Thursday, January 9, 2020
We join together to encourage spiritual growth, 
build a beloved community, and act for peace and justice.
 Sunday, January 12
9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

" Recovering a Language of Reverence "
Scot Hull
UU Seminary Graduate and Candidate for Ordination
with special music by our UUCF Choir and Nick Int Veldt
with Rev. Carl as Liturgist

Spread the word & Invite a Friend!

Also this Sunday

God, salvation, sin, evil--such words can be peculiarly powerful in a time when liberal religion could be a valuable voice in today’s political landscape. If you have a friend, family, member or colleague is who may be particularly interested in this topic, invite them to join you at UUCF on Sunday, January 12 when Scot Hull will be preaching on “‘God Talk’ and the Language of Reverence.” (Scot is a recent graduate of our UU-identity seminary in Chicago, and we will ordain him as a UU minister on Sunday, February 2 at 4pm. Save the date!) Rev. Carl will be liturgist with Special Music by Nick Int Veldt and the UUCF Choir.

Dismantling Racism Team (DRT) Book Table: This Sunday DRT is hosting an info table in the atrium. DRT will also have books for you to take home, read and return. Our congregation goal is to have 100 members read at least one book dealing with racism and white supremacy culture between now and June. No library card needed. Simply pick up a book, read it, sign and return it to the office when you are done. When you are finished with one you can take another.

Friendly Forum: January's Split-plate Recipient, UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland (UULM-MD) will share their priorities for the up-coming legislative session. (Room 113)

Art Show Closing: The current art show featuring the work of Bonny Sydnor will close this Sunday, January 12 after the service. Please finalize any purchases you may be interested in and claim any art you have already paid for. Thank you for supporting the Blanche Ames Gallery and encouraging our homegrown art community!

Atheists/Humanists/Agnostics (AHA) Study Group: AHA Soapbox Sunday. Bring your questions/topics on a 3x5 card and we'll discuss with the group. All are welcome.

“How/When/Why to Contact Your Elected Officials”: Sundays, January 4 & 11 at 12:45am (Room 124). A non-partisan information session with Jeff Harold who served as a contracted legislative aide during the last session of the Maryland General Assembly and is now the senior legislative assistant for State Senator Ron Young (D-District 3 Frederick). The Maryland legislative, but your officials need your inputs throughout the year. Help ensure your voice is heard! (For more info contact Jeff at  or 240-755-9789).

#UUtheVote:  Join Rev. Carl on Sunday, January 12, 4-6pm (Room 113/115) for a Video Conference with UUs around the country, followed by a planning session for bringing our passion to the polls through issue-based advocacy, voter registration, outreach, and organizing around the 2020 elections to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate. Learn how to mobilize voters, counter voter suppression, leverage our resources, and engage in spiritually grounded, values-based issue conversations with voters in our communities.

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!
This Week's Activities at UUCF:
U  U Buddhists Group Meditation Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. (Chapel)

Full-moon Labyrinth Walk (Indoor): Friday, January 10, 7:00 p.m. (Sanctuary)

UUCF Book Club: Friday, January 10, 7:30 p.m. (6893 Crabapple Ct.)
Meditation Mini-retreat with Rev. Carl: Saturday, January 11, 9:00 a.m. (Sanctuary)

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

Monthly Social Action Committee Meeting: Tuesday, January 14, 5:00 p.m. (Room 113)
General Announcements
#ClimatePledge: As Australia is engulfed in flames, climate refugees reach historic numbers, and world leaders continue to shun their responsibilities, the Multifaith Alliance of Climate Stewards (MACS) of Frederick County urges every person of faith to act to protect the planet. Through our individual actions, we can inspire more responsible action by elected officials. Please read and commit to taking the #ClimatePledge NOW.

Chalice Group Sign Up: Interested in a Chalice Group, now is the time to sign up for a small, consistent group that meets twice a month until June. Sunday January 19th we will offer two "sample" Chalice Groups at 10:30 (Rev. Carl's Office) and 12:30 in room 124. Please drop by and see if Chalice Group is for you. To sign up for a chalice group, visit: . We currently have openings Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, from 7-9, Wednesday 10am-12 and Sunday 12:30-2:30.

Registration for the Circle of Life Cooperative Preschool is now open to UUCF and Kol Ami members, as well as to returning CLC families. 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 .

