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Sunday Worship
May 21, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.

You don't want to miss this Sunday! It's Youth Sunday! The service is designed and led by UUCA's awesome High School Youth Group. Come for the music and insightful message on GROWTH. 
Livestreaming of the service here. 

Join Rev. Aaron, with Jim and Ashley Cash of Woven Green, for our May Transmissions service on Tuesday,
May 23, 7:30 p.m.
Transmission flyer

Church Governance
UUCA Annual Congregational Meeting - June 4, 11:30 a.m.
Please join us at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation, Sunday, June 4, 2017, in the Sanctuary, immediately following the single service.

The Congregation will vote on the the attached budget recommended by the Board of Trustees, the attached list of nominees for elective offices, and the attached meeting minutes from last year's meeting. Annual volunteer awards will also be presented.

Current members of the Congregation who have signed the membership book at least 90 days before the meeting are eligible to vote.

We urge all eligible voting members to attend in person, though we are providing the option of an absentee ballot. If you must vote absentee, please read the "Absentee Ballot Process" below.

Childcare provided.

Items for this year's meeting:

Give the Plate
NISGUA logo This week's Give the Plate offering supports UUCA's partnership with NISGUA--the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala.  Our church, through its Partners for Arlington and Guatemala (PAG), has sponsored a total of 17 human rights Accompaniers in collaboration with NISGUA since 2007.  Our 18th accompanier, Clara Lincoln, leaves for Guatemala this June.  These remarkable young adults spent at least six months in Guatemala as part of an international team of accompaniers. They monitor tense situations and provide a presence to deter the violence and intimidation that faces human rights defenders.  Accompaniers are also present in communities opposing multi-national mining, hydroelectric and agribusiness projects that seize indigenous communal lands without permission, exploit the local resources and irreparably harm the local environment and economy. Your GTP offerings during May fund the monthly stipend that our accompaniers receive to cover their room and board, in-country travel and emergency medical coverage.  Without your generous support, UUCA could not be a Sponsoring Community. GTP button 
A note from Rev. Linda

Dear UUCA Members and Friends,
Just this week I accepted a part-time position as an interim minister at Accotink UU, a congregation in southern Fairfax County and fairly close to my home in Mt. Vernon. After a short summer break, I begin my ministry there the first of August. I look forward to seeing everyone at Sunday night's celebration.

In faith,
Rev. Linda
This Week's Highlights
Celebrating Rev. Linda this Sunday
Sunday, May 21, 6 to 8 p.m.

Join us for a celebration in appreciation and gratitude  for Rev. Linda and her ministry here at UUCA on Sunday night. The evening includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, music by the Free Spirits jazz quartet, and special guest speakers. Come and wish her well and show your gratitude for her 16 years of loving service. Reservations are not required, but appreciated here

Did you write a note of appreciation to Rev. Linda?
This Sunday is your last chance to have your note added to the treasure box of notes! Stop by the table just outside the Sanctuary on Sunday morning. 
Extra Hands Needed for Rev. Linda Appreciation Party
Sunday, May 21
Please join the volunteer team in helping with Sunday's celebration for Rev. Linda. We need help with food prep on Saturday, May 20 and on Sunday, May 21, for greeting, for setting up the reception, and for clean up. We also need a few folks to collect notes for Rev. Linda on Sunday after services. Sign up here to help or contact Elizabeth  
MoonFire Beltane Ritual
Sunday, May 21, 1:30 p.m.
Please join MoonFire for a ritual celebrating Beltane, a time to honor the re-emergence of life after the barrenness of winter.  We will give thanks to the Goddess and God for the bounty they provide and celebrate the coming season of warmth and growth.  As always, a potluck and time for fellowship will follow the ritual, so please bring a dish or drink to share, along with your own plates/utensils, if possible, so that we may minimize trash.  For more information on MoonFire, please visit or contact
Faith in Action
Join Metro Area UUs for Capital Pride Parade & Festival
Saturday & Sunday, June 10-11
Capital Pride logo This year's theme for Capital Pride is Unapologetically Proud! All UU parade fans--especially anyone wanting to show your support for the LGBTQ Community--are wanted for walking in the Pride Parade on Saturday afternoon. We'll meet up at 3 p.m. (meeting location TBA) for a 4:30 p.m. kick-off of the 1.5 mile parade. The parade route runs from 22nd & P Streets, NW, through Dupont Circle and 17th Street to 14th & S Streets. Also, outgoing folks are needed to help run the UU booth, with other local UU church members, at the Pride Festival on Sunday.  For more information, click here. Sign up for the Pride Festival Booth here.
Or stop at the Equality UUCA table to sign up for the Parade or contact Elizabeth Fogarty at

