SR&R – Oct. 21

Did Early Christianity Evict Women? Sun., Oct. 21, 12:30-2 p.m., Sanctuary. Open to the public. Questions? Contact Dan Yacoe. This talk will explore women’s pivotal roles in the early church and how male church leaders reacted to women’s authority. We will draw parallels about how groups with privilege today react to leadership from marginalized groups in progressive movements, including Unitarian Universalism. Pippin Whitaker, Ph.D., M.S.W., is UUCF’s intern minister, a scholar of community change to prevent violence, and an evaluation consultant. More at

Covenant Group facilitator training

Sat., Oct. 20, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., off-site in Fairfax. Contact Stacy Casey or David Michael to join the workshop or for more information. Learn to work with groups – create healthy norms, foster inclusivity, encourage authentic participation, empower others, find consensus, and model and share leadership. We have only six slots remaining for this workshop! Upon completion, you may be offered the opportunity to facilitate (or co-facilitate) one of the new year-long Covenant Groups now being formed. David Michael and Stacy Casey will lead the workshop, and brunch will be provided.

New Covenant Group openings

Sign up here or contact Stacy Casey, David Michael or Rev. Sarah Caine for more information. Covenant Groups are facilitator-led small groups that offer caring relationships and in-depth conversation connected to our monthly worship themes. They create a space for individuals to explore issues and beliefs in a spiritual context, and meet monthly for one year from October-June. New Covenant Groups are forming now for the congregational year and will begin in November. On-site child care will be available for some groups.

Embracing the Other: What Gets in the Way?

Sun., Nov. 4, 3-5 p.m., Sanctuary. To register, please contact Susan Kirby and Rod Paolini. Roundtable discussions of the origins and consequences of prejudice, bigotry and discrimination against those we perceive as being different from ourselves based on race, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, etc. Sponsored jointly by the UUCF Muslim Liaison Group and the Rumi Forum.

Partner Church scholarship program

Questions? Contact Leslie Beard. The Partner Church Council seeks donations to its 2018-19 scholarship program, which provides funds to students at our partner church in Szentgerice, Romania and for sponsored classes at the Puriang Unitarian School in Meghalaya, India. We need donations by Dec. 2. No donation is too small. Please look for our table in the Commons after services in October, or you may mail a check to Leslie Beard, scholarship coordinator, 1911 Hyannis Ct., Apt. 202, McLean, VA 22102-1979.