The Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston is a progressive, vibrant, and active congregation, serving both intellectual and spiritual needs.
For nearly 50 years, the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston (UUCR) has been home to liberal religion in our area. We strive to be a spiritual community where hearts and minds are encouraged to grow, question, discover, and learn. UUCR has a long history of diversity and inclusion, of affirmation and advocacy. These beliefs and actions are at the core of Unitarian Universalism and are at the core of our church. We are a Welcoming Congregation; our church embraces people of any age, sex, race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, class, ability, language, or cultural background. UUCR supports each person in his or her religious journey. We invite you to share your religious journey with us.
Mission: Our Vision: To be a religious community of unlimited opportunities for personal and collective growth, serving as a beacon of free and liberal faith in a changing world. Our Mission: The mission of this church is to be an inclusive, ethical and spiritual community in which we strive to live our values and make the world a better place.
Operating as usual
If you missed our worship service this morning, or would like to watch the homily again, click below for "Blessings for the Day." The worship service is available to watch in full on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6k-nPsq9NE&feature=youtu.be.
uureston.org "Blessings for the Day" Homily by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner on October 18, 2020
Please join us for worship this morning at 10am. "Celtic Spirituality" will be led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner. All are welcome!
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My friend and colleague Rabbi Dennis Sasso wrote this today for The Business Journal about the impact of the pandemic on congregations. I thought some of you would enjoy his perspective.
Dennis C. Sasso: What will the pandemic do to congregations?
Indianapolis Business Journal, October 16, 2020 |
These months of quarantine and social distance have challenged congregations and faith communities to find new ways of giving meaning to religious life and experience. Religion in quarantine, observed from our sofas and living rooms, has necessitated that we engage more intentionally, more honestly. The solitude of virtual religiosity makes us yearn for community, but also elicits a more thoughtful encounter with the core values and ideals of our faith traditions.
The philosopher Alfred North Whitehead said that religion is what “a man [sic] does with his solitariness.” How is religion doing in your solitariness?
Our religious traditions are preeminently communal. Synagogue and ecclesia are both Greek terms that mean “gathering” or “assembly.” What happens to that sense of community during quarantine?
Social distancing has forced businesses and other organizations, and especially religious congregations, to rethink and retool. Accustomed to coming together in assembly, we have learned to promote a sense of community from our separate living, dining and family rooms, from our patios and back yards. This outreach has been of immeasurable value, particularly to those who are unable to be together physically.
How will these experiences serve us once the pandemic is over? Will the increased interest and participation in services and programs through Zoom and Livestream result in the revitalization or weakening of congregational/organizational life once we are able to return to previous social patterns?
Will the comfort of experiencing services from your own private space lead to increased expectations of privatized and customized religion? Even as we call on Amazon to deliver our orders to our front door, will we expect the church, synagogue, mosque or temple to deliver services and programs to our living rooms? Religion, a click away!
Though we cannot foresee the future of congregational life or the contours of post-quarantine religion, we can all, clergy and congregants, help to shape its form, define its ingredients, incorporate and adapt what worked during quarantine into ongoing practices that will honor our faith and give positive expression to our religious values. During the last seven months, we have succeeded at being places of worship without walls that yearn for your return. We bring the congregation to you, but we can’t wait until you can bring yourself to the congregation.
The story is told of a youth who wanted to become a blacksmith. He apprenticed to a master blacksmith and perfected all the skills and techniques of the trade: how to hold the tongs, lift the sledge, smite the anvil, and blow the fire with the bellows. Upon completing training, he was chosen to work at the smithery of the royal palace. But the youth’s delight soon came to an end when he realized that he knew all the skills, but had failed to learn how to kindle the spark.
After this interim period of Zoom and Livestream, may we remember not just how to turn on the computer, but how to kindle the spark and nurture the passion to keep faith and congregations bright and alive.•
I'm excited to share with you this message from the Rev. Barbara Wells Ten Hove for our 50th anniversary. (I invited this for this past Sunday's worship but it came in too late to use.) Enjoy her greetings on our 50th! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOI9w3HxrfA
Barbara brings greetings to UUCR on their 50th anniversary
Would love to see what you hear from Rev. Debra!
