Bearing Witness to UUCF’s Soulful and Transformative Work

by Rev. Julie Price. What a privilege to be back with you in ministry for 3 weeks! Thank you for welcoming me so warmly on Sunday. The last time I led worship with you was the summer of 2015, culminating a year as your intern and summer minister. I have been back at UUCF since last fall, sitting in worship with you, volunteering in Religious Exploration and bearing witness to the soulful and transformative work that UUCF has been doing this past year. Many of you have asked me about my ministerial plans. I am currently in between units of training to become a Board Certified Chaplain. This summer, in […]

Bringing Home a Transformative General Assembly

by Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. This past week, Unitarian Universalists from all over the world came to a Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly (GA) that seemed different. The anticipation of this GA, my 10th, was different from any I have ever experienced. What would it be like with three recently named co-presidents who were appointed to the office after the resignation of the elected president? What level of sadness would fill us based on the very recent death of Jim Key, the association’s beloved moderator – our chief lay leader and the one who presides over the governance of GA? How would the recent controversy over systems […]

I Will Carry You in My Heart Always

by Associate Minister Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. Thank you so much for the warm and wonderful send-off you offered me on Sunday. How good it was to be together and share so many hugs and good wishes. And the presents you gave me are so beautiful – the stunning glass singing bowl and the scrapbook with so many loving, thoughtful notes – I’m deeply grateful to have these treasures to remember you by. I am excited about the next chapter in my ministry, but, dear people, you are very hard to leave! Many of you have asked about staying in touch. With a heart full of love for you all, I […]

Inspired to Lead

by Leadership Development Team Chair Craig Bennett. Three years ago, former UUCF Associate Minister Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig brought together a group of lay leaders at UUCF to consider how we, as a faith community, could inspire, support and nurture lay leaders in our congregation. We began by considering what makes a good leader, what tools and support a leader needs and how leading in a spiritual community differs from leading in business or government. We asked ourselves “what motivates and inspires people to take on leadership roles in a UU congregation?” We found many answers to that question, but one that kept coming up was that people step into leadership […]

Can You Help Make Joy Happen?

by Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. Well, here we are at summer. It seems like the year flew by. It was a challenging year as events pulled our attention in one direction and then another. And with every news story and every tweet, it started all over again. So, we are going to work on hiring the assistant minister, then I am going to take a little vacation and then I am so looking forward to our next congregational year together. Thinking about the things that bring and hold religious communities like ours together, one that stands out is the opportunity for us to get together just to experience […]

Saying Goodbye

by Intern Minister McKinley Sims. My partner has a hard time saying goodbye. I’ve often had to drag her out of parties or she would presumably never leave. She thrives on interaction and engagement, and I always say the only thing she’s afraid of is missing out on the party. She’s a great balance for me, because I don’t have a hard time saying goodbye. It’s not that I don’t get sad or that I don’t cherish the memories and experiences I’ve had here at UUCF, or at any of the other congregations I’ve served, or in the hospitals where I’ve worked, or in seminary, or in the schools I […]

Demonstrating Our Long-Held Values of Equality, Compassion and Justice for All

by Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. “White Supremacist in Portland kills two men who tried to stop his racist rants” “LeBron James’ house spray-painted with a racial slur …” “White House invites literally anyone to refuse to cover birth control” “Noose found inside Smithsonian’s African-American History Museum” “World leaders reaffirm commitment to fighting climate change” “ICE denied a request to stop an undocumented woman in Fairfax County from being deported” These are just some of the headlines from this past week. UU congregations all over the country are discussing ways to demonstrate UU values publicly in support of those who are being threatened and marginalized in today’s political and […]

Update on Assistant Minister Search

by Board of Directors President Karen Wolf and Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. We wanted to give you an update on the next steps in the assistant minister search process. As we noted in an earlier communication, we have entered the search process fairly late, so we are trying to spread the word through the Unitarian Universalist Association as quickly as possible. We have received some interest in the last few days, less than a week after the announcement, and continue to spread the word. Based on the process in the UUCF Governance Manual, the Board of Directors and the senior minister consulted and have invited the following folks […]

The Pieces Come Together

by Director of Religious Exploration Linnea Nelson. It all began with looking for volunteer opportunities for our youth. Ann Wood and Kerry Fraser had deep connections with Beacon House, a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides tutoring, mentoring, cultural, athletic, recreation and nutrition programs to at-risk, low-income children, ages 5-18, who reside in and around the Edgewood Commons community in Ward 5 of Washington, DC. So we asked if we could send some youth to help Beacon House out. But they didn’t want our “help.” Instead, they wanted partnership. Beacon House Director of Engagement and Development Lisa Taber and Athletic and Mentoring Programs Director Rodney Cephas met with Kerry, Ann and […]

Gratitude for a Beautiful Ministry and What’s Next

by Rev. David A. Miller, Senior Minister, and Karen Wolf, President, Board of Directors. First, let us start by expressing our gratitude on behalf of the entire congregation for Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig’s service to UUCF. She has seen UUCF through transitions both expected and tragic. Her steady and compassionate presence has provided an important and meaningful ministry to this community and she departs with our deep gratitude. We wish her blessings in her new ministry opportunities, and may her ministry continue to contribute to love and justice in this faith tradition and the world. With Rev. Laura’s departure, we will be shifting the second ministry position in response to the […]