Also, plan on the  Unity and Pride March on Sunday, June 11, beginning at 10 a.m. --A National march with plans as big as the Women's March!  More details to follow. Don't miss it!
Let's Wrap UUCA in a Rainbow for Pride Week
gay flags Mark your calendar for Saturday morning, June 3. It's the beginning of Capital Pride Week and it's for a rainbow flag "planting" party. Equality UUCA invites you to join in a fundraiser/pride-raiser. Let's wrap UUCA in a rainbow for Capital Pride Week in June! Stop by the Equality UUCA table any Sunday in May to sponsor a rainbow flag for $5/flag. Flags will have labels to write a dedication or message. Will we have enough rainbow flags to make it all the way around the church? We'll find out!  Will we have a big, bold, public reminder of UUCA's commitment to the inherent worth and dignity of ALL people? YES! For more information, contact Elizabeth Fogarty at  
Photo Exhibition: Movements of Oppression, Solidarity, and Hope
Fri., June 2 thru Mon., June 5 
UUCA member Tracey Rogers is excited to bring a new pop-up photo exhibition to the Center Gallery, opening on Friday, June 2. Movements of Oppression, Solidarity, and Hope will display images from local photographers/activists that capture a shared struggle and collective resistance from three different social justice movements (Black Lives Matter, Palestinian Human Rights, and Standing Rock) in solidarity for basic human rights and freedoms. Donations received during the exhibit will be donated to organizations with a mission in support of these movements. Email for more information.
Getting to Know Ta-Nehisi Coates: a 21st Century View
Friday, May 26, 7:30 p.m.

Reparations. What a loaded word!  Ta-Nehisi Coates confronts this topic head-on in an Atlantic Monthly article "The Case for Reparations."  As we read about redlining, poverty, crime, and other factors, how do we react? Find this article here. Or, learn more about Mr. Coates and his book Between the World and Me by reading the article "A Generation Waking Up" by Brit Bennett. Both articles address our history and how history affects black and white America. Join us on May 26  at 7:30 at UUCA to consider our own thoughts and reactions.  For more information contact Pat Findikoglu, or Linda Lutes  
VOICE flyer
Your Political Power in Election 2017
A Four Sessions offered by VOICE--May 10-31
Read Your Political Power class syllabus here. Register for the class here.
DO IT GREEN Workdays & Meeting 
Enjoy digging in the dirt or simply working outside? UUCA's DIG Team invites you to the upcoming grounds-keeping workdays. Bring work gloves and gardening tools. Extra tools will be available. 
  • Saturday, May 27, 9-11 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 8, 9-11 a.m.
For more information on DIG, contact Jennifer Frum,
Honoring Rev. Robinson and Beacon House
Saturday, June 17, 4-7 p.m.
Edgewood Arts Center, 3415 8th Street NE, Washington, DC
Please join the UU community and others in honoring the work of Rev. Robinson.
Rev. Don Robinson, the UUA's first community minister, will be retiring in June from Beacon House after 25 years of service.  Beacon House, established by Rev. Robinson in 1991, provides after-school tutoring, mentoring, and sports programs for youth in the Edgewood neighborhood of D.C.  To purchase tickets and to provide a donation to a special gift, click here
VOICE Call to Action
Sunday, May 21, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, Rt. 7 & Rowe St., Falls Church
You are invited to join VOICE activists and leaders from 25-plus NOVA congregations in a call to hold Fairfax officials accountable to issues around schools, affordable housing, and public safety. The chair of the Fairfax County Board, the interim superintendent of schools, and the school board president will be in attendance. UUCA contact, David Informational flyer here
Discussion on Intersectionality of Climate Justice and Environmental Racism
Sunday, May 21, after second service
Rev Earl Koteen UUs for Social Justice in the National Capital Region (UUSJ) is pleased to host Rev. Earl Koteen, Environmental Justice Minister, UU Ministry for Earth, to discuss "Exploring the intersectionality among climate/ environmental justice, environmental racism, and other urgent faith priorities: the experience of California activists" after second service on Sunday. Rev. Koteen is co-founder of 350 Bay Area (CA) and is involved in many community-based organizations, drawing on his 30-year career in strategic planning, much of it with the federal government in the DC area and is a self-described "DC homeboy." He also will be speaking on this topic at an interfaith gathering on Monday at noon at the United Methodist building on Capitol Hill. Further information at
UUCA Peace Camp Needs Kitchen Help
June 26 thru July 7
kitchen crew photo Kitchen staff help fuel our hungry Peace Camp kids while they learn about cooperation and peaceful problem-solving. Can you help this year? As always, kitchen staff includes adults and youth (community service hours offered). Jobs include food prep, cooking, serving, and cleanup. Volunteers help prepare lunch starting at 8:15 or 10:00 with cleanup ending around 2:30. Dates and times are flexible. Please contact Mollie Jewell, ( or 703-941-5643 or see Mollie at the coffee table this Sunday. You can sign-up directly here.  

