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Second Nature - Sermon by Rev Terasa - image brass sculpture of extended arm and hand
Climate Justice Sunday, November 10, 2019 | 9:15 & 11:15 a.m.
Second Nature
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley, Interim Senior Minister
Few of us would deny the need to attend to what we are doing to our planet and our environment. The issue is not just one of practical necessity, but also of spiritual need: what happens to our soul when we are not tending to the source of all being? This service will feature reflections by several of our youth and others committed to environmental justice. 

Zi Kamil is our Worship Associate and Irv Lachow is our Board Greeter. Sanctuary Singers sings Neil Young's Green is Blue, accompanied by Polymnia Bell Choir, directed by Ken Bissell. And, Sanctuary Singers sing the classic folk song Shenandoah by John Tyman. The Postlude is a duet on For the Beauty of the Earth on organ and piano with Barbara Shelstate, piano, Sophia Morreale, organ.
Upcoming Services

Sunday, November 17, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. “Toxic Masculinity” – Sermon by Walter Clark, Ministerial Assistant. 

Sunday, November 24, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. “An Attitude of Gratitude” – with Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley, Interim Senior Minister, and Walter Clark, Ministerial Assistant.
Wheel of Life
Our condolences to Julie Carr on the death of her mother, Theresa, on November 2.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Arlene Wilson will be held Saturday, November 16, 1 p.m. in our Sanctuary, with a reception to follow.
Opportunities to Connect and Grow
"Imagine If" - Tells us your dreams for UUCA
Sunday, November 10, after both services - Board Room

Our church leadership is looking for your input as we establish our goals for our upcoming Capital Campaign that addresses our mortgage debt. You are cordially invited to meet with us to “Imagine If!”: Come imagine with us what we could do as a community if we are free of this debt. This is an excellent time for everyone to provide the Capital Campaign Team, the Board of Trustees, and staff with your thoughts concerning our needs and your dreams. 

  • November 10
  • November 17
  • November 24
  • December 1

Refreshments are provided at all Sunday sessions. Pizza is available for the Sunday 12:30 p.m. sessions. Childcare is provided on November 17 and 24 and will take place in the nursery. Please make sure your child is fed before you drop them off. 
Living the 8th Principle
Our journey towards spiritual wholeness and a diverse, multicultural, beloved community

Deepen your understanding of systemic oppression & white privilege.

UUCA’s fall anti-racism workshops continue. Registration appreciated but not required. Contact Ann Ulmschneider,
  • Implicit Bias (led by Warren Wright) on Tues., Nov. 12, 7-9 p.m. Board Room.
  • Microaggressions (led by Ann Ulmschneider) on Tues., Nov. 19, 7-9 p.m. Parlor ( Rm 13/15).

How To Be An Anti-Racist. Join UUCA’s African American writers Book Sharing Circle to discuss Ibram Kendi’s newest book Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. See announcement elsewhere in this newsletter.

Further the anti-racist transformation of Unitarian Universalism & UUA 
  • BLUU Community Conversations. This month’s online forum by Black Lives of UU includes a conversation with the BLUU 360 Council of Elders. Watch here. 
  • Like a good crafts project? We would love a table cover with the UUCA 8th Principle chalice logo! Contact Stephanie Thomas,, if this is your kind of project.

Show up, speak out and challenge oppression and racism in our community
  • Housing & Equity. Join Arlington County’s virtual conversation on Facebook Live, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Learn from This Place: Bringing Arlington to Halls Hill. Learn about Arlington’s historically African American neighborhoods, Wed., Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m. Registration required, sign up here.
Showing up for Racial Justice’s Deep Canvassing on Sat., Nov. 16, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Invite your neighbors to re-think their support for systemic white supremacy using SURJ’s script & training. Sign up on SURJ NOVA’s Facebook page.

Check out the Faith 360 classes and workshops/registration here . Registration can also be done on Sunday at the Faith 360 table. Questions? Contact LeeAnn Williams , , 703-892-2565, ext. 1203. 
Upcoming Faith 360 Classes

Praying in Color, Tuesday, November 12, 10—11:30 a.m., Board Room. Want to pray but words escape you? Sitting still and staying focused in prayer are a challenge? Your body wants to be part of your prayer. You want a visual, concrete way to pray? Try Praying in Color—a visual way to connect with the Divine. No artistic abilities needed. This workshop will introduce you to the basics of this practice. Supplies provided or bring your favorites art supplies. Led by LeeAnn Williams
Next month’s Spiritual Book Group will meet on Tuesday, December 3, 7-9 p.m. , to discuss Holy Envy by Barbara Brown Taylor. In Holy Envy, Barbara Brown Taylor contemplates the myriad ways other people and traditions encounter the Transcendent, both by digging deeper into those traditions herself and by seeing them through her students' eyes as she sets off with them on field trips to monasteries, temples, and mosques.
Do It Green Workday
Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m. - Noon

