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United Nations Sunday, October 20, 2019 | 9:15 & 11:15 a.m.
“This is My Song"
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley, Interim Senior Minister
One of my favorite hymns is “This Is My Song,” the Finlandia tune that ends with the verse: “O hear my song, thou God of all the nations, a song of peace for their land and for mine.” As I prepared to go to Israel, I did preparatory reading and thinking about the deeply entrenched conflicts there as well as in so many lands – including ours. In this service I’ll reflect on learnings from the trip and hold up opportunities for building peace.

Marietta Tanne r is our Worship Associate. The children's choirs, Chalice Singers and Troubadours, will sing under the direction of Jennifer S.E. Haywood, Ph.D., with Topher Dunne accompanying on guitar. The adult Chamber choir will sing under the direction of Sophia Morreale, Interim Music Director. Polymnia Bell choir will perform under the direction of Ken Bissell, Director of Handbells.

Parking Reminder: To be more welcoming to first-time visitors and to those who have mobility issues, we ask that all able-bodied drivers park in our two satellite parking lots. The Masons' lot across the street on George Mason Drive (please cross at the light!) and Arlington Hall Park, south of the church off of 4th Street S. It's a short and pleasant walk through the park and takes you to the church parking lot on First Place S. These two lots are available for church parking on Sunday only.  Map here. 

Can't make it on Sunday? You can always join us on our livestream at and on Facebook LIVE . You can also watch 24/7 recordings of past services at .
Wheel of Life
Condolences to Nancy Morgan on the death of her brother, Andrew Charles Hutchins Jr., who died October 9.

A memorial service will be held for Lee Burchinal, a former member of UUCA, on Saturday, October 26, 2 p.m., in our sanctuary.
Condolences to the family of Arlene Wilson who died October 4 after a long fight against cancer. Arlene was a long-time UUCA member and held many leadership positions, including Board of Trustees chair. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 16, 1 p.m., in our sanctuary.
Congratulations Marietta Tanner and John Miller
Marietta Jones Tanner and Nathan John Miller were wedded Saturday afternoon October 12 in a Commitment Ceremony at Goodwin House Chapel.  Diane Ullius , Lay Minister at UUCA, performed the ceremony. Marietta’s children were active in the ceremony: David Tanner and Stephanie Tanner Weber, son and daughter; Lauren and Jared Weber, grandchildren; Denise Case and Carol Morrison, nieces each had significant roles. The couple, in their 90’s and 80’s, decided to forego the complete ritual of marriage to avoid the subordinate and superior status of husband and wife ordinary marriage imposes and to eliminate financial and legal entanglements for the ten years they anticipate together. Dr. Miller retired as an atmospheric physicist at NASA; Marietta as a school administrator in New York City. The couple plan their honeymoon in East Africa in February on a safari in the Serengeti among visits to other cities, as health and stamina will allow. 
In the Meantime
By Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley, Interim Senior Minister

I’ve returned from our UUCA delegation trip to Israel jet-lagged and disoriented . . . and a changed person. Sometimes a change of context and focus can help you see the world differently. The state of conflict and division that exists there is extreme, and yet it is a state that we all find ourselves in, if at different levels of severity. 

I’ll be reflecting more about this in my sermon on Sunday, but for now I want to express my thanks to Allan Kellum and Bud Hengsen and others from the UUs for Peace in the Middle East who took the initiative to organize this trip. We had a delegation of 25 people, including two from other UU congregations, and all of us have felt it to be an extraordinary experience. Even more importantly, the people we met and heard from all conveyed to us how moving and important it was to them that we listened and took in their stories. 
There will be more opportunities to hear from the whole group that will be announced soon. 

I’m grateful to be a part of a congregation that pays attention to the sufferings in the world. 

Faith 360 - UUCA Adult Faith Development - LOGO

Registration can also be done on Sunday at the Faith 360 table. Questions? Contact LeeAnn Williams , , 703-892-2565, ext. 1203. 

Some of the upcoming 360 classes:
  • Praying in Color Tuesday, Oct. 22 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Qigong every Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Sacred Circle Dance, Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Neighboring Faiths for Teens and Adults—register for schedule
  • Monthly Spirituality Book Group, next meeting Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7-9 p.m. Book selection: Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller
Faith 360
Living the Questions in Congregational Life
Circle of Trust® Retreats
Friday-Saturday, November 1, 2, 2019
Friday-Saturday, February 7, 8, 2020
April 2020-three days, two nights - TBA

We hope you can join us for one or two or all three retreats for congregational leaders: Living the Questions! Leadership in congregational life comes in diverse positional and non-positional forms. So often as leaders we feel pressure to have ready answers to the many complex issues we face in community life. In these retreats, we explore ways to “live spaciously into the questions” that we encounter as a way to make room for something even more important than answers to emerge: wisdom. 

