Thursday, October 15, 2020
We join together to encourage spiritual growth, 
build a beloved community, and act for peace and justice.
Sunday, October 18

10:30 a.m. Sunday Service

"Being Heumann"
- Rev Carl with Intern Minister Jen as liturgist
 

Special Music:
Nick Int Veldt, Lisa Bromfield, Jeff Wilson, Marguerite Wilson, Madison Middleton, and Erick Singley
(Zoom link also available at frederickuu.org)

Please spread the word about our online Sunday Services
to anyone you know who may be interested.


11:30 a.m. Virtual Coffee Hour
(Same Zoom Room as Sunday Service)

11:45 a.m. Friendly Forum: "UU United Nations Office"
learn about UUCF's October Split-plate Offering Recipient
(Zoom link available at frederickuu.org)


3:00 p.m. Atheists/Humanists/Agnostics (AHA)
Discussion Group
(Zoom link available at frederickuu.org)


Regularly check our homepage for
the next 7 days of online opportunities:
General Announcements
“Frederick County Food Drive” (Oct 1-25)
Increased demand due to the coronavirus pandemic has left the cupboards bare at the Frederick Community Action Agency food bank. UUCF is a co-sponsor of this effort to help feed the thousands in Frederick County who are without food security. Consider how you can participate, through food/paper goods donations, financial donations, and/or volunteering at the food bank or soup kitchen this month. Visit: https://sites.google.com/view/frederickfooddrive2020/how-to-help to learn more about what is needed and how you can help to meet those needs.

Justice Jobs, a nonprofit in Frederick assists jobseekers in overcoming barriers to employment. Despite Covid, or perhaps because of it, we are very busy with clients. Justice Jobs needs to develop electronic fill-in forms, such as intake interviews and progress logs, currently completed in handwritten form. Our director, Bob Clegg, is photocopying, archiving, and sharing the handwritten information and emailed updates prepared by volunteers. This is not optimal for time or quality control. We are looking for an individual experienced with the process of transitioning to fill-in forms/templates who is willing to share that expertise. If you could offer a little time to advise Bob, teach a volunteer, or create the fill-in documents yourself, please contact me by email at bschectman@comcast.net
Ongoing Classes & Events*
How To Be An Antiracist Book Discussion Series, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
The Dismantling Racism Team's weekly discussion series on How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi continues Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 p.m. Here’s the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8891945368?pwd=ZHp4MEJuTlIxVVdzdTJuQUVlaU1rZz09. (ZoZoom link also at frederickuu.org)  Contact lwagner4@mac.com for more information. Link to several anti-racism events, resources & programs: http://us16.forward-to-friend.com/forward/show?u=0c37b9be5f74c9f1821a989c7&id=a8c6c7cb63


Adopt-A-Road Elmer Derr Road Cleanup: Saturday, October 17, 9:00 a.m. (meet at the Parking Lot Sheds).

“Meditation Mini-Retreat with Rev. Carl: 
Saturday, October 17, 9am-Noon. Cost: $20. Registration and details:

"UUCF 101: Pathways to Membership”: Saturday, October 24th, 10am-1pm on Zoom. Are considering becoming a member of UUCF? Join our Membership Team for an exploration of UU history and principles, sharing of our individual spiritual journeys, and learning more about our congregation. Limited to 15 participants. To register, email minister@frederickuu.org with the first and last name of each person signing-up. 

"Happier, Healthier, & Kinder: How to Meditate & Why — Continuing the Journey” with Rev. Carl through Frederick Community College: 
Tuesdays at 10:00am - 11:30am, October 20 - November 24 (6 sessions) online through Zoom Video Conference. Description: "Beginning or strengthening a meditation practice can be much easier with the support of an instructor and classmates. Learn about meditation from a pragmatic, westernized, twenty-first century perspective. Gain experience with multiple different techniques.” This course is through FCC, so advance registration is required: click here to sign-up. For more information, email minister@frederickuu.org.  


*Please check frederickuu.org for ongoing Yoga and Meditation Classes, plus other news!
Jubilee Anti-Racism Training:
Learning Together About Systemic Racism

Friday, November 13 at 6:00 pm - 
Sunday, November 15 at 6:30 pm (EST)

"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." - Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s

Do you wish to deepen your understanding of how race and ethnicity play out in our institutions and our daily lives? Are you ready to take a leading role to nurture a multicultural future in the face of opposing cultural currents? Join us for this life-changing weekend!