Join the DIG team and “Do it Green” this Saturday. Look for us in the Pollinator Garden along 1st Place or near the Peace Pole at the end of the ramp. We plan to mulch both areas after dividing the baptisia and thinning the monarda and the mountain mint in the pollinator garden. In case of rain or extreme weather, the workday will be postponed for one week. We’d love for you to join us even if you can only help for half an hour. Helping to tend to our grounds is a great group or family volunteer activity. For more information, contact Shirley Gay,

UUCA’s AFAC CEREAL KILLERS STRIKE AGAIN--Please bring cereal this Sunday! 
November 3-17

The Freshman Youth Group (Y9) is collecting cereal in Fellowship Hall for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) beginning this Sunday. After both services on November 17, Y9 will build a cereal wall against food insecurity in Fellowship Hall to promote the work of AFAC and raise awareness about food insecurity in Arlington. Y9 has a goal of collecting 700 boxes--enough for one AFAC distribution. Your donated boxes of cereal will serve as the bricks in the wall against hunger! 
FOLD-A-RAMA: Origami for the Holidays
Sunday, November 10 and 17

We are filling our sacred spaces with Peace, Hope, and Joy for the December holidays! After services this Sunday, November 10 (and the 17th), volunteers from the UUCA Sacred Arts/Flower Ministry will demonstrate and help congregants fold origami doves and other birds that will be used to decorate our Sanctuary for the holidays. Throughout the world, birds are regarded as spirit animals symbolizing thought, imagination, simplicity, creativity, freedom from materialism, and a wealth of other values; values in line with our UU Principles. Let’s use our origami birds to remind us of our higher selves.  

Supplies, simple instructions, links to YouTube videos, and enthusiasm will abound. Families, singles, and groups are encouraged to take this project home and come back with flocks of imagination and color.

We look forward to creating together on November 10 and 17.  Questions? Contact Linda Lutes Corsoro,
Climate Justice and a More Energy Efficient Future
Sunday, November 10, 12:30 p.m. Center Gallery

The CLIMATE CRISES ACTION COALITION will sponsor a presentation on Climate Justice by the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions after second service on Sunday, November 10. Those at the lower end of the economic scale will be most affected by climate change. Come see how we can help create a more energy efficient future for all.  We'll also have a short presentation on the Arlington Solar Coop. Learn the benefits of going solar and how to save on solar costs by joining with neighbors to buy in the co-op model. There will also be a short review of how UUCA is practicing the Seventh Principle.
Tell Your U.S. Senators Time is Running Out to Fund 2020 Election Security
Sunday, November 10, after each service in Fellowship Hall

The 2020 elections are fast-approaching, and the Nation's election system remains at risk to interference. The ​Senate is currently considering funding levels for election security to support states and localities in their efforts to protect our democracy.​ The Senate should fund election security at the same funding level as the House has approved, at $600 million. This Sunday, November 10, come by our UUs for Social Justice "Write Here! Write Now!" table to write your U.S. senators. Letters will be hand-delivered by UUSJ's Capitol Hill Advocacy Corps on November 12. Questions? Contact .
Day Alliance
Moving from Gerrymandering to non-Partisan Redistricting
By Richard “Rip” Sullivan
Tuesday, November 12

Democratic Delegate of the 48th district Rip Sullivan will discuss the issue of gerrymandering in the State of Virginia. Each year that he has been a delegate, he has introduced legislation to remove partisanship from the process of redistricting. And, so far, the legislation has not been adopted. However, the political climate in Richmond is changing and the chances of implementing his ideas of more fairly and impartially drawing district lines have increased. Rip will explain his anti-gerrymandering approach and will discuss and answer questions about other issues that will likely be decided in the upcoming legislative session. Coffee social begins at 10:30 a.m. and the presentation begins at 11 a.m. Catered luncheon begins at noon. No reservation for the talk but is required for the lunch. To reserve for lunch, contact Gail Perfetti,
Chalice Theatre Audition
November 17, 18

Chalice Theatre auditions for ALIX in WONDERLAND, a Gender Journey Down the Rabbit Hole, are on Sunday, November 17, 1 to 5 p.m. and Monday, November 18, 6 to 9 p.m. Actors, singers, those who have ever wanted to return to the stage or want to try for the first time, and folks of all ages (over 9 years) are encouraged to audition for the many characters created by Lewis Carroll, (though characters are slightly different). More information is available here. Audition form here.
Happy Hour
Tuesday, November 12, 6-7:30 p.m. Fellowship Hall

