UUCS - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling

UUCS - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling

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Thought this was fitting, given today's topic. Love this community!
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

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.

Operating as usual

05/01/2021

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

“The Power of Myths and Stories”
Myths and stories are powerful purveyors of Truth even when they are not literally true. Myths and stories are the backbone of any culture. They not only entertain, but they also teach us about who we are and why we are here.

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

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

“The Power of Myths and Stories”
Myths and stories are powerful purveyors of Truth even when they are not literally true. Myths and stories are the backbone of any culture. They not only entertain, but they also teach us about who we are and why we are here.

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

04/26/2021

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“…People are rivers, always ready to move from one state of being into another. It is not fair, to treat people as if they are finished beings. Everyone is always becoming and unbecoming.”
― Kathleen Winter

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“…People are rivers, always ready to move from one state of being into another. It is not fair, to treat people as if they are finished beings. Everyone is always becoming and unbecoming.”
― Kathleen Winter

04/23/2021

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

“We Are Always Becoming”.
Everyone is a work in progress. As we look back on our lives we can see how we have changed. Writer Sharon Blackie writes, “When we resist change, refuse the journey - we are in a very real sense refusing life.” Let us explore our “becoming.”

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

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

“We Are Always Becoming”.
Everyone is a work in progress. As we look back on our lives we can see how we have changed. Writer Sharon Blackie writes, “When we resist change, refuse the journey - we are in a very real sense refusing life.” Let us explore our “becoming.”

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

04/19/2021

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.”
― LeeAnn Taylor

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.”
― LeeAnn Taylor

04/17/2021

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

An Earth Day service from the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for the Earth.
"When you imagine pathways to personal, social and
ecological healing and regeneration, what do you see? Who is with you on your journey? What transforms and gives way to new beginnings? Who and/or what are you accountable to along the way?"

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

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

An Earth Day service from the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for the Earth.
"When you imagine pathways to personal, social and
ecological healing and regeneration, what do you see? Who is with you on your journey? What transforms and gives way to new beginnings? Who and/or what are you accountable to along the way?"

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

04/12/2021

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“We all wind up drawn to what we're afraid of, drawn to try to find a way to make ourselves safe from a thing by crawling inside of it, by loving it, by becoming it.”
― Holly Black

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“We all wind up drawn to what we're afraid of, drawn to try to find a way to make ourselves safe from a thing by crawling inside of it, by loving it, by becoming it.”
― Holly Black

04/10/2021

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

“Unraveling”
Albert Schweitzer wrote, “The path of awakening is not about becoming who you are. Rather it is about unbecoming who you are not.” We are constantly bombarded by information about who we should be, what path we should follow, what narrative is best. Sometimes we have to step back, re-evaluate our lives and unbecome, unlearn, unravel.

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

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

“Unraveling”
Albert Schweitzer wrote, “The path of awakening is not about becoming who you are. Rather it is about unbecoming who you are not.” We are constantly bombarded by information about who we should be, what path we should follow, what narrative is best. Sometimes we have to step back, re-evaluate our lives and unbecome, unlearn, unravel.

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

04/05/2021

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”
― Michelle Obama

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”
― Michelle Obama

03/26/2021

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

"Spiritual Practice as Commitment"
Spiritual practice is a form of commitment. Spiritual practices vary among us. Some of the things we do practice we would not necessarily label as spiritual. Rev. Aileen will explore practice and how it serves to ground us. Spiritual or not.

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

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

"Spiritual Practice as Commitment"
Spiritual practice is a form of commitment. Spiritual practices vary among us. Some of the things we do practice we would not necessarily label as spiritual. Rev. Aileen will explore practice and how it serves to ground us. Spiritual or not.

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

03/22/2021

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“Consider the possibility that a creature of infinite love has made a promise to us. Consider the possibility that we are the ones committed to, the objects of an infinite commitment, and that the commitment is to redeem us and bring us home.”
― David Brooks

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“Consider the possibility that a creature of infinite love has made a promise to us. Consider the possibility that we are the ones committed to, the objects of an infinite commitment, and that the commitment is to redeem us and bring us home.”
― David Brooks

03/19/2021

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

"Birth, Death and Renewal"
We go through cycles. Time, though sometimes seen as linear, has cyclical aspects as well. As the season changes from Winter to Spring what was thought dead has now blossomed forth with new life. Trees are budding and crocuses, even before the snow melted, popped their heads through the cold. This Sunday marks a year that we have been online for the COVID-19 pandemic. And, we now see glimmers that we might be close to the end, a different kind of rebirth. Rev. Aileen will explore the meaning of renewal in the wheel of Life.

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

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

"Birth, Death and Renewal"
We go through cycles. Time, though sometimes seen as linear, has cyclical aspects as well. As the season changes from Winter to Spring what was thought dead has now blossomed forth with new life. Trees are budding and crocuses, even before the snow melted, popped their heads through the cold. This Sunday marks a year that we have been online for the COVID-19 pandemic. And, we now see glimmers that we might be close to the end, a different kind of rebirth. Rev. Aileen will explore the meaning of renewal in the wheel of Life.

