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Sunday Worship
February 12, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.

"Holy Discomfort" 
Sermon by Rev. Aaron McEmrys

Discomfort is not necessarily a bad thing. It's about growing and changing. Holy discomfort is about being brave enough to embrace the discomfort that's good for us.  

We are thrilled to have as our music guest DeReau K. Farrar, described as a man living his passion through music. He directs numerous choirs and has extensive experience in teaching, and directing and acting on the musical stage. You'll want to arrive on time--DeReau will sing the prelude, In My House, by Patrick Gandy. He'll direct Clerestory Choir in singing I Believe, by Mark Miller and one of Ysaye Barnwell's favorites, We Are.

Livestreaming of the service here. 

Rev. Graylan Hagler UUCA Guest February 19
Rev Hagler photo
Rev. Graylin Hagler
UUCA is honored to have as our guest in the pulpit, Rev. Graylin Hagler, on February 19. Rev. Hagler is the senior minister at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC, and a prominent leader in the Moral Revival movement led by Rev. William Barber. Mark your calendar,--it's a service you don't want to miss. 
Keeping the Light
Are you ready to roar with that next breath? Are you with us?
Bruce Rieder testimonial 
If you missed service last week, here's a short video of Bruce Rieder introducing the pledge campaign. Rev. Aaron delivered a powerful sermon worthy of checking out here

You can reach our webpage by clicking on the Keeping the Light lantern. There you will find testimonials, questions and answers about the annual pledge campaign, guidance on how to arrive at the right pledge amount for you, and a link to pledge online. You can also see Diane Ullius's inspiring "Take a Light with You" message from her Bhutan experience perfectly encapsulating what Keeping the Light means.
Keeping the Light logo
There will be a Keeping the Light table with team members to address your questions this Sunday and after each Sunday service in February. Look for our banner with information about the progress of the campaign.  Please also reach out to us at with your questions.
This Week's Highlights
 All Church All Day! Sat., Feb. 11
  • AFAC multi-gen Food Bagging. 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
  • Music Workshop with DeReau Farrar. Singing and a discussion on UU identities and music. 3 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Multi-gen Games Night. 5 to 8 p.m.

See below for details on each of these events.   

Music Workshop: 
Free and Responsible, Truth and Meaning 
Sat., Feb. 11, 3-4:30 p.m. 
We are thrilled to have DeReau K. Farrar, musician and composer, drop in for a visit and workshop here at UUCA next weekend. Join him for a discussion on how our UU identities are shaped around the hymns and music we sing and share . Farrar is currently the Acting Director of Music at First Unitarian in Portland, Oregon. Read more here.   
Food Bagging for AFAC
Sat., Feb. 11, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Food Bagging photo
Sign up here. Questions? Contact Denise Kappler at
Board games isolated on a white background Multi-generational Game Night
Sat., Feb. 11, 5 to 8 p.m.
Join us for an evening of food, games, and family fun! Sponsored by the Youth Group. Contact:
Faith in Action
Rest in Power Book-signing
Thur., Feb. 9, 7 p.m. Sixth&I Synagogue
You are invited to join members of the Live the Pledge initiative in attending a talk and book-signing by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, parents of Trayvon Martin. Their new book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, offers the inside story of their son's life, struggles, and tragic death, and how they have harnessed their sorrow to fuel a movement in Rest in Power. For tickets and more information, click here. UUCA contact: Sharon Williams,
Volunteers Needed for Immigrant Assistance Days
February 11 & 12
Spanish speakers are needed to help participants fill out Guatemalan passports.  English speakers also are needed to help with child care. Location: Ground floor of Sequoia (2100 Washington Blvd.). Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12. To volunteer, contact Nancy Hall,  
Want to send a message to our US senators?
Letter writing photo Thanks to UUCA folks who wrote 57 letters and cards last Sunday for UUSJ's (UUs for Social Justice) new Advocacy Corps, who will hand-deliver the letters on social justice concerns to our US senators on UUSJ logo Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. UUSJ will be holding a "Write Here Wright Now" this  Sunday. Stop by the UUSJ table in Fellowship Hall after either service. Questions? Contact Bob Denniston at Photo:  Linda Corsoro, Carol Duffy and Laura Dely wrote letters to their senators. 
"From Slave to Criminal with One Amendment" 13th Film Screening
Wed., Feb. 15, 7:00 p.m.
UUCA is hosting a screening of the highly acclaimed documentary film, 13th (PG13) by director Ava DuVernay. Centered on race in the United States' criminal justice system, the film is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which outlawed slavery (unless as punishment for a crime); the film argues that slavery is being effectively perpetuated through mass incarceration. Read more.  

