Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun is a liberal religious community located in Leesburg, VA.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun is a liberal religious community located in Leesburg, VA. Members and friends of our community come together for worship services each Sunday at 9:30am and 11:15am. We offer Religious Education programming for children during each service. Opportunities for Adult Religious Education and Enrichment occur on a regular basis as well. Add in the special events and functions throughout the year and there's something for everyone! Come see us on a Sunday morning, everyone is always welcome!
Mission: Embracing Diversity, Nurturing Spirituality, and Promoting Justice in the World
[05/27/19] Adult discussion group tonight is cancelled.
[05/25/19] Reminder that starting tomorrow, Sunday, May 26, we begin our summer schedule of one service at 10am each Sunday. We will remain on this schedule through Labor Day weekend.
RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION GROUPS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH - 10am Service
Children's Group (Pre- K through Grade 4): Curiosity and Humility
The “know-it-all mind” ends up not knowing it all. Can we learn to approach new things with the curiosity of a beginner’s mind? This week let’s explore the Buddhist practice of Empty Mind and Beginners Mind. We will try blindfolded drawings and play games!
REMINDER: Our move to one service means we combine our youth groups. Any youth in Grade 5-12 are welcome to attend.
Jr. And Sr. Youth Group (Grades 5-12): The Practice of the Beginner’s Mind
By being present one escapes the suffering of worrying about the past or future. But being present is
about more than escaping painful worries. It’s also about noticing the gifts right in front of you in the
moment you are in. How can we stop being a “know-it-all” and be open to knowledge?
For questions, contact DRE, Kate Savidan ([email protected]).
As we explore the theme of Curiosity in May, our Children's Group learned about the important roll curiosity plays in science and discovery. They read about Curiosity the Mars Rover and built a city on Mars using materials provided to them!
On Saturday, May 11 UUCL families gathered at Potomac Crossing Park for a Religious Exploration Committee sponsored trash pick-up with 350 Loudoun. 120 pieces of litter were picked up and fun was had by all! Many thanks to all who came out and to those who were with us in spirit.
For the month of Curiosity.https://vimeo.com/54130221
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From a former UUCL minister on this Mother’s Day Weekend. https://www.uua.org/worship/words/affirmation/circle-care
uua.org In religious community, we share our joys and our triumphs, our sorrows and our broken places.
[05/05/19] AMAZING auction tonight! HUGE thanks to everyone who donated and attended! We raised over $14,000!!! Next years theme is Margaritaville. Date to be announced soon.
The auction is rocking!
It’s auction time!
The month of May transformational theme of Curiosity showed up with my tea this morning!
[05/03/19] The Service Auction is tomorrow night! 6pm to 10pm at Ida Lee Rec Center in Leesburg. We have an amazing catalog of offerings this year, a huge thanks to all who donated. Make sure to be there promptly at 6pm so you can be checked in and ready to bid! See you at the auction!
May 1, 2019 WEDNESDAY Reading About Racism
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
6:45 pm gathering
7:00 pm film begins
8:30-9 pm discussion
Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material.
I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond.
And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Baldwin and Peckhave produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
[04/22/19] Adult Discussion Group tonight at the church 7pm. No prep needed just show up! Bring snacks and drinks to share if you are so moved!
HIP HOP HOORAY!
Join the RE Committee in celebrating Easter with the 2019 UUCL Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday, April 21 at 10:45am between services. There will be a BUNCH of eggs hidden and we will lead off with staggered starts, beginning with our preschool kiddos and going on up to our middle-school kids. Please bring a basket or bag to carry your eggs!
Eggs will be hidden during first service announcements so if you are running late arriving please watch for our little bunny helpers who are hiding the eggs. We are also asking for help from all members of the congregation to please work together in keeping an eye out for the kids in the parking lot and to make sure every member of our congregation stays safe.
Take five to sit with this meditation on wholeness.
Explore the spiritual practice of wholeness, grow in wholeness, realize wholeness, share wholeness every Sunday 10:30am, 416 W North Ave, Pittsburgh 15212.
UPDATE: Also there’s a New Member Blessing and there’s cake!!!
I can't fit this writing into tomorrow's service so I'm posting it here. Tomorrow, there is a poem by Joy Harjo, an indigenous poet, and music by Jon Batiste, an African American singer/songwriter who is covering a Beatles song.
A Crack in Everything.
Sunday, April 7,
9:30 and 11:15 am.
By Beth Lefever
We are whole, even in the broken places, even where it hurts.
We are whole, even in the broken places, the places where fear impedes our full engagement with life; where self-doubt corrupts our self-love; where shame makes our faces hot and our souls cold.