CHALICE THEATRE hosts this month's Happy Hour! Come and learn about Chalice Theatre, and our groundbreaking production for this year, Alix in Wonderland, A Gender Journey Down the Rabbit Hole! Have a bite to eat, maybe a beverage, and meet some of our previous cast members. See how you can be involved!
African American Writers' Book Sharing Circle
Friday, November 15, 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi explores How To Be An Antiracist in his newest book, and the UUCA African American Writers’ Book Sharing Circle will share our reactions to Kendi’s ideas at our book sharing circle on November 15, in the UUCA Parlor (Room 13/15). Perhaps you read a recent Washington Post Magazine article about Dr. Kendi and his works. Join the circle on November 15, to explore more about this Dr. Kendi and his ideas. Questions or suggestions, contact Linda Lutes, or Pat Findikoglu,
A Pop-Up Thank You

Congratulations and thank you to all those who participated in last Sunday's Pop-Up Intergenerational Music Ensemble :-)! What a joy to share in celebration with so many of all ages; returning and new to UUCA!! It was wonderful to yet again include so many of the thoughtful and generous birthday wish list instruments (including wind chimes, an aboriginal circle drum, rain sticks, and numerous additional percussion instruments). A special extra thank you to Sarah Yue for her expert and kind facilitation incorporating beautiful UUCA bells and chimes as well!
-- Jennifer S.E. Haywood, Ph.D.
Children and Youth Music Leader and Intergenerational Pop-Up Ensemble
Rock around the Block! 
A ’60’s Dance Party to Benefit Culpepper Garden
Saturday, November 16, 7–10 p.m.
Free childcare & crafts for kids

To celebrate 50 years of growth and success of Culpepper Garden, the first-in-the-nation affordable living community for low-income seniors founded by UUCA in 1969, UUCA is hosting a very groovy ’60s’s Dance Party benefit. Music! Dancing! Silent auction! Drinks & snacks! Prizes! DJ & other performers! ’60’s garb encouraged! Tickets: $10 Teen; $20 Adult; $45 Adult Plus = 2 drink coupons and Culpepper Garden photo book; $100 Adult Superstar = 4 drink coupons, photo book, a photo of you, and a Superstar button! Children 12 and under free. Buy tickets here or after services on Sunday. Questions? Contact Gregg Forte,
MoonFire Thanksgiving Ritual
Sunday, November 17, 1:30 p.m.

You are welcome to join MoonFire for a Thanksgiving ritual when we reflect upon our many blessings. So many times, when we say “Thank you,” we may not really think about what we’re truly saying. This ritual will help us think about what we are thankful for, even our simplest blessings. Also, as a way of expressing thanks for our blessings, monetary donations will be accepted for children and families on a Native American reservation. A potluck and time for fellowship will follow the ritual. Please bring a dish or drink to share, along with your own plates/utensils, if possible. For further information on MoonFire, please visit, or contact
Opportunities to Serve
Holiday Pageant Opportunities!

There are many ways to be involved in UUCA’s annual RE holiday pageant, which happens during the services on December 22. We are looking for those who like to work with kids or costumes, to write scripts, or to put on a show! Maybe you've always wanted to direct? We would love to have you involved a little or a lot, particularly if you have a faith background of celebrating Hanukkah, since this year Hanukkah will begin on the day of our pageant. If interested, please contact Lisa Harper Chang, or Amy Shepherd,
ESOL Teachers Needed
UUCA's ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program needs teacher/conversationalists to join their team. Knowing a foreign language is not required since our adult students already speak fair English. Our students come from Central and South America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, East Asia, Central Asia, etc. They range from diplomatic staff to students to au pairs. Volunteers help students improve their English and knowledge of the USA. Classes are held Tue., Wed., Thur. 7:30-9:00 p.m. and Sat. 10:30-Noon. Volunteers teach every week, every other week or are available as substitutes. Typical class sizes 2-6 students. For more information, contact Ric Blacksten, or 703-980-5899 (M/Text). We find ESOL volunteering rewarding, fun, and educational. Come join us!
Upcoming Events
Holiday Craft Party for Kids
Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This family-friendly party welcomes UUCA members, friends, and community partners for a morning of holiday crafting and visits with Santa! The kids are treated to a pizza lunch and pictures with Santa. Suggested donation: $5 per child/$10 per family.
And, Santa needs help to put on the party! To volunteer, or for more information, contact Mollie Jewell, or 703-941-5643.
Secret Santa is Coming!

Watch this space for more information.
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Veterans Day Closing

UUCA's office and building will be closed in recognition of Veterans Day on Monday, November 11.
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