UUCS - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling

UUCS - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling

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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.
I will be attending the vigil for Nabra tonight with my daughter. If anyone is interested in meeting up please send me a message. I live close by and plan to park on a side street and walk to Lake Anne about 1/2 mile. Would be wonderful to have our UUCS community join together.
All, the girls and I really wanted to make it to the picnic today to catch up with all our old friends and say our last goodbyes to Rev. Anya. However, M.'s soccer team won their semi-final match yesterday so they are off to play for the championship today in the heat. We DO need to catch up with you all at some point. It just won't be today. :( Have a great time and stay cool! ❤ Chris and the girls

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.

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.

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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

Join us for our Sunday Service: 19 January, 10:00 a.m.

"Where Do We Go From Here?"
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr left an incredible legacy, one that was meant to continue. Rev. Aileen will reflect on the ways we can build on and continue the work that he started.

[01/17/20]   Tomorrow’s Women’s March
UU Gathering Location - DC

Paul’s Bakery (555 13th Street NW Washington, DC 20004)

* Entrance on F Street between 12th and 13th streets. Right next to the Metro Center Entrance/Exit on F Street and 12th Street

9:30am ET - 10:00am ET

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Great article from a dear friend of UUCS!
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This week's Lectio Divina reading:

"Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of tricks and duplicity than straight forward and simple integrity in another."
— Charles Caleb

Join us for our Sunday Service: 12 January, 10:00 a.m.

"To Be Made Whole"
What holds us together? Integrity means wholeness and unity in structure. Rev. Aileen will explore the values that hold UUs together, that give us structural integrity.

Lectio Divina reading for this week:

"A life lived with integrity, even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune, is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come."
— Denis Waitley

This Sunday, 5 Jan, 10:00 a.m.

"New Year, New Me? Maybe Not."
The New Year is often a time when we reflect on our shortcomings and resolve to do better. But is there a better way? Former UUCS intern John Monroe reflects on the possibility of self-acceptance, rooted in the experience of community, as the basis for personal and spiritual growth.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

"If every moment is sacred, and if you are amazed and in awe most of the time when you find yourself breathing and not crazy, then you are in a state of constant thankfulness, worship and humility."
— Bernice Johnson Reagon

This Sunday, 29 December, 10:00 a.m.

Transcending and Transforming -- Our Fire Ceremony.
Near the beginning of the New Year, we hold a ritual to bid farewell to the old year. In a ceremony of the burning bowl, people are invited to write down words, or a phrase, to sum up what they wish to release before entering the new year. Using flash paper, congregants will ignite and toss their words into the air. Congregants will also be welcome to speak of their hopes for the future.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

"And if a person is religious, I think it's good, it helps you a bit. But if you're not, at least you can have the sense that there is a condition inside you which looks at the stars with amazement and awe."
— Maya Angelou

This Sunday, 22 December, 10:00 a.m.

"Just Enough is Plenty"
Hanukkah begins December 22 so we will celebrate with an intergenerational service featuring a play that speaks to the meaning of the holiday.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

"He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed."
—Albert Einstein

This Sunday, December 15th, 10:00

"Small Miracles"
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Miracles are all around us if we care to look. Rev. Aileen will explore the possibility of looking at the world as though everything is a miracle. The service will include the baby dedication of Evie Roche Lynch and Thomas Lorenz.

Tomorrow!
Come A-Caroling
Saturday, Dec. 14, 3:30-5:30pm
ALL voices are welcome!

Come share the gift of your voice, the joy of the season, and the warmth of community! We will gather at UUCS, then walk across Davis Drive to the Old Sterling Gable neighborhood and sing our hearts out with various festive seasonal tunes from many traditions. Then, warm up with us back at UUCS with refreshments of hot chocolate, coffee and treats. If weather doesn’t cooperate, we’ll hold the event in our sanctuary.

Our worship spaced is graced with beautiful fiber arts thanks to several talented artists in our congregation!

Come A-Caroling
This Saturday, Dec. 14, 3:30-5:30pm
ALL voices are welcome!

Come share the gift of your voice, the joy of the season, and the warmth of community! We will gather at UUCS, then walk across Davis Drive to the Old Sterling Gable neighborhood and sing our hearts out with various festive seasonal tunes from many traditions. Then, warm up with us back at UUCS with refreshments of hot chocolate, coffee and treats. If weather doesn’t cooperate, we’ll hold the event in our sanctuary.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
― W.B. Yeats

This Sunday, Dec 8th, 10 a.m.

"We Look to the Stars"
The vastness of the universe can leave us in awe. Rev. Aileen will lead us in a service that explores the wonder of the celestial world. From black holes to galaxies that shift and move to the beauty of our own planet, we will explore our fascination with the stars.

This week's Lectio Divina Reading:

"For me, the reason why people go to a mountaintop or go to the edge of the ocean is to look at something larger than themselves. That feeling of awe, of going to a cathedral, it's all about feeling lost in something bigger than oneself. To me, that's the definition of spectacle." -- Diane Paulus

This Sunday, 1 December, 10:00 a.m.

