Thursday, February 13, 2020
We join together to encourage spiritual growth, 
build a beloved community, and act for peace and justice.
 Sunday, February 16
9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

"Diversity is Not the Point: Lessons Learned in Tulsa"
Julia Jones, UU Seminarian

with special music by our UUCF Choir and Nick Int Veldt
along with Rev. Carl & Intern Minister Jen Raffensperger

Spread the word & Invite a Friend!

Also this Sunday

Dismantling racism. Multiculturalism. Diversity. So often we get caught up in a numbers game, but the point is not really about who fills the seats at UUCF. It’s about building beloved community inside and outside of UUCF. If you have a friend, family, member or colleague is who may be particularly interested in this topic, invite them to join you on Sunday, February 16 when Julia Jones, a seminarian at our UU-identity divinity school in Chicago, will be preached on "Diversity is Not the Point: Lessons Learned in Tulsa.” Intern Minister Jen Raffensperger will be liturgist with special music by the UUCF Choir, led by Music Director, Deb IntVeldt. Rev. Carl will offer the welcome and closing. (Arrive a few minutes early if you can, the Prelude often starts a few minutes before the service start times.)

UU Buddhist Fellowship Group Meditation & Discussion: 10:30 a.m. (Chapel)

Friendly Forum: We'll join Rev. Carl in the Sanctuary for Readings for Resistance & Resilience (see below).

Readings for Resistance & Resilience: Sunday, February 16, 10:40 a.m. (Sanctuary) Join Rev. Carl for a monthly Congregational Conversation during the Middle Hour between the two Sunday Services. Our current focus is  This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color  (Fourth Edition), edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa (SUNY Press, 1981/2015), which has often been referred to as "the 'bible' of women of color feminism." You are welcome to attend and participate in these sessions whether or not you have had a chance to complete the readings in advance/ This month's reading is " Speaking in Tongues: The Third World Woman Writer ".

Visit the UUCF Fair Trade Display every Sunday! Gas, Store, and Gift Cards: You can support UUCF when you shop, buy gas or eat in a restaurant. Visit the Fair Trade Coffee and Chocolate display any Sunday morning. Check out the variety of cards that can be ordered. UUCF receives a percentage of the value of every card purchased. You can pay with cash or check. Now taking credit/debit cards!
Joys and Sorrows

Sue Thomson   is home and continuing to recuperate after a brief hospitalization for pneumonia. Please keep her in your thoughts or prayers.
This Week's Activities at UUCF:
U  U Buddhists Group Meditation Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. (Chapel)

UUCF Book Club: Friday, February 14, 7:30 p.m. (Room 125)

Meditation/Yoga Mini-retreat with Rev. Carl & Irene Glasse: Saturday, February 15, 9:00 a.m. (Sanctuary)

UUCF Women's Circle: Monday, February 17, 7:00 p.m. (Sanctuary)

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

Retired UU Men Eating Out (RUUMEO): Wednesday, February 19, 8:00 a.m. Rt. 355 Golden Corral.

Beyond the "Artist's Way" Group: Wednesday, February 19, 3:30 p.m. (Room 125)

1619 Project Podcast Discussion Group: Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. (Room 113)
General Announcements
Frederick School of Religion will be at UUCF in February/March with great classes, including one by Rev. Carl. For more information or to register, visit .

#UUtheVote:  Visit  for a regularly updated list of ways to get involved. Our UU values of interdependence, democracy, and the inherent worth and dignity of all people are direct antidotes to the fear, bigotry, and inequity that too often dominate in our world. In this political moment, UUs are called to join forces with all people who want to organize our communities and our nation to #VoteLove & #DefeatHate.

The Dismantling Racism Team invites you to celebrate Black History Month , by visiting the Lewis Museum in Baltimore, viewing online resources like the Schomburg Center  and the Association for the Study of African American History and Culture , and attending local events in the  DRT handout .

Nominations for Split-plate Recipients are Open: It's time to make your nominations for UUCF's Split-plate recipients. Nomination forms can be found on UUCF's website at . Please complete and return your nomination by Sunday, April 5, 2020. Paper forms are available in the Social Action Committee atrium cabinet. The completed form may be returned to the SAC box in the UUCF office or to Carolyn Judd (

On the third Sunday of each month, half of our designated collection is donated to the named charity or non-profit organization. Those who give checks may designate how they want the money divided.

The collection taken at the Christmas Eve service is designated for The Religious Coalition. The five other selected recipients are BLUU-Black Lives of the UU Association,UULMD-UU Ministry of MD, UU-UNO UU United Nations Office, Kenya Connection and Willing and Able.
All nominations will be studied and discussed, then chosen at the May SAC meeting.

Order Spring Flowers: Spring is on its way! Make your order for lilies, daffodils or hyacinths to decorate the sanctuary on Easter (April 12) and then take them home to plant in your garden! You can make your donation a memorial or honorarium of a loved one too. See a Flower Guild member after Sunday services or go online to  to order online. Orders taken until March 29th.

UUCF 2nd Annual Summer Camp:  Monday, June 29 - Friday, July 3 (9am-3pm). Childcare until 4pm for a fee. For: rising 1st-6th graders as campers, 7th-9th graders as "Counselors in Training,” 10th-12th graders as Counselors, Adults as volunteers. Theme: "Nature Nuts"—experience beloved community while running, playing, digging, exploring, gardening, & learning about our interconnectedness with nature! Cost: $130 ($110 for each additional 1st-6th grader); $85 for CITs. For more info or to register: .