This year, we celebrate 50 years since the founding of our church!
Rev. Debra's homily from this past Sunday is available on our website for viewing. Click below for "Forgiving and Forgiven."
The service is available in its entirety on YouTube: https://youtu.be/GW2sYavJ_Og
uureston.org This video is of the homily during the worship service on September 27, 2020. The full service is available on YouTube .
Missed church this morning? You can watch the service on atonement and forgiveness at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GW2sYavJ_Og If you enjoy it, please pass on the link to your family and friends.
Worship service led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner on September 27, 2020
The homily from today's service is available for viewing. Click below for "New Year's Reset" by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner. The service is available to view in its entirety on YouTube: https://youtu.be/0RfIdG9-8nU.
uureston.org Rev. Debra's sermons are available in audio format below. You may listen to the sermon online or download for listening at a later time.
We’re ready for you - come on by!
We are excited to see you tody at the UUCR at Home Drive Thru!! 2-4pm in the church parking lot.
Drive on over to UUCR on Saturday, 2-4pm for a special gift bag! Learn more: https://tockify.com/uureston/detail/1043/1600538400000
We continued our special tradition and held our annual Homecoming worship service yesterday, September 13. It was a joy to be together in spirit as we rededicated ourselves to nourishing our spirituality, serving our community, and seeking justice together.
If you missed the service, would like to watch it again or share with your friends and family - please click below.
We continued our special tradition and held our annual Homecoming worship service on Sunday, September 13, 2020. This service included dedicating the symbols...
Your Covid team is hard at work creating indicators for reopening. This piece comes close to what it’s going to take. Funny-not funny.
rockthatcollar.com Close your eyes and pray. Take a deep breath and offer your life and ministry up to God. Ask for guidance, wisdom, and grace as you attempt to lead your community through a faithful response to the…
Yesterday’s Car Rally for Racial Justice, sponsored by Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Church, brought together a number of local houses of faith and community members. Together we denounced racism and bigotry and committed to fighting for equality and justice. #blacklivesmatter
patch.com Reston faith leaders gathered at a parking lot service to call for an end to systematic oppression and violence against people of color.
Our weekly newsletter is back from its summer hiatus!
This week we share details about upcoming events, including A Car Rally for Racial Justice on August 26. We also have information about our Religious Education program that kicks off in September and we welcome a tiny new church member to our UU Reston family.
This and more - enjoy! 💛📧
mailchi.mp Worship this Sunday, August 23 at 10:00am:Policing: An Exploration” Led by:Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner, Linda Weaver and Cynthia Young
So lovely to wake up to this! Thank you!!❤️
This year, the Board of Directors of Reston Pride, are proud to introduce The Founders Award, a highly prestigious award presented to one distinguished member and/or community members who have made a major contribution to Reston Pride. The award recognizes outstanding individual and community contributions to Reston Pride, be they a single event or a lifetime of significant efforts which will be awarded annually by the Board of Directors.
It is with great pride that we would like to announce that Reverend Dr. Debra Haffner and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston are the inaugural recipients of this honor. Reverend Dr. Debra Haffner with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston conceived and organized the first-ever Reston Pride Festival in 2017. Together, they focused the Reston Pride organization on celebrating and supporting the local LGBTQIA+ community in Reston and Northern Virginia with a focus on creating a family-friendly
environment that distinguishes and highlights the differences from other local Pride festivals.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, congratulations to Reverend Dr. Debra Haffner and the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston. Thank you for your exemplary service and support to the LGBTQIA+ community of Reston and Northern Virginia.
#RestonPride #Pride #Reston #Pride365 #FoundersAwards
Cornerstones has invited the community to join this important conversation with state leaders about their plans for stabilizing the economy and passing critically-needed legislation to ensure healthy, thriving, and equitable Northern Virginia communities.
Click below to learn more and register.
