UUCF Ministers Address Controversy at the UUA

A letter from Rev. David A. Miller, Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig and Intern Minister McKinley Sims. Today, as a result of a series of events within our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), Peter Morales resigned as president of the UUA. We want to share with you our best understanding of what led to this decision, and to reassure you of our collective commitment to continue the work of love and justice that is at the core of our faith. Last week it was announced that a new regional lead for the Southern Region of the UUA’s Congregation Life staff was hired. The successful candidate was a white man. News spread quickly on […]

A Risky Faith

by Intern Minister McKinley Sims. When my brother and I were little, he got a full-size trampoline for his birthday. It was an incredible day. We promptly spent the night on the trampoline, sleeping in denim blankets under the stars. We spent every day of that first summer (and most days of the summers to follow) bouncing and rolling on that trampoline. We came up with elaborate games and stories we’d act out, spray each other with Super Soakers, and work to understand the laws of physics that allowed us both to body-slam the trampoline at the same time, causing a certain Stretch Armstrong doll to fly onto the roof […]

Social Justice Yard Sale

Sat., May 6, UUCF campus. Sign up here to volunteer or email uucfyardsale@gmail.com. Volunteers needed: Wed., May 3, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Thu., May 4, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri., May 5, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., May 6, 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Proceeds benefit: The UUCF Social Justice Council The Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna NAMI Northern Virginia Family Pass

Men Who Cook fundraiser

Sun., Apr. 30, 5 p.m., UUCF Sanctuary. Tickets: $70/person, available from Joanna Walker during select coffee hours or contact Victoria Robinson, 703-237-6826. The Men Who Cook event includes great food, drink and entertainment and is sponsored by the NOVA Catholic Community and its social justice project Safe Kids. The NOVA Catholic Community is building a three-floor Safe Kids Center in one of the poorest, roughest barrios in Mexico City to provide meals, schooling, health care, life skills training and therapy for kids, teens and parents.  

Families for Social Justice

Sat., May 13, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 20 Export Dr., Sterling. Sign up here before you go. If you will be carpooling, contact Mia French or Linnea Nelson to request a release form. Families for Social Justice intergenerational service project to benefit Women Giving Back (WGB). Drop in between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to work with other UUCF friends and families. WGB assists women and children in crisis by giving them free clothing from the organization’s store. Volunteers sort, restock, play with clients’ babies and young children in the child care area or work in the warehouse. (Note: All adult males work only in the warehouse behind the storefront). Their clients are currently living […]

Innovation for the Future of Unitarian Universalism

by Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. With huge excitement and anticipation, I have the privilege of announcing the recipient of UUCF’s Innovation Fund grant. Last Tuesday night, after a 9-month review process, the UUCF Board of Directors approved a proposal for a UUCF-sponsored, off-campus effort targeted to young adults (20s and 30s). The mission would be to help Northern Virginia young adults explore and live UU values in an intentional community. The proposal is a joint effort by Betsy Bicknell and Wendy Astell. In a generous bequest, the late Stan Richards provided seed financing for innovative projects that expand UUCF’s outreach to those not now engaged in our congregation […]

Annual Giving Campaign update

Questions? Contact Rich Sider. We have 365 pledges for a total of $783,764. There are still approximately 125 households that have not responded and our volunteer phone callers will start calling this week. We need to hear from all member households in order to finalize our budget for the fiscal year beginning Jul. 1. Please submit your pledge this week to save the volunteers trying to reach you by phone. Online pledge form can be found here.

Used Book Sale fundraiser

Sat., Apr. 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Accotink UU Church, 10125 Lakehaven Ct., Burke. Questions? Contact coom@accotinkuu.org. You’ll be sure to find something for everyone among our huge selection of books, CDs, DVDs, games and puzzles. The last hour of the fundraiser (1-2 p.m.), fill a paper grocery bag for only $5.