Share the Plate

The September Share the Plate recipient is the Northern Virginia Mental Health Foundation, which provides grants for holistic mental health treatments to NOVA residents and works to raise public awareness and acceptance of mental health issues.

Announcement from DRE Linnea Nelson

My Dear UUCF Family, Today I need to share the news that I will soon be saying goodbye to you. Later this fall, my husband, Ted, and I are moving to Florida. My last day as Director of Religious Exploration will be Oct. 1.  A career opportunity arose for Ted at a time when both our boys are launched, and this became the right opportunity for our family.Our family has found a beloved home here at UUCF over the past 22 years. My role as DRE for the past 5 years has been a transformative and spiritually deepening experience. Words alone cannot express how much I appreciate the privilege of being […]

Human and Divine Justice and Forgiveness

Tue., Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 7:15-8:45 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Steven Goldman. Register here. This seminar explores the scope, meaning and possible limits of forgiveness. Our principal text will be Simon Wiesenthal’s classic book “The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness.” Each session will begin with a 20-minute introduction by the instructor, followed by a discussion involving all of the participants. Some of the issues for discussion include: How do we understand the relationship between justice and forgiveness? Do we have the moral authority to forgive or ask forgiveness for offenses? Are some offenses so egregious that they should not be forgiven under any conditions? If […]

Protect Yourself Against Fraud & Identity Theft

Tue., Oct. 31, 1:30-3 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Suba Saty. Register here. Con artists don’t care how hard you worked for your retirement savings. They steal billions from Americans like you every year. We’re fighting back with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. AARP provides trained speakers to discuss fraud and identity theft. We’ll share an inside look at how scammers think, how to safeguard against identity theft and fraud, provide firsthand accounts from victims and tell you what to do if you or someone you know has been a victim. Suba Saty has been an AARP Community Ambassador for 2 years. In that capacity, he provides presentations on fraud/identity […]

Dream Work: A Short Workshop

Tue., Sep. 26, 7-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Cathy Kopac, Ph.D. Register here. “Working with dreams means remembering and exploring the dreams from sleep with an eye to their deeper meanings. Each one of us is uniquely blind to the deeper meanings of our own dreams, and dream work helps us see what amazing gifts are there, just below the surface of ‘manifest content’ and obvious appearance.” This quote from Jeremy Taylor provides definition and enhances the intrigue of what dream work might be all about. Join me for a 2-hour workshop where an elementary introduction to Dream Work will be given. Attendees will be introduced to a dream […]

Articulating Your UU Faith

Wed., Nov. 15 & Dec. 13, 7-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Facilitated by Betsy Bicknell. Register here. The course uses a series of easy and engaging exercises – personal reflection, role-playing, discussion – to help you explain your faith to non-UUs. Participants share their current and past beliefs, mistruths about Unitarian Universalism, times when they were not able to respond adequately to questions about their religion and times when they were.

The Jesus of History

Mon., Nov. 6, 13, 20 & 27, 7:30–9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Jack Dalby. Course fee: $20. Register here. Just who was the Jesus of history? Was he a cynic philosopher, a magician, the messiah, revolutionary zealot, apocalyptic prophet, the son of God or God? In this course we will attempt to reconstruct the Jesus of history by examining what modern historians have to say about this enigmatic 1st Century Palestinian Jew. Topics for discussion will include: sources for the historical Jesus, the critical methods historians use to evaluate these sources, how human memory affects the stories told about Jesus. We will also examine what historians have written about […]

Female Re-enactors of Distinction

Sat., Oct. 21, 4 p.m., Sanctuary. For ages 13-adult, with limited space available for ages 6-12. No admission fee, but small donations to cover the re-enactors’ expenses are encouraged. Open to the public. Sign up here to attend. Performance followed by a potluck dinner and small-group discussion. UUCF will host a performance of the Female Re-enactors of Distinction (FREED), a group of African-American re-enactors who bring forgotten black women of the Civil War era back to life. They are an auxiliary organization of the African-American Civil War Museum. Click here to view a Washington Post article about the group.