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Parents note:  This is an All Welcome service--kids and youth will remain in the Sanctuary with their families for the entire service. The nursery will be open for the very young.
Sunday Worship
June 18, 10:15 a.m.
This Sunday is a special All Welcome service that you don't want to miss. Rev. Aaron will be joined with Rev. Erik Martinez Resly and friends from Sanctuaries DC, along with our Artist in Residence Maya Rogers, to  celebrate the Summer Solstice. David McTaggart is the Worship Associate. The service includes a "Fire Communion" ritual where we are invited to literally and symbolically "burn away" the things in our lives that no longer serve us--letting go of the things that are holding us back in our lives--and make room for something new. 

Upcoming Services
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Transmissions Summer Solstice Service
Wednesday, June 21, 7:30 p.m.
On Wednesday night, please join Rev. Aaron and  Woven Green to celebrate the Summer Solstice with a special Transmissions meditation service. The Summer Solstice is a time to celebrate the light and the fullness of life on the longest day of the year. Since the beginning of time, our ancestors have marked this period of time with celebration and ritual, so please come and gather as we celebrate and reflect on the light with music, chanting, drumming and walking the Labyrinth. Music and soundscapes by Woven Green. And, you are welcome to bring a drum.

RevLinda_photo Sunday, June 25, 10:15 a.m. "How Do You Leave a Party?"
As she leads worship for the last time at UUCA, Rev. Linda shares the pulpit with UUCA leaders Claudia Blake, Robert Buckman, Tracey Rogers, and Diane Ullius to reflect on the meaning of intentional good-byes throughout our lives--until the final good-bye. Special music from Maya Rogers includes her interpretation of the song by Jonathan Larson, from "Rent" -- Seasons of Love.

feet dangling over water dock Sunday, September 10, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.  "Gathering of the Waters" --  When traveling this summer remember to collect a small sample of water to bring back for our "Gathering of the Waters" service in September. It's a special time when our church family gathers together to celebrate community and the beginning of the new church year.  
Give the Plate
This Sunday, UUCA invites you to give generously to support The Sanctuaries DC, a community in the District dedicated to "Art+Soul+Justice."  The Sanctuaries has as its mission to empower people to live creative and soulful lives, harnessing the power of the creative arts, to transform two of the most divisive issues of our time-race and religion-into forces for personal growth and social change.  In 2013, after months of conversations, Rev. Erik Martínez Resly brought more than twenty neighbors together to build a new type of community that they couldn't find anywhere else. Their vision was clear: they wanted a community that was as diverse as the city they lived in, where creative and soulful people could come together in an authentic way to collaborate on artistic projects that promoted social change. They imagine filling the city with these safe and sacred spaces-these "sanctuaries."  GTP button 
This Week's Highlights
Allyship Training Workshop
Sponsored by UUCA's LTP and Service Never Sleeps
Saturday, June 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Allyship Workshop image
As part of our Live the Pledge commitment to work to end racism--UUCA presents our inaugural "Allyship" Workshop in partnership with Service Never Sleeps. This workshop will teach about the causes of social injustice, how to be an effective ally for marginalized communities, and how to actively influence and educate others. It's a natural follow-up to the Live the Pledge workshops but is also appropriate for first-timers.  Questions? Contact Alex Ziehm,  To register, click here. 
You're Invited--Iftar Dinner at UUCA
Saturday, June 17, 8 p.m.
Iftar buffet In the true spirit of religious freedom and inclusivity, UUCAers are invited to join our Muslim brothers and sisters this Saturday evening for a community Iftar hosted by UUCA's resident faith community, the Moroccan American Community. An Iftar (meaning to break fast) is the evening meal at the end of the day during Ramadan. Come for the delicious food, but more importantly the fellowship with our Muslim friends. 8 p.m. Welcome and Fellowship. 8:30 p.m. (sunset) Dinner.       
MoonFire Summer Solstice Ritual
Sunday, June 18, 1:30 p.m.
Please join MoonFire for a ritual celebrating Alban Hefin, the Summer Solstice ceremony celebrated by Druids. Alban Heflin is translated as "The Light of Summer" or "The Light of the Shore." Join us as we celebrate the time of maximum light, the warm season, and the power and strength of the Sun. This will be an OBOD (Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids) ritual, which may be a bit different for some folks. Afterwards, we will celebrate with our customary pot luck and time for fellowship. For further information on MoonFire, please visit or email
Meet Clara Lincoln, Human Rights Worker in Guatemala after Service June 18
Clara Lincoln-PAG accompanier Clara Lincoln, our human rights worker in Guatemala, will be at UUCA this Sunday, June 18.  She is visiting UUCA before beginning her work as a human rights responder for NISGUA, Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala.  She is supported by UUCA through Partners for Guatemala and Arlington (PAG). For Clara this experience will be the culmination of her program at Oberlin, her training with NISGUA and the realization of a dream she has had since her freshman year. She has furthered her goal throughout college, working as an intern at the Washington Peace Center, an intern at Organizing Neighborhood Equity DC and as a student delegation leader for Oberlin in Solidarity with Guatemala. Be sure and take this opportunity to thank her for her work as she will thank you for your support. 
Faith in Action
Honoring Rev. Robinson and Beacon House
Saturday, June 17, 4-7 p.m.
Rev Robinson photo 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
Buckingham Cooks this Sunday
tomale image Cooks from the Buckingham community will sell savory Latino fare  after the service this Sunday.  No time to eat?  They'll provide carry out. Income from sales go to a charity which benefits immigrants.
Movements of Oppression, Solidarity, and Hope  
Wednesday, June 28, 6:30-9 p.m. 

