UUCS - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling

UUCS - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling

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https://www.facebook.com/john.hammond.3557440/videos/4300391883335324/ A short music video about love and acceptance whatever your color in our rainbow race from a 70 year old heart wise UU songwriter in California, if it helps feel free to use as part of a service, a posting or person to person sharing. Blessings.
Pandemic What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life. Center down. And when your body has become still, reach out with your heart. Know that we are connected in ways that are terrifying and beautiful. (You could hardly deny it now.) Know that our lives are in one another’s hands. (Surely, that has come clear.) Do not reach out your hands. Reach out your heart. Reach out your words. Reach out all the tendrils of compassion that move, invisibly, where we cannot touch. Promise this world your love– for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, so long as we all shall live. –Lynn Ungar 3/11/20
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
Just a heads up. UUCS will be holding a Special Meeting after service this Sunday 11/18, to vote on updates to UUCS' Bylaws. Voting members are encouraged to attend.
The UUCS/Loudoun Backpack Partnership is looking for 1 volunteer to pick up the bags from UUCS and take them to Sterling Middle School during the week during school hours. We are looking for someone who has a flexible schedule in the mornings every other week. Please contact Ben Freidson [email protected]. Volunteers can sign up to pack bags each week after Sunday services at the Volunteer signup table. We will be packing about 15 bags on average per week.
Fun day at the Ashland Family Farm! Thank you for making this a great experience for all of us!
Here is the video of Ripple going to miss both singing with the choir and miss Rev Wayne. See you choir groupies in the fall but see you at church as well. Rev Wayne good luck to you.
Its great to be part of the choir family!
A reminder of my parent's upcoming picture book new release date is this coming Tuesday you can pre order your copy also can order shirts for the book as well. Please pre order your copy. Thanks. Great service today! Dharmadoxie.com
Hi all here is the website for my my parent's picture book of their dog. Enjoy. Let me know what you all think.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling is a congregation of open hearts and open minds. About the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a religious organization (PDF) that combines two traditions: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825.

They consolidated into the UUA in 1961. Both groups trace their roots in North America to the early Massachusetts settlers and to the founders of the Republic. Overseas, their heritages reach back centuries to pioneers in England, Poland, and Transylvania. Each of the 1,041 congregations in the United States, Canada, and overseas are democratic in polity and operation; they govern themselves. They unite in the Association to provide services that individual congregations cannot provide for themselves. Each congregation is associated with one of the UUA’s 19 districts. Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion with Jewish-Christian roots. It has no creed. It affirms the worth of human beings, advocates freedom of belief and the search for advancing truth, and tries to provide a warm, open, supportive community for people who believe that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion.

Mission: Our Unitarian Universalist Principles Principios en Espanol There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote: The inherent worth and dignity of every person; Justice, equity and compassion in human relations; Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations; A free and responsible search for truth and meaning; The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large; The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Unitarian Universalism (UU) draws from many sources: Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life; Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love; Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life; Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves; Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit; Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature. These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.

Operating as usual

Join us ONLINE for our service this Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

'Atonement'
As our Jewish siblings celebrate Yom Kippur, we will look at forgiveness and how we can renew friendships and relationships, personally and collectively.

http://uusterling.org/sunday-service-online/

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“Whether we know it or not, our lives are acts of imagination and the world is continually re-imagined through us.”
― Michael Meade

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“What's wonderful about life is you always have to start over. No many how many meals you've eaten, words you've spoken, breaths, you've taken, you always have to start over.”
― Marty Rubin

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"Searching for Our Better Angels" Sermon by guest minister Rev. Amy Russell
Coming to terms with the legacy of racism and white supremacy in the United States through the lens of 2020 - When President Abraham Lincoln was elected before the Civil War, he did not set out as the champion of freeing the slaves. What called him to this choice? Are events offering us a new opportunity to find our Better Angels?
http://uusterling.org/sunday-service-online/