We are whole, even in those places where perfectionism blunts the joy of full immersion into person, place, activity; where "good enough" does not reside except in our silent longings; where our gaps must be fast-filled with substance, accomplishment, or frenzied activity lest they gape open and disgust.
We are whole where we would doubt our own goodness, richness, fullness and depth, where we would doubt our own significance, our own profoundness.
We are whole, even in our fragility; even where we feel fragmented, alone, insubstantial, insufficient.
We are whole, even as we are in process, even as we stumble, even as we pick ourselves up again, for we are whole. We are whole.
Quote for the day:
The question concerning faith is not, Shall I be a person of faith? The proper question is, rather, Which faith is mine? Or better, Which faith should be mine? For, whether a person craves prestige, wealth, security, or amusement, whether a person lives for country, for science, for God, or for plunder, that person is demonstrating a faith, is showing that he or she puts confidence in something.
(James Luther Adams, 1901 – 1994)
Sunday, March 31, 2019 9:30 am and 11:15 am
Wayfaring Stranger (sung by Wendy Testa) and Dan Fogelberg's "Along the Road"( by the "band") are musical offerings tomorrow.
"The Invisible String" is Time For All Ages as folks in the RE Spaces will be exploring what the end of the journey means.
Rev. Alice King be talking about how we wend our way through our lives and wrestling a bit with quality and quantity on the journey.
Also, the daffodils are blooming!
[03/25/19] Adult discussion group tonight 7pm at the church! No prep just show up!
Benediction for the Heavy Heart
Good morning. I missed your “good”
because a plane, because a truck, because
a gun, because a cop, because a government,
because a people suffering, because too many
people suffering, because war, because famine,
because some mornings it is so hard
to rise, to wake, to be a self.
There is a pause here. There is a deliberate
cessation. I want a cessation to the noise
in my head, to the ache in the collective
heart of this world. When I was young
this seemed possible. . . .
I want your mornings “good,” your evenings “good,”
all the late nights and sunrises and afternoons
and moments pressed against the ticking
glass of your life “good.”
Breathe. For yourself. For each other. Let
us breathe in when others cannot. When we
can do nothing else. Let us stretch ourselves
open to embrace our friends, extend
our bodies outward to anyone willing to meet us
and even those we think may not be willing. Let us
hold each other for this moment. For this
blink of human existence.
To Wake, To Rise: Meditations on Justice and Resilience
So this was happening at the church on Thursday.
uua.org The terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand is part of a global trend of white supremacist violence that we cannot ignore.
A Blessing for Ash Wednesday
BLESSING THE DUST
All those days
you felt like dust,
as if all you had to do
was turn your face
toward the wind
and be scattered
to the four corners
or swept away
by the smallest breath
did you not know
what the Holy One
can do with dust?
This is the day
we freely say
we are scorched.
This is the hour
we are marked
by what has made it
through the burning.
This is the moment
we ask for the blessing
that lives within
the ancient ashes,
that makes its home
inside the soil of
this sacred earth.
So let us be marked
not for sorrow.
And let us be marked
not for shame.
Let us be marked
not for false humility
or for thinking
we are less
than we are
but for claiming
what God can do
within the dust,
within the dirt,
within the stuff
of which the world
and the stars that blaze
in our bones
and the galaxies that spiral
inside the smudge
— Jan Richardson, for Ash Wednesday
from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons
Reading About Race
Wednesday, March 6
No need to have read ahead of time. We will be reading the first part of the book aloud.
[02/25/19] Adult Discussion Group tonight at 7pm at the church! No prep needed just bring yourself! (and snacks and drinks to share if you are so moved....)
ht: Gretchen Haley
Because the air is cold, and the bed is warm
And you used up all your extraverting energy yesterday
And you don’t feel like talking to anyone about anything
Because you might cry
and not be able to stop
Because your heart
has been closed off, and out of practice
and the way life has gone lately
you’re not even sure it is Sunday
Because you won’t know anyone,
or you know everyone too well
and someone will say something
that makes you cringe -
the minister, probably. Or, maybe you.
Or maybe, the minister or you
will fail to say exactly the thing
you need to hear
the thing you need to hear yourself saying
Because we will talk about money, or politics, or God -
maybe all three -
And we will sit in silence for too long
Or not long enough
and there will be too many children, or not enough
too many people like you, or not enough
Despite all the reasons,
we keep ourselves from this
gathering in, this
breathing deeply, this
We arrive with this tender hope,
and what can only be called
a willing surrender
to the inevitable imperfections
and also as an offering
To show up for the still-possible beauty
to be open to miracles and magic
of the human kind
to re-member ourselves a part of something more
to make it true by our presence
to center ourselves in gratitude
to practice seeing the best in each other, in ourselves, in life
In spite of everything
and to call this faith
The faith we make together,
See you at 9:30 or 11:30 am.