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

03/15/2021

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“Peace may be hard to achieve, but is possible with small yet essential steps that are guided by courage and sufficient commitment.”
― Widad Akrawi

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“Peace may be hard to achieve, but is possible with small yet essential steps that are guided by courage and sufficient commitment.”
― Widad Akrawi

03/12/2021

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

‘All or Nothing’, a sermon by Rev. Gretchen Haley

For most of the 19th century, the work to end slavery and to secure women the right to vote had been deeply intertwined. By 1866 slavery had been abolished, and the movements faced a strategic question. Suffrage had not yet been expanded to include black men, or any women. Some people asked who should get the vote first: black men; white women; or should they hold out for everyone, risking the possibility that there would be no change. The women’s rights movement fractured over this issue. It’s a dilemma that is applicable to many present day ethical and political decisions. Is there a religious rule book that would guide us to the right ethical choice?

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

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

‘All or Nothing’, a sermon by Rev. Gretchen Haley

For most of the 19th century, the work to end slavery and to secure women the right to vote had been deeply intertwined. By 1866 slavery had been abolished, and the movements faced a strategic question. Suffrage had not yet been expanded to include black men, or any women. Some people asked who should get the vote first: black men; white women; or should they hold out for everyone, risking the possibility that there would be no change. The women’s rights movement fractured over this issue. It’s a dilemma that is applicable to many present day ethical and political decisions. Is there a religious rule book that would guide us to the right ethical choice?

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

03/08/2021

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt, but in spite of doubt.”
― Rollo May

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt, but in spite of doubt.”
― Rollo May

03/05/2021

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

"Renewing Our Strength"
It is that time again to renew our commitment to the congregation. Church budgets are moral documents. They show what we commit ourselves to over and over again. Rev. Aileen will explore budgets as moral documents.

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

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

"Renewing Our Strength"
It is that time again to renew our commitment to the congregation. Church budgets are moral documents. They show what we commit ourselves to over and over again. Rev. Aileen will explore budgets as moral documents.

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

03/01/2021

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“We have to recognize that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence.”
― Cornel West

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“We have to recognize that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence.”
― Cornel West

02/25/2021

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

“Peacebuilding as Community Building”
One of the tenets of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Beloved Community is radical nonviolence. Rev. Aileen will explore the tenets of Peacebuilding in both local, national, and international conflict and how we can learn from them.

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

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

“Peacebuilding as Community Building”
One of the tenets of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Beloved Community is radical nonviolence. Rev. Aileen will explore the tenets of Peacebuilding in both local, national, and international conflict and how we can learn from them.

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

02/22/2021

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

"If we want a beloved community, we must stand for justice."
–bell hooks

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

"If we want a beloved community, we must stand for justice."
–bell hooks

02/19/2021

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

"Black History through Literature and Song"
Rev. Aileen will be Exploring Black History through the voices of writers and musicians through the ages who have made significant contributions to Black History.

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

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

"Black History through Literature and Song"
Rev. Aileen will be Exploring Black History through the voices of writers and musicians through the ages who have made significant contributions to Black History.

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

02/15/2021

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

"We are living in an historic moment. We are each called to take part in a great transformation. Our survival as a species is threatened by global warming, economic meltdown, and an ever-increasing gap between rich and poor. Yet these threats offer an opportunity to awaken as an interconnected and beloved community."
–Desmond Tutu

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

"We are living in an historic moment. We are each called to take part in a great transformation. Our survival as a species is threatened by global warming, economic meltdown, and an ever-increasing gap between rich and poor. Yet these threats offer an opportunity to awaken as an interconnected and beloved community."
–Desmond Tutu

02/10/2021

The great thing about Saturday's Poetry Slam is that you can attend from anywhere in the world, no matter the weather outside. We hope to see you there!

http://uusterling.org/poetry-slam/

The great thing about Saturday's Poetry Slam is that you can attend from anywhere in the world, no matter the weather outside. We hope to see you there!

http://uusterling.org/poetry-slam/

02/08/2021

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“Our goal is to create a beloved community and
this will require a qualitative change in our souls
as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“Our goal is to create a beloved community and
this will require a qualitative change in our souls
as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

02/05/2021

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

“Creating Community”
What makes a community? What values, processes, ideals help create sustainable community? How do we learn to put into practice those things that encourage us to strengthen the bonds of community while using conflict and failure as a means toward growth? In the coming year, we will begin the process of re-visiting the mission, vision and covenant of our community. Rev. Aileen will give us ideas on how we might move forward on this path.

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

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

“Creating Community”
What makes a community? What values, processes, ideals help create sustainable community? How do we learn to put into practice those things that encourage us to strengthen the bonds of community while using conflict and failure as a means toward growth? In the coming year, we will begin the process of re-visiting the mission, vision and covenant of our community. Rev. Aileen will give us ideas on how we might move forward on this path.

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

02/01/2021

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“...journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”
–UUA Proposed 8th Principle

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“...journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”
–UUA Proposed 8th Principle

01/25/2021

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“When you become the image of your own imagination, it's the most powerful thing you could ever do.”
― RuPaul

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“When you become the image of your own imagination, it's the most powerful thing you could ever do.”
― RuPaul

01/22/2021

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

“Harnessing the Imagination”
Einstein wrote, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” We all possess bodies of knowledge. Yet some people are able to take knowledge they possess and reconceptualize it in new and innovative ways. Rev. Aileen will create an interactive service in which we practice using our imaginations.

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

Join us for our Sunday Service ONLINE at 10:00 a.m.

“Harnessing the Imagination”
Einstein wrote, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” We all possess bodies of knowledge. Yet some people are able to take knowledge they possess and reconceptualize it in new and innovative ways. Rev. Aileen will create an interactive service in which we practice using our imaginations.

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

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UUS Choir sings Lachrymosa by Mozart

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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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