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 […]

Rev. Sarah away through mid-April

Rev. Sarah Caine is away from UUCF attending training related to her military chaplaincy. The UUCF Board of Directors and Rev. David A. Miller have granted Rev. Sarah’s request to stay with her cohort group and complete more of the training than she had originally planned. For pastoral care concerns, please contact Rev. David A. Miller or Lay Minister for Caring & Wellness Libby Jenkins.  

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 info@uuinstitute.org.

General Assembly 2019

The Unitarian Universalist Association’s annual General Assembly (GA) will be held Jun. 19-23 in Spokane, WA. All members in good standing who are interested in representing UUCF as one of its 14 delegates – either in person or off-site – are invited to fill out an application. Discounted hotel reservations and other housing opportunities open Mar. 1, so get your applications in soon! Questions? Contact Mark Magee.

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 […]