There’s still time to register and submit questions for our virtual community forum with Virginia House Delegates Ibraheem S. Samirah and Ken Plum, and State Senators Janet D. Howell and Jennifer Boysko. Register now to hear their plans and discuss legislation that rebuilds economic and social stability in Northern Virginia: http://ow.ly/Spqt50AWk4E
[08/01/20] Today we wish Rev. Debra a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We hope you have a wonderful day! 🎂🎈
This 2020 Voter Guide is FULL of great information, much of which is new due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Learn how to register to vote by mail, vote early and much more. Big thanks to Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy for this fabulous guide. #vote
Our Summer Blast is available online! This newsletter is full of church news and updates - including membership anniversaries and birthdays. Click below for this and much more!
We are thrilled to share this information with you and to invite all girl and women-identified singers to join us for this special summer choir project!
"What Happens When a Woman?" Summer Choir Project for Girl and Women-Identified Singers
All Girl and Women-Identified Singers in our community, ages 9 and up, are invited to join this special inter-generational virtual choir project, to learn and record the song "What Happens When a Woman?" by Alexandra Olsavsky.
There will be three Zoom rehearsals to learn the song together, then everyone will create their own video of themselves singing to contribute to the virtual choir video of all of us together! Please join your voice with ours. and bring along your friends, too! You can invite people from anywhere, as this whole project will happen virtually!
If you are interested, please send an email to Cynthia,([email protected]) to sign up.
Please click below to watch a performance of the song by the female trio Artemesia. 🎼 ❤️ 💻
A song for the strong women of our world who seek to empower themselves by asking important questions. Sheet Music/MP3 Download Available HERE: https://www.a...
[07/15/20] QUESTIONS, REV. DEBRA NEEDS YOUR QUESTIONS. EMAIL HER BY THURSDAY FOR THE QUESTION BOX SERMON THIS SUNDAY!
I know we all wish we could be back in the church building. This article from the NYT explains why church is such a high risk environment for the spread of COVID-19.
nytimes.com The virus has infiltrated Sunday services, church meetings and youth camps. More than 650 cases have been linked to religious facilities during the pandemic.
When school was in session before COVID-19, many students depended on the Free and Reduced Price Lunch program for nutritious meals.
Due to the pandemic, children no longer have access to that food at school, but through the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), they can receive food benefits through a program called Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT.
Please click below to learn more about this program and how children in need may receive food.
fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com Posted at 9:30 a.m. When school was in session before COVID-19, many students depended on the Free and Reduced Price Lunch program for nutritious meals. Due to the pandemic, children no longer have access to that food at school, but through the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), they can...
[07/02/20] Dear ones, I know NOVA has gone to phase 3, but the virus hasn't gone away. My public health self is urging you to wait three weeks and let others go to the movies, the gym, inside restaurants, etc. and see if cases go up. I'm predicting they will like every state that has moved too soon to open. My minister self is praying for your health and for you to thrive. And wear your mask, wash your hands, stay at least six feet away from others, and stay home if you are sick. I LOVE YOU and WE NEED YOU.
For our virtual service on Music Sunday, June 14, 2020, our amazing Music Director Cynthia Young contacted a choir she used to direct in Burkina Faso. They collaborated with us on this virtual project to show how truly connected every human being is--across time and almost 5,000 miles.
Please enjoy and share. ❤️🎼🌎
For our virtual service on Music Sunday, June 14, 2020, our amazing Music Director Cynthia Young contacted a choir she used to direct in Burkina Faso. They c...
Another article about our BLM flag being stolen - this from our friend Mercie in the Connection
connectionnewspapers.com A large banner reading Black Lives Matter was reported stolen along with its supporting posts on Juneteenth 2020 from church grounds of the Unitarian Universalist Church Reston.
Several people asked me to update them on the impact of the Moral Assembly this past Saturday by the Poor People's Campaign. Here's what I received today:
"More than two and a half million of you from all across the country and around the world viewed the program on Facebook alone, more than 42,000 of you uploaded selfies and stories on our website, and you sent nearly 300,000 letters to our elected officials insisting they implement the policy agenda of the Poor People’s Campaign.
We were covered in the New York Times, CNN, NPR, the Washington Post the Religious News Service and many more!"
Thank you to all the UUCR folks who participated! I hope you were as inspired as I was! Rev. Debra
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