UUCF inclement weather policy

With last weekend’s snowstorm fresh on everyone’s mind, UUCF staff would like to remind congregants of the Coordinating Team’s policy on inclement weather cancellations. The safety of congregants is of utmost importance, and worship services, Religious Exploration classes and other activities will be canceled if conditions are unsafe for travel. Most of the time, this decision will be in line with the Fairfax County Parks and Recreation Department’s decision to close its recreational facilities. Here are the key things to know about UUCF’s policy: A decision to cancel worship services and/or RE will be made on Sundays by 7 a.m. Decisions about canceling evening activities will be made by 4 […]

Support for furloughed federal workers

As the partial government shutdown enters its fourth week, UUCF offers support for our congregants who work for the federal government. There are a couple of opportunities for those seeking spiritual support and solidarity: Please contact Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller or our Federal Employees Support Group leader Rama Kotra, 703-478-0787. If you are facing urgent financial issues, the ministerial discretionary fund is available to provide emergency support for food and essentials. Please contact Rev. David. The UUCF office also offers this list of local nonprofits providing short-term support.

An Afternoon of Steel Pandemonium!

Sun., Feb. 10, 3 p.m., UU Church of Annapolis, 333 Dubois Rd., Annapolis, MD. Tickets: $10/person or $25/family. Buy them online here or at the door. Join us for an afternoon of fun and festivities with the Catonsville High School Steel Drum Band. This is a multigenerational, family-friendly event with food, games and a taste of the tropics in the middle of winter. Grab your sunglasses, flip flops and join the steel drum band for a respite from the cold!

UUCF grounds cleanup

Mon., Jan. 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. RSVP to Bob Root and he will contact you if inclement weather interferes with this outside work. Volunteers will work to remove invasive plants, clean up debris and mulch. Lunch will be provided and the group will take frequent warming breaks.      

A Musical Presentation on Race in America

“Deeper Than the Skin” with Greg Greenway and Reggie Harris. Sat., Feb. 2, 7 p.m. Bull Run Unitarian Universalists, Manassas. Tickets: $20 at the door. More information here or email or call the BRUU office, 703-361-6269. “Deeper Than the Skin” is an experience of singing and listening – of experiencing a connection so deep that it makes you laugh, smile, cry and reconsider what you know about our history. It’s an invitation to open your heart and mind to a story of shared humanity that resonates with your own. Two friends… one Black, one White… one from the North… one from the South! Musicians, storytellers, students of history and world travelers […]

Interfaith MLK service

Sun., Jan. 20, 3-5 p.m., Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Ln., Bethesda, MD. Join Cedar Lane for its 6th annual interfaith, multicultural Spirit Experience to celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. Features inspiring music, prayers and reflections by the DC Labor Chorus and area interfaith leaders including Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd from River Road UU and Imam Dr. Tarek Elgawhary from the Islamic Community Center of Potomac.

Help package meals for the hungry

Sun., Jan. 20, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2-4 p.m. & 4:30-6:30 p.m., Vale United Methodist Church, 11528 Vale Rd., Oakton. Sign up here for a slot or visit the church website. Vale United Methodist Church invites members of the community to help them package 75,000 meals for the global anti-hunger organization Rise Against Hunger. Children age 8 and up are welcome to participate (child care can be provided for children under age 8, just mention that you need child care in the comments section when you sign up). Teens can earn service hours for school.


Fri., Jan. 18, 7:30-9 p.m., Bull Run Unitarian Universalists, 9350 Main St., Manassas, VA. Open to the public. Questions? Contact Cathy Ring. Current politics are horrible, but we can do more than just whine and complain. Let’s start fixing what’s broken. If pressured by voters, in February the Virginia legislature might start the 2-year process to create an independent commission that would redraw political boundaries after the 2020 Census. The commission would create more neutral districts, so today’s no-compromise partisan politicians in the General Assembly and U.S. Congress will have more competition in future elections. Includes discussion and update on the status of redistricting bills in the Virginia General Assembly.