Letter writing campaign to help save health care

Help save health care for millions on the margins. Current congressional efforts to overhaul health care legislation will shred the social safety net for millions of people and endanger their economic well-being and health care. Write letters to your senators this week and bring them to the advocacy table in the Commons this Sunday after services. They will be delivered to the senators as part of the upcoming UUs for a Just Economic Community Reversing Inequality conference on Apr. 3-5. Click here for an event flier and here for a sample letter.

Federal employees gathering

Mon., Mar. 27, 7:30-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Contact Rama Kotra. This is a continuation of the first gathering in January to explore how we wish to continue to share news, hopes, questions, etc. at this time of change. All federal employees are welcome.

Meet the Young Ukrainians: Equality Issues in a Developing Democracy

Thu., Mar. 23, 7:30 p.m., Chapel. Questions? Contact John Kun. Sponsored by Equality UUCF and the Global Affairs Discussion Group. An Open World & U.S.-Ukraine Foundation-administered program. Discussion in an open forum followed by a reception. Meet six young Ukrainian leaders (ages 30-39) who are fighting for issues of equality and social justice in a nation still under the enabling aggression of Russia and separatists.

Active Bystander Intervention workshop

Sat., Mar. 25, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Social Hall. Monetary donations accepted, but not required.  Contact Jennifer Damashek. Register here. Indivisible of Northern Virginia is sponsoring a workshop on peacefully de-escalating situations involving harassment and hate speech. J.E. McNeil – an attorney, Quaker and executive director of the Center on Conscience & War for 11 years – has trained thousands of counselors to answer the GI Rights Hotline and to advise conscientious objectors to war. She trains individuals to do bystander intervention in many common occurrences of injustice to find a way to intervene without escalating tense situations. This training can help our neighbors in marginalized communities find solidarity and support. Workshop involves […]

Garden for Wildlife open house

How to Support Wildlife Without Giving Up Aesthetics. Sat., Mar. 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Additional activities Fri., Mar. 24, and Sun., Mar. 26. Click here for event flier. Sign up to volunteer to help here. RSVPs encouraged. Sign up here.  There will be exhibits to assist homeowners in supporting birds, butterflies and other beneficial insects in our local ecosystem by choosing native plants for their gardens. Landscape designer Elisa Meara will offer guidance on designing with native plants within the urban aesthetic. Dan Schwartz, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District liaison, will highlight outreach programs and grants available to homeowners’ associations and individuals to enhance native habitat. Local naturalist […]

SR&R – Mar. 26

Grave Matters, Earth-Friendly Burial. Sun., Mar. 26, 1-2:30 p.m., Sanctuary. (Note: Later start time today only.) Contact Albert Nekimken. Speaker: Mary Frances Kordick, Ph.D., RN. Description: Birds do it. Bees do it. And unless someone discovers a method of prevention, we’ll all end up doing it, too – die, that is. Death is big business. Our conventional, Western-centric idea of a traditional burial usually means funeral directors. As an alternative to the standard American burial, natural burial is the interment of the body of a dead person in the soil in a manner that does not inhibit decomposition and allows the body to recycle naturally. One can continue to honor the […]

Drum Set Class

Mon., Mar. 27, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Music & Arts Room. Fourth Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Leader: Jeff Gilliam, who has more than 30 years of professional experience playing drums. Have you ever wanted to learn to play a drum set? Did you play many years ago and think it would be fun to pick it up again? Or maybe you play now and would like to learn some new licks? If any of these describe you, come join UUCF’s Drum Set Class. Drum set supplied; bring drum sticks and a desire to learn. Open to middle school and older.  

Carbon Footprint Game

For more information, contact Eric Goplerud. Our March theme is transportation. This Sunday, Mar. 26, park your hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric car in the circle after each service and talk about savings with anyone interested. Stop by the table in the Commons for ideas about how to reduce greenhouse gases through our transportation choices.  

Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) meeting

Sun., Mar. 26, 6:30-9 p.m., Sanctuary. (“Get to Know” SURJ orientation will start at 6:30 p.m., regular meeting will start at 7 p.m.) To request child care for kids ages 3-12, email Candice Johnson with their names and ages no later than Mar. 23. Children are also welcome in the meeting (and we really mean it!) Snacks provided (feel free to bring nut-free food to share). Facebook event here. This meeting, led by Dr. Maha Hilal of the DC Justice for Muslims Coalition, is an exploration of systemic Islamophobia and how to confront it in light of recent events, such as Muslim Ban 2.0.    

Humanists of UUCF

Mon., Mar. 27, 7:30-9 p.m., Chapel. Join us for refreshments at 7:15 p.m. Meets the 4th Monday night of the month, unless otherwise noted. Free and open to all. Details at http://www.meetup.com/Humanists-of-UUCF. Contact Mary Bellamy. Humanists of UUCF will host an open discussion on What Beliefs Motivate Humanists and Inspire Hope? Come and share your thoughts and experiences.