Sat., May 27, 8 p.m., 10359-B Democracy Ln., Fairfax, VA 22030. Children are welcome. Please RSVP to Rod Paolini. Ezher Mosque has once again invited UUCF to join them in breaking their fast at an iftar dinner during Ramadan. An optional video, "Love Is a Verb," about the Hizmet or Gulen Movement, will be shown at 7 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to better understand Islam and to broaden our relationships with other faith-based communities.
Summer worship schedule
On Sun., May 28, we'll begin our summer worship schedule of a single service at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. This runs through Sep. 3.
Sun., May 28, 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary. Tue., May 30, 7:30 p.m., Library. The UUCF Board of Directors will hold forums for members to ask questions or comment on the budget and operating plan and the proposed bylaws revisions.
Zachary Scot Johnson performance
***CANCELED*** Sun., May 28, 7 p.m., Sanctuary. Visit Zachary's website, zacharyscotjohnson.com. Zachary has shared the stage with Shawn Colvin, The Be Good Tanyas, the Verve Pipe, Lisa Loeb and others. Zachary also produces a popular daily YouTube channel called thesongadayproject. Concert will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center.
UUCF office closed May 29
The UUCF office will be closed Mon., May 29, in honor of Memorial Day.
NAMI family support meeting
Thu., Jun. 1, 7:30-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Meets the first Thursday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Contact Joanna Walker. Support meeting for families with a loved one suffering from mental illness.
Date: Fri., Jun. 2, 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary. Leader: Jenna Kelly-Jones and Equality UUCF. Featuring a small panel of speakers talking about the work of their organizations and personal experiences within the LGBTQ community, in an effort to help UUCF understand the current issues and how to be better allies. Simple refreshments after the service, and rainbow and trans pride flags available for sale.
From the UUCF Board of Directors
Board decision on timely public statements on social justice issues. In the last several months, the UUCF Board of Directors and congregation have had thoughtful discussions concerning how to best communicate our liberal religious values. The board heard a variety of opinions in meetings, emails and conversations. The majority of voices called for UUCF to be a beacon of liberal religious values in accordance with our principles, and for us to stand up for all marginalized people. We also heard that in this process, it was important that the elected board leadership exercise sound judgment and oversight. After careful consideration of our governance, policy and congregational input, the board withdraws its Congregational Endorsement that was tabled on Feb. 5. Instead, we will be using the following procedure: Where the need for public witness by UUCF arises in a situation that is deemed to require a timely and specific response, the Coordinating Team (CT) will propose an appropriate action or response, which will be forwarded to the board by email for review and approval. UUCF members may also propose urgent actions to the CT for consideration. If an action or response is not clearly within the bounds of UUCF’s principles, mission or vision, or if it is known to be contentious among the membership or involve significant risk to the congregation, the CT may request that the board consider additional review steps, up to and including a congregational vote, before approving the action. We base this decision on the existing policy on “Taking Public Positions on Social Justice Issues,” which states: “Not all issues concerning social justice activity need to be brought before the entire Congregation” and that in some situations, public witness can be determined by approval from the ministers, board president and Social Justice Council (which is overseen by the CT). This used to be a board policy, but was moved to a CT policy by the board last year as part of a revision of the Governance Manual. It has been modified by the CT to include the procedure outlined above. (Read the revised policy here.) As always, these decisions do not imply that all UUCF members must adhere to any particular opinion on a subject - diverse beliefs are part of the free faith that we enjoy. The Board of Directors is committed to transparent and effective communication. We are adding additional communication channels to ensure the congregation is aware of our initiatives and processes. We will be issuing quarterly reports of board activities, which will be publicly available.
Strategic Plan introduction
The UUCF Coordinating Team is happy to present the UUCF strategic plan for 2017-20, the result of an extensive process of congregational and lay leadership input over multiple years. Please take the time to read the plan. We will also introduce the plan at the congregation's Annual Meeting on Jun. 4. In the meantime, email questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May Share the Plate recipient
The mission of OAR Fairfax is to rebuild lives and provide Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources for people involved in the criminal justice system and their families in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties.
Seeking affordable housing for refugee family
Contact Ann King or Nancy Meidenbauer. The Refugee Resettlement Project, cosponsored by UUCF and the UU Congregation of Sterling, is looking for an affordable, two- or three-bedroom apartment for the family from Afghanistan we are sponsoring. The mom and her two kids need an affordable place, preferably in Reston, starting this summer.
Annual Meeting slate of nominees
The UUCF Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the slate of nominees for the Board of Directors, the Endowment Fund Committee and the Nominating Committee. Members of the congregation will vote on the nominees at the Annual Meeting, Sun., Jun. 4. In accordance with the UUCF Bylaws, the Nominating Committee will accept written petitions with the names and signatures of 15 or more members to add a qualified member to the list of nominees. All petitions must be submitted to committee chair Craig Bennett at least 21 days before the Annual Meeting (by Sun., May 14).