Convening for the first time this year in the season of autumn, we will explore questions about what needs harvesting as well as what needs releasing in order to make room for the next season’s new growth. There will be space created for you to explore the questions you carry at this time in your life, and ways to find new perspectives and directions.

"End White Supremacy" sign @ protest
Faith 360 Leadership Series
Leading Toward Transformation: Undoing White Supremacy
Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

As part of our commitment to live into the 8th Principle which we endorsed last spring, we have asked Whitney Parnell, the leader of the allyship workshops many have attended, to take us deeper into the exploration of what is required of leaders, both in this congregation and in other parts of our lives, to dismantle white supremacy and help transform our organizations. Whether you’re a leader in the church, or simply wanting to grow your own organizational skills and depth of understanding, you are welcome to join us. 

This training outlines white supremacy as an institution, its persistence in present day, and its common forms in the workspace. The interactive session will guide participants to understand white supremacy as a construct of dominance and culture, and will also facilitate active unpacking and identifying of white supremacy culture in participants’ own lives and work. Additionally, this training will guide participants to understand racism as a structural upholding of white supremacy through systemic means. Tools will also be provided to actively identify and unlearn white supremacy moving forward. Register here.
FAMILY GAME NIGHT - spelled out w/ Scrabble tiles

Family Game Night
Saturday, October 19
4-6 p.m. Games for All Ages; 6-8 p.m. childcare available

Whether you're a game enthusiast or just looking for a fun learning activity to do with the kiddos, you'll find a game that's right for you at UUCA's Family Game Night. Friendship and family bonding over playing board games have a long history. Today in the professional world their importance in building strategy and critical thinking skills is recognized by agencies such as the CIA and Silicon Valley. Board games are used as a training tool in the security world and certain games have become part of the lexicon among young entrepreneurs--sort of a new required social skill and has even been referred to as "the new golf" in the tech world. We'll have some of the new trending games, and, of course, some of the classics. You're welcome to bring your own game and food to share. Play begins at 4 p.m. with games for all ages and at 6 p.m. childcare begins. Singles, couples, families--all are welcome! Questions? Contact Larry Rascop, .
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Parent Circle
FIRST MEETING Sunday, October 20, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Board Room
The UUCAVA Religious Education program invites parents (anyone involved in helping to raise a child, regardless of their relationship) to join our Parent Circles on the third Sunday of every month through December (schedule may change in January) to:
  • Connect with other parents
  • Share what has worked for you, what you struggle with
  • Build a community of support
Questions? Contact Lisa Harper Chang , .
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Job Opening
RE Program Assistant

UUCA is in search for a Religious Education Program Assistant. The position supports the RE ministry with a special focus on youth ages 3-18 years and general administrative functions. 10 hours per week with majority of time on Sunday. See job description and how to apply here.
Please join us for these opportunities to Connect and Grow
Center Stage LIVE Concert Series presents
Maya Rogers Farewell Concert
Friday, October 18, 7 p.m. Center Gallery

Join Maya for a special CD Release and Farewell Concert. Maya invites you to help her celebrate the completion of her new album and her time serving as UUCA’s Artist in Residence. She’ll perform original songs from the album as well as favorite selections from past worship services. Suggested donation $20. 
Our Stories, Our Lives
Tuesday, October 22, 10:30 a.m. Board Room

The "Our Stories, Our Lives" conversation and story-sharing group will meet again on Tuesday, October 22 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Board Room. The topic this month is "What do people get wrong about you?" As always, each participant will have about five minutes to share aloud on this question. You may choose to write your story ahead of time and read it to the group, or you may wish just to respond orally. Share whatever you want, in about five minutes. As time permits, we'll ask questions and share reactions--and probably some laughs. Fresh coffee! Facilitators are Jacomina de Regt and Diane Ullius
MoonFire Labyrinth Walk Samhain Ritual
Saturday, October 19, 7:45 p.m.

