice

by Lay Minister for Social Justice Wini Atlas. Unitarian Universalists have worked to bend the arc of the universe toward justice throughout our history. In 1850, transcendentalist Unitarian minister Theodore Parker, a noted abolitionist, wrote: “I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.” When Parker wrote those words, the Unitarians and the Universalists were immersed in the abolition of slavery. One strategy our faith uses […]

Trauma and Healing

by Associate Minister Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. Last week our country learned, in graphic detail, that one of our national presidential candidates has boasted of his habits of sexually forcing himself on women. In the wake of the news, our ministry team had a heartfelt conversation sharing our reactions to the tape. We shared our anger and revulsion not just toward this particular revelation, but toward the broader culture of sexual violence that surrounds us all and shapes our lives. Emerging from that conversation, I feel called to say something I hope is obvious, but still needs saying: Your ministers care about each one of you and the impact that violence […]