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After Sunday's service, take a moment to visit "Thou Art" in the Center Gallery. In images and word, it's an exhibit of beauty that's sure to compliment your Easter Sunday.  
Sunday Worship
April 16, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.

"Singing the Mission"
Homily by Rev. Aaron McEmrys

Special music includes:
UUCA's Artist in Residence Maya Rogers, accompanied by Clerestory Choir, sings an original, "Rise." 

Under the direction of Interim Choir Director Michael Carver, Clerestory Choir sings "For the Beauty of the Earth"--John Rutter's setting of this 1864 poem/hymn is a happy and charming welcome to the beauty of spring with the refrain "as we raise our grateful hymn of praise!"

A special guest ensemble with Eliana Schenk, oboe and  Alex Glaubitz, cello, will perform "Gabriel's Oboe" by Italian composer Ennio Morricone. "Gabriel's Oboe" is the main theme for the 1986 film "The Mission" directed by Roland JoffĂ©. The soundtrack for the film was well received by critics, being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score and earning Morricone the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.
Give the Plate
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Twenty-seven youth and adults returned yesterday after a week of working with and getting to know our brothers and sisters of the Hopi Nation in Arizona. This year we were able to be of service and build relationship with two community partners--Summi Nungwa and the Hopi Tuskwa Permaculture Institute. With Summi Nungwa we continued our work of supporting Hopi Elders, making it easier for them to continue living according to the traditional Hopi ways. And, through our new partnership with the Hopi Tuskwa Permaculture Institute, our youth worked alongside Hopi young adults building a house for a family in need--using local materials (rock, sand, timber and clay) and traditional building techniques 1,000-years-old. This was a deeply transformative experience for these UUCAers lived for the week as many of our Hopi friends do--without running water or electricity. Living and working side by side with Hopi elders and artists, they learned first-hand about the beauty of the Hopi way as well as about the forces of poverty, violence, racism and ongoing cultural genocide that makes life on the reservation a never-ending struggle for survival and dignity. Through your generous donations, this trip was made possible. GTP button
This Week's Highlights
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An ALL-CHURCH Celebration Honoring Rev. Linda. Sunday, May 21, 6-8 p.m., at UUCA
Easter Sunday Bake Sale - April 16
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The Youth will be back from Hopi and we still have costs from the trip that need to be met. Plan on helping by buying your Easter dessert at the  
"Pie, Cake and Dessert Sale" following the services. Donations of desserts to the sale are gladly accepted. To donate, please contact Katie Boone,
MoonFire Earth Day Healing Ritual
Sunday, April 16, 1:30 p.m.
MoonFire logo Join MoonFire for an Earth Day Healing ritual as we come together to welcome the Spring season and send healing energy to the Earth. We will chant, offer prayers, and make simple resolutions to do our part to help in healing Mother Earth. Please bring a rattle if you have one. As always, a potluck and time for fellowship will follow the ritual, so feel free to bring a dish or drink to share. If you have questions, feel free to contact our ritual leader at 703-400-9382. For further information on MoonFire, please visit, or contact
Center Gallery and National Poetry Month--Thou Art: Identity in Words and Color
Bookmaking workshop_ April 23_ 3-6pm
On Sunday, April 23, 3-6 p.m.
, there will be an Artist Reception and Poetry Reading as part of the current exhibit in the Center Gallery--Thou Art: Identity in Words and Color. The exhibition features original art created for the book of poetry, Thou Art Poets who contributed to Thou Art and poets from UUCA's Where I'm From project will read their poems. After the reading, there will be a Bookmaking Workshop for those who would like to make their own copy of the poetry book Thou Art. There is no registration for the reception or reading, but registration is needed for the workshop. Cost is $30 and includes all supplies. Register for the workshop here.
Faith in Action
Looking Ahead in Faith in Action
  • Saturday, April 22, 5-7 p.m. All-Ages Potluck and Walk to Help the Homeless
  • Sunday, April 23, 3-6 p.m. Art Show Reception & Bookmaking
  • Saturday April 29, 2 p.m. Author Talk "Same Family, Different Colors"  2 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 30. With Kol Ami members and Rabbi Gilah Langner "Jesus: 1st Century Rabbi" 
DO IT GREEN Celebrates Earth Month
Check out these demonstrations each Sunday in April.
  • April 16 - Plant NoVa Natives
  • April 23 - Plant NoVa  Natives
  • April 30 - Audubon at Home

And, get to know UUCA's native plants with guided walks through the grounds:
April 23, April 30 (10:30 a.m.)

Upcoming DIG-Do It Green Workdays: 
Saturday, April 29,  9 to 11 a.m.
Contact Jennifer Frum,, for more information.
Living the Pledge:  April Sharing Through Books
Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
Underground Railroad book jacket The Underground Railroad is a National Book Award winner and #1 New York Times bestseller that traces a young slave's dangerous journey as she seeks freedom in pre-Civil War America.   The author Colson Whitehead describes the brutality of slavery and plantation life.  The important questions for us are: What are the legacies, positives and negatives, of the violence, attitudes, and cultures as described in Whitehead's novel. Join us to discuss the book and its relevance in the 21st century.  Copies are available in local libraries, but be sure to reserve a copy now.

