Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun - UUCL

Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun - UUCL

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Greetings good folks - I am writing you from Charlottesville's UU congregation as one of the minor organizers of the local effort to support legislation to authorize local control over monuments and memorials. There is a rally next Wednesday that you might find of interest. Please feel free to share this message as widely as you wish. There is a statewide coalition called "Monumental Justice" that is organizing this rally and gathering support for the local control legislation. There will be a statewide call next Monday at 8 to discuss the effort. People can message me if they are interested in being involved statewide. The rally information is below. MONUMENTAL JUSTICE RALLY Wednesday, January 8th @ 2:30 pm The Plaza on the State Capitol Grounds Richmond, Virginia This is a rally in support of the "Local Control over Confederate Statues" legislation being introduced by Delegates Sally Hudson and Jay Jones that would give localities the authority to remove Confederate statues from public spaces. This rally will include people from throughout Virginia - see https://www.facebook.com/monumentaljusticeva
Is there an event or listing with details on Chris King's memorial service? I am thinking it's next Sat. 5/4 at UUCL at 11am, but would love to get details straight. TIA :)
Looking for a ride to the later service tomorrow (11:15) for my mom (Jean-Marie Donnelly). She lives at Morningside House. Even a ride home would be helpful. Thanks!
Hello! Doug and I are currently looking for land or a very small fixer-upper, and we need a real estate agent, preferably someone with land buying experience who can help us navigate utilities, whether we can live in a camper/tiny house/something, etc. Any recommendations? Thank you! Doug and Sally (Please don't share this outside church- this is an alternate FB account for the real, queer, liberal, UU me and we are *not* ready to explain any of that to family lol)
Kate-Lynn Savidan - in spite of the fact we repeated it several times, I was groggy Sunday morning and the words have gotten foggy in my mind. Would you kindly share your meditative mantra from Sunday's service here too? Thank you!
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Seems timely to share this after yesterday's service :) A poet friend of mine shared it this morning: “If there is anything in the life of any culture or period that gives good grounds for alarm, it is the rise of cultural pessimism, whose major passion is bitter hostility toward many or most of the people within the very culture the pessimists always feel they are intent on rescuing. When panic on one side is creating alarm on another, it is easy to forget there are always as good grounds for optimism as for pessimism, exactly the same grounds, in fact. That is because we are human. We still have every potential for good as we ever had, and the same presumptive claim to respect, our own respect in one another. We are still creatures of singular interest and value, agile of soul as we have always been and as we will continue to be even despite our errors and degradations for as long as we abide on this earth. To value one another is our greatest safety, and to indulge in fear and contempt is our gravest error.” ~ Marilynne Robinson, The Givenness of Things: Essays #wereallhuman #goodthingsmatter
Thank you dear friends for so warmly welcoming home your weary traveling troubadour this morning :) It is always an honor to raise my voice with yours in song, and in faith in our greater humanity somehow rising above it all. Special shoutout to the ImpromtUU Summer Choir for showing up and singing it loud and proud today too!
Hi all - Dan and I have two extra tickets to see Kipyn Martin and her musical partner for their “Joan and Joni” concert (think Joan Baez & Joni Mitchell) TONIGHT AT 8PM at The Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville. PM me ASAP if interested!!
The Social Justice Committee is delighted to sponsor a screening of the film GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy on Its Head on May 31, 2018 Doors Open: 7pm Film Start: 7:30pm At UUCL Gerrymandering is the process by which voting district lines are drawn by the very politicians who stand to benefit most. This issue affects the fabric of our democracy in profound ways. GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy on Its Head examines this issue in an entertaining and timely documentary, produced through a partnership of the Community Idea Stations with OneVirginia2021: Virginians for Fair Redistricting.
On this First Observance of World Bee 🐝 Day, we celebrated by hosting a Service Auction event, “Bee Nesting House” workshop. Thanks to Gregory Scheib & daughter Grace, Scott & daughter Tessa and JoAnne & Jim Sulak for coming and making this a special day! Grace & Tessa even did a little musical performance using bamboo sticks!
Consider this lovely, FREE, way to amuse yourself this Sunday. Include Airwell Bed and Breakfast, and enjoy some Gina's Pies nibbles.

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

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Side With Love: 10 Years of Love and Liberation

Over the last 10 years, Side With Love has harnessed love’s power to challenge exclusion, oppression, and violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity,…

Stories, Poem, Fire Ritual,
Blessings from the Triple Goddess.
Sunday, February 2, 2020
9:30 & 11:15 am

[01/27/20]   Adult discussion group tonight at 7 at the church. No prep needed just show up!

For Reading About Racism attendees: I’m here at church. It’s cold outside but warm inside and I have cookies. I have cleaned the steps and tried to clean the ramp and porch. I’ve salted but it may be slick. Just be careful. Do not use the side stairs—they are covered!

