UUCS - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling

UUCS - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling


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.
Prayer for July 4th- Where The Mind Is Without Fear Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free Where the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic walls Where words come out from the depth of truth Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit Where the mind is led forward by thee Into ever-widening thought and action Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

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.

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

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“Humanity is not without answers or solutions regarding how to liberate itself from scenarios that invariably end with mass exterminations. Tools such as compassion, trust, empathy, love, and ethical discernment are already in our possession. The next sensible step would be to use them.”
― Aberjhani, Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays

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

"Resurrection and Renewal"
Spring has the potential to awaken within us desire to begin again. With the awakening of the flowers and trees and the arrival of the all Spring's creatures, we are given a sense of renewal. Rev. Aileen will explore the possibilities.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“…the struggle to end sexist oppression that focuses on destroying the cultural basis for such domination strengthens other liberation struggles. Individuals who fight for the eradication of sexism without struggles to end racism or classism undermine their own efforts. Individuals who fight for the eradication of racism or classism while supporting sexist oppression are helping to maintain the cultural basis of all forms of group oppression.”
― bell hooks, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center

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

"Liberating Ourselves"
How often are we held back by our own fears, perceived limitations, or doubts. Rev. Aileen will explore what it means to free ourselves from the chains that bind us.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum.”
--Holly Near

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

"Socially Distanced, Spiritually Connected"

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“It is one thing to be clever and another to be wise.”
― George R.R. Martin

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

"Living Our Values Out Loud"

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.” ― Maya Angelou

This community blessing was making its rounds via email today, originally from the Ashlands by way of Yvonne. Too good not to share with everyone. ❤️

Tomorrow's Sunday Service at UUCS and all in-person activities are canceled. Please see our website for further details.

This Sunday's Service and all in-person activities are canceled. Please see our website for further details.

Ways you can help Mobile Hope support Loudoun County youth in response to critical need while schools are closed.

In response to the many calls from parents concerned about feeding their kids in the event of school closure…we are assembling breakfast and lunch bags. These will be provided to kids who usually receive free or reduced lunch or are students designated as McKinney-Vento (individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence). We are accepting food or financial donations to purchase the food, and welcome groups or individuals to help us assemble the bags. Thank you, thank you, thank you...we couldn't do this without the support of our community!

This week's Lectio Divina reading:
“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” ― Isaac Asimov

Don't forget to "Spring Forward" tonight! Daylight Saving starts at 2 AM Sunday.

Join us for our Sunday Service March 8th, 10a.m.
(remember to Spring Forward for Daylight Savings Time)

"Just Because We Can, Should We?"
There is a difference between cleverness and wisdom. As a society, we tend to value cleverness over wisdom. Rev. Aileen will share her insights on the difference, and consider the reality that, though cleverness has often given us incredible breakthroughs in all sorts of fields, wisdom may be what saves us from using them to destroy ourselves.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” ― Albert Einstein

Join us this Sunday, March 1st, 10:00 a.m.

"And...She Persisted"
In Unitarian Universalist history, we are often well aware of the men who made UU what it is today. But do we remember the women? Who published Emerson's writings? How did the "Resolution on Women" get crafted for UU General Assembly in 1977? (hint: women were involved). In honor of Women's History Month, Rev. Aileen will raise up some of the women in UU history, who can often remain invisible and unknown, and highlight their impact on UU history.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“To be rendered powerless does not destroy your humanity. Your resilience is your humanity. The only people who lose their humanity are those who believe they have the right to render another human being powerless. They are the weak. To yield and not break, that is incredible strength.”
― Hannah Gadsby

Join us this Sunday, 23 Feb, 10:00 a.m.

"Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now"
In his book by the same title, Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann writes that the Sabbath is not primarily about keeping rules but rather about becoming a whole person and restoring a whole society. Brueggemann calls out our 24/7 society of consumption, a society in which we live to achieve, accomplish, perform, and possess. How can we recognize these patterns within our own lives and within American culture today? How might the ancient practice of sabbath-keeping serve both as a practice of resistance and as a pathway to honoring our humanity and the sacredness of the earth? Rev. Anastassia Zinke, guest minister.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“The trauma you've experienced and survived is the most powerful part of your life experience. Honor and celebrate your resiliency.”
― Leonie H. Mattison

Join us for our Service this Sunday, 16 February 10:00 a.m.

"To Begin Again"
In this intergenerational service, we will highlight Black History Month using the art of Jacob Lawrence (the inspiration for the Poetry Slam art) and his images of the Great Migration.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“Resilience is born by grounding yourself in your own loveliness, hitting notes you thought were way out of your range.”
― Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

Join us this Sunday, 9 February at 10:00 a.m.

"The Crack in the Sidewalk"
Resilience can mean facing daunting odds and persevering anyway. When walking along city streets, we sometimes see a flower poking through a crack in the sidewalk. Rev. Aileen will explore what it means to take advantage of the cracks in the sidewalks of our lives to persevere even against the odds.


Rising Appalachia - Resilient. Official Music Video


Directors- Chloe Smith and Leah Song Cinematographer/Editor- Alex Allaux Movement Director- Justin Conte Dancers- Amy Secada, Quentin Robinson (IAMSpecialFX)...

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

"When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives."

--A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Join us for this Sunday's Service, 2 Feb, 10:00 am:

This morning's speaker will be Donna Fortier, CEO AND Founder of Mobile Hope of Loudoun

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

"Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not."
—Oprah Winfrey

Lectio Divina reading for this week:

"There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do."
— Freya Stark

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Help-Portrait Day 2015
We're Gonna Be Ready
UUS Choir sings Lachrymosa by Mozart




22135 Davis Dr Ste 104
Sterling, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 14:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 14:00
Thursday 11:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 14:00
Sunday 09:30 - 12:30
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