“Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine” film screening

Sat., Mar. 4, 2 p.m., Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road., Oakton. Discussion to follow. Light refreshments available. Register here. In conjunction with the 2017 Season for Nonviolence, Unity of Fairfax will host an interfaith event featuring a screening of the film “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine” (2015). This award-winning, critically acclaimed documentary explores the life and tragic death of Matthew Shepard, a gay student murdered in 1998, in Laramie, WY. The story of Matt Shepard’s struggles is told through the personal lens of his family and close friends. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of The Gandhi-King Season for Nonviolence, an international 64-day campaign held in cities throughout the […]

SCOV world affairs discussion group

Fri., Mar. 17, 9-11 a.m., Vienna Seventh-day Adventist Church, 344 Courthouse Road SW, Vienna. Sponsored by the Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna (SCOV). Cost: $25 for eight meetings throughout the year (includes briefing book). To register, call SCOV, 703-281-0538 or email development@scov.org. View group schedule here. Designed by the Foreign Policy Association to bring people together in study groups to discuss, debate and learn about important global challenges of our time.

SCOV Lunch ‘n’ Life

Mon., Mar. 12, 12-2 p.m., Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2589 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna. Cost: $10/person, includes lunch and entertainment. Pre-payment required by Mar. 6. No refunds. To register, contact the Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna (SCOV), 703-281-0538. Entertainment sponsored by The Crossings at Chantilly. Featuring “Scandals in the City” with Elaine Flynn as Alice Roosevelt Longworth. Don’t miss Alice’s tales of her life in the White House as Theodore Roosevelt’s eldest daughter plus all about her life and stories in between.  

Historical roots of American policing

Sun., Feb. 26, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Cedar Lane UU Church, Chalice House, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda. Open to all. Light lunch will be served (suggested donation: $7/person). Questions? Contact TogetherLeads@googlegroups.com. A discussion of the historical roots of American policing in slavery patrols by Dr. Alonzo Smith, professor of history and human rights at Montgomery Community College. Dr. Smith and Susan Westenbarger, co-chairs of the UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland Police Accountability Task Force, will also discuss current police accountability legislation under consideration in Annapolis. The task force is hoping to build a network of UUs around this issue while partnering with Maryland Alliance for Justice, the Prince George’s County People’s Coalition and Montgomery County’s Civil […]

Conversations About Race With Teens

Sun., Mar. 12, 4-6 p.m., Social Hall at UUCF. Sun., Apr. 23, 4-6 p.m., at Beacon House. Sun., May 7, 4-6 p.m., Social Hall at UUCF. Questions? Contact Linnea Nelson. Supported group interaction between Grade 7 youth from UUCF and Beacon House. The sessions are designed and led by trained and professional counselors and a youth coordinator from each community will lead the community-building social activities.

March Vespers

Fri., Mar. 10, 7:30-9 p.m., Sanctuary. Questions? Contact Jeff Gilliam. Our March Vespers is a collection of SpiriTED Talks by four UUCF congregants – Pete Rafle, Bob Kaminski, Lara Hammock and Kim Scudera. Come listen to their stories of how creativity manifests itself in their lives and perhaps light a spark of your own.

Congregational forum

Sun., Feb. 26, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Sanctuary. Questions? Contact Board of Directors President Karen Wolf.   We find ourselves at an extraordinary and uncharted time in our history as a county and a congregation. As we travel through this time together, UU congregations around the country are trying to understand their place in supporting love, justice and moral leadership in this post-2016 election world. The congregation’s ability to publicly demonstrate our values was at the heart of a congregational meeting on Feb. 5. At that meeting, members were asked to affirm UUCF Board of Directors’ authority to delegate decision-making to the Coordinating Team to craft messaging and speak in the public […]

Being Seen, Being Loved

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 […]

Mar. 12 service

Date: Sun., Mar. 12, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary. Leader: Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. Music: Chorale. Religious Exploration: RE in session for age 2 through Grade 12. Kindergarten-Grade 3 begin in Chapel. Grades 4-6 begin in the Sanctuary for Together Time. Preschool, Middle School and High School classes begin and end in classrooms. Child care for infants to age 3 available in the Sanctuary Nursery.