Small parking lot has a less snowy entrance than the larger lot.

Source tonight is The 1619 Project.

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Welcome to the UUCL Trips program! - Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun

If you’ve been thinking about registering for the “Votes for Women” Centennial Suffrage Celebration Trip (June 5-9), please register soon!! The deadline is February 15 - we need a solid count to confirm with the trip company.

This will be so much fun!!!

Feel free to share with your friends and groups on Facebook:
www.uuloudoun.org/uucltrips

uuloudoun.org UUCL Trips offers an opportunity to explore, expand our knowledge and understanding of the world and celebrate the resilience of the human spirit. While participants are invited from all over the region to take part in our trips program, we adhere to the principles of our ... read more.

[01/05/20]   In the turning of the sacred year, Epiphany Day, with all its mystery and light, is a favorite of mine. Here on the eve of the day, this blessing is for you, in celebration. Jan Richardson

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE FAR TO TRAVEL
An Epiphany Blessing

If you could see
the journey whole
you might never
undertake it;
might never dare
the first step
that propels you
from the place
you have known
toward the place
you know not.

Call it
one of the mercies
of the road:
that we see it
only by stages
as it opens
before us,
as it comes into
our keeping
step by
single step.

There is nothing
for it
but to go
and by our going
take the vows
the pilgrim takes:

to be faithful to
the next step;
to rely on more
than the map;
to heed the signposts
of intuition and dream;
to follow the star
that only you
will recognize;

to keep an open eye
for the wonders that
attend the path;
to press on
beyond distractions
beyond fatigue
beyond what would
tempt you
from the way.

There are vows
that only you
will know;
the secret promises
for your particular path
and the new ones
you will need to make
when the road
is revealed
by turns
you could not
have foreseen.

Keep them, break them,
make them again:
each promise becomes
part of the path;
each choice creates
the road
that will take you
to the place
where at last
you will kneel

to offer the gift
most needed—
the gift that only you
can give—
before turning to go
home by
another way.

—Jan Richardson
from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons

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I'm just going to set this blessing on your table so it'll be there when it's time for your black-eyed peas. Peace to you as the year ends and begins!

THE YEAR AS A HOUSE
A Blessing

Think of the year
as a house:
door flung wide
in welcome,
threshold swept
and waiting,
a graced spaciousness
opening and offering itself
to you.

Let it be blessed
in every room.
Let it be hallowed
in every corner.
Let every nook
be a refuge
and every object
set to holy use.

Let it be here
that safety will rest.
Let it be here
that health will make its home.
Let it be here
that peace will show its face.
Let it be here
that love will find its way.

Here
let the weary come;
let the aching come;
let the lost come;
let the sorrowing come.

Here
let them find their rest,
and let them find their soothing,
and let them find their place,
and let them find their delight.

And may it be
in this house of a year
that the seasons will spin in beauty;
and may it be
in these turning days
that time will spiral with joy.
And may it be
that its rooms will fill
with ordinary grace
and light spill from every window
to welcome the stranger home.

—Jan Richardson

Image: "Many Rooms"
© janrichardsonimages.com

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Reading About Racism meets January 9 at 7 pm in the sanctuary. Topic is The 1619 Project. Here is the link for the free pdf.

https://pulitzercenter.org/sites/default/files/full_issue_of_the_1619_project.pdf?smid=nytcore-ios-share&fbclid=IwAR2Br5HC2Qvditjm8QVS9bgFg3LIEMLwfxKycK6hIAzahS0fqtDFdNxdO7g

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Happy New Year!
Feeling pressure for something significant in this new year and new decade? If you are clear on what that is, great. If not, here are some low-key suggestions. No pressure. ❤️

[12/22/19]   A Merry and Blessed Solstice to all.

The Shortest Day
by Susan Cooper
And so the Shortest Day came and the year died.
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us - listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.

The Holiday Pageant this year is a no-rehearsal Hanukkah Pageant!
One service at 10 am,
Sunday, December 22.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun - UUCL

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun - UUCL

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For anyone curious as to what the weather will be for the parade, I just checked weatherunderground. Looks like the rain will stop, if it has not already. It will be cloudy. Temps in the 40's,but dress warm. Looking forward to seeing everyone in the parade! https://www.wunderground.com/hourly/us/va/leesburg/KVALEESB133

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This week, we are celebrating IllUUminations, a holiday for Unitarian Universalists to reflect, grow, and give.

Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal religion that gathers together people from many religious and non-religious backgrounds around a set of shared Principles. It's these Seven Principles that are the focus of illUUminations (also known as Chalica).