Come celebrate the ancient Pagan New Year with MoonFire at their annual ritual to observe Samhain (pronounced SOW-wen), the time when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead becomes thin, our sacred ancestors are close, and divination and magic happen. We will use the ancient meditation tool of the labyrinth, with its spiraling path inward and back out again, representing a journey to our own center and back out to the world. As we walk the labyrinth, we will have the chance to commune with our ancestors, perhaps walk with them, maybe even dance! All attendees are encouraged (but not required) to wear ritual garb, and to bring an item of remembrance to place on the altar. As always, a potluck and time for fellowship will follow the ritual, so bring a dish or drink to share, along with your own plates/utensils, if possible, to minimize trash. For more information, visit or contact
United Nations Sunday - Celebrating Its Accomplishments 

This Sunday, October 20, is United Nations Sunday at UUCA when we celebrate its accomplishments. It is easy to recognize the importance of the lifesaving work of UN agencies such as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and the World Health Organization (WHO). The United Nations is at the forefront for progressive movements in human rights, peace, and addressing climate change. On October 20, we will confirm our deep commitment to these goals. Come be a part of the celebration at both the 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services. After the services, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up to “Trick or Treat” for UNICEF, and learn about specific actions the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office in NYC is taking to cultivate a culture of peace and justice. For more information, contact
Special Music Sharing Invitation
Sunday, October 20, 8:45 a.m. Sanctuary

If you have not yet had the opportunity to experience a music class this year, you are welcome to meet in the Sanctuary at 8:45 a.m., October 20, to learn a joyous song in Hebrew with the Chalice Musicians and Troubadours and then share it at the start of the first service. Everyone of every age is welcome to sing this ancient text with a vibrant modern melody written by Jennifer’s colleague Allan Naplan. Hine Ma Tov -- how good it is to be together in peace/harmony! For further information, please contact Jennifer S.E. Haywood, Ph.D., Children and Youth Music Leader and Intergenerational Pop-Up Ensembles, .
MoonFire Community Ritual
Sunday, October 20, 1:30 p.m.

MoonFire's regular third Sunday ritual for this month will be our "Celebration of Community" ritual. Come and join us as we weave the web of Community. Please bring an item to place on the altar, something that symbolizes what MoonFire has meant to you in the past year. As always, potluck will follow the ritual. For further information on MoonFire, please visit or contact
New UU Series
Sunday, October 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Welcome Room
The New UU series is for everyone who wants to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and UUCA. Classes are on the first and third Sundays of each month (except Dec. 1). This Sunday’s topic is Social Action with Ministerial Assistant Walter Clark. No registration is needed, but contact to reserve free childcare. Remaining sessions in 2019:  
  • Nov. 3 UU History & Theology with Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley
  • Nov. 17 Campus Tour & Partners with Paul Kearney 
  • Dec. 15 Faith Development, Covenant Groups & Pastoral Care with LeeAnn Williams
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Things you can do this week to live the 8th Principle

Below are things you can do this week to live the 8th Principle as part of our journey towards spiritual wholeness, building a diverse, multicultural, beloved community. ( complete version here )

Deepen your understanding of systemic oppression & white privilege 

  • Leading Towards Transformation: Undoing White Supremacy Workshop - Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m. -1 p.m. at UUCA. Register here.
  • Beyond White Fragility - Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the UU Church of Fairfax. Sign up here.

Further the anti-racist transformation of Unitarian Universalism & UUA 

  • Potluck & conversation - Sunday, October 20, 4-6 p.m. View & discuss a sermon by Rev. Marta Valentin, This Delicate Turning, about the experience of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color UUs. Bring a dish to share. 
  • Black Lives of UU online-worship is back! First Thursday of the month at 9 p.m., and on third Sunday at 4 p.m. Access through BLUU’s online Facebook group here.
  • Contribute to Religious Education lessons for our children that build anti-racist values. Contact Laurel MacLaren,

Show up, speak out and challenge oppression and racism in our community 

  • Housing affordability and racial discrimination. Join Arlington County’s virtual conversation Housing & Economics on Facebook Live, Monday, October 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. More information here.
  • Public health and racial discrimination. Join Black Lives Matter at a DC Public Oversight Hearing on the DC Department of Behavioral Health on Wednesday, October 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m., 3000 Pennsylvania Ave SE. Details here.
  • Join OAR’s Racial Equity and Inclusion Action Network at their forum Structural Racism and the Impact on Thursday, October 24, 7-8 p.m. at the Arlington Central Library. Register here

Stop by our 8th Principle table this Sunday, October 20 after church to meet fellow UUCAers working to combat racism in our selves, our faith and our community!
Tracey Rogers and Whitney Parnell to be Honored by Arlington NAACP

Tracey Rogers, who took a leadership role in UUCA's Live the Pledge initiative, and our friend Whitney Parnell, founder of Service Never Sleeps, will be awarded the Arlington NAACP Charles P. Monroe Civil Rights award in recognition of their outstanding work in fighting racism and standing for racial justice. They will receive their award at the Freedom Fund Banquet on October 26. For more information and tickets, click here.
UUCA Invited to Ethiopian Celebration
October 25, 26

