Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston

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.

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UUReston News

Our weekly eBlast is live! This week we celebrate birthdays and prepare for the possibility of snow! We also share details on upcoming events, including a full-day meditation retreat on January 26. This and more - enjoy!

mailchi.mp Thu 1/10:  Children's Choir Rehearsal - 5:45pm Thu 1/10:  Social Action & Justice Committee Meeting - 6:30pm Thu 1/10:  UUCR Choir Rehearsal - 7:30pm Fri 1/11:    Freestyle Dance - 8:00pm Sun 1/13:  Mindfulness Meditation - 9:15am Sun 1/13:  Worship Service - 10:00am Sun 1/13:  Life - Learni...

[01/09/19]   We are excited to welcome Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Church for dinner and fellowship this evening!

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Intentions

Rev. Debra's sermon from this past Sunday is available online! Click below listen to "Intentions," You can also download the sermon to listen to later. Enjoy!

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.  

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The nation’s first two Muslim congresswomen are sworn in, surrounded by the women they inspired

It was certainly a historic day yesterday!

The first two Muslim congresswoman were sworn in, with Rep. Rashida Tlaib using Thomas Jefferson’s centuries-old Quran during her swearing in ceremony.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema took her ceremonial oath of office holding her hand on a copy of the Constitution rather than the Bible.

The Pew Research Center shared the religious affiliation of the new Congress. The 116th Congress includes two Unitarian Universalists.

washingtonpost.com Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib became the first women of their faith in Congress on Thursday.

To our dear members and friends -

We wish you and yours a very happy New Year! We are so grateful for all that you bring to our church community and look forward to sharing 2019 with you.

Happy New Year!!

Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston

[12/30/18]   Good morning! We hope you join us this morning at 10am for our last service of 2018! “Cradle and Grave” will be led by Scot Hull.

[12/26/18]   Worship this Sunday, December 30, 10:00am: “Cradle and Grave”- led by Scot Hull. All are welcome, please join us!

[12/24/18]   You are invited to join us for Christmas Eve service! We have two services tonight at 5pm and 7pm.

5pm: Family Christmas Eve Service
7pm: Christmas Eve Service

The 5:00pm service will include the children’s choir and will be more oriented to children’s participation; however children are very welcome at either service.

We welcome people of any age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, family, or culture. We welcome you if you are already a Unitarian Universalist or if you are just finding out about us. We welcome you if you are Jewish, Christian, Catholic, Buddhist, Hindi, Muslim, Sikh, – or if you are spiritual but not religious.

Please join us!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

[12/24/18]   We can't wait to celebrate Christmas Eve with you! Services start promptly at 5 pm and 7 pm. Join us!

[12/22/18]   UUCR members/friends, if the government shut down is going to mean you can't pay your bills, please contact Rev. Debra. The Ministerial Discretionary Fund can help during times of need.

[12/21/18]   Please wear your holiday sweaters (if you have one) to church this Sunday for our Carols and Lessons Service -- and we'd still love you to bring a poinsetta to help with the decorations!

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Elders Wisdom

Rev Debra has a new post on her blog, Faith Aloud.

In this post she shares good advice from our church elders. This is a really special read - you may just want to take some of this advice to heart!

uureston.org Each month, I meet with a group of congregants who are at least eighty years of age.  This month, I asked them what advice they wished they had been given during their middle years…

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Nursery Care on Christmas Eve

Sign up for nursery care!

This year we are holding two worship services on Christmas Eve, at 5:00pm and 7:00pm. The 5pm service will include the children’s choir and will be more oriented to children’s participation, however children are welcome at either service.

Nursery care will be offered during both services for children ages four and under. Please click below to sign your little ones up for nursery care by Wednesday, December 19.🌲

docs.google.com This year we are holding two worship services on Christmas Eve, at 5:00pm and 7:00pm. The 5pm service will include the children’s choir and will be more oriented to children’s participation, however children are welcome at either service. Nursery care will be offered during both services for chi...

The Caring Crafters took some time out from their knitting today to celebrate a birthday! 🎂 🎈 💜

[12/17/18]   Help decorate the sanctuary for the holidays! Please bring a poinsetta to the church before next Sunday! (Email Beth if you'd like to add a card donating it in honor or memory of a loved one!) We need your help!

