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

Sunday, February 19 at 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.         
 "The Road to Freedom" - The Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg

  9:30 a.m. Early Service (Sanctuary)
          Arts & Exploration for children 3rd grade and below (classrooms)
  9:45 a.m. Children's Choir Rehearsal (Chapel)
10:30 a.m. Religious Education for All Ages:
                  - Religious Education classes (classrooms)               
                  - Friendly Forum: Preaching Politics and the Impact on                                 Churches (Room 113)
10:40 a.m. UU Parenting Forum (Sanctuary)
11:30 a.m. Late Service (Sanctuary)
Arts & Exploration for children 3rd grade and below (classrooms)
12:30 p.m. Atheist/Humanist/Agnostics Discussion Group: "The Johnson                     Amendment: Needed or Not?" (Rooms 124)

(Sermon Archive: the text, audio, & video of most week's sermons 
are available online at frederickuu.org/sermons.)

Donations this Sunday  will especially help NAMI-Frederick's printing costs and also provide binders for workshop materials, since all materials distributed are provided free of charge. "For us, the UUCF contribution is significant and goes directly, and only, to our local chapter," says volunteer Gerry Blessing. Please give generously!

Earth-centered Spirituality Service: Sunday, February 19, 10:30 a.m. (Chapel). An opportunity to focus on our UU Sixth Source: "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." Led by Charles, Emily, Diana and Jeff. Ashley will be leading an outdoor Pagan-themed children's activity during the service; please dress kids warmly.

 
This Week

Seminary For A Day! Revolutionary Love: Saturday, February 18. Tools, Tactics and Truth Telling to Dismantle Racism with the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Cedar Lane UU Church. Scholarship assistance is available. Register at  bit.ly/SeminaryForADay17.

Frederick Rally for Immigrants' Rights: Saturday, February 18, 3:00 p.m. Market & Patrick Streets. Join Safe Haven & SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Frederick for a rally to:
  1. demonstrate support for the protection of the human rights of immigrants in our community;
  2. advocate for the passage of the Maryland Trust Act;
  3. advocate for the declaration of Frederick as a Sanctuary City.
We'll gather and demonstrate on the sidewalks at the intersection of Market and Patrick Streets. We'll then march along Carroll Creek and convene for a rally and teach-in at the Amphitheater.  Bring signs, your friends, and your voice! Visit Facebook Event page for more & updated information. 

UUCF Coffeehouse: Saturday, February 18, 7:00 p.m.  Share your talents with an appreciative crowd. Performers can do two pieces (around 6 - 8 minutes total) and maybe more, if there is time. Sign up in person no later than 7:15 p.m.  As always, BYOB. This event is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. For details or to help with set-up, email us at  UUCFCoffeehouse@gmail.com   or visit our page at  facebook.com/UUCFCoffeehouse

Artist's Show, "Multilayered" continues through February 25 in the Blanche Ames Gallery. We welcome back Karen Peacock whose beautiful work appeared in our juried show in 2015. Please call 301-473-7680, or email our Office ( office@frederickuu.org) to check if the building is open for viewing. Find more information about Karen here.

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

Change in Time! SAC Monthly Meeting:  Tuesday, February 21, 3:30 p.m.  (Room 113) 

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

UUCF & ISF Potluck Planning Meeting: Thursday, February 23rd, 5:00 p.m. (Room 113).

General Announcements

UUCF Gala Stewardship Dessert, Wine and Cheese Event! 
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m. at UUCF  Join us to hear about plans for 2017 and beyond. Buy a dessert and help support the Circle of Life Preschool. We'll also have a drawing for the winner of the Pledge Drive Raffle. Free tickets for this event will be available starting Sunday, February 26 in the Atrium.  Get your tickets early; seating is limited. (Child care provided if requested with 1-week notice to education@frederickuu.org).

UU General Assembly:  Wednesday, June 21 - Sunday, June 25, 2017  in New Orleans, LA. Registration and Housing opens  March 1 . (If you are interested in attending, please let Rev. Carl know at  minister@frederickuu.org .) More info at  uua.org/ga .




  
 Classes & Events
 
UU Progressive Christian Fellowship: Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. (Morse family home). Beginning study of The Sermon on the Mount using the text of The Five Gospels by The Jesus Seminar ( www.westarinstitute.org). All are welcome. Please contact Sea Raven at searaven.morse@gmail.com.

Rev. Carl at Frederick Community College: "Building Your Own Ethics"  on  Tuesdays ,  9:30 a.m.  - 11:00 a.m. ( February 21  - March 28). Consider your beliefs, values, and convictions in light of ethical dilemmas in dialogue with your classmates. Are you consistent in your ethical framework? Why or why not? Is consistency a virtue or vice? Is there a pattern, logic, reason, and emotion underneath your reactions/decisions? Do you find yourself changing from your initial "gut" reaction through the discussion process? For more information or to register, visit:  ilratfcc.com/portfolio/building-your-own-ethics.

