Join Us for Worship this Sunday

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Sunday Worship, January 28, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m.

Embracing an 8th Principle: How Strong Is Our Faith?

Please join Worship Associates Betsy Rosenblatt Rosso and Gay Gibson Cima, as we welcome to our Sunday services Paula Cole Jones, a member of All Souls Unitarian and a long-time anti-racism activist.

It has been 20 years since the Unitarian Universalist Association passed a resolution to undo racism in our institution. Just last year more than 600 UU congregations agreed to do teach-ins on white supremacy -- UUCA conducted our teach-in last October. What is our responsibility as Unitarian Universalists to continue the journey toward racial justice and inclusion? How do we stand in solidarity with the social movements of our times and how do they change us? Now is the time for UU Principles to guide us, but do they go far and deep enough to result in social change regarding racial inequity? Some think it is time for an 8th Principle.
Welcome Rev. Beth Miller as Temporary Senior Minister
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We are pleased to welcome Rev. Beth Miller to UUCA as Temporary Senior Minister for the next few months. Rev. Beth comes to us through the Unitarian Universalist Association’s new Targeted Ministry Program, designed to help congregations in need of temporary leadership.

Beginning February 1, Rev. Beth will be on-site at UUCA, working primarily on worship and pastoral care, providing a presence in the pulpit and—in collaboration with the pastoral care team—meeting the needs of our congregation. Tamara Srader will serve as acting executive director and oversee administrative functions of the church.

Welcome Elisabeth Geschiere
We are also pleased to welcome Elisabeth Geschiere as our new Youth and Young Adult Coordinator AND Social Justice Coordinator. Elisabeth will be wearing two hats at least through the end of June 2018. Over the next few weeks she'll be working to transition activities from Julian Adams who has been doing a terrific job as the Interim Youth and Young Adult coordinator. Please take a moment to thank Julian for his work over the past several months and welcome Elisabeth to our beloved community.
Greetings from Elisabeth
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Hi everyone! My name is Elisabeth Geschiere and I am honored to be joining the UUCA team wearing the two different hats of Social Justice Coordinator and Youth and Young Adult Coordinator. I grew up in Fairfax as the daughter of a minister and elementary school teacher, and decided to make Northern Virginia home again in November 2016 after fifteen years in the Midwest. For over a decade, I lived and worked in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a community organizer, activist, educator, and youth worker. I graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul with degrees in Anthropology and Reconciliation Studies. In addition to social justice and youth work, some of my passions and hobbies include biking, dancing, cooking and eating good food, coffee, and all things outdoorsy. My favorite podcast is called Harry Potter and The Sacred Text, so that tells you a little more about my nerdy side as well. I have been attending UUCA since moving back to this area, and am excited to more deeply connect, grow, and serve with all of you. 
Introducing UUCA's Transition Task Force
The Board of Trustees created a task force to work with Rev. Beth, to ensure that meaningful and engaging worship services continue to happen every Sunday and that the pastoral needs of our congregation are addressed. The members of the Transition Task Force, led by Betsy Rosenblatt Rosso, are Bill Fogarty, Christin Green, Diane Ullius, and Tamara Srader
Updates on UUCA's Care and Worship Teams
Care Team
Pastoral care isn’t just about helping the seriously ill or dying and their families. In other words, you don’t need to have a dire emergency to request pastoral care. Pastoral care can include a wide range of life events and issues. You can request pastoral care when you or a loved one is dealing with a serious illness or if you’ve experienced loss, when you lose a job, when you’re getting married or separated, or anytime you or a loved one is struggling. The Care Team will connect you with a trained member or Rev. Beth Miller, depending on the nature of the issue. Pastoral care is designed to be short-term; it is not therapy. Care Team members may work with you for a few weeks or provide you with other resources in the community if needed.

UUCA has a newly re-formed Care Team, being coordinated by Diane Ullius in her role as candidate for commissioned lay minister. The Care Team will work closely with Rev. Beth and will be commissioned in the coming weeks. 

For pastoral care concerns, call UUCA’s main number at 703-892-2565, ext. 245. 
Worship Team
Our Worship Team is working closely with Rev. Beth to continue our tradition of transformative Sunday services. Members of the Worship Team are Rev. Beth Miller , Mimi Bornstein , Christin Green , Betsy Rosenblatt Rosso , Bill Fogarty , D Ohlandt , David McTaggart , Diane Ullius , Frank Corsoro , Gay Gibson Cima , and Kristin Keller Daus . Bea Ann Phillips serves as Worship Arts Coordinator and Linda Lutes Corsoro leads the Sacred Arts Ministry; both collaborate closely with the Worship Team.
Introducing our new MINISTRIES MATTERS Column
Each week look for our new MINISTRIES MATTERS column that will feature updates, musings and what-not from each of our ministries within the church. Our first edition comes from Rev. Beth Miller , Temporary Senior Minister.
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The Rev. Beth Miller
Temporary Senior Minister 