UUCA Member Tracey L. Rogers invites you to a special preview of a photo exhibit at Fathom Gallery in Washington, DC:  Movements of Oppression, Solidarity, and Hope. Donations will support Black Lives Matter, Palestinian Human Rights, and Standing Rock. The full exhibit will open at UUCA in fall 2017.  
Palestinian Professor and Activist Speaks at UUA and in DC
Mazin Qumsiyeh photo UUCA's Committee for Peace and Justice in Israel/Palestine (CPJIP) invites all to attend at least one of the several events featuring Mazin Qumsiyeh, the founder of the Palestine Museum of Natural History, who will be giving four talks in the DC area. Prior to his DC visit, he will be a speaker at this year's UU Association General Assembly in New Orleans.
  • 2 p.m. June 30. Private seminar with his colleagues at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (call Allan Kellum 703-599-2560 to be added to the invitees).
  • 6 p.m. June 30. Light supper and lecture at the Jerusalem Fund in DC (RSVP here)
  • 10 a.m. July 1. Lecture at St. Mark's Episcopal  Church on Capitol Hill, walk to National Botanic Garden and then lunch at Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian (no RSVP needed; flyer attached).
  • 7 p.m. July 1. Talk at Cedar Lane UU Church in Bethesda, Maryland (flyer attached). 
The "Inside" Story of UUCA's PAG Scholarship Program
Dias Garcia family Peter and Phyllis Morales have sheltered and protected Juan de Dios García and his family in their home since 2014.  Juan de Dios Garcia is the executive director of the Mayan-run organization that administers our scholarship program, ADIVIMA, (Association for the Integral Development of the Victims of Violence in the Verapaces, Maya Achí), part of PAG (Partners for Arlington and Guatemala).   The organization raises funds to provide scholarships to children of the victims of the massacres in the Guatemalan civil war. There are  presently over 60 students in the program. The latest edition of UU World features this remarkable story--read here. 
Religious & Lifespan Education
Volunteers Needed to Join the Summer 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!  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? 
Are you and your family looking for a summer activity?  How about Meals on Wheels?
Meals on Wheels image UUCA volunteers deliver meals on the fourth Thursday and Friday of each month.  The summer months are a great time to volunteer and it's a great volunteer activity for families during the summer break.  Being a Meals on Wheels volunteer is an ideal way for children and tweens to Connect--with fellow congregants as well as the clients, Grow--in knowledge of and sensitivity to others, and Serve--in a very tangible and important way. The time commitment is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Volunteers pick up the meals in the parking lot of the First Presbyterian Church at 601 N. Vermont St. in the Ballston area.  Then, volunteers deliver meals in teams of two; one driver, and one to run the meals in to the clients. A parent and a tween could be a team, or work with a friend.  When you sign up, we ask you indicate which of these you prefer, or say 'either' if it does not matter. For more information or to sign up, contact Tina, or Sara Anderson, or 703-532-3830. You can also do online sign-up here.  
Church Governance
Board Meeting - June 20, 7:30 p.m.
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

