Stand Up for Justice spring conference

Mon., Apr. 3-Wed., Apr. 5, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St SE, Washington, DC. Registration information here. Conference flyer here. UUSJ contact: Elizabeth Stevens, 202-600-9132. The rising tide of inequality, intolerance and racism makes it critical for UUs to stand up for their values. UUs for a Just Economic Community and UUs for Social Justice (UUSJ) are organizing this spring conference to give UUs an opportunity to advocate for a vision of a fair and compassionate society directly to decision makers on Capitol Hill. We cannot take a step back on progress in equality and human rights. Now more than ever we must act… We will be joined by several […]

UUWomenspirit Spring Retreat – 30th Anniversary Event

Wed., May 17-Sun., May 21, The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, NC. UUWomenspirit is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that has hosted all-women retreats since 1987. Our retreats emphasize and celebrate the Divine Feminine in her many forms. This retreat is a particularly special one for UUWomenspirit because we will be celebrating our 30th anniversary! The theme is Ancient Whispers: A Pilgrimage to Women’s Mysteries, and will be a journey through time and place to remember our sacred heritage and revive the rich mysteries of our inner being. The brochure with detailed information about the workshops and other offerings will be available in late February or early March on our […]

Jazz Poetry Slam

Sat., Mar. 11, 7-9 p.m. (participant registration begins at 6:30), UU Congregation of Sterling, 22135 Davis Dr, Sterling, VA 20164. Requested donation: $10/person to attend, $15/person to slam. Co-hosted by Regie Cabico, the “Lady Gaga of Poetry,” and Sarah D. Lawson, Beltway Poetry Slam founder and slam master. Click here for more information. Poets will be offered 3 minutes to recite their poem over quiet jazz. Music will be provided by George Mason University jazz students and there will be a cash wine bar and decadent snacks.  

Young Adult Conference

Fri., Mar. 10-Sun., Mar. 12, at UUCF. Conference theme: Redefining Families. Hosted by the Virginia Unitarian Universalist Young Adults (VUUYA). Join our Facebook event here. Open to UUs and other interested folks ages 18-35. Register and pay here by Mar. 3. Please bring your sleeping bags/air mattresses as we’ll be sleeping overnight at the church. Questions? Email vuuyaleadership@gmail.com. Join us for our annual conference, where we will explore the changing nature of how we look at families, from queer and polyamorous relationships to dealing with difficult families of origin and beyond while enjoying a weekend of fun and fellowship with the wonderful VUUYA comUUnity.      

Learn about the UUA presidential candidates

Democracy is a core value of our faith. In June, delegates will vote for our next Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) president. Let’s work together to make certain everyone entitled to vote knows how to vote. To learn about the many opportunities for UUs to become familiar with all three UUA presidential candidates and important information about the voting process, click here. For more information about the election, including frequently asked questions, go to uua.org/elections. You have an opportunity to hear from the UUA presidential candidates yourself on Apr. 1 when the Central East Region (CER) hosts a Presidential Candidate Forum. This event will be live at Cedar Lane UU in Bethesda, but […]

Interfaith Musical Event for Peace and Harmony

Mon., Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m. (refreshments), 7-8:30 p.m. (music and discussion), Sanctuary. Sponsored by UUCF’s Muslim Liaison Group and the Rumi Forum. All are welcome. For more information, contact Susan Kirby. Performers will be UUCF’s Dave Anderson, Iranian scholar and musician Rana Shieh and Jewish scholar and musician Cantor Hinda Eisen Labovitz.

Risky Business: Sometimes You Just Gotta Say …

Date: Sun., Mar. 5, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary. Leader: Youth, Youth Ministry Coordinator Courtney Firth and Director of Religious Exploration Linnea Nelson. Music: Youth Band. Religious Exploration: Kindergarten-Grade 12 begin in the Sanctuary for Together Time. After Together Time, Kindergarten-Grade 6 will go to their classrooms. Grades 7-12 will stay for the rest of the service. Preschool begins and ends in Preschool Pod. Child care for infants to age 3 available in the Sanctuary Nursery.      

Whuu Am I?

Date: Sun., Feb. 26, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary. Leader: Intern Minister McKinley Sims. Music: Chorale and Revolution Ringers (handbells). Religious Exploration: Classes in session for ages 2 through Grade 12. Kindergarten-Grade 3 begin in Chapel. Grades 4-6 begin in the Sanctuary. Preschool, Middle School and High School classes begin and end in their classrooms. Child care for infants to age 3 available in the Sanctuary Nursery.    

Fulfilling Our Promise

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 […]