[12/17/18]   Worship this Sunday, December 23, at 10:00am: “Carols and Lessons" led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner

Please join us - all are welcome!

We are holding two special worship services on Christmas Eve. We invite you to join us - all are welcome!

5:00pm: Family Christmas Eve Service
7:00pm: Christmas Eve Service

We will come together with music and candle-lights to rekindle the Christmas spirit of joy, peace and hope within each of us.

Click below to learn more.

[12/16/18]   Today’s dress rehearsal was great - which means that tomorrow’s holiday pageant is going to be fabulous!
Please join us at 10am for “The Light of Love.” It will be a joyous journey and celebration of light and love. ❤️ ⭐️

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Light One Candle

Rev. Debra's sermon from this past Sunday celebrating Chanukah is available online. Click below to listen to / download the sermon.

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.  

Wow! Thank you Ralph and Charles for going above and beyond today! We are grateful for your time and... your height!
#OurVolunteersRock #NoMoreDustBunnies

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UUReston News

This week's eBlast is here. This week we share details about upcoming events, including our two Christmas Eve worship services. This and much more - enjoy!

mailchi.mp Thu 12/6:    Children's Choir Rehearsal - 5:45pm Thu 12/6:    Handbell Choir Rehearsal - 6:45pm Thu 12/6:    UUCR Choir Rehearsal - 7:30pm Fri 12/7:      Jewelry Swap Party - 7:00pm Fri 12/7:      Films on Friday - 7:30pm Sat 12/8:     Caring for Aging Parents - 10:00am Sat 12/8:   ...

[12/04/18]   Worship this Sunday, December 9, at 10:00am: “Ribbon of Hope" led by Scot Hull.

Please join us - all are welcome!

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UUReston News

Our weekly eBlast is here! This week we welcome our new Affiliated Community Minister! We also share information on some great upcoming events - including the Elders Lunch (Friday art 12:30) and our amazing annual Alternative Gift Market (Saturday from 10-2)... This and more - enjoy!

mailchi.mp Thu 11/29: Children's Choir Rehearsal - 5:45pm Thu 11/29: Handbell Choir Rehearsal - 6:45pm Thu 11/29: AAUW Great Decisions Women's Discussion Group - 7:00pm Thu 11/29: UUA Common Read Discussion - 7:00pm Thu 11/29: UUCR Choir Rehearsal - 7:30pm Fri 11/30:   Elders Lunch with Rev. Debra - 12:3...

[11/26/18]   Worship this Sunday, December 2, at 10:00am: “Light One Candle" led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner.

Please join us - all are welcome!

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'Thank You, America': A Crowdsourced Holiday Poem That's A Blessing To Read

In November, National Public Radio asked their listeners and readers to share what they are most thankful for.

The 1,000+ responses were sent to Kwame Alexander — a poet, educator and novelist — who wove these voices from across America into a single epic ode.

Click below to read Thank You, America.

npr.org NPR recently wanted to know: What about America are you most thankful for? Our audience answered, and writer Kwame Alexander crafted an epic poem of celebration and gratitude from the replies.

[11/25/18]   Good morning! Join us this beautiful Sunday morning for our worship service at 10:00am. Reminder, there is nursery care but no Religious Education.

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Art Installation Survey

What do you think?

The Ad Hoc Art Installation team needs your input!

They would like your opinion on what type of art (painting, sculpture, fabric art, etc.) and the theme of the piece (chalice, mandala, world religions, etc.) that you'd like to see installed on the east front wall of the Sanctuary. Click below to vote in this confidential survey.

Your input on these two questions is very important. Thank you for your support with this important and exciting project!

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[11/19/18]   Yesterday's multigenerational Thanksgiving service was so much fun-great to have a children's choir now (thank you, Lou!), great to recognize 15 new members, and share in our first cornbread communion (next year, we won't sing immediately after it!) If you got any pictures of the children's choir or the new member ceremony, please send them in!

Our “Holiday Gifts for Kids” tree is completely bare because all of the kids’ tags have been taken! Wow!