Wheel of Life
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Rita Foisie, a UUCA member since 1965, will be held on Saturday, June 3, 3:30 p.m. in our Sanctuary. 
Religious & Lifespan Education
A Big Day Sunday--Don't Miss it!
You don't want to miss this Sunday, we've got lots in store. Here's the line up--
  • Youth Sunday--our High School youth will be leading worship
  • RE Volunteer Appreciation--join us in gratitude for our fabulous RE volunteers
  • RE Fair--learn about the exciting plans in store for next year's program. Fellowship Hall during both coffee hours.
Summer RE is Active and Energetic Fun!
Cute cartoon sun. Hand drawn watercolor illustration Cute smiling sun. Water-color painted illustration. Isolated on white background Just because it's summer doesn't mean we don't have RE!  Summer Sundays begin on May 28 (still two services on 5/28).  This summer's line up is active, energetic, and fun!  Activities include:
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Field Day
  • Park Play
  • Yoga
Volunteer leaders are needed to join the summer fun--no long term commitment--just one Sunday will do. Contact Lisa Harper Chang or LeeAnn Williams
Teach RE Next Year!
We are currently recruiting teachers for next year's exciting and innovative RE program. 

What's on tap for the upcoming year?
Pre-K--1st Grade--Spirit Play
2nd--4th Grade--Science Based UU Identify
5th Grade--OWL and Bible Studies
6th Grade--Maker Space
7th Grade--Neighboring Faiths
8th Grade--Our Whole Lives
9th-12th Grade--Youth Group

Want to learn more about next year's line up? Join RE leaders in Fellowship Hall this Sunday for the RE Fair. 

Ready to sign up for this adventure? 
Wellspring Wednesdays
This week's class schedule (May 17) includes:
  • Three Prophets of Religious Liberalism. Rev. Aaron presents his last talk in the series on Theodore Parker's South Boston sermon. Note: This talk will be livestreamed at
  • Your Political Power in Election 2017.  Learn the principles and practices by which VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) will organize political power in the run-up to this year's Virginia elections.

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Only a few spots left! Register for Peace Camp TODAY!
PeaceCamp_photo You can still register your child for UUCA's 20th Anniversary Peace Camp at Registrations are available for both weeks (June 26 and July 3) for children entering kindergarten through 8th grade as a camper (for elementary schoolers) or counselor in training (middle schoolers). Peace Camp is offered at UUCA in two sessions: June 26-30 and July 3-7, 2017. Look also for the Peace Camp Table in Fellowship Hall after each service this Sunday. For more information, please contact, 703-941-5643.
Stewards of Children Training
Wednesday, May 24, 7:00 p.m.
AUCP (Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool) is hosting a training course that teaches how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse through the Stewards of Children program. The course qualifies for free continuing education units for counselors, nurses, and social workers, though the class is open to parents and caregivers. There is limited space, so please be sure to register here.
Governance & Stewardship
Thank you Amazon shoppers!
Amazon logo Thanks to everyone who shops at Amazon through UUCA's AmazonSmile link. UUCA recently received a donation of $94 from the Amazon Foundation from purchases made since the beginning of the year. Amazon donates .5% of purchases of eligible items. Please bookmark the link on your tool bar for your convenience: 
2017-18 Candidate Forum
Sunday, May 28 - After each service
This year's Nominating Committee is excited to announce this year's candidate slate for the Board of Trustees and church officers:
  • Board of Trustees. Emily Goodin, Hieu Nguyen, Art Stevens.
  • Board Secretary. Hannah Connolly.
  • Nominating Committee. Elizabeth Fuchs and James Tsai.