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“What is the scent of water?"
"Renewal. The goodness of God coming down like dew.”
― Elizabeth Goudge

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'The Water Refreshes'
We will be doing a virtual water communion and Rev. Aileen will consider the many ways water refreshes and renews.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“I couldn't imagine living in a state that didn't reach the ocean. It was a giant reset button. You could go to the edge of the land and see infinity and feel renewed.”
― Avery Sawyer

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"Starting Over"
It's the new school year and the new church year . . . AND neither will look like they have in the past, We are still, both school and church, meeting virtually. However, Rev. Aileen would still like to bless our backpacks and our computers and wallets and purses as we start over and celebrate new beginnings, whatever they look like.

http://uusterling.org/sunday-service-online/

Join us ONLINE for our service this Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

"Where We’ve Been and Where We Are Going"
Founding UUCS member, Paul Roche, leads a service with members and friends rock band, jUUStUUS, reflecting on the congregation’s twenty-six year history, and upcoming changes needed for congregational vitality into the future.
http://uusterling.org/sunday-service-online/

Join us ONLINE for our service this Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

“Re-Story-Ation"
The stories we tell about our world affect how we perceive and interact within it. Rev. Aileen will explore the stories we tell, whether literally or mythologically, and how they shape our perceptions of the world.

Join the UU Congregation of Sterling on Zoom for an evening of fellowship and learning as a transgender community member shares their story, followed by plenty of time for dialogue and questions.

Visit http://uusterling.org/transgender-advocacy-event/ for more information and to RSVP

Join us ONLINE for our service this Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

"What is Old is New Again"
We restore houses and wetlands. And when we restore it does not necessarily go back to the way it was exactly. Building materials change, plants that once existed are no longer available. So too, when we restore ourselves, we never actually return to the way we were. We learn and change and grow. Rev. Aileen will explore “Restoration” in its myriad of forms.

Join us ONLINE for our service this Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

"Soul Matters in Covenant"
Every month various members and friends of the congregation gather together in small groups to share and discuss their spiritual practice and questions around the Soul Matters theme of the month. The rich material of readings, videos, and music provide a way for us to further our spiritual and personal journeys and connect to others. Belonging, one of the themes this year, can be part of every person’s journey. Learn about member’s responses to the deep insightful material the congregation and minister explores each month. Participants include: Bonnie Lepoff, Gus Douoguih, Sharon Coviak, Elena Botts, Sharon Williams, Michael Masiak, Hannah Hamilton, and Denise Dittmar.

Join us ONLINE for our service this Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

"Soapbox Service"
This Sunday four congregants will exercise their ‘right to free speech’ by speaking three to five minutes during the worship service on a subject about which they are concerned or passionate. This year we will be speaking about encounters with the Pueblo and Ojibwe people, a call to action on the US’ southern border, the racism of loved ones, and starting to speak across partisan lines again. We hope you’ll join us.

Join us ONLINE for our service this Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

“Held in Love”
2020 has been a hard year and it is natural to feel anxiety, fear, and anger in the face of injustice and uncertainty. This is simply part of being human. But we are also gifted with a superhero power called compassion which holds our own and others’ suffering in courageous presence and love. As Martin Luther King, Jr. declared, “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.” Join UUCS as we reflect on the ways in which we are held in love even in the middle of great difficulties. By remembering and savoring our own experiences of compassion, we can become the loving presence our families, communities, and the world so desperately need at this time.
Led by Laura Banks

Join us ONLINE for our service this Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

"Memories, Stories and Imagination"
The Writer's Group of UUCS will share their ideas and words. The Time for Ages and Meditation are part of their writing. They will also talk about the theme, Memories and Moments, as well as Along the Journey.

