Jason Shelton workshop

Sat., Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., UUCF Sanctuary. Cost: $25; bagels and coffee provided. Sign-up link coming soon. The tradition of congregational singing helps UUCF’s music program express UU values. Join other musicians for a morning with composer Jason Shelton to discuss the purpose and value of congregational singing. Participants will also do some “hymnal digging.” Jason will be in residence with the River Road UU congregation for four days in October.

UU-UNO Fall Reception

Sat., Oct. 21, 4-6:30 p.m., Cedar Lane UU Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814. To purchase tickets, become an event sponsor or make a contribution to the UU-UNO, click here or call -617-948-4392. UU-UNO Director Bruce Knotts and the Host Committee invite you to join them in celebrating the UU-UNO’s work supporting global human rights, including LGBTQ equality, gender equality, climate justice and racial justice for all, at the UU-UNO Fall Reception Maryland State Senator Rich Madaleno, a member of Cedar Lane, will deliver keynote remarks, including presentation of the UU-UNO human rights award honoring this year’s recipients, Ambassador Susan Rice and Senator Chris Van Hollen.  

Fabulous Friday: Potluck with the minister

Fri., Oct. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sanctuary. Sign up here to attend and/or volunteer. The JOY Committee invites the whole community to a Spooktacular Potluck on Friday the 13th. Rev. David will join us to eat, drink and be scary. Bring a dish to share and wear a costume to win a prize! Stay tuned for more details and more Fabulous Friday events in the months ahead.

U.S. Citizenship class starts Oct. 18

Contact Stacy Casey. UUCF’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program will offer a class for immigrants seeking to prepare for the U.S. citizenship test beginning Oct. 18. Classes will be held Wednesday evenings 7:15-8:45 p.m. at the Southgate Community Center in Reston. The program has openings for substitute teachers to assist at any time during the school year. The Wednesday evening ESOL class needs two more volunteers to teach English to small classes of adult students. These classes are held at Stonegate Village Apartments in Reston.    

October Vespers

Labyrinth: Walking Toward Insights. Fri., Oct. 6, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Sanctuary. (Service, walking the labyrinth and sharing insights). Sat., Oct. 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sanctuary. (An additional opportunity to walk the labyrinth. Someone will be present to offer guidance.) By what paths have I discovered my life? Where will I journey next? All are welcome to explore the spiritual practice of walking the labyrinth. Guidance provided. Wear soft socks for shoeless walking. Share new insights informally over light refreshments.

Voter registration event for safe and sane gun laws

Sat., Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., across from the National Rifle Association headquarters, 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA. Register to vote your values in time for the Virginia General Election on Nov. 7, 2017. Deadline for voter registration is Oct. 16. Join this family-friendly vigil and bring someone who needs to register or update their voter registration. Vigils are held at the NRA the 14th of each month in memory of the victims of Sandy Hook, Dec. 14, 2012, as a public reminder that the American people want safe and sane gun laws. Together we will prove that votes are more powerful than guns.

Fall Concert: Rock Creek Singers and the UUCF Chorale

Sat., Oct. 7, 7-8:30 p.m., in the UUCF Sanctuary. Suggested donation: $10/person; $25/family. Click the PayPal button below to register and make a ticket donation. The Rock Creek Singers, a select chamber ensemble of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, joins the UUCF Chorale for a concert of classical, Broadway, pop and everything in between. Benefits the Transgender Education Association of Greater Washington. Ticket donation levels One ticket $10.00 USDTwo tickets $20.00 USDFamily rate $25.00 USD

Female Re-enactors of Distinction

Sat., Oct. 21, 4 p.m., Sanctuary. For ages 13-adult, with limited space available for ages 6-12. No admission fee, but small donations to cover the re-enactors’ expenses are encouraged. Open to the public. Sign up here to attend. Performance followed by a potluck dinner and small-group discussion. UUCF will host a performance of the Female Re-enactors of Distinction (FREED), a group of African-American re-enactors who bring forgotten black women of the Civil War era back to life. They are an auxiliary organization of the African-American Civil War Museum. Click here to view a Washington Post article about the group.

Music from Oberlin at Oakton

Sun., Oct. 15, 4 p.m., Sanctuary. Free. Light refreshments after the concert. 17th season of concerts with the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Featuring: Stephen Joven-Lee, piano Tianmi Wu, piano Anna Tucker, violin Trisha Doo, cello Jude Park, viola Yeim Lee, violin Program: Fantasie in C Major, Op. 15, D. 760 (“Wanderer Fantasy”), I. Allegro con Fuoco by Franz Shubert String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92 by Sergei Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninoff    

Fall Adult Retreat

Fri., Oct. 13-Sun., Oct. 15, Claggett Center in Adamstown, MD. All adults are welcome. All rooms at the Christiane Inn have been filled, and a waiting list has been started. There may be a few spaces available at the Farmhouse and there are plenty of openings to come just for the day. For details, download this fillable PDF to your desktop. Open the file, fill it out, save and email to Jennifer Yi. (NOTE: PDFs are not fillable via web browsers.) She will add you to the waiting list and/or confirm availability and provide payment information. You can also sign up in the Commons after services.