We join together to encourage spiritual growth, 
build a beloved community, and act for peace and justice.

Sunday, October 15 at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.         
"Music Sunday: Take Down These Walls"
 - The Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg
  9:15 a.m. Childcare for Infants to 3 years (Room 119)  
  9:30 a.m. Early Service (Sanctuary)
Children 3rd-grade & younger sung to "Arts & Exploration" (Room 123)
10:30 a.m. Middle Hour Religious Education for All Ages
                   - Religious Education (Classrooms)
                   - UU Buddhist Fellowship (Chapel)
                   - Friendly Forum: "Slavery & Freedom" facilitated by Dick
                     Menzer (Room 113)
11:30 a.m. Late Service (Sanctuary)
Arts & Exploration for children 3rd grade and below (classrooms)
12:40 a.m. Atheists/Humanists/Agnostics (AHA) Group Discussion (Room
12:45 p.m. Progressive Christian Service (Chapel)

Split-plate Sunday: October's Split-plate Recipient is the UU - United Nations Office (UU-UNO), which promotes the goal of a sustainable, peaceful world community with  justice for all. Recent decades have seen much progress and new Sustainability Goals were set in 2015; now there is exciting new progress towards a UN Treaty to ban nuclear weapons.    Please help bend the arc towards global justice and peace this Sunday at UUCF by supporting our UU - UN Office.

Atheists/Humanists/Agnostics (AHA) Group Discussion:  12:40 p.m. (Room 124). Join AHA Sunday as we discuss the history of Socialism in the US. Share a fact or factoid about Eugene Debs, the New Deal, the Socialist Agenda in the US, the Labor Union Movement or Bernie Sander's proposals and we'll each share what we know! All are invited to share how Socialism continues to appeal to us today. 

Progressive Christian Group: Sunday, October 15, 12:45 p.m. (Chapel). Progressive Christianity is an open, intelligent and collaborative approach to the Christian tradition and the life and teachings of Jesus that creates a pathway into an authentic and relevant religious experience. Interfaith Minister, San Rogers will lead the October service. Visit:  progressivechristianity.org.

Tonight at UUCF:

Feldenkrais at UUCF: 10-week session begins Thursday, October 12, 5:30 p.m. (Chapel). Join UUCF member, Katie Giarth. Feldenkrais employs guided attention and gentle movement with an emphasis on sensory learning. Improves posture, flexibility, coordination, athletic performance, mobility, chronic pain, tension and stress. $10/session or $80 for all 10 sessions (skipping Halloween and Thanksgiving week). Visit:  http://www.brainbodymotion.com/ for more information about Katie and Feldenkrais.

UUCF Sip 'n Stitch: 6:00 p.m. at Mary Bowman-Krum's 

UU Buddhist Meditation Group:  7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. All are welcome!

Roy Zimmerman ReZist Concert: Thursday, October 12, 7:00 p.m. (Atrium/Sanctuary). ReZist is 90 minutes of Roy Zimmerman's original songs, a funny affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. "Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression," says Roy, "because in calling out the world's absurdities and laughing in their face, I'm affirming the real possibility for change. $20 or "pay what you can." 

This Week

UUCF Book Club: Friday, October 13, 7:30 p.m. (Room 125), The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall, hosted by Alice MacDonald.

Meditation/Yoga Mini-Retreat with Irene Glasse & Carl Gregg: Saturday, October 14 (9:00 a.m. - Noon, UUCF Sanctuary): $15 in advance / $20 at door. Please contact instructors ( minister@frederickuu.org) in advance if accommodations needed; we will offer adjustments to be as accessible as possible. To register or for more details, visit:  frederickuu.org/retreat

Climate Change Working Group: Saturday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. (Room 113).Prepare for Planning Commission public hearing on the Monocacy River Plan to be held Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7pm, Winchester Hall, 12 E. Church St.; people needed to show support. Contact Karen Russell,  climatechange@frederickuu.org.

