Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston

Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston

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UUCR Auction 2020 will be held ONLINE! Join us in spirit to celebrate our church and raise money for its ongoing work. Last year, the Auction brought in close to $25,000. Can we do the same virtually? For now, we need DONATIONS! Be creative and think ahead. Perhaps by next summer, we can have in-person get togethers, so summer or fall events could work. * Socially Distanced events * Outdoor activities * Game Nights via ZOOM * Storytelling or Travelogue via ZOOM * Dinners delivered to homes. Eat together via ZOOM? * Virtual Movie Nights. Have you heard of Netflix Party? * Gift cards * Works of art * Baked goods * Yard work or other services * Vacation homes! Condos! Timeshares! * Other ideas? Use your imagination! Donate now, then bid online! Bidding will stay open until the end of our Live Auction, on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7:00pm via ZOOM! Thanks to Anne Thomas and Kathy Deliganis, our Auction Team! Enter your donated item or event at: TogetherAuction.com/uureston
I have lived through AIDS sickness. Both AIDS and COVID, is that both were sickness of fear. (Hey Debra isn't that so? We had a chat last year. Its ironic that something like it happens. of course i am over simplifing.
ttps://www.facebook.com/john.hammond.3557440/videos/4300391883335324/ A happy positive video to support love in all its rainbow variations cutesy of a UU songwriter in southern California. If you like feel free to share, use in a service or just enjoy. Blessings.
Worship this today, July 12 at 10:00am: "Wrong Beat, Right Speech" Led by: Linda Weaver, Dre Betancourt and Jesse Leong To Participate Online: click on this link to join the online Zoom worship service: https://zoom.us/j/603044881 To Participate by Telephone: dial +1 312-626-6799 and enter the following webinar code when prompted: 603 044 881
This morning's General Assembly worship was so inspiring! What a great message of hope and challenge. May we be one!
https://www.facebook.com/emmasrevolution/videos/619256258689883/?v=619256258689883 Okay, UUs...it's time to get ready! Emma's Revolution teaches us to sing the anthem for the Poor People's Campaign...get online and let's learn!
Tune in on Friday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m. as your neighbors share their talents in support of Herndon Cares! This one hour premiere event features artists including NextStop Theatre professionals, educators, students, and more. You’ll enjoy inspirational, fun, and creative performances, and you’ll learn more about Herndon Cares and its important mission to deliver compassion and build business in the Herndon/Reston area. Streaming begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Herndon Cares YouTube page, which can be found on the website, [https://herndoncares.org/](http://herndoncares.org/), or at [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwEk2jBNJ1E](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwEk2jBNJ1E). You won’t want to miss it!
Hello there! Would you mind spreading the word and sharing this event, that will be happening this Thursday IN Herndon? A peaceful driving protest where we will show solidarity with the black community and ask for justice for black lives. We had guidance from the Herndon PD and have very mindfully put this event together. Thank you!
Tuesday, May 12th at 7 p.m. ET What does it mean to practice our principles during a pandemic? What are we doing to guarantee free and fair elections in states targeted by voter suppression? How is UU the Vote rising to the challenges of COVID-19, while creating a movement towards UU values in the 2020 elections? Join LIVE for a special update from UU the Vote. This event will feature musicians from across the country, a message from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, and opportunities for you to get involved and make meaningful impacts in 2020.
I will be grocery shopping tomorrow (Th 4/16). I can shop from a list and deliver near Reston for 1 or 2 others! Let me know.
Call for personal masks! I’ve been so fortunate to be on the receiving end of the help and support of this community and though I’m still not 100% back to normal, it will be a joy for me to pay it forward! Everything is made from my fabric stash so color choice will be limited. For now, I do have a little bit of elastic, but elastic masks do not launder as well over the long term because hot water breaks it down. Unless specifically requested, these will be made with fabric ties. This is my own pattern based off of several tutorials I’ve found, and made of two layers of preshrunk quilter’s cotton with a pipe cleaner nose wire. Sizes are adult small, adult large, or child. I will make 20 of them before I start charging, because by then I’ll need to buy some more materials. If you can pick them up from my apartment stairwell in Hunters Woods, they’re free. Otherwise I’ll need you to pay shipping. Fair disclosure, I was symptomatic and presumed positive and my quarantine is just ending now. Each finished mask will be washed in extra hot water and placed in a ziploc bag with gloved hands before being given away, but you should probably still wash them before using them. Comment here if you would like any and then message me with details like sizes and shipping address.

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

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"Blessings for the Day" Homily by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner — Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston

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

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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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[10/16/20]   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.•

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UU Church of Reston 50th Anniversary

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!

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"Forgiving and Forgiving" — Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston

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 .

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Yom Kippur:forgiveness

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

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"New Year's Reset" — Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston

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.

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.  

We’re ready for you - come on by!

UUCR Drive Thru TODAY!

We are excited to see you tody at the UUCR at Home Drive Thru!! 2-4pm in the church parking lot.

UUCR Drive Thru!

Drive on over to UUCR on Saturday, 2-4pm for a special gift bag! Learn more: https://tockify.com/uureston/detail/1043/1600538400000

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Homecoming 2020

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...

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How to Write a Church Reopening Plan in 68 Easy Steps

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…

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Car Rally Calls For Racial Justice, End To Systemic Oppression

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.

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UUReston Connection

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! 🎂🎈

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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

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UUReston Summer Blast

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!

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"What Happens When a Woman" by Alexandra Olsavsky

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!

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Churches Were Eager to Reopen. Now They Are Confronting Coronavirus Cases.

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.

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Food Benefits for School-Age Children During the Pandemic - Fairfax County Emergency Information

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.

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[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.

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Connected by Brian Tate - The UUCR Choir and Les Voix de Laafi

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...

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Black Lives Matter Banner Stolen from Reston Church

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.

[06/25/20]   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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1625 Wiehle Ave
Reston, VA
20190

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Monday 10:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
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Sunday 10:00 - 12:00
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