Endowment Fund Committee accepting grant applications

The Endowment Fund Committee (EFC) is accepting applications for grants to fund projects that support UUCF and/or the broader community. Priority will be given to requests that best reflect UUCF’s mission and strategic goals. For example, in recent years, grants have been made to purchase new pulpit furniture, support Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions community outreach, replace a smart TV for RE use, develop a 4th Grade RE curriculum to explore the history of racial justice in Virginia and support the October 2018 visit to UUCF of members of our partner church in Szentgerice, Transylvania, Romania. For more information about the grant request process, click here or contact Nancy Smith. […]

New Young Arts program

Sundays starting Sep. 23, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Chapel. Contact Mary Gaskins to register. Fee: $10. This fall, UUCF will be piloting a Young Arts and Spiritual Development program for children and youth in Grades 4-8. Developed by Laura Weiss and Mary Gaskins, the program is designed to strengthen spirituality through music, movement, drama and visual art. The program supplements UUCF Religious Exploration offerings, but can also serve as an alternative for children for whom the traditional classes are not appropriate.

Righteous Minds Trying to Understand Other Political Tribes

Wed., Oct. 17, 24, 31 & Nov. 7, 7-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Bill Roos. Register online here, in the Commons after services or email Melissa Campos-Poehnert, ap@uucf.org. In this class, inspired by Jonathan Haidt and other authors who examine how humans think and act in cultural and political environments, people from diverse political and cultural backgrounds try to better understand their own and others’  values and beliefs – and possibly even find areas of agreement across the usual political and cultural boundaries.

Thinking of taking on a leadership role at UUCF?

Contact team chair Craig Bennett if you sign up to take the course or have any questions. The Leadership Development Team is here to support you! Consider taking the UU Leadership Institute’s Centered Leadership Part 1 online course this fall. Next spring the LDT will hold an in-person session where everyone who takes the course can discuss what they learned.    

Virginia Climate Crisis Forum

Tue., Sep. 18, 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), James Madison High School, Vienna, VA. Open to the public and free of charge. Space is limited. Register here. Questions? Contact Eric Goplerud. Virginia U.S. Senate candidates Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Corey Stewart, at-large chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, will speak at the forum. Panelists will be Samantha Ahdoot, M.D., addressing public health issues; Supervisor Dan Storck, Mt. Vernon District, will speak to issues of sea-level rise in his district; and retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Rick Deveraux will speak to national security concerns related to climate change.

UU Rockville seeks adult child care specialists

Click here for position details. To apply, please send cover letter, summary of work history and three references to uucr@uucr.org. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville is seeking adult child care specialists for the congregation’s nursery on Sunday mornings, from 8:45 a.m-12:45 p.m., with opportunities for additional hours during congregational events. These positions pay $15/hour.

Nuts and Bolts: How Things Work at UUCF

Wed., Nov. 14, 7-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Craig and Susan Bennett. Register online here, in the Commons after services or email Melissa Campos-Poehnert, ap@uucf.org. This course is intended to provide leaders and curious non-leaders an overview of UUCF mechanics. How is the congregation organized and governed? What are the responsibilities of the staff? How does one reserve a meeting space, coordinate a special event, advertise an activity, get reimbursed or even adjust the thermostats? Learn what resources and processes are available to help you get things done.

Service of Remembrance for Victims of Suicide

Wed., Sep. 26, 7-9 p.m., Sanctuary. Questions? Contact Rev. Emma Chattin. This second annual Northern Virginia interfaith service is a time to gather to remember, grieve and raise awareness about prevention. You are invited to bring photos of loved ones you wish to remember and honor. Sponsored by UUCF, Unity of Fairfax, the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia and others.

Embracing the Coming Year and Looking Beyond

Aug. 27, 2018. By Assistant Minister Rev. Sarah Caine. It is nearly one year since I became the assistant minister for this beloved UUCF community. So much has happened in that time and I am grateful for it. I’ve been ordained, commissioned and had at least three different hair colors since then. We have amazing programming in the upcoming congregational year – classes and workshops, new and continuing Covenant Groups, new and continuing Wellspring groups and a new initiative to engage our spirits more intentionally and richly. This is a capable and kind group of folks and I’m excited to see what will take shape as our liturgical year unfolds. […]