Black and Gold Benefits Bridges to Independence
Wednesday, April 19, 6-9 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale for the Sparkling Black and Gold Evening to benefit Bridges to Independence! This elegant happy hour takes place at the Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City on Wednesday, April 19, from 6 to 9. The evening includes a silent and live auction, live jazz and plenty of hors d'oeuvres and bubbly. All proceeds go to support Bridges' effective and compassionate wraparound programs that lift families out of homelessness. To buy tickets and more information, click here
Same Family, Different Colors: A Book Talk About Race, Color, Culture and Family
Saturday, April 29, 2 p.m.
Tharps photo Author Lori L. Tharps will join community members, friends and families of AUCP and UUCA for a talk about her answer-seeking journey to the heart of identity politics, family dynamics and the so-called color problem. It is one mother's search for the answer to a vexing question: Does skin color really matter?  Ms. Tharps is an award-winning journalist and author who frequently writes about race and identity. She is also the mother of three Mixed Race children with three distinct skin colors. Same Family, Different Colors is the result of Tharps' personal and professional inquiry into the unique configuration of her own nuclear family and other colorful families like hers from the African American, Latino, Asian American and Mixed Race communities. Tharps will lead a discussion, do a short reading and answer questions.  Books for signing and sale will be available as well.

Hometown Habitat headerWednesday, April 26, 7 p.m.  
Screening prizewinning environmental movie
The film features Dr. Doug Tallamy and covers the science of plant and animal habitat change and habitat preservation in urban and suburban environments like Arlington.  Film director Catherine Zimmerman will be with us here at UUCA to introduce the movie and lead a discussion. Sponsored by UUCA DIG Team, co-sponsored by Kol Ami, Rock Spring Congregational UCC, the Virginia Native Plant Society, and the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists.
Jesus: First Century Rabbi
With Rabbi Gilah Langner with Reverend Linda Olson Peebles
Sunday, April 30, 2017, 5-6:30 p.m.
Jesus 1st Century Rabbi How do Jews view Jesus? How did Jesus compare to the other Jewish sages of his time? Using the recent book by Rabbi David Zaslow, Jesus: First Century Rabbi, we'll explore the identity and stance of Jesus as a Jewish rabbi. How Jewish was Jesus? How similar or radical were his legal and spiritual teachings compared to other leaders of his time? Rabbi Langner and Rev. Peebles will explore the impact of looking at Jesus this way might have on Jewish-Christian relations. The class is open to the public; Kol Ami welcomes the participation of members of our host church, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington.
We Celebrate 10 Years of Your Support!

A Celebration Reception May 7, 12:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
Partners for Arlington & Guatemala (PAG) Says Thank You!

PAG: A Partnership of Heart--Celebrating UUCA's solidarity and support for the people of Guatemala and our immigrant neighbors in Arlington. Thanks to your support:
  • The Mayan's pursuit of justice in Guatemalan courts has advanced with 17 accompaniers over the past 10 years.
  • Fifty students who lost parents in the genocide are advancing in school and out of poverty.
  • We have touched the lives of our immigrant neighbors, helping with computer classes, temporary employment, consular affairs preparation and fiestas.
Come to LFFP Talent Show supporting Peace Camp
Sunday, May 4, 4 p.m.  (OFF SITE)
Little Friends for Peace Have fun and help Peace Camp at the same time? Plan to attend the 4th Annual LFFP Talent Show on Sunday, May 4, 4 p.m. Come to Joe's Movement Emporium (3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mount Rainier, Md.) and support UUCA's Peace Camp. Tickets available here. Or show your talent in support of Peace Camp, sign up to perform at here. Have questions? Email
Religious & Lifespan Education
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The next All Welcome Service will be Sunday, April 16, 2017. There will be no RE classes that day. Children will stay with their parents during the service. There will be activity bags for your children to help keep them entertained during the service. Nursery care will be available for two years and younger. 

We will also celebrate with the (Easter Egg) Hunt for Justice.  Kids will have the opportunity to practice the 5th UU Principle and vote for the social justice project of their choice.  Please feel free to discuss this with your child as Easter approaches.

RE Art Show
On Sunday, May 7, our RE kids will celebrate what they learned this year with an Art Show.  Make sure you visit the Center to see their accomplishments. 