UUCF Coffeehouse Open Mic:  Saturday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. (Sanctuary) Singers, players, and poets get to perform two or three pieces depending on how many sign up. The event is free, but donations gratefully accepted. As always, BYOB.  Great entertainment and refreshments!  Email  UUCFCoffeehouse@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page at  www.facebook.com/UUCFCoffeehouse for more information. If you can, PLEASE come at  6 p.m. and help me set up tables and chairs -- much needed and appreciated!!

Yoga for All Ages: Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. (Chapel)

October's Social Action Committee Meeting: Tuesday, October 17, 5:30 p.m. (Room 113). Group Brown-bag dinner at 5:00 p.m.

Bioethics with Rev. Carl: Tuesdays, beginning September 19, 7:00 p.m. (Room 113). This week's topic is Informed Consent, Truth-telling, and Human Research. All are welcome.

Retired UU Men Eating Out (RUULEO) : Wednesday, October 18, 8:00 a.m. Barbara Fritchies', Rte. 40 W. All are welcome.

UUCF Adult Choir Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. (Sanctuary)

General Announcements

UUCF T-shirts are available for pre-order: Sizes: onesie, toddler, & XS - 5X; Cost: $20. Payable in atrium by cash or check (to "UUCF" with "T-shirt" in memo line) or by credit card ( frederickuu.org/tshirt). Order by: Sunday, November 5 (shirts will arrive around two weeks later). Sample is available during the Middle Hour at atrium table.

Donate Items for Auction
Begin planning your donations to the UUCF Auction:
  • Unique gifts,
  • Family-affordable and family-featured events (dinners, parties, tours, vacations, etc.)
  • Home cooked meals,
  • Expert advice and services
  • Silent Auction items needed too: jewelry, tools, household goods, etc. 
Donate Items Online at  frederickuu.org/auction/donate
  • All donations must be entered no later than Tueday, October 31, so we can have the catalog ready for distribution on Sunday November 5.
  • Donations may be brought to UUCF on Sunday, November 5 and Friday, November 10 (Noon - 5:00 p.m.). Please remember to bring the donation confirmation that is emailed to you when you submit your online donation. 
Tickets: $10  for ages 15 & up. (Ages 14 & younger free .) Due to Space Constraints, ticket Sales are limited to 150. (Don't delay, buy your tickets early!). On sale in the atrium each  Sunday

Latinx and/or LGBTAIQ UU Community: "I recently started participating in events and groups at UU. As a Latinx queer cisgender woman, I would like to connect with other people at UU who are Latinx and/or LGBTAIQ. If you'd also like this connection and community, please feel free to reach out!
Contact: A.D. ( feminista_2009@yahoo.com)."

Facility Use: With all the new folks in the building, we thought we'd remind everyone about the basic rules for use of the facility. The basic guidance is to leave the room as you found it, but for more explicit instructions, visit:  http://frederickuu.org/visit/Facility_Use.php

Classes and Events

"Bioethics" with Rev. Carl: (Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m., 6 sessions, continues through October 24 in Room 113/115). Topic: (1) Human Research, (2) Reproductive Technologies, (3) Genetic Choices, (4) Dividing Up Health Care Resources, (5) Ethics for Medical Professionals, (6) Contemporary Issues such as the revolutionary new genome editing technology CRISPR. Suggested Donation to UUCF: $5/session. Childcare available with 1-week's notice to  education@frederickuu.org.

Feldenkrais at UUCF: 10-week session begins Thursday, October 12, 5:30 p.m. (Chapel). Join UUCF member, Katie Giarth. Feldenkrais e mploys guided attention and gentle movement with an emphasis on sensory learning. Improves posture, flexibility, coordination, athletic performance, mobility, chronic pain, tension and stress. $10/session or $80 for all 10 sessions (skipping Halloween and Thanksgiving week). Visit:  http://www.brainbodymotion.com/ for more information about Katie and Feldenkrais.

Social Action News

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming; edited by Paul Hawken: Book Discussion & Potluck, Saturday, October 14

Drawdown is a comprehensive guide to regenerating the planet.
Come and discuss what refrigerant management, educating girls, wind turbines, plant rich diets, regenerative agriculture, ships, heat pumps and more have in common!  There are multiple ways each of us can regenerate the planet.  How do you feel led?  What are you or an organization of which you are involved already doing, want to do in the future, would like to partner in doing?