I’m back in Massachusetts today and my head and heart are full from the four days I’ve just spent with you as preamble to taking up residence there on February first. I’m grateful for the warm reception I received from everyone I spoke with and all the great work your staff and lay leaders did to prepare for my arrival and orient me to the congregation. As disconcerting and stressful as this unexpected change is for you, and as uncertain it’s scope and duration, I’m prepared and excited to be among you and pray that my presence will bring stability and some measure of the reassurance and healing we all hope for. You have all the resources you need in the people who make up the UUCA community. It is my privilege to become one among those resources for as long as you need me. 

My next Sunday with you will be Celebration Sunday, February 4, with a full day and evening of events. What a great way to feel welcomed into the life of the church! I hope you’ll be there to participate in some of the festivities. 
January Meeting – All Are Welcome
Please join the Board of Trustees, staff members, and lay leaders for any updates related to church leadership, highlights of initiatives and happenings at UUCA in the upcoming year, and to learn ways to connect, grow, serve. There will be time to ask questions.
DATE: Saturday, January 27, 2018
TIME: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
LOCATION: Activity Room
Child care will be provided. Please email Emily Goodin with questions:
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Did somebody say door prizes?
Celebration Sunday on February 4 is shaping up to be a memorable observance of UUCA’s 70th Anniversary. Please plan to come to some part of the day’s events to enjoy fun and fellowship. 

Turn in a pledge card during the day to be eligible for door prizes including:
  • An iPad Mini
  • Gift Certificate to the Kennedy Center
  • Gift Certificate to the Kingbird Restaurant at the Watergate
  • Godiva and Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose Champagne gift basket
  • Magnum of Dom Perignon Champagne
  • Gift certificate to Sweet Green on Quincy Street
See the day’s events for when during the day each door prize will be awarded. Must be present to win!

What can I bring next Sunday?
Here's what you can bring: (See the day's events here.)
  • An offering ($10 suggested donation to Youth programs) for the Chili Cook-Off right after second service
  • A non-alcoholic beverage and/or a dessert to share for the Church Supper at 5 p.m., right after the Best of UUCA Music Recital
  • A non-alcoholic beverage and/or a snack for the evening DJ Party for All Ages or for That Darned Game that Some People Like to Watch
  • A pledge card, of course, to be eligible for door prizes above

Chalice Theatre will have an open rehearsal of their latest production, Peter and the Starcatcher, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Activity Room. Get a sneak preview of what they are up to for your entertainment!
Gather at the Well
Pledge Intentions
Next week congregants will receive a pledge card in the mail. February is our congregation’s traditional time to ask each of you to formalize a pledge commitment for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which will begin on July 1, 2018. The Annual Giving Team encourages you to search your intention to support the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington. Is this your year to consider bumping up your pledge? 

Do you have questions about pledging? Are you wondering how to come up with a pledge that’s right for you? We have prepared a list of common questions and answers available HERE . If you have a more specific question about pledging, you can send it to 

UUCA depends upon the generosity of its congregants to fund the regular operation of the church. Eighty five percent (85%) of our annual budget income comes from fulfilled annual pledges. Your commitment makes a difference to you and it makes a difference to UUCA. 
Lifespan Religious Education
Time to stir the pot! Let's see who goes home a winner in this year's CHILI COOK-OFF! To enter the cook-off, please sign up here . All attendees get to judge the winners -- Mark your calendar for February 4.

All proceeds benefit the Youth Group and this year's mission trip.
Faith in Action
Understanding Inequality Book Group
The “Understanding Inequality” book group will meet Monday, February 5, to discuss Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi. We will discuss the first three parts of “The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” The award winning book chronicles “how anti-black thinking has entrenched itself in the fabric of American society not solely through ignorance, but through a rationalization of inequity in institutional practices” (Atlantic).
Note the change in date to the first Monday of the month.

Date: February 5, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Room 14
BE THE CHANGE: Bring Your Spare Change to Church on February 11
All that spare change you have in your wallet or pocket or on your dresser or in a jar? Bring it to church on Sunday, February 11 as part of our "Be the Change!" Religious Education fundraiser. Our younger RE classes will be collecting spare change at church after each service on February 11 as part of our Annual Giving campaign. This is the second time RE has participated in our larger campaign, so please be supportive of their efforts as much as you can. By having the younger members of our church family take part in fundraising, we hope to teach them how important financial commitment is to fulfilling our mission of connect, grow and serve. Let's help them make it a big success! 
DIG (Do it Green) is Doing
UUCA's landscape/garden maintenance team, DIG, conducts workdays twice a month. In February, removal of invasive Japanese honeysuckle and English ivy will be the major focus. Also, we will mulch in places where the ground has hooved as a result of freezing and thawing. All are welcome to lend a hand. Bring gardening tools if you have them. Extras will be available.