Children’s Religious Exploration at 9:30 am
Valentine’s Tea at 10:30 am, all welcome
All UUCL adults, children, youth and families are invited to join the Religious Exploration children and youth in the RE space on Sunday, February 17 at 10:30am for a very special Valentine's Day Tea. Please allow us to show how much we appreciate your support, love and kindness with tea, cookies, sandwiches and special valentines.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Watch this moving WDVM "Hidden History" segment featuring a woman who has traced her ancestry to Oatlands Plantation and freed slaves who built the sacred chapel now under our stewardship.
localdvm.com Mount Olive Methodist Church was built by freed slaves. It's rumored they named it Mount Olive for Israel's one mile long ridge east of Jerusalem, which they likened to the town they would later call Gleedsville.
Thanks to Rev. Peter Friedrichs for reminding us that today - and every day - is a good day to lean back...
Trust Fall, by Rev. Peter Friedrichs
What have you learned
about the way the world works?
Are your hopes intact, your
bones unbroken? Do you
still dream of being able
Or do you wear the wounds
of pain, ancestral or intimate,
as your uniform, creases sharp,
donned each day without thinking?
Is your skin so thick
with scars it renders
Would you ever climb up
on the table-land
of your life, and stand
like a high diver,
your back to the void,
your heels hanging
over the edge and,
taking with one deep breath
a full accounting of all
that has brought you here,
A Mighty Girl
When Susie King Taylor was born in slavery in 1848, it was illegal to educate African Americans in Georgia but she learned to read and write at a young age thanks to a secret school. After she fled to Union-controlled St. Simons Island during the U.S. Civil War, her talents brought her to the attention of Union officers who asked the teenager if she would organize a school if they could obtain books and materials. She gladly agreed and, at age 14, Taylor became the first black teacher for freed African-Americans at a freely operating school in Georgia. She taught 40 children in a day school and, as she wrote in her memoir, “a number of adults who came to me nights, all of them so eager to learn to read, to read above anything else.”
Soon after, she married Edward King, an African-American non-commissioned officer stationed there with the First South Carolina Volunteers of African Descent. When the island was evacuated in 1862, she opted to follow his regiment as a nurse. For three years, she served as an unpaid nurse for the regiment, and taught many black soldiers to read and write in their off-duty hours. After the war was over, Taylor and her husband returned to Savannah, Georgia where she established another school for freed African-American children. Sadly, her husband died shortly afterward, and the opening of a free school nearby forced Taylor to close hers. Seeking new opportunities, she traveled to Boston as the domestic servant of a wealthy family and remarried in 1879.
More than ten years later -- and over thirty years after the end of the Civil War -- she wrote one of the most detailed memoirs ever written by a woman about life in a Civil War camp. Her memoir, “Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers,” was also the only memoir ever written by an African-American woman about her experience during the Civil War. In it, Taylor emphasized the important role of black troops, as well as the often unrecognized role that women played during the Civil War: “There were loyal women, as well as men, in those days who did not fear the shell or the shot, who cared for the sick and the dying.”
Susie King Taylor's memoir is still in print - to learn more, visit http://amzn.to/2mrxYR3
To introduce children to her heroic story, check out “Memoir of Susie King Taylor: A Civil War Nurse,” which uses excerpts from Taylor’s own words to bring Civil War history alive for tweens -- for ages 9 to 12 at https://www.amightygirl.com/memoir-of-susie-king-taylor
Susie King Taylor's Civil War contributions are also recounted in the excellent book about 16 women who made a mark during the war: “Courageous Women of the Civil War" for ages 12 and up at https://www.amightygirl.com/courageous-women-civil-war
To introduce children to more pioneering black women throughout history, we highly recommend the inspiring new book "Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History" for ages 7 to 10 at https://www.amightygirl.com/little-leaders
And, for hundreds of books about trailblazing women role models from throughout history, visit our "Role Model" biography section at http://amgrl.co/2wRJudE
I Am UU
"We are the certain and the seeking, the lifers and the newcomers, the beloved and the broken hearted, the insiders and the rejected, all of whom have found a home in the extraordinary, yet intimate communities of Unitarian Universalism."
~ Melissa Harris-Perry
image: creative common
design: Laura Evonne Steinman
Coming to the end of this month's theme of Possibilities. I offer this from the Soul Matters team.
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