Better Together Networkpalooza

Sun., Sep. 29, 2-5 p.m., River Road UU Congregation, 6301 River Rd., Bethesda MD. Register here. This event is free of charge. Light snacks will be provided. We are looking into child care. Registration opening soon! Have you ever longed for a chance to talk with UUs from other congregations who are doing the same work you are? Do you find yourself at workshops just wishing you could pick the brains of all the other worship leaders/justice seekers/treasurers/board presidents/membership teams in the room? Are you interested in enhancing your congregation’s work by learning what others are doing in theirs? Mark your fall calendar for this great day of sharing and […]

Where Two or More Are Gathered

Apr. 22, 2019. By Young Adult Community Leader Tyler Coles. Three weeks ago I had the opportunity to take part in the Gathering Summit, a virtual convening of community builders from around the world. The core of this convening was twofold: to ponder why people no longer engage traditional places of “meaning-making” and to share best practices around “innovative gathering strategies.” As you might suspect from an online conference that frequently referenced such phrases as “innovative gathering strategies,” there was a collective tendency for the cumbersome and heady. But what do you expect from a group of people who willingly gave up their weekend to discuss shifting social trends and […]

Help Find UUCF’s Next Justice-Centered Theatrical Production

Program Update. Apr. 15, 2019. There’s something magical about the theater. It’s not just the illusions created, the beliefs suspended, the ordinary humans transformed. It’s also the enactment of story by living, breathing people in the room with us, with the potential to be moved, touched and, if we are lucky, transformed by the experience. At its best, theater can elevate our spirits. The theatrical arts have a rich history of engaging people with social issues and raising awareness. A desire to engage the UUCF community with theater arts as a way of enlarging our spiritual lives and expanding our social justice activities led to the creation of the Theater […]

g Ordun

Congregational Treasure. Apr. 15, 2019. Longtime member g Ordun is one of those special people at UUCF who gives much of herself in a quiet and unassuming manner. Over the years, she has shared her considerable gifts as a musician – both instrumental and vocal – with the congregation on Sunday mornings, in Vespers and in Women’s Ritual Council ceremonies and celebrations. She was a longtime supporter and organizer of the handbells program and currently sings with both the UUCF Community Chorale and Catalyst chamber choir. Her commitment to excellence in all that she does is inspiring; as is her unflappable commonsense and hands-on approach to solving problems. As Vespers […]

Just Breathe

Apr. 15, 2019. By Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. When I breathe in, I breathe in peace. When I breathe out, I breathe out love. Hymn #1009 “Meditation on Breathing.” Some days I sit in my office at UUCF and watch the emails stack up in my inbox and I think, just breathe David, just breathe. This continues if I go on Facebook, or look at the news or think about all the information going in and out of my head on a minute-by-minute basis. The rate of information in this world is dizzying and sometimes it is important for us just to stop and breathe in and breathe […]

Breaking Toward Wholeness

Apr. 8, 2019. By Lay Minister for Membership & Outreach Shannon Williams. “We cannot be everything at once. Instead, when you are with me, and I am with you – when we are part of this community grounded in Love – we are enough … we are whole.” – Alexis Engelbrecht, Soul Matters Family Ministry Coordinator In spring 2017, I had the pleasure of participating in the UUCF Membership Committee’s Anniversary Dinner. One year later, as a new lay minister, I assisted the committee in planning this lovely event, which recognizes congregants who are celebrating membership anniversaries. Both years, I enjoyed what appeared to be a seamless, masterful orchestration. Every […]

Don’t Stop Believin’

Mar. 17, 2019. by Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. I will tell you, this vessel that we are journeying in together in this moment in time, this vessel in some ways is a lifesaver for me. It keeps me afloat in the midst of these turbulent waters. I was telling my colleagues at a meeting recently, when I am traveling through a particularly difficult week, I actually can’t wait for Sunday. I have been fed so deeply lately by our shared worship experience that I really feel sad when I miss it for any reason and I am not talking about me as preacher. I am talking about me […]

What Am I Doing to Impact the Healing in My Community?

Apr. 1, 2019. By Director of Music & Arts Laura Weiss. While working on my master’s degree, my professor and I met each week after he observed me directing the choir. He was beloved by his students, and his mentorship was invaluable to me. One week, he quietly asked me if I ever made audio recordings of my rehearsals. I expressed that I had and that I listened dutifully each week to the choir’s tone on the playback to assess how to improve the group’s sound. My professor leaned back and cautiously asked if I had ever listened to myself on the track. I was sure that I had, I […]