Offering Others a Place of Spiritual Refuge

Jan. 28, 2019. By Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. I went to work out on Friday and the gym was full of furloughed workers. People were talking about the ridiculousness of the whole situation and then a discussion about the logistics of insurance broke out among the five workers waiting for class to begin. As I listened to these furloughed workers, I guess because of my calling in life, I wanted to ask them much more than how they are going to figure out the logistics of their insurance. I wanted to ask them how they were doing spiritually, what might help them through these times, if they needed […]

DRE Search Team update

Jan. 21, 2019. When former Director of Religious Exploration (DRE) Linnea Nelson left UUCF in late 2017, we contracted with Diana Tycer to serve as an interim director. Diana has served the children and youth of our congregation in that capacity ever since and we are grateful for all that she has done. Now the time has come for us to find a new DRE. Last fall a search team was constituted to do that. The DRE Search Team includes current and former RE teachers Darryl Branting, Laureen Branting, Meredith Carr and Tessa Grubb; youth Zachary Grubb and Samarra Pack; Board of Directors member Scott Kestner; Coordinating Team representative Peter […]

Assistant Minister Search Team update

Jan. 21, 2019. The Assistant Minister Search Team – made up of Susan Bennett, Mary Lareau, Mark Magee, Rev. David A. Miller, Anthony Salvi, Kathy Smerke Hochberg, Milver Valenzuela and chair Shannon Williams – has met regularly since early November. In consultation with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and other congregations, the committee developed a position description and posted it on the UUA jobs board on Jan. 1. We have received 10 applications for the position and have begun scheduling first-round interviews with the selected candidates. While we cannot relate details about the individuals on the list, we can say that we are excited about the qualities and experiences they […]

An Embodied Sense of Freedom

Jan. 21, 2019. By Young Adult Community Leader Tyler Coles. I will never forget the moment I was first asked, “What does liberation feel like?” It was a soggy, humid morning following a long night of dancing and laughing around a bonfire at the Highlander Center with other black and brown organizers from across the South. As many of us awoke late, missing breakfast, we slowly shuffled our way into the main hall with mugs of coffee and tea in hand to join others already assembled for the opening session. Like previous mornings we began with singing “I woke up this morning with my mind/Stayed on freedom,” followed by a […]

Acting in Solidarity with Cedar Lane UU and Rosa Gutierrez Lopez

Jan. 14, 2019. By Mary Lareau*. Many of you have seen the news accounts of the young Salvadoran mother who went into sanctuary at Cedar Lane UU Church in Bethesda. Rosa’s story, and that of the congregation that has become her home, are inspirational and awe-inspiring. Rosa’s story is like thousands of others who fled rampant corruption and gang and domestic violence in the Northern Triangle – El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Thirteen years ago, men in Rosa’s town harassed her daily, stalking her at home and threatening her with knives. With no protection from family or friends, she bravely set off on foot and by bus across Guatemala and […]

UUA online leadership classes

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has put together four UUA-staff-led, online, on-demand courses for congregational leaders to explore. These courses provide an accessible, interesting foundation to UU leadership by teaching about some of the whys and hows of our faith. Registration is open for spring classes, which begin Jan. 25. Deeper than a single webinar or workshop, the UU Leadership Institute offers core leadership courses online with on-demand materials. They are perfect for the congregation who wants to learn together at an affordable cost – only $30 per course per semester. For more information contact

Spiritual Total Immersion

Jan. 7, 2019. By Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. It’s nice to have a little time off for reflection and this holiday season provided a little time. I often reflect about the role of UUCF in these times. What is our role? What is the best way for us to be an engaged community of faith? How can we provide spiritual and actual support for those in need? What is business as usual in these turbulent times? What shouldn’t be business as usual anymore? How do we use the resources of the congregation to meet the many competing needs, wants, preferences and desires? All of these questions are considered […]