Continuing Board members are Chad Ohlandt and Andrea Ryon. Continuing on the Nominating Committee are Ben D'Avanzo, Tina Hinh, and Bill Turner You will have the opportunity to meet the candidates at the Candidate Forum on Sunday, May 28, following each service. Members of UUCA vote on the candidates at the Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, June 4, immediately following the single service. Members who have been a member for at least 90 days are eligible to vote.  Read more about this year's candidates  here. 

Save the Date
Mark Tuesday, June 13 on your calendar! 
At 7:00 p.m., we'll gather for an exhilarating process to brainstorm new ideas (and begin to plan) for how to support UUCA financially in the future. What do YOU think we should do? What would YOU do to help? Watch for more details soon. 
Arts Ministry
Bella Voce Songs of Summer Concert
Sunday, June 4, 4 p.m.

Clerestory and Handbell Choirs Spring Concert
Sunday, June 11, 4 p.m.
Spring Concert - Sun. June 11_ 4pm
Come join the Clerestory Choir and UUCA's three handbell ensembles as we welcome our summer season with joyful praise! The choir will celebrate the joys of creation with Benjamin Britten's festive "Rejoice in the Lamb" for chorus, soloists, and organ, along with favorites such as "Welcome, Welcome," "How Can I Keep from Singing?" and "The Road Home." The Polymnia handbell ensemble will perform a variety of popular songs such as "Hallelujah" and "What a Wonderful World," and original works by contemporary composers with keyboard and percussion. Bellissimo and Crescendo ensembles will present an arrangement of a Native American melody and the well-known hymn "Joyful, Joyful." We are certain you will leave with an uplifted spirit and song in your heart! 
Congregational Life
HUUmanists: Tax Cuts for the Wealthy-Not a Plan to Keep Us Healthy
Monday, May 22, 7:15 p.m.
All are welcome to hear our guest speaker William Rice of Americans for Tax Fairness. ATF is a coalition of over 400 national, state and local organizations united in support of a fair tax system that works for all Americans. Mr. Rice will speak about the House Republicans recently passed bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. ATF believes that by taking health care from tens of millions of working families while giving hundreds of billions of dollars of tax cuts to wealthy households and big corporations, the GOP plan would reverse progress made by the ACA in reducing the nation's economic inequality. For more information contact Jere Cummins,
UUCA Shenandoah Spring Retreat
spring retreat photo Everyone is invited to join UUCA at Big Meadows campground, Shenandoah National Park, for our annual Spring Retreat June 16-18, 2017. Camp, stay in the lodge, or come up for just the day on Saturday June 17. All ages and groups are welcome. Please register online so we can communicate with UUCAers who are joining the retreat. We ask for a cash donation of $10 per adult, payable at the campground, to help offset the cost of supplies for the Saturday potluck picnic and the Friday happy hour.  Questions? Please contact D. Ohlandt.
A Mountain Get-a-Away Fall Retreat
FallRetreatphoto Please stop by the Fall Retreat table  on Sunday where members of the retreat committee will be delighted to tell you all about the Fall Retreat in September. For over 50 years, UUCA members and friends have gathered at Capon Springs in the mountains of West Virginia for fellowship, fun, and renewal. Enjoy discussions and workshops, communal meals, fun and games from Scrabble to shuffleboard, hiking and birdwatching (and even polar-bear bathing in Capon Springs' famously icy pool). Whether you are thinking of coming for the first time or are a repeat retreater, we would love to have you join us! Dates are September 22-24.
Our lost and found is overflowing! Please check the lost and found located in the corner of the upper level coat room for items you may have left behind. Any items left after May 29 will be donated to charity.
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