Go Gently, My Friends

by Rev. David A. Miller. As we enter the uncharted waters of this post-election world – with so many uncertainties that can lead to stress and anxiety – I feel it’s important for us to be gentle with each other. Frustration with the status of the world may lead to frustration in our personal or communal lives that may not look like a reaction, but could have its roots in deeper fear and anxiety. It is also an especially important time for us to be loving and welcoming at UUCF. We are a people of many preferences and opinions. There is no way for everyone to have things exactly as […]

A Movement for the Soul of a Nation

by Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. I am struggling as much as anyone to put into perspective the ramifications of the election and its aftermath. Last night, I took a moment to watch an old episode of “Band of Brothers,” the one where they discover the concentration camp. It is a heart-wrenching episode, and it made me think about some of the speculation around the ramifications of this election. I’m hearing everything from “give them a chance” to “this is the end of the world as we know it.” I know we will continue to process this. I also know that the world has seen and survived ideologies of […]

Investing in UUCF’s future

by Dave Wiemer, Generosity Team member. Like many of you, I am still struggling to process the results of Tuesday’s presidential election. In discussing the outcome with our children, my wife, Heather, and I assured them that they were safe and loved. We assured them that we would fight injustice and find ways to serve the most vulnerable members of our community. We promised them that as a family we would stand on the side of love. A few days removed from that conversation, I continue to find reassurance knowing that I belong to a faith community that shares my values. UUCF is a place where my family and I […]

Getting Grounded at UUCF

Nov. 8, 2016. by Joshua Alcocer.  In January 2016, I made a commitment to go to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax every Sunday this year. So far I have done so with missing two services as the exception. The reason I choose to go every Sunday to UUCF is to get grounded in this particular congregation. Being involved in UUCF is a statement I am making for my life this year – to be a part of community – and have been discovering from the active members I meet what taking action can represent. There is so much activity just by sticking around here. Before UUCF, I have grown spiritually in my drug addiction […]

Spiritual Practices for Tough Times (and Election Day)

by Associate Minister Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. Tomorrow will mark the end of this most unusual and divisive election season. One way or another, we, the people, will make our voices heard at the voting booth. (And I hope all who are able will vote, if you haven’t already!) The choices we have collectively made will be known. We will move on, one way or another. There will be opportunities for healing and reconciliation: I hope to see many of you at the interfaith Post-Election Call to Healing on Wednesday night. But, for now, we are sitting in the space of not-knowing, not-yet-clear. If you’re like me, the uncertainty and intensity […]