The Abune Aregawi Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo congregation (a nesting congregation that meets here at UUCA) invites members and friends of UUCA to a special annual celebration on Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26. The celebration of St. Abune Aregawi’s devotion is held in Ethiopia and in many Ethiopian churches here in the United States. UUCA members are invited to attend worship and prayer in the Sanctuary at any time in the morning and/or to come for a celebratory feast of traditional Ethiopian food and drink beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, in Fellowship Hall. Questions? Contact
People with Disabilities Group
Sunday, October 27, 1:30 p.m. Center

On October 27 UUCA’s People with Disabilities Group will have a VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) listening session. The session will focus on the impact of Amazon’s move to Northern Virginia. We anticipate that Amazon’s arrival and its impact on affordable housing and public transportation will greatly affect people with disabilities. In addition, Amazon will bring many new jobs the area and it’s important that people with disabilities and their allies know about these jobs and how to get the knowledge and skills they require. The listening session will begin at 1:30 in the Center and is for UUCA members and friends who have disabilities, their family and their allies, in other words, all of UUCA. Questions? Contact Gretchen Menn .
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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 , .
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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

In 1969, UUCA founded the first-in-the-nation affordable living community for low-income seniors, Culpepper Garden, using five beautiful acres located just blocks from the church that were originally owned by church member and botanist Charles Culpepper. 

Today, Culpepper Garden provides award-winning housing and services to more than 350 low-income seniors. It also raises money to further subsidize the lowest-income residents of its assisted-living wing, which opened in 2000. 

To celebrate these 50 years of growth and success, UUCA is hosting a very groovy ’60s’s Dance Party to benefit Culpepper Garden. 

Music! Dancing! Silent auction! Drinks & snacks! Prizes! DJ & other performers! ’60’s garb encouraged!

Mellow ticket prices: $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,
Please join us for these opportunities to Serve
Help reprise the UUCA Clerestory Press literary magazine

In the 90's UUCA published a literary magazine with poems, stories, essays and such written by members/friends. Now, in the new digital age, a number of UUCAers would like to see a reprisal of Clerestory Press Quarterly (CPQ) as an online publication (perhaps with paper copies offered at cost). If you are interested in finding out more about this effort, perhaps as a contributor, organizer/editor, or simply as a reader, please contact Ric Blacksten,, 703-980-5899 (M/Text)). 
Holiday Pageant Opportunities!

There are many ways to be involved in UUCA’s annual RE holiday pageant, which will happen 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,
Get-Out-the-Vote with VOICE

What are you doing election weekend? Why not . . .
join with Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and UU leaders from across our region as VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) carries out its Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) effort. These strictly nonpartisan door-knocking campaigns have proven extremely effective at raising turnout in pivotal, historically low-voting swing districts. This November we're supercharging the power of the vote in Prince William County, where urgent issues of school funding and criminal justice reform are on the table. Pick a day that works for you and sign up at our VOICE table in Fellowship Hall on Sunday (exact meeting times forthcoming soon): 
  • Sat., Nov. 2: Morning & afternoon shifts.
  • Sun., Nov. 3: Afternoon shifts.
  • Mon. Nov. 4: Evening shifts. 
  • Nov. 5: (election day): Shifts all day.  

On each day, we will first meet up and get a brief training before door knocking at these two locations: 
  • Manassas: First Baptist Church of Manassas
  • Woodbridge: Mt. Olive Baptist Church
For more info or to sign up, in addition to Fellowship Hall you can contact Jacomina de Regt, or Pat Findikoglu, .
New to UUCA? A long time member looking for a new volunteer activity? Consider Meals on Wheels!

UUCA delivers meals on five South Arlington routes on the fourth Thursday and Friday of each month. We have a wonderful crew of dedicated volunteers, some of whom do both days. However, November and December are particularly busy months and we are sometimes short of the 20 people we need each of our days. Many UUCA families find volunteering with their school-age children is a great holiday vacation activity! The time commitment is from 11 a.m. to 1 or 1:30 p.m. Volunteers pick up the meals at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 601 N. Vermont St., just west of Ballston Quarter (formerly Ballston Common Mall). To volunteer, please contact Sara Anderson,

Are you looking for a way to Connect, Grow, and Serve?  

UUCA's Meals on Wheels program is looking for a (sort of) tech-savvy volunteer to help coordinate UUCA's Meals on Wheels volunteer program. This is an opportunity to serve both the UUCA community and home-bound Arlington residents. This volunteer position does not require much time or travel. Tasks include managing and updating the online sign-up form (remotely) and being on call during the actual meal delivery times in case of no-shows. If you have specific questions about the software we use (Signup Genius), contact Tina Hinh, If you think you might be interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact  Sara Anderson, or 703-532-3830.
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