"Leading With Forgiveness"
Guest speaker: Cara Fortner
Leading with Forgiveness is about the practice of putting forgiveness at the front of our actions, words, and thoughts. It isn't always easy to land in a forgiving place, but it is worth the energy and the rewards can be enormous! Come celebrate the power of forgiveness!

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”
― Susan Sontag

This Sunday, Nov 24th, 10:00 a.m.

“Being Mindfully Grateful”

In this intergenerational service, we will be exploring what it means to be grateful. Sometimes we focus only on those things which we lack in our lives and fail to see all the small things for which we can be grateful. This interactive service will remind us of the many ways we can be thankful.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”
― Mary Oliver

This Sunday, November 17th at 10:00 a.m.
(Note: the band jUUstUUs is performing during the service!)

"Attending to the Other"
It isn't always easy to "Love our Neighbor." But we can be compassionate, we can be kind. Rev. Aileen will reflect on the ways in which simple acts of kindness can shape the way we perceive others. She will explore how kindness helps us enter into the world of the other so that we can share our mutual vulnerabilities.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

"Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things; to the every day things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon."
--Booker T. Washington

Join us at Sunday, 10 November at 8:30 a.m for our Veterans Day Breakfast.
ALL are welcome to come enjoy breakfast with us before the Sunday service to honor our active-duty personnel, our Veterans, and family and friends. The breakfast is hosted by grateful members of the Congregation.

This Sunday, 10 November, 10:00 a.m.
“Acknowledging our Military”
In this service we will be paying attention to those in our congregation who have served or are actively serving in the military. We will hear from members of our congregation their experiences of military service.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

“The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges through affection, attention, interest and compassion . . . open your eyes wide and actually see this world by attending to its colors, details and irony.”
― Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red

Don't forget to set your clocks back tonight!

This Sunday, 3 November, 10:00 a.m.

"Leading to Faith: Theology for Unitarian Universalists"
Even as we each develop our own theology, based on our own understandings and experiences, both our Unitarian and Universalist forebears had distinct theological positions. Our guest speaker, Rev. Betty Jo Middleton, guides our attention to how this history informs our shared faith.

The Reverend Betty Jo Middleton is minister emerita at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, Alexandria, one of eight congregations she has served in the Greater Washington area. She has served also on the Unitarian Universalist Association field staff and is the author of "To Touch Inward Springs: Teaching and Learning for Faith Development."

"Small Kindnesses"

I’ve been thinking about the way, when you walk
down a crowded aisle, people pull in their legs
to let you by. Or how strangers still say “bless you”
when someone sneezes, a leftover
from the Bubonic plague. “Don’t die,” we are saying.
And sometimes, when you spill lemons
from your grocery bag, someone else will help you
pick them up. Mostly, we don’t want to harm each other.
We want to be handed our cup of coffee hot,
and to say thank you to the person handing it. To smile
at them and for them to smile back. For the waitress
to call us honey when she sets down the bowl of clam chowder,
and for the driver in the red pick-up truck to let us pass.
We have so little of each other, now. So far
from tribe and fire. Only these brief moments of exchange.
What if they are the true dwelling of the holy, these
fleeting temples we make together when we say, “Here,
have my seat,” “Go ahead—you first,” “I like your hat.”

by Danusha Laméris

This Sunday -- 27 October -- at 10am:

Be sure to bring a token, object, or photo of someone who has died that you can place on the alter.

Many of the world's cultures honor their ancestors. Mexican people do this in a Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Celebration. Celtic and Neo-Pagan communities celebrate Samhain in which one of the traditions is to honor the ancestors. Both of these festivals are celebrated around the same time as the celebration of Halloween. In this interactive and intergenerational service, Rev. Aileen will help us reflect on those people in our lives who have died and hold space for them with a ritual altar of remembrance.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

"By building relations we create a source of love and personal pride and belonging that makes living in a chaotic world easier."
— Susan Lieberman

This Sunday: October 20th, 10:00am
"Seeking Home"
Climate Change, War and Economic instability have and will create large numbers of migrants for whom home is an unknown place. Rev. Aileen will help us reflect on what it means to belong and what it means to create space for others whose homes may no longer be safe places for them to inhabit.

This week's Lectio Divina reading:

"The really wonderful thing that happened to me when I was in space was this feeling of belonging to the entire universe."
— Mae Jemison

Please note that this Sunday's service is at Lake Fairfax Park at 10:15 on October 13th. This will be the only service of the day.

Please join us as we create an intergenerational service at Lake Fairfax. We will explore what it means to belong to the earth through words, music and interactive activities. How can we cherish the interdependent web of all existence of which we are all a part? Rev. Aileen will lead us in this intergenerational service as we reflect on our interconnections with the human and more than human world around us.

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This week's Lectio Divina reading:

"Language, identity, place, home: these are all of a piece - just different elements of belonging and not-belonging."
— Jhumpa Lahiri

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22135 Davis Dr Ste 104
Sterling, VA
20164

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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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