Thursday, February 8, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Saturday, February 24, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

DIG Meeting Date:
The next  DIG  meeting is Wednesday, February 21, 3 - 4:30 p.m. to plan for Earth Day and getting ready for spring!

Questions about DIG? Contact Jennifer Frum, .
NOVA-UUJME Speaker Envisions Mideast Peace
Rev. Dr. Mae Cannon, Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace ( CMEP) will be the guest speaker at our NOVA—UUJME (UUs for Justice in the Middle East) chapter meeting on Wednesday, February 7, 7:30 p.m. Rev. Mae will speak about CMEP’s peace-building work and what it means for UUCA to be a CMEP partner. UUCA's parent body ( UUA) is a founding member of CMEP and one of the 27 religious organizations on CMEP’s Board of Directors. Dr. Cannon is the author of “Just Spirituality: How Faith Practices Fuel Social Action” and “Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World”. All are welcome! For further information, contact Allan Kellum,, Convener of NOVA—UUJME (formerly Committee for Peace and Justice in Israel and Palestine).

Date: Wednesday, February 7, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Volunteer Room
VOICE Being Heard Loud and Clear in High Places
UUCA's social justice partner VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) is gaining influence with local and state power brokers. Governor Ralph Northam agreed to meet with our leadership and promptly designated his chief of staff as our liaison. Our goals intersect on raising Virginia’s felony threshold for petty theft, which unfairly penalizes youth, lower-income, and minority populations with a cut-off point of $200, the lowest in the country. Northam pushed for $1000 and the state senate compromised at $500 on January 18. Although this is short of our goal of $1500 (on a par with Texas at $2500 and South Carolina at $2000), we are feeling confident that our political power can give Northam the backing he needs to make his case in Richmond for further reform.

Peace Camp Registration Open!
This year's dates for Peace Camp are June 25-29 ($315) or July 2-6 ($265, no camp July 4). The 2018 theme is “Explore a Path to Peace,” and reflects the goal of creating a summer camp environment where campers and counselors alike can experience, learn, and practice peace. Rising K-6 graders are eligible to apply; rising 7-9 grades can be Counselors in Training (same fee, longer hours). Lunch is included! Before and after-care, as well as partial or full scholarships, are available (See UUCA Peace Camp volunteers will be at tables in Fellowship Hall from January 21 thru March 18 for more information or to register. To register on-line click HERE!
Music Ministry
Best of UUCA Music Recital - February 4, 4 p.m.
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Sound Bath Music & Meditation
Come for the last of our Soulful Tuesday evenings--Sound Bath is a unique music and meditation experience led by frequency specialist Robert Lee. Lee will lead us in an immersion of sound that cleanses the soul using ancient singing bowls, some over 200 years old. You are welcome to bring a pillow or yoga mat. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED! $20 suggested donation.

Date: Tuesday, January 30, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Chapel
Photo: Cast includes young pirates, mollusks, and a few mermaids!
Peter and the Starcatcher now in rehearsal!
Tickets go on sale next week! Mark your calendars:
Feb. 4: Get a sneak peek at open rehearsals from 5 to 6 p.m.
Feb. 11: Cast will give a preview performance in the worship services.
Feb. 23: OPENING NIGHT! Weekend performances through March 11.

Congregational Life
Men's Book Group
Discusses Evolution
The Men's Book Group meets on the second Sunday of each month in the Chapel to discuss a wide range of fiction and non-fiction. On February 11, the selection is Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory , by Edward J. Larson.
It is available used, in paperback, on Kindle, and in some local libraries; multiple copies are listed in the Fairfax Library system. For more information on the Men's Book Group, contact Ken Marshall ,

Date: Sunday, February 11, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Chapel
"The Soul of Aging"
The Soul of Aging is a 10-session small-group reflection group for people who wish to explore, understand and be transformed by the aging process. The Soul of Aging is an offering of UUCA's small-group ministry. It comprises of 10-12 meeting in covenant doing reflective inner work around the challenges, joys, and possibilities of aging. Twenty-three UUCAers have completed the program thus far, and virtually all of them have found it to be richly rewarding. The sessions are on Wednesdays beginning February 7. For details on the program and dates, click here. Register with David McTaggart at 703-835-6944 or

Date: 10 sessions begin Wednesday, February 7, 7 to 10 p.m.
Location: UUCA, Room TBA
Center Gallery
Meet the Artist - Fernando Osorio Zumarán
Friday, January 26, 6 to 8 p.m.
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