Saturday October 14, gather in the Dairy Parlor at  6:00 for a potluck and at  6:45 for a discussion and presentation related to the book, "Drawdown" edited by Paul Hawken.

Please contact JoAnn at  joann@foxhavenfarm.org to RSVP.

October's Social Action Committee Meeting: Tuesday, October 17, 5:30 p.m. (Room 113). Group Brown-bag dinner at 5:00 p.m.

#NoMuslimBanEver March:  11:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 18, 2017, Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C. Please join UUSC, UUs for Social Justice, the Social Justice Ministry of All Souls Church in Washington, D.C. and other area UUs on October 18 to declare No Muslim Ban Ever. This nationwide day of action marks the date that the latest version of Trump's discriminatory and unconstitutional Muslim Ban goes into effect. We are rallying in D.C. to show our solidarity with the Muslim community and to oppose all efforts to criminalize and exclude members of our communities.   MEET US AT 11:30 A.M. AT LAFAYETTE SQUARE.  LOOK FOR THE LOVE RESISTS AND UUSC BANNERS. 
The march is a joint initiative of Linda Sarsour, national co-chair of the Women's March, and the partner organizations of the  No Muslim Ban Ever  campaign. UUSC is an endorsing member, along with our grassroots partners the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative and the Arab American Civic Council.  Please register here  if you can join us. 

Join Us for a UULM-MD Issues Forum: Sunday, October 22, 2:00 p.m., Cedarhurst UU, Finksburg, MD. Meet with task force chairs for Criminal Justice, Climate Change, Economic Justice, and Death with Dignity to learn more about our advocacy efforts in these areas and find ways to be involved. WHERE: Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalists, located at 2912 Club House Rd, Finksburg, MD 21048. WHEN: Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 2 - 5 pm WHAT: Opportunity to discuss and prepare for the 2018 Maryland Legislative Session.

Dismantling Racism Team News

#WhiteSupremacyTeachIn: UUCF will participate in the Second UU #WhiteSupremacyTeachin on Sunday, October 22, in place of Friendly Forum in the Sanctuary. For more information and resources, visit:  https://www.uuteachin.org/.

The Black Hole in the White UU Psyche What is the consequence of not knowing Unitarian Universalism's black history? Have we embraced a false narrative about who we are? The latest from the Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed.

Swimming in the Water: Addressing Unconscious Bias in the Unitarian Universalist Church, Robin DiAngelo, author of What Does It Mean to Be White?, at UU Annapolis: Sunday, October 29, 2:00 p.m. Join our Dismantling Racism Team carpool by contacting Carol Antonowizc at ecacres@comcast.net. Register at:  http://tinyurl.com/uucadiangelo This event is expected to sell out soon! 

Here is a quote from the book: 
"I now understand that race is a profoundly complex social system that has nothing to do with being progressive or "open-minded." In fact, we whites who see ourselves as open-minded can actually be the most challenging population of all to talk to about race, because when we believe we are "cool with race," we are not examining our racial filters. Further, because the concept of "open mindedness"(or "colorblindness," or lack of prejudice) is so important to our identities, we actually resist any suggestion that there might be more going on below the surface, and our resistance functions to protect and maintain our racial blinders and positions."

A quote by Christine Chao from the book: Unitarian Universalists of Color: 
Stories of Struggle, Courage, Love and Faith. Edited by Yuri Yamamoto, Chandra Snell, and Tim Hanami. 

"While I appreciate that we can discuss things in depth, I believe UUs have good intentions but do not always put actions to those good intentions. If you do not have God to bind you together, what does bind you as a sacred community?  It is all good to talk about being a connected, loving community, but where is this loving community when life becomes difficult through personal loss and when the shit hits the proverbial fan?

Personally, I also found my spiritual needs not always met with hymns that did not touch me and messages that were nice to hear but often left me feeling a sense of lack.  Nice church experiences, but no real depth.  I made the difficult decision at the end of 2014 not to return to church.  You can only give so much and love something so much, but when you are not getting the love and care in return, it is time to move on."

Community News

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