IllUUminations starts on the first Monday in December and lasts for 7 days. Day seven focuses on the respect for the
interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part.

As the saying goes, “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle.” Today, recycle something from your house that would have been trash, and create a gift with it. Turn it into a work of art, or a handy item.

This week, we are celebrating IllUUminations, a holiday for Unitarian Universalists to reflect, grow, and give.

Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal religion that gathers together people from many religious and non-religious backgrounds around a set of shared Principles. It's these Seven Principles that are the focus of illUUminations (also known as Chalica).

IllUUminations starts on the first Monday in December and lasts for 7 days. Day six focuses on the goal of world community with peace liberty and justice for all.

How can you work for a peaceful world? Find an organization that allows families to volunteer together, then get involved! Volunteer today, or make a plan to volunteer regularly.

This week, we are celebrating IllUUminations, a holiday for Unitarian Universalists to reflect, grow, and give.

Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal religion that gathers together people from many religious and non-religious backgrounds around a set of shared Principles. It's these Seven Principles that are the focus of illUUminations (also known as Chalica).

IllUUminations starts on the first Monday in December and lasts for 7 days. Day five focuses on the right of conscience and the democratic process.

Today, offer your shoulder and your ear to anyone who needs
someone to talk to. Try hard to not be defensive, dismissive, or offer up “quick fixes.”

This week, we are celebrating IllUUminations, a holiday for Unitarian Universalists to reflect, grow, and give.

Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal religion that gathers together people from many religious and non-religious backgrounds around a set of shared Principles. It's these Seven Principles that are the focus of illUUminations (also known as Chalica).

IllUUminations starts on the first Monday in December and lasts for 7 days. Day four focuses on a free and responsible
search for truth and meaning.

Try talking with a friend about their beliefs. How are they different than yours? Keep an open mind; who knows, you may find something that rings true for you!

This week, we are celebrating IllUUminations, a holiday for Unitarian Universalists to reflect, grow, and give.

Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal religion that gathers together people from many religious and non-religious backgrounds around a set of shared Principles. It's these Seven Principles that are the focus of illUUminations (also known as Chalica).

IllUUminations starts on the first Monday in December and lasts for 7 days. Day three focuses on the acceptance of
one another and encouragement of spiritual growth.

Remember: We Help Each Other Learn! As a family, or with a friend, attempt to cook something you never have before. It might work out, or you might be ordering pizza. It doesn’t matter as long as you make the attempt!

This week, we are celebrating IllUUminations, a holiday for Unitarian Universalists to reflect, grow, and give.

Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal religion that gathers together people from many religious and non-religious backgrounds around a set of shared Principles. It's these Seven Principles that are the focus of illUUminations (also known as Chalica).

IllUUminations starts on the first Monday in December and lasts for 7 days. Day two focuses on justice, equity and compassion in human relations.

How can you embody our second principle today? Do something nice for someone else. Stand up to a bully, pay for someone else’s food, help a stranger. The opportunities are endless as long as you keep an eye out for them.

This week, we are celebrating IllUUminations, a holiday for Unitarian Universalists to reflect, grow, and give.

Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal religion that gathers together people from many religious and non-religious backgrounds around a set of shared Principles. It's these Seven Principles that are the focus of illUUminations (also known as Chalica).

IllUUminations starts on the first Monday in December and lasts for 7 days. Day one focuses on the inherent dignity and worth of every person. As Rabbi Heschel once said, "Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy."

Happy Day One of IllUUminations! How can you celebrate today? Remember that "Each Person is Important." Why not gather family or friends and plan a meal where everyone’s favorite food is represented. Spaghetti with a side of jelly beans? Why not, it’s the first night of IllUUminations!

[11/25/19]   Adult Discussion Group tonight at 7pm at the church! No prep just bring yourself!

Prayer Beads for UUs.
Sunday, November 24, 2019
9:30 and 11:15 am

Holiday Season at UUCL...

We all bring different gifts to any community. We continue to build communities of resilience and joy. Here is part of what that looked like in today’s worship.

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Love What You Love

Be a cheerleader for joy, on days when it’s easy and on days when it’s not so much...❤️

uua.org We can be cheerleaders for joy, and compassionate about the fact that we’re all just trying to survive.

It's tonight!!!

The altar awaits your pictures and memories. Remember to Fall Back! The means if it’s 11 pm, set your clocks for 10 pm.

Candles of Remembrance on Sunday November 3, 2019. 9:30 and 11:15 am.
Please bring photos of your beloved dead, or some small thing that reminds you of them. You will be able to take your items home after the service.

[10/28/19]   Adult Discussion Group tonight at 7pm at the church! No prep needed just bring your desire for good fellowship and conversation.

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun 2017-2018

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20460 Gleedsville Rd
Leesburg, VA
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