RE family potluck
Sun., May 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Social Hall. Meets the fourth Sunday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Contact Gary Goodson.
Middle School kickoff/COA/OWL info session
Fri., Jun. 2, 6-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Contact Courtney Firth. Current Grade 6-Grade 8 youth and parents are invited to a kickoff and game night potluck at this Middle School kickoff/Coming of Age (COA)/Our Whole Lives (OWL) info session. Youth and parents will share dinner and discussion and then all youth and Grade 8 parent volunteers will host a game night in the teen pod.
Tue., Jun. 6, 10-11:30 a.m., Prog. Bldg. Meets the first and third Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noted. For all families with an infant or child to age 5 and their siblings. Contact Erin Gross.
Boston trip info session for Rising Grades 7 & 8
Wed., Jun. 7, 7-8 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Contact Courtney Firth. For rising Grade 7 and 8 students and their families. Attend in person or via Zoom (info will be sent out a few days in advance).
High School kickoff and end-of-year overnight
Fri., Jun. 9, 6 p.m.-Sat., Jun. 10, 9 a.m., Prog. Bldg. Contact Courtney Firth. Rising Grade 9 through current Grade 12 students and families are invited to the kickoff at 6 p.m. and youth may stay for the end-of-year overnight party. The youth will cook waffles for breakfast before leaving at 9 a.m.
Youth-Adult Committee meeting
Tue., Jun. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Open to all youth and youth advisors.
RE liaison meeting
Tue., Jun. 13, 7-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Contact Linnea Nelson, or RE Committee co-chairs Tom Crowley and Laurie Cunningham. All RE liaisons invited.
Volunteers needed to help with awards ceremony
Sat., Jun. 3, 3:30-6:30 p.m., to be held at Chantilly High School, 4201 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly, VA 20151. To volunteer, contact Donna Murphy. The Racial Justice Steering Committee seeks volunteers to help with an awards ceremony honoring academic achievement by area minority students.
Summer worship volunteers
We need volunteers to welcome visitors and usher during our summer worship services (beginning May 28) and to help with coffee and sell fair-trade items after the services. Even if you can only help once or twice, sign up here or contact Mary Foster. It's fun and easy, and if you're trying it for the first time, Mary is happy to help you get started. Thanks for helping make summer worship run smoothly.
RE teaching teams forming now for fall 2017 and spring 2018
Contact Linnea Nelson, Courtney Firth (youth) or an RE Committee member. Join a great group of volunteer teachers. Sign up here to teach RE or here to be a greeter. We ask each parent or caregiver to teach or greet at least once every three years. You'll teach some Sundays and be able to attend the service other weeks. We love it when teens and adults join us too!
Looking for more family time this summer?
Contact Summer RE Coordinator Lisa Riddle. Sign up to teach in our summer program. Most teachers sign up for a week at a time but we love to have people sign up for multiple weeks too! Water curriculum for Preschool and camplike atmosphere for rising Grades 1-8.
Capital Pride Parade
Sat., Jun. 10, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Starts at 22nd & P Streets, NW, Washington, DC, travels through Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods and ends at 14th & R Streets, NW.
Ending gun violence vigil
Wed., Jun. 14, 10-11 a.m., NRA headquarters, 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax. Contact Bob Hatfield. Signs provided. Park on Fairfax Ridge Road.
Young Adult retreat
Sat., Jun. 3, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Dunn Loring Park, 2540 Gallows Rd., Dunn Loring, VA 22027. RSVP to McKinley Sims. Join the Young Adult Fellowship group to say good-bye to McKinley, join in a short worship service and help plan future Young Adult events. Grilled meat and veggies will be available.
Contemporary acoustic duo
Sat., Jun. 3, 7 p.m., Sanctuary. Click here to purchase tickets. Visit Chris and John Boehmer's website, Boehmersongs.com. Performing original “Music you can sink into – smooth and rich vocals, evocative imagery and tasteful harmonies that hover beautifully together at the edges of folk, pop and jazz.” “A tremendous gift of song.” Proceeds will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Meet the refugee family UUCF has been sponsoring
UUCF End-of-Year Picnic, Sun., Jun. 4, after the Annual Meeting. Meet Marzia and her children, Munib and Sahra, as well as friends from our sponsorship partner, the UU Congregation of Sterling.
Sun., Jun. 11, 11 a.m.- 12 p.m., in the far corner of the Sanctuary Commons. If you're new to UUCF, please join us for coffee and conversation.
