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Sunday Worship
March 19, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.

"Springtime for the Soul"
A reflection by Rev. Aaron McEmrys 

The spring equinox represents a turning of life's great wheel--a time of balance, renewal and new beginnings. We invite you to take this time seriously, celebrating in joyful community on Sunday morning, and then turning inward for a very special Transmission meditation service on Monday evening. Be still, go deep and walk to the center of the labyrinth.

In our "Springtime" Sunday morning service, we will celebrate our Flower Communion ritual--Please bring flowers to share, though not required. Extra flowers will be available.

Music includes UUCA's Polymnia Handbell Choir and Ashley and Jim Cash of Woven Green.  

Transmissions Spring Equinox Healing Service
Monday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.
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Labryinth image Join Rev. Aaron in this very special Spring Equinox Transmissions meditation service as we turn inward. The service will include our Labyrinth, an ancient meditation tool. Let us be still, go deep and walk to the center of the Labyrinth. Music and soundscapes by Woven Green
Screening of Kushuthara: Pattern or Love and Talkback/Interview with Director Karma Deki
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Friday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. -- UUCA Center
Don't miss this rare opportunity to meet Karma Deki, the director of the award-winning indie film Kushuthara: Pattern of Love, when UUCA is host to her film's Washington premiere next Friday. Rev. Aaron told of her story of hope and triumph in the making of this film in his March 5  homily. We now have the chance to meet Karma in person and hear her story on the challenges and rewards of making this film in a talkback/interview with Rev. Aaron. The film stars English actor Emrhys Cooper and Bhutanese actress Kezang Wangmo, now a politician and Member of Parliament in Bhutan. This beautiful movie gives a glimpse of life and love in one of the most secluded cultures in the world and explores two of the most difficult subjects in Buddhist philosophy--karma and reincarnation. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers from the audience. Please join us for this Friday night at the movies!

Keeping the Light
Keeping the light logo UUCA is deeply grateful to all of those who have committed to UUCA with a pledge for next year. You will receive an acknowledgment of your pledge shortly along with instructions for fulfilling your pledge beginning after June 30. We hope to be in a position to report final results soon; interim results are posted in Fellowship Hall. 

Not pledged yet? 
You may do so online now by clicking on the lantern above which will take you to our webpage. There you will find information, testimonials, an email link for questions, and a link to an online pledge form. The Annual Giving Team will continue its work during March to reach those who have yet to contact us regarding a pledge.

Pledged income is what enables UUCA to prepare its operating budget for the upcoming year (2017-2018) and that work needs to begin soon. Once a budget can be proposed it will be presented for review and comment by all members. A final proposed budget will then be submitted to a congregational vote for adoption in June prior to the fiscal year beginning on July 1. All of this has to happen in the next few weeks so there is some urgency for us to provide a reliable pledge amount for the budget preparation. 
Give the Plate
group holding log UUCA is about to send 27 youth and adults back to our sisters and brothers in the Hopi Nation. Because our group is so big this year, we are working with two amazing community partners! With Summi Nungwa we will continue our work 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, we will work alongside young adult members of the Hopi tribe to build a house for a family in need--using only local materials (rock, sand, timber and clay) and traditional building techniques 1,000-years-old. With one amazing nod to modernity--we will integrate cutting edge solar, gray-water and other green technology with traditional rock and adobe--building a 100% sustainable home in which the 1st century meets the 21st century!

volunteer with Hopi elder Our youth will share a deeply transformative experience living as our Hopi friends do, without running water or electricity (not to mention cell phones!). Living and working side by side with Hopi elders and artists, they will learn 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 for dignity. Through the long-term relationships we cultivate, we will wrestle with complicity and foster healing and reconciliation between our peoples.

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This Week's Highlights
This ogre's a charmer according to review
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Snow White _ dwarfs was charmed by Chalice Theatre's Shrek, the Musical. Check out the review here. This weekend is your absolute last chance to see what's been called CT's best production. The last four performances are sure to be sold out, so buy your tickets now
"Catch up" with John Bohman
Read how Shrek lives out its message of acceptance and inclusion in
MoonFire Spring Equinox Ritual
Sun., March 19, 1:30 p.m.
hands holding the sun with sunset on backgound     Note  Visible grain at 100 , best at smaller sizes Please join MoonFire for a ritual celebrating the Spring Equinox, the returning Sun, and warmer days. We will plant spring bulbs to get our bloom on! 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, so that we may minimize trash. For further information on MoonFire, please visit, or contact
Faith in Action
Early American Black Women Writers
TUES., March 21 and
WED., March 22, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.

