Puriang Unitarian church celebrates Founder’s Day

Posted Sep. 26, 2017. Sep.18, was “Founder’s Day,” a state holiday in the Indian state of Meghalaya commemorating the founding of the first Unitarian church in the Khasi Hills 130 years ago. (Every religion registered in Meghalaya has an official state holiday.) In Puriang, they celebrated Founder’s Day with special services at the Unitarian Church and a torch light parade after dark. Ditol sent photos and a video of the youth choir singing. Several years ago, the UUCF Partner Church Circle contributed to the purchase of the keyboard shown in the video and music lessons for the young man who is the choir director. There is now an adult choir, youth […]

Special, well-attended Thanksgiving service

Posted Sep. 26, 2017. Rev. Barni Varro and members of the Szentgerice Unitarian Church have been busy bringing in the harvest after a hot dry summer. (Last Friday was the first rain since July.) Appropriately, Sep. 24 was Thanksgiving Sunday for ethnic Hungarians in Transylvania. A special, well-attended Thanksgiving service was held in Szentgerice. Rev. Barni’s older daughter, Dorottya, is now in full-day kindergarten and loving it. His wife, Ilona, is combining pre-school teaching and office administration at a Unitarian church in the nearby city of Marosvasarhely (Tirgu Mures). Some days their younger daughter, Nora, goes with Ilona; some days she stays home to “help” Barni.

SCOV Caregivers Support Group

Thu., Dec. 21, 10-11:30 a.m., Prog. Bldg. For caregivers to adult family members with dementia. Meets the first and third Thursday of the month. Free. Hosted by Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna. Click here for flier. Contact facilitator Jack Tarr, 703-821-6838.

Let Us Go, Together!

by Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. I am so proud and honored to be a Unitarian Universalist. With very little exception, I believe that we so badly want to build a beloved community where humans are loved and seen for who they are and that compassion, respect and equality are primary values. It is also true that we may not always agree on the strategy or tactics to achieve this goal. As we do the long, hard work of dismantling oppression and systems of white supremacy, it can be frustrating when we see there is no one right way, no outline, no clear path. We as a faith tradition, […]

Welcoming September

by Lay Minister for Membership and Outreach Shannon Williams. “The Sun will rise and set regardless. What we choose to do with the light while it’s here is up to us.” – Alexandra Elle Barely a month has passed since the UUCF Board of Directors welcomed me into my new role as the Lay Minister for Membership and Outreach. Here at the beginning of the congregational year, I want to share a bit about what we might create together in the seasons ahead. The word “welcome” captures not only September’s theme, but the experience of stepping into this world of UU leadership. My family only began attending UUCF in July […]

SR&R – Dec. 17

Science, Reason & Religion. The Nexus of Politics, Economics and Morality. Sun., Dec. 17, 12:30-2 p.m., Sanctuary. Contact Don Yacoe. Speaker: Steven Pearlstein. This talk will explore the basic economic concepts and issues facing U.S. and global economies by examining the way markets work, why they sometimes fail and the role of government policy. It also will examine market structure, social institutions and the not‐always-rational behavior of investors and consumers. Demystifying economic ideas and policy choices and translating them into plain English can help individuals understand the moral and ethical dimensions of the ideas and choices. Speaker’s background: Steven Pearlstein, a Pulitzer-prize winning business and economics columnist for the Washington Post […]

Two ways to build up our reservoirs

by Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. “Church is a place where you get to practice what it means to be human.” – Rev. James Luther Adams What helps each of us stay whole and holy in these extremely challenging times? After week upon week of incivility and a seemingly endless flow of assaults on decency and kindness, how do we build up our reservoirs of hope, gratitude and compassion? Some of us crave spiritual grounding, nurturing and respite. Others may want to be moved to action – literally and metaphorically – through more lively interaction. While no one UUCF worship service can be all things to all people, we […]