GA orientation webinar
Tue., Jun. 13, 7:30-9 p.m. Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Central East Region. Register here. Includes everything you need to know about attending UUA General Assembly (GA), including themes, topics, delegate information and tips for having the best possible experience. Led by Jeff Donahue, former district president and Commissioned Lay Ministry Candidate in Denominational Affairs.
Pre-GA racial justice training
Tue., Jun. 20, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center. Wed., Jun. 21, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Workshop registration is $275 through May 15, $310 thereafter. (Registration for General Assembly is separate.) Register for the workshop here. The People's Institute, a New Orleans-based, national, multiracial, anti-racist network dedicated to ending racism and other forms of institutional oppression, will present this pre-General Assembly (GA) training, Undoing Racism. The Resist and Rejoice! theme of this year's GA calls us to embody a more antiracist, anti-oppressive and multicultural faith. This training is intended to: prepare and equip UUs to engage in the justice work organized for this GA encounter other GA participants in less oppressive and more inclusive ways bring an antiracist equity and intersectional lens to the justice work in congregations and communities Over the last 35 years, The People's Institute has provided training, consultation and leadership development to more than 500,000 people in organizations nationally and internationally. Graduates of the Undoing Racism Workshop say that racism often stands in the way of effective organizing and that the workshop helped them deal with both cultural competence and racial dynamics in their work and in community. The People's Institute moves beyond a focus on the symptoms of racism to an understanding of what it is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. The workshop's systemic approach stresses learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, creating networks, undoing internalized oppression and understanding the role of organizational gatekeeping in perpetuating racism.
Fri., Sep. 1-Mon., Sep. 4, Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park. Contact Meredith Carr or Linnea Nelson. Campground reservations open Mar. 1. Lodge reservations here. Choose sites near group site D163. Worship service in the woods on Sun., Sep. 3, at 10 a.m.
Learn, Enjoy, Engage, Relax at the Fall Adult Retreat
Fri., Oct. 13-Sun., Oct. 15, Claggett Center in Adamstown, MD. All adults are welcome. To register, download this fillable PDF, fill it out and email it to Kathy Birnbaum or Mary Butler. After you’ve registered, please note the cost of your registration, enter that amount here and click the PayPal Pay Now link to pay your fee. You can also sign up in the Commons after services. Prices will increase after Jun. 18, but registration will continue while rooms are available.
UU Leadership Classes online
Variety of times and leaders. Go to uuinstitute.org to learn more and register. Contact Susan Bennett to find out what classes other UUCFers are taking. Transform yourself and your congregation to ensure that liberal religious values will have more impact in the world. Deepen your faith, connect with other UU leaders and grow your congregation. Online seminars, on-demand resources, peer learning groups and local in-person communities of practice will help you lead more effectively while building relationships and partnerships with other UUs – locally and nationally. Join other UUCF members and friends in these online learning opportunities led by Unitarian Universalist Association regional staff and other experts. Most classes cost $20. While many classes are available, two to consider are Healthy Leadership 101 and Leading Adaptively 401.
Make an impact, teach a class at UUCF
Contact incoming Adult Programs Committee chair Linda Rothbart to discuss ideas, or submit a class proposal using the new online course proposal form. Development of the fall class schedule is underway and teaching is one of the best ways you can Grow, Connect and Serve. Our Adult Programs Committee is seeking education program ideas, teachers and facilitators that will help our congregation fulfill its strategic goals of increasing the depth and impact of Unitarian Universalism, growing our cultural competencies and spiritual practices, and extending our values beyond the campus.
Mon., Jun. 12, 7:30-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. (May 15 class canceled. Check back for schedule updates.) Led by Zim Putney. Email email@example.com to register. Join a supportive community in a practical spiritual journey, opening the path to loving connections, peace, joy and success that comes from learning to hear and follow the voice of our inner resources: our intelligence, emotions, feelings and values. We will read and reflect on the teachings of clear, profound spiritual voices.
Fri., Jun. 16, 9:30-11 a.m., Prog. Bldg. Third Friday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Group started last September, but new participants still welcome. Led by Torie Gorges. Join other parents working to apply mindfulness to their lives and particularly their parenting. Meetings generally include a 20-30-minute seated meditation and time for discussion of a topic of interest to the group. If you have not practiced meditation before, you are most welcome, but please contact Torie Gorges beforehand so you'll know what to expect.
Memoirs Writing Group
Fri., Jun. 2, 1:30-3 p.m., Prog. Bldg. First and third Fridays of each month, unless otherwise noted. Contact Kristin Moyer.
Young Adult Fellowship
No meeting Sun., Jun. 4, because of the Annual Meeting and end-of-year picnic. Contact McKinley Sims.
Racial Justice Book Group
Sun., Jun. 4, 4-6 p.m., Prog. Bldg. “The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics and the Rise of the New Justice Movement” by William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. Facilitator: Mary Frances Kordick. Even if you haven’t completed the book, you are welcome to listen to the discussion. Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Fri., Jun. 2, at 12 p.m.