Want to know more about the rich legacy of early American black women writers? How did individual women, enslaved or free, fight racism and slavery through their songs, poems, speeches, and short essays? We'll find out, by reading aloud and talking about the women's work and their religious moorings in a casual, welcoming atmosphere. The texts will be provided in class. Read more here. 
Live the Pledge to End Racism Spring Workshop
Sat., March 25 and Sat., April 1
LTP logo After the success of our fall workshop, UUCA is excited to announce its spring Live the Pledge to End Racism Workshop. These two days will challenge you to invest in your learning about anti-racism with literature, training, and other activities, putting you on the road toward increased intercultural competence. Our church is dedicated to dismantling racism. Please click here to register. Email Jessi Huffman,, for more information. Childcare will be provided. 
Peace Camp Training
March 25-26
Little Friends of Peace logo UUCA's partner for Peace Camp, Little Friends for Peace (LFFP), is offering two trainings to enhance participants' understanding of LFFP's peace education curriculum. They will be on Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. and Sunday, March 26, 12 to 4 p.m.. You can take one or both sessions. The location is at LFFP's Peace Room, 128 M St. NW in DC. It's an opportunity to EXPERIENCE and LEARN the skills to TEACH peace, build trust, cultivate empathy and disarm conflict.  For more information and to register,  click here.
Living the Pledge (LTP): March Sharing through Books
Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.
Jesmyn Ward used Baldwin's The Fire Next Time as her inspiration "to call on some of the great thinkers and extraordinary voices of [her] generation to...reckon with the fire of rage and despair and fierce, protective love currently sweeping the streets and campuses of America" in the time following Trayvon Martin's death. The result is The Fire This Time that tells stories of race and culture in the twenty-first century.
Read more. 

April LTP read: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Copies are available in local libraries, but be sure to reserve a copy now.
Unitarian Universalist perspective on human/animal interactions
Several exciting workshops regarding the Unitarian Universalist perspective on human/animal interactions will be held at three UU congregations in the DC/Baltimore/NOVA area during the weekend of March 24--26. Workshops include: 
  • Animals, Our Nature, and UUs: Bringing Our Principles to Life
  • How Big is Our Tent? A conversation of the First Principle
  • What is the First Principle Project and Why Should UUs Care?
  • Re-Vision Your Garden for Wildlife
For more information, click here
Stand Up for Healthcare Justice at UUSJ/UUJEC Conference
April 3 thru April 5
Capitol _ Cherry Blossom image We can't alleviate the rising tide of economic inequality if the Affordable Care Act is dismantled. Learn about healthcare policy and ways to improve access, hear from those working on the front lines pursuing healthcare for all and reducing economic inequality and help deliver UU voices to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Advocates for justice Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on the Bus fame, Bishop Douglas Miles of Koinonia Baptist Church, and author Chuck Collins are keynote speakers. For more information and to register, click here. Conference flyer here. Cosponsored by UUs for Social Justice (UUSJ) and UUs for a Just Economic Community.  UUSJ Contact: Elizabeth, or 202-600-9132.  
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Fri., March 31, 6:30 p.m.
This year's Dream Project concert will acknowledge the unique struggles our immigrant and refugee students, as well as other members of our society, face during these difficult times. The concert will be a celebration of solidarity by diverse communities who share a common vision.
100% of all proceeds will help us fund more scholarships for our Dream Scholars and continue supporting our mentoring activities. Performers include UUCA's Youth Choirs, Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University, Rock Creek Singers of the Gay Men's Chorus, and Mariachi Arriero.  Purchase tickets by clicking here.
Do It Green Workdays and Meeting
The DIG team welcomes everyone to their next meeting on Wednesday, April 19, 3 to 4:30 p.m. They also welcome you to their twice a month workdays. See schedule below. Contact Jennifer Frum,, for more information. 

Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. to noon
Thursday, April 13, 9 to 11 a.m. (Spring Break? Bring the kids!)
Saturday, April 29, 9 to 11 a.m.
Mark your calendar and buy tickets today for Bridges to Independence Gala
Wed April 19 Black _ Gold Gala
Save the Date - Wed., April 26, 7 p.m.
DIG (Do It Green) to host screening of award-winning environmental film, Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home
Religious & Lifespan Education
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UUCA 6th-grade RE learns peace-building through "ultimate" sport
6th graders photo For the past two Sundays, UUCA's 6th-grade RE classes have explored a novel way to build peace--through sports. This focus on peace-building is part of the 6th-grade RE's study of the 6th Principle, "the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all."
Youth Hopi Trip--15 Days left in Faithify Fundraiser!
Hopi elders UUCA's Youth will return to Hopi for their second service trip there in April. The Youth will  take food and medical supplies, and do repairs and maintenance in and around the homes of the elders of the Hopi and Navajo nations. This trip is not only a blessing to the elders but a life-affirming experience for our youth.  Without your support, this trip will not be possible. The Youth need to raise $12,000 in 30 days! An online fundraiser has been established through the UUA's Faithify. Please share this link with family and friends and on social media.  And, thank you for your generous donations!  
Save the date: April 16
No need to bake for Easter Sunday.  
Our Youth Group will hold a "Pie, Cake and Dessert Sale" to help fund their spring trip to Hopi.
Church Governance
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tue., March 21, 7:30 p.m.
The next Board meeting is on Tuesday, March 21. Board members are available for casual or serious conversation a half hour before most Board meetings, and members are welcome as observers. The Board of Trustees is available by email at
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,
New Orleans Social Justice General Assembly 2017
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This year's GA will cater to your UU passions--thousands of UU's worshipping together, a huge choir with a great director, actions of social justice, youth programs, hundreds of workshops, crafting of study issues and issues of immediate witness and much more. Stop by the GA table on Sunday or contact Gerda Keiswetter,  
Arts Ministry
Center Gallery and National Poetry Month--Thou Art: Identity in Words and Color
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From April 6 - June 1, UUCA's Center Gallery recognizes National Poetry Month and celebrates the beauty of diversity with Thou Art: Identity in Words and Color. The exhibition features original art created for the book of poetry, Thou Art. Poets from many ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds wrote poems as part of the Thou Art project.  More on the exhibit here. On Sunday, April 23, 3-6 p.m., there will be an Artist Reception and Poetry Reading. 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.
The "Gallery Group" needs VOLUNTEERS
Carson Herrington (Curator), Peter VanderPoel (Installation) and Meika Ungricht (Hospitality) need  help with exhibitions and receptions for both the QUUest Gallery and the Center Gallery.

We need someone who is trained to operate the AV system in the Center to provide AV services for artists' talks and/or receptions approximately four times a year (roughly Sept., Nov. Jan. and April).

We also need one or two people to help make coffee/tea, dress tables, prep and serve refreshments for artists' talks and/or receptions in the Center approximately four times a year (roughly Sept., Nov. Jan. and April).

And finally, we need a detail oriented person to help with administrative tasks such as placing Connections announcements, organizing "paperwork" associated with borrowing artwork, basic documentation and record keeping for exhibitions. This can be done from home (mostly) and would require, at most, 10 hours per exhibition (five times a year).

If you'd like to help out, please contact Carson at  
Congregational Life
Men's Book Group: A Man Called Ove
Sun., April 9, 7:30 p.m.
Bookcover The Men's Book Group will meet Sunday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., to discuss A Man Called Ove: A Novel, by Fredrik Backman. It is available in paperback. If there are any questions about the group and its meetings, please email Ken Marshall, or call 703-533-8004.
The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky and His Legacy
Mon., March 27, 7:15 p.m.
Saul Alinsky Robert Buckman will show and lead a discussion on The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky and His Legacy, an award- winning film on labor and civil rights activist Saul Alinsky, who inspired many United States' citizen-based movements. The film, which is narrated by Alec Baldwin, uses various Alinsky organizing campaigns to illustrate his theories and principles, starting with a glimpse of what shaped his philosophies and led to his early organizing efforts. All are welcome. For further information, contact Jere Cummins,
Wheel of Life
A fond farewell to Hal Handerson who is moving to California to be close to loved ones as he continues medical treatment.  

Becky McCleskey photo A memorial service to celebrate the life of Becky McCleskey will be held on Saturday, March 25, 11 a.m., in our Sanctuary. 
Letitia Haworth photo A memorial service to celebrate the life of Letitia Haworth will be held in our Sanctuary on Sunday, April 2, 3 p.m.
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