Donations for Heartly House: Our Circle of Life Cooperative Preschool is collecting donations for items in need at Heartly House. There is a shopping bag located outside the classroom door where items may be placed. For a list of needed items, visit here .
Upcoming Classes & Events

Why “God Talk?”: A UU Roundtable for Reclaiming Life's Big Questions , facilitated by Scot Hull. Tuesdays at 7pm, starting December 10 (7 Sessions) in Room 113/115, Topics: “Who, What and Why is God?”, “Sympathy for the Devil: Evil & Sin”, ”Can I Give up Free Will?”, “Into the Great Unknown: The Afterlife,” “Holy & Sacred, Mundane & Profane,” “The Meaning of Life,” & “Open Table.” For more info: .

January Indoor Full Moon Labyrinth Walk: Friday, January 10, 7:00 p.m. (Sanctuary) Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! Everyone is welcome. During the cooler months, we take our Labyrinth practice indoors and we will be walking the Rainbow Seed Labyrinth, a canvas Classical-pattern Labyrinth. Please remember clean socks or slippers to walk the Labyrinth in. Donation energy healing available, Divination practice welcome. Please plan to arrive by 8 pm to allow enough time for your labyrinth walk.

UUCF Book Club will meet at the home of Diana Pitcher, 6893 Crabapple Ct, Frederick, on Friday, January 10, at 7:30. The book for discussion will be  Braiding Sweetgrass  by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Elizabeth Gilbert describes it as "a hymn of love to the world." RSVP to Diana at  or 719-633-3264.

Meditation Mini-Retreat with Rev. Carl:  Saturday, January 11 (9am-Noon, UUCF Chapel): $20 in advance / $25 at door. To register or for more details, visit .
Social Action Committee Monthly Meeting: Tuesday, January 14, 5:00 p.m. (Room 113)

Retired UU Men Eating Out (RUUMEO): 3 rd Wednesday, January 15 at 8:00 a.m. RUUMEO meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month for breakfast and conversation. (No advance reservations; just show up. Informal discussions, no agenda.). RUUMEO currently gather at 8 a.m. at the Golden Corral in the FSK mall. Hope to see you there.

UU Buddhist Fellowship Group Meditation & Discussion: 1 st & 3 rd Sunday only this month: January 5 & 19: 10:30 a.m. (Chapel)

Atheists/Humanists/Agnostics Study Group: 2 nd & 4 th Sundays: January 12 & 26: 12:30 a.m. (Room 113).

Readings for Resistance & Resilience: Sunday, January 19, 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. Today’s reading is "Between the Lines: On Culture, Class, and Homophobia ".

The Economy That Slavery Built, from New York Time’s “1619" Podcast Series  Wednesday, Jan. 22, 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’ll listen to and discuss the five installments of this acclaimed series on two Wednesdays in January, and three in February, starting with  The Economy That Slavery Built:   In order to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on the plantation Join us for the entire program at 6:00 p.m., or if you’ve listened to the podcasts in advance, come at about 6:40 for the discussion. Find the series online by Googling "1619 podcasts,” or at

We’ll come together for the next four podcast installments on  Wed.   Jan. 29; Feb. 5, 12 & 26,   6:00-7:30 p.m. in Room 113/115.  For more information, contact

UUCF Bridge Club: Thursday, January 23, 12:00 p.m. (Room 124)

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                                                
Community News
The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland holds its annual kick-off event this Saturday, January 11 at the UU Church of Annapolis, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Registration details below. If interested in carpooling, contact Karen Russell .
Action Hour for Advocacy Day
Sunday, January 12, 2020
2:30 p.m.
YMCA 1000 N. Market Street
We will be learning about all things Advocacy Day with presentations from our Legislative Lead (discussing the details) and our Social Media Lead (teaching social media how-to's). Plus taking action by phone banking or making confirmation calls specifically for advocacy day. 
Advocacy Day
Thursday, January 30, 2020
10:00 a.m.
House of Delegates Office Building, Annapolis, MD 
Join us for the Maryland Chapter's biggest Advocacy Day ever! The day includes: a rally and press conference with our bill sponsors, a training on how to have a great meeting with a legislator, meetings with legislators in small groups to ask for their support for common sense efforts to strengthen Maryland gun laws, and a group photo! No experience necessary! Come for all or part of the day. PLEASE RSVP NOW if you plan to attend, as information about the day, carpools and other helpful details will be sent by email only to those who RSVP.
We'll be forming carpools for the drive over to Annapolis so if you know anyone who would like to ride with others, please let them know!
Coming in February! Tickets on Sale NOW !
Community Training for Advancing Veterans' Whole Health

Note: Not Just for Clergy! Register here .