Registration for the Circle of Life Cooperative Preschool is now open! CLC is a UU preschool for 3 and 4 year-olds (as of Sept. 1, 2020) offering small class size, family involvement, organic snacks, outdoor play, and green practices. Enrollment applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis for congregation members and returning families only through January; registration will open to the public February 3. Enrollment forms can be found on CLC's website, , or on the hallway bulletin board outside room 119, and can be turned in to the church office or lock box. For more information or to schedule a tour, email .
Upcoming Classes & Events
The Fight for a True Democracy, from New York Time’s “1619" Podcast Series, Wednesday Feb. 19, 6-7:30 p.m., Room 113/115. Join us for this riveting NYT podcast series, described by its creators as an effort to  “reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.”  Hosted by UUCF’s Dismantling Racism Team, we’re listening to and discussing the five parts of this acclaimed series weekly, on Wednesday evenings through the month of February. This week, we’ll listen to  The Fight for a True Democracy: America was founded on the ideal of democracy. Black people fought to make it one.  
Join us for the entire program at 6:00 p.m., or if you’ve listened to the podcast in advance, come at about 6:40 for the discussion. Find the series online by Googling "1619 podcasts,” or at . The final podcast installment on Feb. 26 will look at how post Civil War policies created persistent racial health disparities and have continued to thwart universal health care in the U.S. For more information, contact .

Sip’nStitch will meet on Thursday, February 13, at Mary’s home. We plan to do some stitching, knitting, & crocheting in addition to sipping, eating and talking. All are welcome.

Retired Men UU Men Eating Out (RUUMEO): 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month: February 5th & 19th at the Rte. 355 Golden Corral at 8:00 a.m.

Beyond the Artist’s Way Group: 1st and 3rd Wednesday’s, 3:30-5 pm, (room 125) Creative, Artistic Inspiration Group forming for February, March and April. All forms of creative expression welcome! Any questions please e-mail Holly Tonnessen @

NEW! GBTQQ MKP Group  (“Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, Questioning” Mankind Project): The Mankind Project is a personal development organization that offers life-changing experiential training and support groups for all kinds of men.   This GBTQQ support group meets at UUCF monthly on Saturday, February 8 at 9:30 a.m in Room 125. If interested, contact Richard Warren for more information (443-848-8484, ).

Retired UU Ladies Eating Out (RUULEO): 2nd Tuesday of the month: February 11 at 11:30 a.m. in the Wegman's Food Lounge. All are welcome.

The UUCF Book Club will meet on Friday, February 14, at 7:30 PM at UUCF Room 125, hosted by Fanny Johnsson and Marc LeBlanc. We will discuss the book  Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking  by Malcolm Gladwell. This book offers an interesting, and sometimes surprising, look at how we make decisions and base judgments on an almost instantaneous process called "thin slicing". RSVP to Fanny at  or Marc at . Your RSVP helps to plan for refreshments.

Meditation/Yoga (or Meditation-only) Mini-Retreat with Rev. Carl & Irene Glasse:  Saturday, February 15 (9am-Noon, UUCF Sanctuary): $20 in advance / $25 at door. (We offer adjustments to be as accessible as possible for all bodies.) To register or for more details, visit

Women’s Circle at UUCF: Help us create a space in which we can support each other and speak from our own experiences without fear of judgement, unsolicited advice or commentary. This is not a therapy group but a circle of mutual support. Contact Sabrina Smith at . Monthly circles in the Chapel on the 3rd Monday of the month: February 17, 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel.

UUCF Bridge Club: Thursday, February 27, 12:30 p.m. (Room 124) All are welcome!

CUUPS Kids will be holding our fist meeting March 7 from 1:30p- 3:30p at UUCF. CUUPS Kids is scouting from the pagan perspective. Please contact Renee  for more information or to rsvp. Rsvp and suggested donation of $15 to prepare for supplies.

Donation Yoga for Beginners: Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. (Chapel) Feeling stressed? Try yoga! Yoga for Beginners offers an accessible pace of basic yoga poses appropriate for beginners or anyone looking for a focused, mindful yoga practice. Feel free to contact Irene with any questions at . Suggested Donation to UUCF: $5 per session.

UU Buddhist Meditation Group meets Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Chapel. The group listens to or reads from a Buddhist teaching, discusses the teaching, and meditates. No experience or preparation required—come as you are! For more information, or to be added to the weekly group e-mail list, contact Lynn Wagner at                    

SAVE THE DATE - Celebrate UUCF! Saturday, April 4 from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Our annual free Pledge Drive/Stewardship Celebration event will include:
  • Mediterranean-themed dinner including wine 
  • CLC Bake Sale goodies
  • Music by the choir
  • Updates from Religious Education, Choir, and Board of Trustees
  • Rev. Carl reflection including a Question and Response session
Mark your calendar for this fun even! Free tickets will be available in March.                             
Community News
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The Frederick County Ethics Commission is soliciting applications for positions on the Commission. The deadline for letters of interest and resumes is February 28. Click here to view the advertisement as it appeared in the Frederick News Post. Please note that candidates must be Frederick County residents and registered voters.
Applications go via the County Attorney's office to the nonpartisan Ethics Commission Nominating Committee, which reviews the applications, interviews candidates, and makes recommendations to the County Executive.