All times are Eastern (US); however, since this is an online training, all are welcome since we are not limited by geographical proximity:
  • Friday, November 13: 6:00pm to 9:00pm (with a 30-minute break from 7:30-8pm)
  • Saturday, November 14: - 9:00am to 8:30pm (with a 30-minute break at 11am, a 2-hour meal break at 1:30pm, and a 30-minute break at 5:30pm)
  • Sunday, November 15: Noon to 6:30pm (with a 30-minute break at 5:30pm)

The training includes presentations, discussions, videos, exercises, and small group work. This workshop is open to anyone who wants to journey toward racial justice. Members and leaders of any faith (or no faith) are all welcome!

Goals:
  • Develop a shared analysis of racism and its individual, institutional, and cultural manifestations, and
  • Begin to apply this common understanding to the history, culture, and institutional structure of our society, and to envision the next steps in taking action.

Topics:
  • The history of racism and resistance to racism in the Americas
  • Defining racism
  • The effects of racism on people of color and on white people
  • Dismantling racism
  • Claiming and shaping an anti-racist identity

Enrollment is limited so sign up today! $160 per participant. If you are in need of a scholarship please indicate this on the registration form and contact Paula Cole Jones (pcolejones@gmail.com).

Download the flyer here.
Joys & Sorrows


Celebration of Life for Janet Menzer: 
Saturday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Zoom link also available at frederickuu.org.

Celebration of Life for Alice Kleinfeld: Save the date for Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00pm. The Zoom link will be posted on the right-hand side of frederickuu.org approximately 7-days in advance.

Community News
Please RSVP now (https://aclu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqd-2gqD0oHt1qjwJ4FBagt6FiVLlQePal) to receive the ZOOM link to participate in our virtual monthly general meeting this Thursday.

Been out of the loop from us for a while and not sure how to get involved? Join us Thursday at 6:30 to get updates from our action teams and be a part of the movement for immigrant justice in Frederick!
Given the potential for unrest leading up to, during, and after the elections we feel it is imperative we all are prepared so we are inviting you to join us Mon Oct 19 7PM for our Maryland Monthly Monday Meeting (3rd Monday) to be engaged in our state-wide non-violent civil disobedience training session.  With the kind of nationalist dog-whistling, attempts to throw the outcome of the election into question, continual voter suppression efforts we have been seeing, and the recent events in MI, there is a lot of concern about what will happen on election day, as well as afterwards. With that in mind, we think it is urgent to make sure we all are prepared should we need to turn out for peaceful protest. There are many roles people will be able to play: not only those who will be prepared to be arrested if necessary, but also support roles, such as legal observers, drivers, marshals, etc...
 
In preparation for this training and signing the Covenant of Nonviolence please read our Fundamental Principles.
 Please mark your calendar and join us for this important training.
RSVP


Find your role in the work!



I don’t have to tell you that the stakes are high. Far right white supremacist groups have been emboldened by frightening calls to action from the White House. The COVID pandemic continues to threaten the lives and jobs of millions. Voter supression is ramping up across the country. 
We have the power to change course. We have the opportunity to advance legislation to protect healthcare, to grow our economy and fight climate change through the Green New Deal, and to defend Black lives with the Breathe Act. One way that we get there is by making sure every voice is heard in November.   
Join Michigan UU Social Justice Network and Restaurant Opportunities Center at our phonebank on Thursday, October 15 at 6:30-8:30 pm ET/ 3:30-5:30 PM PT. 
Join the Phonebank!
On our calls we will be helping people check their registration, make on-line absentee ballot requests, answer any questions about voting by mail and encourage them to vote early. We will also be offering them the opportunity to sign up to be a paid poll worker as part of ROC’s organizing efforts to ensure everyone can vote and all the votes are counted.