Meditation Practice Group
Tue., Jun. 6, 7-8:30 p.m., Chapel. Meets first and third Tuesdays of the month. Contact Karen Monroe. Join us in supporting each other in our meditation practice. No expectation to attend every meeting.
Climate Action Group
Wed., Jun. 7, 7:30-9 p.m. Meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month, unless otherwise noted. First Wednesday, meeting is held via conference call to 712-432-0360, passcode 426443. Third Wednesday, in-person meeting held in the Social Hall. Contact Eric Goplerud. Everyone welcome.
Partner Church Circle
Sun., Jun. 11, 12:30-2 p.m., Library. Contact Betsy Bicknell. Help us plan for a visit from our Transylvanian partners in 2018.
Sun., Jun. 11, 4-6 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Meets the second Sunday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Contact Barb Dutchak.
Monday Night Book Club
Jun. 12, 7:30-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Contact Don Andress. We'll discuss "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles.
Muslim Liaison Group
Tue., Jun. 13, 7:30-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Contact Rod Paolini. Group works to establish ties with Muslim communities in the area.
Sun., May 28, 10 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, 1625 Wiehle Ave., Reston, VA 20190. Brunch featuring juevos rancheros will immediatly follow the service. UUCR will present "Unaccompanied: Youth Seeking Refuge," a service featuring 10 adolescent immigrants who fled violence and poverty in Central America and traveled to the U.S. The students share what they've accomplished since arriving in the U.S. and how it measures up to their dreams. Rachel Gittinger of Central American Resource Center, a Latino resource and justice center in Washington, DC, will emcee. Oliver Contreras, one of the students, received his master's degree in photojournalism from George Washington University and has taken portraits of the "Unaccompanied" youth. The portraits will be on display as part of the service.
Shepherd's Center Caregivers Support Group
Thu., Jun. 1, 10-11:30 a.m., Prog. Bldg. First and third Thursdays of each month, unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact facilitator Jack Tarr, 703-821-6838. Designed for caregivers of adult family members. Some are cared for at home, some in local assisted living facilities and some are out of state.
Flea market - vendors needed
Sat., Jun. 3, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Oakton Church of the Brethren, 10025 Courthouse Rd., Vienna. Rain or shine. Food, drinks and desserts will be available for sale. Vendor space is available for a $15 donation to the church and must be reserved in advance. Email email@example.com or call 703-281-4411 to reserve space.
Western Fairfax PFLAG and FLY
Tue., Jun. 6, 7:30-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. PFLAG is a support group for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and FLY is a support/social group for LGBTQ youth and allies ages 12 (with parental permission) to 19. FLY also holds teen lounges on the third Friday of each month. Email PFLAG or visit FLY's Facebook page for time and place.
FLY pizza and movie night
Fri., Jun. 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Prog. Bldg. FLY is a support/social group for LGBTQ youth and allies ages 12 (with parental permission) to 19.
Rockville UU seeks part-time minister
Contact Rev. Lynn Strauss, 301-762-7666, ext. 1 by Aug. 1, 2017. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, MD seeks a second minister to serve our vibrant, growing congregation. The position includes monthly preaching and an emphasis on adult faith formation, leadership training and pastoral support. We are a diverse staff team with strong interfaith outreach and social justice programming.
Sat., Oct. 21-Sun., Oct. 22, Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center, Lanoka Harbor, NJ. Questions? Contact Ronnie Boyd. Calling all people of color! Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) is hosting its annual gathering. Join people of color across the country for worship, fellowship, conversation and community. Programming and scholarship details to come in June.
Saturdays through December 16, 9:30-11 a.m., Prog. Bldg. Contact Ravi Kaur (Chris Mason), 571-213-3192, to register or for more information. Senior discounts, drop-in rates or packages available. Increase your flexibility, reduce your stress and improve your breathing and health.
Meet UUs from around the world ...
... and visit our Puriang partners. Questions or to talk about the trip, contact Dick Van Duizend, 703-850-6149. The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists will hold its bi-annual meeting in Shillong, India, on Feb. 11-15, 2018. Representatives from at least 24 countries and six continents are expected. There will be some financial assistance to enable young adults to participate. Shillong is the largest city in the Khasi Hills, and there will be opportunities following the conference to visit UUCF’s partner congregation in Puriang, about an hour away. In addition, the UU Partner Church Council (UUPCC) will coordinate a trip that will include visits to several Khasi Unitarian churches as well as tours of Delhi and Agra including the Taj Mahal. Registration for the conference begins on May 15 here. Information regarding the UUPCC trip will be posted here in June. If you have ever dreamed of seeing India, this will be an easy, safe and fun way to do so.
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