Wellspring Wednesdays--Registration OPEN. Classes: April 26 thru May 31
Wellspring Wednesdays return! Pencil in "WW" each Wednesday because you don't want to miss out on any of the interesting programming in store!
All Ages Sacred Drum-Making  Workshop
Saturday, May 13, 12:30-3:00 p.m.
Last month's drum-making workshop was hugely popular, so much so we are offering the class again. Jim and Ashley Cash will again lead the class. Below are the size options for the drums. Class is limited to 10 and registration is required. Click here for general information and to register.
  • 10" Elk Drum - $110 each participant
  • 13" Willow Oak Hoop 3 1/4 inch deep Elk - $140 each participant
  • 15" Octagon Cedar Elk  - $160 each participant
  • 17" 16 sided Cedar Elk - $175 each participant.
Holistic Moms Meet
Thursday, April 20, 7-9 p.m.
Join the Arlington/Alexandria chapter of the Holistic Moms Network on April 20 for a conversation about the "Benefits of Therapeutic Massage for Family Health." Elizabeth Shrader, MPH, LMT, founder of The Well in DC, will discuss how massage can be used to support your family's health.  Elizabeth specializes in prenatal, labor, and postpartum massage for women, and infant massage instruction for babies and their caregivers.  Meetings are free and open to the public and children are welcome.  Visit the chapter website for more information at here.  
Church Governance
Open Budget Meetings
Pie chart on a stock chart with a budget This is your chance to review and comment on the 2017-18 church budget.
  • Wednesday, April 19, 7-9 p.m. in the Center
  • Sunday, April 23, 1-3 p.m. in the Chapel
On and Off-Site UUCA Delegates
Not able to make the trip to New Orleans for this year's General Assembly? But, still have a desire to participate? UUCA is allowed to certify 17 delegates this year and we may not fill all our slots with on-site delegates. So, this opens up slots for off-site delegates.  These delegates still need to be certified and follow the proceedings by online connection. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage in the debates and vote for the various resolutions and the president of the UUA without the expense of time and money for travel.  Details are at:  Also, stop by the NomCom table on Sunday or email Gerda Keiswetter,
Call-out for PRODUCERS
Chalice Theatre logo Chalice Theatre, UUCA's inter-generational theatre group, is looking for a producer or co-producers for its 2018 production.  Chalice Theatre has a 20 + year history as part of UUCA's arts ministry, promoting community building, social outreach and spiritual growth. Its goal is to provide opportunities for dramatic expression, theatre arts education, and community outreach for all ages. The producer is the "heart and soul" of the production, a key decision-maker and point of contact for questions and information about the production. Prior theater experience is helpful though not a "must," and the producer is supported by the Chalice steering committee and experienced volunteers. Chalice Theatre brings UU values to all that we do, from the cornfields of Oklahoma! to the swampy bog of Shrek, The Musical.  Come join our creative, fun-loving, and enthusiastic group! For information, please contact: Rob Albro, and/or Amy Shepherd,
Congregational Life
The Best Annual Pledge Drive Ever -- A Webinar Series
Keeping the Light There are many roles to be filled and skills needed for a successful and spirit-centered annual pledge effort. What can we do better? What do we need to change? What do others do? What can you bring to the table? If you were wondering how this works, this is the time!

UUCA is participating in a series of three 90-minute webinars designed to help Unitarian Universalist congregations in the UU Association Central East Region apply stewardship best practices to improve the effectiveness of their annual pledge drives. This is a perfect opportunity for UUCA congregants to learn about what is involved in our pledge campaign well before we put together a team to commence work for next year's campaign in the fall.

The three sessions will be held on three successive Monday evenings: April 24, May 1, and May 8. All sessions will convene at 6:30 with discussion prior to each 7 p.m. broadcast. Come for one session or all. Contact Bruce Rieder,, if you'd like to attend. READ MORE. 
Artisans and Donated Art Items Needed

Accepting applications for artisans and seeking volunteers to make Spring Hunt for Treasure a success.  We also need vintage and great condition second-hand art items (including functional art such as pottery). Donated art items will be collected Sunday, April 23, and Friday, April 28. If you plan to donate an item or would like to volunteer, please email Kate Gallup, Artisan information here. Artisan application here.
First Meeting of Soulful Business Network
Friday, May 5, 7:30-9 a.m. Boardroom
cherry blossoms Are you a business person who would like to meet other UU's who are business people too? This new group is an informal business exchange network for business people in the greater Arlington area who are Unitarian Universalists or who feel a connection to Spirit in their lives. The goal of the group is two-fold--to have fellowship with each other and to network in support of our businesses. Join us for our first networking breakfast on Friday, May 5. Registration is $10 and a light breakfast is provided. RSVP here. Questions? Please contact Beth Offenbacker,, 703 623 4811. Flyer here
Arts Ministry
Arlington Chorale Spring Concert
Sunday, April 30, 4 p.m.
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UUCA is honored to be host of the Arlington Chorale, an ensemble renowned for its high quality and compelling concerts, founded 50 years ago by UUCA's own Music Director Emerita Vera Tilson. Now under the baton of Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Nancia D'Alimonte, the Chorale will present "Sumer is Icumen In"--traditional and contemporary music by Rutter, Hogan, Luboff and others. Family and friends are welcome. Free. For more information, visit 
Transmissions Meditation Service
Transmissions, flute, Woven Green
Transmissions meditation
singing bowls
Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. UUCA Center
Join Rev. Aaron for our next Transmissions meditation service when we gather in beloved community for reflection and contemplation on the light, life, and rebirth that spring brings to our lives. Music and soundscapes provided by Jim and Ashley Cash of Woven Green
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