Family Potluck & Game Night: Saturday, February 25, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Join us as we play board and 'experiential' games for folks of all ages. This is an inter-generational event, just just for kids! Find the sign-up sheet in the Atrium: we'l need to know what potluck dish you'll bring, how many people will be coming in your party and your email or phone number. For more information, email Nancy Roblin at nancy.roblin@gmail.com.

Dance Fusion Workshop: Saturday, March 4, 4:30 p.m. (Chapel). Benefits Circle of Life Cooperative Preschool. Join Jannon Baer for this wonderful workshop with live drumming, and support our amazing preschool and de-stress from the daily grind at the same time. Suggested donation $25. Ages 7 and up. Email  circleoflifefundraising@gmail.com to register! 

Banned Questions about the Bible with Rev. Carl: Tuesdays, starting March 7 (6 sessions) 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. in Room 113/115: Explore the questions mainstream scholars ask about the Bible that aren't always asked in religious communities. Feel more equipped to read the Bible for yourself: basic biblical background and history, diverse methods of biblical interpretation, major content and themes. Compare modern readings with those of the Bible's earliest interpreters. There are no reading assignments for this course. However, if you want a supplemental textbook to supplement this class, I recommend The Bible: A Historical & Literary Introduction by Bart Ehrman (Oxford UP) and/or The New Interpreter's Study Bible (Abingdon Press). Suggested Donation to UUCF: $5/session ("requested, not required") Childcare available with 1-week's notice to  education@frederickuu.org.

Potluck Dinner with Islamic Society of Frederick: Save the Date: Sunday, March 19, 1:30 p.m. UUCF will host members of the Islamic Society of Frederick as we enjoy an informal gathering to get to know and support each other.

Highlights from UU General Assembly with Rev. Carl:  Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m., starting May 2 (3 sessions). Watch clips from three major presentations at the 2016 UU AGA in Columbus and discuss the takeaways for ourselves, UUCF, and the larger UU movement: 
  • Sermon from the Service of the Living Tradition: "Love Calls Us On", 
  • Ware Lecture: Krista Tippett, and 
  • Sermon from Sunday worship: "In All Thy Getting, Get Understanding." 
Suggested Donation to UUCF: $5/session ("requested, not required"). Childcare available with 1-week's notice to  education@frederickuu.org.


Social Action News

Change in Time! SAC Monthly Meeting: Tuesday, February 21, 3:30 p.m.  (Room 113) 

Visit uusocialjustice.org/news to view this, and other posts:       
* Channeling Your Anger & Frustration into Social Action,
Why February's s-p will support Frederick County NAMI.
 
Join the Committee to Help with Islamic Society of Frederick Potluck
On Sunday, March 19, 1:30 p.m., UUCF will host members of the Islamic Society of Frederick for a potluck gathering to get to know and support each other. We would like  UUCF members, in addition to Social Action Committee members, to help plan along with ISF members and two members of the Jewish community. A planning meeting will be held at UUCF on Thursday, February 23, 5:00 p.m. (Room 113). If you would like to help plan or are willing to help the day of the event, please contact Mary Kruhm, 301-712-6828 or writer@marybk.com . Much help is needed for fast set-up after late service, clean-up, welcoming, etc.

Interested in Working for Social Action? Email SAC@FrederickUU.org to be on our mailing list.


Dismantling Racism Team News/Updates

SURJ  Frederick Chapter formed: Showing Up for Racial Justice, or 
SURJ, is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, 
SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change. We envision a society where we struggle together with love, for justice, human dignity and a sustainable world.

For more information about the organization, visit the  SURJ National website. Please also check out, like, and follow  SURJ Frederick on Facebook.

Laboring Sons Documentary Premiere Event: Tuesday, February 21, 6:00 p.m. City Hall Boardroom, 101 N. Court St. For more information, call 301.600.3889 or email channel99@cityoffrederick.com

Courage for Racial Justice with Chris Crass, Anti-Racism Movement Builder: Saturday, March 11, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., All Souls UU, Washington, DC. Co-sponsored by 7 area Unitarian Universalist congregations (including UUCF) and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) DC. This event is geared towards white people and open to everyone. Our nation needs more people working for racial justice, and white people have particular roles to play. 

This inspiring and interactive program is designed to help white folks deepen our commitment to racial justice, ground our work in the broader struggle for liberation, and connect with the emotional and spiritual resources needed to be courageous, resilient, and effective over the long haul. Our keynote speaker is author, educator, and movement-builder Chris Crass. 

Crass is the author of  Towards the Other America: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter  and also  Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis and Movement Building Strategy .  He is a Unitarian Universalist and works with faith-based communities to help build up the spiritual Left. UU Sponsoring Congregation: Silver Spring, Cedar Lane, Frederick, All Souls, Mt Vernon River Road, Fairfax, SURJ. To Register, visit: http:/bit.ly/courage3-11. Suggested donation is $25.



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