by Pete Krone, Annual Giving Campaign Co-chair. Reimagining the possible. When seismic shifts occur in our lives, our community and our country, we are called on to look to our values and what matters most and then to re-imagine what can and must be done. Reimagine the hopes of a visitor walking through our doors – realizing that at one time we have all been a visitor. This year’s Annual Giving Campaign’s theme is just that – Reimagining the Possible – looking at what matters most and providing financial support for what must be done to ensure that UUCF is a vibrant, engaged and financially sound congregation. The annual campaign […]
Sermon 02.19.17: Wise Engagement: A Buddhist Virtue for Our Time by Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig
by Director of Religious Exploration Linnea Nelson. Last summer as I looked through our RE cupboards of toys for young children, I wondered if we might be able to create a model of our beautiful Sanctuary for our 4- and 5-year-olds. Their curriculum introduces them to our community members, ministers, grounds and buildings that make up our UU home. Having a child-sized Sanctuary seemed like a stretch, but maybe I could find someone to make a simple model. I mentioned the idea to Ron Giusti,* who I knew crafted beautiful birdhouses, and he said he’d think about it. Two months later, he presented the class with an amazing 3-foot by […]
UUCF youth and adult volunteers donate and prepare (Saturday), and reheat and deliver (Sunday) 60-80 hot breakfasts to homeless clients on a bimonthly basis. To join the UUCF Hot Meals volunteer email list, please contact co-chair Scott Lundgren, 703-789-2412; for opportunities for the Oct. 27-28 Hot Meals, click here.
by Associate Minister Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. The myth of Cupid and Psyche has been much on my mind as we approach Valentine’s Day this year. Do you know it? The story goes like this: Psyche, daughter of a king, is so beautiful and kind that Cupid, the god of love himself, has fallen in love with her from afar. Because of the jealous intervention of other gods, Cupid is only able to court her with a very strange condition. He can only approach her in the full darkness of night, or a curse will strike and bring disaster. Cupid and Psyche meet and fall in love, all by night, and […]
Sermon 01.15.17: Beyond MLK by Rev. David A. Miller
by Rev. David A. Miller. Friday night I said the blessing at UUCF’s Hypothermia Shelter dinner. Afterward, as I walked out in the freezing cold wind, I couldn’t help but feel deep sadness. We have a promise that holds this country together. It is a promise to those who have nowhere to sleep and a promise to those who have no home due to conflict, poverty and war. It is the promise that this country was built on. We have often failed in fulfilling that promise. Sometimes we come closer to fulfilling the promise than at other times. Now it seems we are moving further away from that promise. I […]
by Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. Jan. 29, 2017. Unitarian Universalist Minister Rob Macpherson wrote: “The very bedrock of our Unitarian tradition is the free practice of religion, first articulated in the Edict of Torda in 1568. If people ask you when Unitarianism started, that is as close to a solid inception date as can be offered. It was a doctrine of radical tolerance of religious diversity and a bold way forward in the context of the blood-soaked Reformation. Here’s the crucial bit of that edict: ‘… in every place the preachers shall preach the Gospel according to his understanding of it and if the congregation like it, well. […]