Draft of Annual Meeting minutes are now available here.  
Discussion of Policy Manual Change at June Board Meeting
At the June 20 Board meeting the Board will discuss the a resolution that would amend the policy manual whereby the senior minister will be the only called minister. The Board encourages members to attend for this important discussion.  Copy of resolution here. Copy of Sec. 3, Policy Manual here
Who Will Lead the UUA?
GA presidential candidates
There are three candidates for the presidency of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and UUCA's delegates will have the responsibility of voting for them this month. These are turbulent times in the world, as well as in the Association; the elected president will play a crucial role in shaping our future and being our public voice. All three candidates are talented, committed women, and each has unique strengths. We urge you to watch this forum with Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, Rev. Allison Miller, and Rev. Jeanne Pupke: HERE  (The candidates begin speaking shortly after 27:30 in this video.) This election will take the form of "ranked" voting (also known as "instant run-off").  UUCA's 17 delegates will be voting by June 24, and we'd love to hear from you! Once you have watched the video, please share your thoughts with any one of us -- 2017 UUCA delegate list.
Congregational Life
Happy Hour Cook-Out
Tuesday, June 20, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Cook-out image Let's eat, relax and socialize outside this month, near the main entrance just outside the Activity Room.  Several recent events have donated leftover beer and wine, so this month bring something to grill and share and UUCA will provide the beverages.  Rain plan is to grill in the service yard and have the Happy Hour in the Activity Room.  Free childcare provided. 
Help Needed for Our Mission to Connect
Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.
Connector group photo All are welcome to an organizational meeting of our Connectors Team on Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.  This annual summer meeting is a chance to review what has worked in the past year, and to figure out new opportunities to help people connect.  So many of you are already Connectors and you may not even know it!  We act as a resource for Sarah Masters, and we welcome fresh ideas and more volunteers.  Who wants to start an Athletic Club? A group to coordinate trips to movies and plays? Bring your ideas, and your willingness to help. For more information, you can contact Bill Fogarty,
In search of UUCA members with rooms to spare!
bed-breakfast-couple.jpg UUCA has been getting more requests for rooms from out-of-town UUs coming to our area for meetings and that occasional protest, We would like to maintain a list of people to whom we can reach out when we need housing. Hosts need to provide clean sheets, towels and bedding and a casual breakfast for guests. Proceeds go to UUCA, so not only are you providing fellow UUs a safe place while they are in the area, you are helping to support the church. This is also a fantastic way to meet new people and make new UU friends. If you would like to be included on the list or have more questions, please email
Joan Porte at
Arts Ministry
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Wheel of Life
Wishes for a speedy recovery to Betsy Bailey, home from a recent hospitalization.

Steeber-Kauffman wedding photo Congratulations to Rick Steeber and Tim Kauffman on their marriage performed by Rev. Linda in UUCA's sanctuary on June 10.
Arlington County Honors Rev. Linda
Rev Linda receiving proclamation
Jay Fisette presents Arlington County proclamation to Rev. Linda
View the presentation and Rev. Linda's sermon "Trusting the Dawning Future"
Last Sunday, Rev. Linda was surprised with a special Arlington County proclamation presented by County Board Chair, Jay Fisette. Arlington County has recognized the impact of Rev. Linda's extraordinary career here at UUCA and her distinguished community service. Some of her many roles include: community leader, national leader of her denomination, founder of VOICE (Virginians  Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement), advocate of equal rights for the LGBTQ community, leader of actions in support of Black Lives Matter, the rights of immigrants, and her work as president of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association. Jay Fisette, a member of UUCA, was delighted to present the honor to Rev. Linda while Chair of Arlington County Board.  The proclamation read in part, " with great appreciation and respect, commend Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles for her dedication to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington's values of commitment, compassion, trust, diversity and gratitude that has distinguished her service and made an outstanding difference in bettering our community." 

Read the complete proclamation here. 

Connection Summer Deadline


scheduleConnections is going on a summer schedule this year. This newsletter will be published once for the month of July and the first edition in August will cover August 1-23.   Connections will resume its weekly publication schedule on August 24. Throughout the summer, you can still stay connected to your UUCA family by following us on Facebook and Twitter. Summer deadlines for Connections are:  


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