Join us ONLINE for our service this Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

"Extending Grace and Compassion"
During this time of pandemic everything is changed. Each of us is trying to adapt to a new normal. But in that adaptation, it is good for us to remember to be kind to one another, extend compassion rather than criticism. We are all learning together, making mistakes and learning from them. Let us do it with graciousness and appreciation.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:
“There is no small act of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.”
― Mary Anne Radmacher

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“Celebrating the Light” June 21 marks the Summer Solstice. Rev. Aileen will lead a service that acknowledges the longest day of the year and do a Special Blessing for all fathers and caregivers for their love and service to their families.
http://uusterling.org/sunday-service-online/

This week's Lectio Divina reading:
"Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
― Pema Chödrön

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“Youth Service”
The youth of our congregation and of the Loudoun UU congregation will be combining their talents to bring us a worship service centered on “Living in a Pandemic”.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

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“That Discomfort You are Feeling is Grief”
We have been sheltering in place for over two months. All of us are mourning something. And we, as a country, are mourning the deaths of over 100,000 people who have died in the last ninety days. Rev. Aileen will lead us in a ritual of grief so that we can mourn those who have died and acknowledge their passing.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

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"Waiting on the Threshold"
Sometimes we find ourselves in these in-between spaces. We leave certainty and normalcy and we dwell in the liminal space. This shut-down period is one of those in between times. Rev. Aileen will explore in between spaces as opportunities filled with both fear and creativity.

Join us ONLINE for our service this Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

"Consensus and Community"
This "Stump the Minister" sermon was at the bequest of Raj Mehta who won the opportunity at the Auction. Rev. Aileen will talk about life in community using consensus as a decision making process and the joys and pitfalls of the process.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

"I have a thing for doors. I always think of them as a threshold to something new."
– Jada Pinkett Smith

This week's Lectio Divina reading:
“When we enter the world of birth, we step across the threshold from the mundane to the sacred. Pregnancy and birth are a space between worlds — a liminal space — a place where you are no longer not a parent and not yet one either. This betwixt and between is sacred space within which powerful and profound events occur — often uninvited.”
― Britta Bushnell

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"Arise, All Women Who Have Hearts"
The original idea for Mother's Day, conceived of by Julia Ward Howe (a Unitarian), was to have a day dedicated to Peace. Rev. Aileen will explore the history of Mother's Peace Day and its relevance for our own time.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

"The liminal veil is what we call the place where a transition occurs between the threshold and the place that waits before us. A liminal space may feel confining, but often it takes only minor changes to get through to the next place."
–Julia Thomas

Join us ONLINE for our service this Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

"Find and Ye Shall Seek"
Guest speaker: Rev. Kimberley Debus. As we continue to limit our gatherings, social engagement, and travel, we have turned our homes with its resident electronic devices into our shops, workplaces, hangouts, and even worship spaces. Yet we still long for places that are different somehow, places for transformation and grounding. How do we find them? What can we do to create them? And what do we do once we have?

Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

I am excited to announce a new council of UU clergy and leaders from across the country, co-chaired by the Revs. Beth Johnson and Abhi Janamanchi, and gathered to support justice organizing with our partners at the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. I am so grateful to each council member for their commitment to moving organizing forward during this pandemic.

Learn more about council leadership online and get details on how to participate in upcoming digital mass meetings on April 30 and May 28. I look forward to being with all of you as we join our voices to say that everyone has a right to live!

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“The cause of bandha and moksha (bondage and liberation) is our own minds. If we think we are bound, we are bound. If we think we are liberated, we are liberated. . . . It is only when we transcend the mind that we are free from all these troubles.”
― Sri S. Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras

Join us ONLINE for our service this Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

"Exploring Liberation Theology" - Rev. Aileen will explore the history of Liberation Theology and its relevance for us today as we seek to center the experience of the marginalized in our society.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.”
― Rosa Luxemburg

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22135 Davis Dr Ste 104
Sterling, VA
20164

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 14:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 14:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 14:00
Thursday 11:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 14:00
Saturday 10:30 - 12:00
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