We are so grateful to our congregants for their generous and loving spirit. We are very grateful to Cornerstones for sponsoring this truly important program and helping these children have a special holiday season. 🎁 ❤️

[11/19/18]   Worship this Sunday, November 25 at 10am: “Everyone's Favorite Word" led by Cara Fortner.

Please join us - all are welcome!

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UUReston News

This week's eBlast is here! This week we share some opportunities for you to help others in our community during the holiday season. We also share details on a number of upcoming events, including an Anti-Shopping Black Friday Games Day which should be a lot of fun.

This and more - enjoy!

mailchi.mp Thu 11/15: Children's Choir Rehearsal - 5:45pm Thu 11/15:  Handbell Choir Rehearsal - 6:45pm Thu 11/15:  Third Thursday Listening Circle - 7:00pm   Thu 11/15:  Auction Committee Meeting - 7:00pm Thu 11/15:  UUCR Choir Rehearsal - 7:30pm Fri 11/16:    Beloved Conversations Opening Retreat - 6...

[11/15/18]   Thursday 11/15/18:
Due to inclement weather, all scheduled church events and activities today/tonight are cancelled. Enjoy your evening and be safe!

Minister's Salon with Adrian K. Lund

Learn the latest on self-driving cars and more from Adrian K. Lund, Ph.D! Please join us for this special evening with Dr. Adrian Lund!

Dr. Lund recently retired from his role as President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A great speaker, he is frequently consulted as a highway safety expert by reporters and appears regularly on TV news programs.

Dr. Lund is currently involved in a US National biking study that will be of great interest to our many biking enthusiasts!

Please click below to RSVP on our website.

tockify.com Wed 14 Nov, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM: Please join us as we welcome Adrian K. Lund Ph.D. to the Minister's Salon on Wednesday, November 14. Dr. Lund will share the latest on self-driving cars and address the global issue of high vehicle de

[11/13/18]   Worship this Sunday, November 18 at 10am: “Multigenerational Service: Giving Thanks" led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner.

Please join us - all are welcome!

[11/10/18]   Less than an hour to go before our annual Auction kicks off! We have so many fabulous items to bid on - from freshly baked bread to a week in the Outer Banks. Come hungry and ready for some UUCR fun and fellowship!! 🎉 🏖

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UUReston News

Our weekly eBlast is live! This week we welcome our new Acting Director of Religious Education and celebrate our November birthdays. We also share some last minute details about this Saturday's Annual UUCR Auction. This and more - enjoy!

mailchi.mp Thu 11/8:   Auction Committee Meeting - 7:00pm Thu 11/8:   UUA Common Read Meeting - 7:00pm Thu 11/8:   UUCR Choir Rehearsal - 7:30pm Sat 11/10:  Newcomer Orientation - 9:30am Sat 11/10:  UUCR Auction - 6:00pm Sun 11/11:  Mindfulness Meditation - 9:15am Sun 11/11:  Worship Service - 10:00a...

The night is young - come watch the election results with us! #Election2018

[11/06/18]   Worship this Sunday, November 11 at 10am: “Veterans Day" led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner.
Please join us - all are welcome!

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Don't Even Think About Not Voting

It is the eve before voting day and here is a very important message from Rev. Debra.

uureston.org Sikh activist Valerie LaSouer, the head of Loves Army, wrote recently that this is a time to give birth to a new America.  She reminded her readers that during labor we need to do two things:  Breathe and push…

[11/05/18]   I'm working on #GOTV the next two days. Tell us what you're doing on Election Eve. And I hope you'll join us at church tomorrow night to watch the returns together. 7:30 - 11 pm. Bring a lap top if you have one so we can watch returns on multiple sites -- and a dessert, munchies, or something to drink to share.

We all know it takes a village. Today we are very thankful to these three members of our “village” for spending their Friday afternoon assembling bookshelves. These bookshelves will replace some that were damaged in the recent flood at the Montessori school downstairs.
Ron, Paul and Linda - thank you. We are grateful for all your help today and for volunteering so readily to support our friends downstairs. #UUCRVillage

[11/02/18]   Friends, I hope you are planning to go to NVHC to show support on Friday night. If you do go, they would be very appreciative of people bringing food for hospitality after services.

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1625 Wiehle Ave
Reston, VA
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