RAPID RESPONSE

As we head into the final few weeks of this critical election cycle, we want to make sure you stay in the loop with our campaign—as well as with any potential, last-minute changes to the voting rules in Maryland.
One of the best ways for us to share important information is via text alerts.
Signing up for text messages is quick, easy, and one of the best ways to stay informed. 
Sign-up for text alerts
Don't worry, we'll only use it to send you timely, relevant alerts as we head into the home stretch of this critical election.
Phone Bank Events through 
UU Church of Annapolis:
Currently focusing on North Carolina through UU the Vote and Reclaim Our Vote)



Frederick County Public Libraries (FCPL) is pleased to announce that the highly acclaimed, bestselling author, Wes Moore will participate in a virtual program for their annual Frederick Reads event. This program is a collaborative effort between FCPL, Frederick Community College, and the Weinberg Center for the Arts.

Moore's latest work, Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City, a kaleidoscopic account of five days in the life of a city on the edge, told through eight characters on the frontlines of the protests that overtook Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray.

Moore’s free talks in Frederick County will also highlight his earlier New York Times Bestseller, The Other Wes Moore  as well as its young adult version Discovering Wes Moore.

These titles chronicle the lives of two kids named Wes Moore who both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods. The author’s journey took him from wayward inner city youth to decorated combat veteran, Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, social entrepreneur, and business leader while the other Wes Moore ended up convicted of murder and serving a life sentence.

He will host two presentations via Zoom. You must sign up to receive the event link. Sign up closes at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19 for both events:

 - Wes Moore will present a brief lecture, followed by an interview with Frederick Community College Professor of English Shemica Sheppard and an audience Q&A.
Tuesday, October 20, 11:15 a.m
This year marks the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s 80th Anniversary. It was in 1940 when Waitstill and Martha Sharp traveled to Europe to organize rescue for victims of the Nazis. Since then, UUSC has been working to advance human rights and social justice and, today, embraces 40,000 dedicated members and more than 40 grassroots partners from 20 countries around the world.
Register Here
To commemorate UUSC’s brave legacy and bold future, we invite you to join us for a Virtual Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 7:00 PM ET/ 4:00 PM PT.
The evening promises to be one of hope and inspiration, and of gratitude—for you and for UUSC’s partners. Our event will feature an interview with Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and a Musical Performance by The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. We will also hear from special guests and UUSC partners from around the world.This is a free event, but we ask that you please register online.  
Since April, the SURJ Action Zap team has been leading weekly hour-long zaps where people from around the country gathered to make phone calls and send emails as part of Black and people of color led campaigns for justice. 

During these critical last weeks leading up to the election, the Zap Team is pivoting and we want you to join us. Every Monday and Wednesday between now and the election, join the Election Defense Zap to make calls and send emails to local election officials in critical counties in swing states. We’ll be asking them to take a pledge to defend the election. 

Ready to sign on? Register here and invite a friend.

One crucial action we can take to prevent an authoritarian takeover of the election is to make direct contact with local election officials in key swing states and ask them to take the Election Defense Pledge. By taking this pledge, they commit to count every eligible vote, count votes quickly and thoroughly, be cautious and conservative when rejecting ballots, use plain language when communicating to voters or poll monitors, and take other commitments to uphold a democratic process in the election.
Will you join us?

Take Action to defeat Trump by putting pressure on local election officials in crucial swing states to count every vote! Register here for our upcoming Phone Zaps on Mondays +Wednesdays, starting Monday, October 12th and Wednesday, October 14th at 11 PT/2 ET. 

What is an Action Zap? Using just a cell phone and computer, you will sign into a group zoom meeting where we’ll share information about how to make phone calls and send emails to county election officials, alongside many other SURJ members - when we take action together we make a more significant impact. 

Frederick Interfaith Islam Class
Frederick Interfaith will present a fourth and final class in our Learning about Islam program to be online/Zoom on Monday, November 9, 6-8 p.m. The class will be taught by Imam Yahya Hendi, Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University.  

Learning about Islam is a series of four classes Frederick Interfaith presents to bring about tolerance and understanding among persons of different faiths and those of the Muslim faith. Imam Hendi stresses the principles of love and education and the approach that “We are together.” He stands for interfaith understanding. 
Learning about Islam, the online class, can be accessed by clicking on this link and using the following information:

  Topic: Learning about Islam
  Time: Nov 9, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

  Join Zoom Meeting

  Meeting ID: 873 5971 9479
  Passcode: 123456
  One tap mobile
  +13017158592,,87359719479# US (Germantown)
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