Live the Pledge Reflection Sessions
Thur., Feb 23, 2 p.m.
UUCA's commitment to end racism continues through Live The Pledge covenant-style reflection sessions where we reflect upon issues of race, justice and white privilege. Commit to beginning or advancing your journey toward increased intercultural competence by participating in one of our upcoming sessions. Sign up here.
Living the Pledge:  Sharing through Books Begins February 24 with Baldwin's The Fire Next Time
On the fourth Friday of each month the Live the Pledge initiative will sponsor a discussion and sharing of books written by African-American authors. The first discussion on Friday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m., will be on James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time. In March, the book for discussion is The Fire This Time, a collection of essays and poems compiled by Jesmyn Ward. Registration is not required.  If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Pat Findikoglu, or Linda Lutes Corsoro, lindahlutes@gmail.comMore information here.  
Seminary for a Day: Revolutionary Love-Tools, Tactics and Truth-Telling to Dismantle Racism
Rev. Jacqui Lewis Sat., Feb. 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cedar Lane UU Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, Md.
Keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Senior Minister at the Middle Collegiate Church in New York City, will be joined by regional thought leaders and activists leading workshops and discussion groups on a range of topics including intersectionality, combating Islamophobia, protecting immigrant rights, and being a sanctuary. UUSJ's own Executive Director Pablo DeJesús will lead a workshop called, How to Be Heard: The Art & Science of Voter Advocacy for the 99%. Registration deadline is February 15. Learn more and help spread the word with the event flyer.
Religious & Lifespan Education
Be the change on Sunday!
Our younger Religious Education classes will collect spare change after each service as part of our Annual Giving campaign. This is the first time RE has participated in our larger campaign, so please be supportive of their efforts. By having the younger members of our church family take part in fundraising we hope to teach them how important financial commitment is to fulfilling our mission of connect, grow and serve. Thanks for making the "change" happen this Sunday ;-)  
UUCA Peace Camp 2017: June 26 - July 7
Two one week sessions: June 26-30 and July 3-7. This year's theme: Peace in Oneself , Peace in the World. Registration at 
A Taste of Peace Camp at UUCA
Sun. Mar.  5, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 
Peace Camp Are you wondering what Peace Camp is all about?  Bring your children and come experience a bit of what this amazing camp has to offer!  The Director of Little Friends for Peace, MJ Park, will facilitate activities and an adult discussion of the value of peace education in your life and your family's life.  Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Hank Dahlstrom, by March 3.

Church Governance
What Does the Board Actually Do?  
Warren Wright From View from the Chair Blog
I'm dedicating this blog to describing the board's purpose, and the activities it pursues in support of that purpose. As board leaders, it is our job to explain and educate the congregation on the church's basic governance guidelines. The board's ability to articulate its purpose and activities is a vital component of building trust. Read more.
NonCom Seeks Nominees
The UUCA Nominating Committee is looking for members to serve on the Board of Trustees and also on the Nominating Committee effective July 1, 2017 for a two-year term. Detailed descriptions are here. You can also contact Nominating Committee co-chairs Gerda Keiswetter, or Bill Turner,
Arts Ministry
Shrek and Donkey--It's All About the Message
Shrek _ Donkey photo Meet Shrek and Donkey, two of the most-loved characters in Shrek, The Musical, and are played by newcomers to Chalice Theatre.
Shrek is played by Harv Lester, and Donkey by Sylvern Groome. Both say they're having a great time with the Chalice community, and are impressed with the Creative Arts Ministry of UUCA. Read more.  
Guatemala Art Show Runs thru Feb. 12
PAG art exhibit photo UUCA's Center Gallery features an exhibit of Guatemalan artworks, including 11 art posters representing the Mayan human rights organization that helps UUCA provide scholarships to Mayan youth, tapestries with traditional designs and woven pieces for clothing representing cultural and personal identity. UUCA's PAG (Partners for Arlington and Guatemala) organized and hosted the exhibit, which runs through February 12. Photo: Chris Sutton studies tapestries depicting Mayan village market scenes. 
Congregational Life
Day Alliance: Apocalypse Now?! Or Not?!
Tue., Feb.14
McCutcheon photo Mary McCutcheon will discuss how the study of other cultures helps us understand the social forces that lead to apocalyptic and related messianic, prophetic and millenarian religious beliefs. Are these forces present in our society today? Coffee and conversation begin at 10:30 a.m., the lecture at 1 a.m. Everyone is welcome for the talk. The reserved seating, catered lunch is open to those who reserve by February 9. Menu: Shrimp Cocktail, Herb Roasted Chicken with Artichokes and Capers in a White Wine Sauce, Rice Pilaf, Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread, and Dessert. Cost of the lunch is $15. Reserve your lunch by calling Renee at 703-354-4555 or by emailing Claudia Blake,
MoonFire Brigit Ritual
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017
Brigit Goddess image Please join MoonFire for a magical ritual celebrating Brigit, the Celtic Irish Goddess of fire, poetry, healing, and childbirth. As always, a potluck and time for fellowship will follow the ritual, so bring a dish or drink to share, along with your own plates/utensils, if possible.  For details on the Brigid ritual, click here. For further information on MoonFire, please visit, or contact
Sign for Our Times
"No matter where you are from, we're glad you're our neighbor" --  For information on how you can have this welcoming sign in your yard, click here.  
Wheel of Life
Our prayers go to Skylar McCleskey and Kirk Perkins, son and husband of Becky McCleskey, who's been missing since Monday.

Congratulations to Vera and Dave Tilson as they celebrate their  67th anniversary  on February 11.

Condolences to the family of Maxine Kendrick, who died February 7 at the age of 100. A memorial service will be held at Goodwin House on Monday, February 20, 10 a.m., with Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles presiding.
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