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Join us for worship
Sunday, February 10, 2019 | 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
"Gratitude as Theology"
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

One of my fundamental practices is expressing gratitude. Yet, in this world, I often find resistance when I express my gratitude. Why do I want to express gratitude so much and why does the world resist it?

Frank Corsoro is our Worship Associate. Our senior bell choir, Polymnia, will provide music and Sophia Morreale is our accompanist.
The Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker moved to Virginia in 2008 to serve the Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria. Prior to MVUC, she served the Meadville Unitarian Church in Pennsylvania for ten years. She also serves as a UUA Regional Transitions Coach for search committees, including UUCA's ministerial search committee. Rev. Kate was raised UU and is a double UU preacher’s kid. She lives in Alexandria with her husband Mark and two springer spaniels. She is an outdoor enthusiast, frequently found hiking, skiing, sailing, biking and staring at the sky while thinking about nothing at all. 
Upcoming Services

February 17, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. “The Holiness of the Heart’s Affections” – Sermon by Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley.

February 24, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. “Don’t Think of a Minister” – Sermon by Rev. Keith Kron, Unitarian Universalist Association Transitions Director. He will also facilitate the Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop on Saturday. See below.

More details on upcoming services here.
MoonFire Quickening Moon Ritual
February is the month of fire, of change, of things about to grow; a month of magic. Join MoonFire on Sunday, February 17 at 1:30 p.m., a Quickening Moon ritual. We’ll perform a magical working designed to channel our individual desires and collective mutual support, by planting the seeds of transformation, growth, and change. We’ll voice our collective support for each other’s life workings, and seal our spells within witch bottles of our own crafting. What transformation do you want to see? Is it something in your own life? The life of our country? Or the world? Join in community to work our ways and hallow our work. Life is quickening. The Goddess is calling. Come, and answer Her challenge in your own life, with your own intent. As always, potluck will follow the ritual. Further information on MoonFire is at or contact

Date: Sunday, February 17, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Chapel
Friday Morning Devotions
We invite you to smooth the path into the weekend with a half-hour of meditation followed by shared reflections each Friday morning beginning at 7 a.m. Please contact in advance either David McTaggart ( ) or Gregg Forte ( ). A ride is available afterward to Ballston Metro.

Date: Each Friday, 7:00 a.m.
Location: Room 20 (Youth Room) 
Church Matters
Mid-Year Report Meeting
Please join members of the Board, ministers, and committee and task force chairs for a Mid-Year Report meeting on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

This will be the time to get updates on church programs (including the musical program and religious education), building safety, and social justice efforts (including the 8th Principle), along with an update from the Ministerial Search Committee and an introduction to the Appreciative Inquiry process we’ll be starting on March 10.

Plus the Governance Task Force will discuss what they’ve been learning in their look at how our church is governed and want input from you.

And there will be a chance for your questions.

We know the holiday weekend can be tough for people so there will be a written summary coming out afterward but we hope those who are able attend.

Date: Saturday, February 16, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Activity Room
Will the new minister hear me?
Will the minister understand my needs?
Will I be able to relate to our new minister?
In answering these questions, a picture of the “ideal minister” (categorized by age, gender, gender identity, nationality, physical ability, race, and sexual orientation) may come to mind—and it can be easy to unintentionally exclude individuals who don’t match this picture. At times, as we get caught up in comparing candidates to our “picture,” we can even forget what it is we hoped for in a minister to begin with.
On February 23, UUCA will participate in the Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop facilitated by UUA Transitions Director Rev. Keith Kron , and focused on recognizing and removing unconscious bias, promoting inclusive thinking, and preventing unfair discrimination during our congregation’s search for a new minister. The workshop will be customized for our congregation and will also include discussions of case studies and situations that have occurred at other UU churches. 
The Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop is an opportunity for everyone in our congregation to become part of the search for a new minister early on in the process and your participation will inform the Ministerial Search Committee's efforts going forward!
The Ministerial Search Committee will provide free lunch following the workshop. Childcare will be provided. Questions? Contact

Date: Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Sanctuary

For a complete schedule of upcoming MSC events and updates on the search process, visit the MSC web page at
UUCA Nominating Committee Gearing up for 2019
Did you know that our church governance has a nominating committee charged with finding and creating a slate for congregation approval for certain church leaders? We're a five-member team that looks to not only identify leaders but also develop and provide leadership resources for our Beloved Community.
Stay tuned for information about nominating yourself for certain open positions this year and to serve as a delegate to the General Assembly in Spokane, Washington this June. In the meantime, please feel free to contact any of us with any questions.
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Elizabeth Fuchs (Chair),
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Josh Mohr (Vice Chair),
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Ministry Matters
In the Meantime
By Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley, Interim Senior Minister

These amazingly warm few days this week not only warmed the temperature but clearly warmed people’s spirits as well! Everywhere I’ve seen people seem friendlier and lighter, somehow. I know this will change again, but the tulip shoots I see poking up from the ground offer a promise that soon this will be a lasting feeling. 

I feel something of the same spirit at UUCA. People seem lighter, looser, less stressed and anxious. I think we have turned a real corner from the challenges of the past year and some tender shoots of ideas and possibilities are coming up that auger a blossoming spring. 

In my sermon last Sunday, I talked about some opportunities you will have in the coming weeks to offer your dreams and hopes for the future. We’ll be starting an Appreciative Inquiry process during the service on March 10, and this will be followed by two opportunities to participate in longer workshops on either March 24 or April 6. Please put either of those dates in your calendar now so that you can lend your ideas and inspiration to our process. 

It’s a pleasure and a joy to see so many of you coming together offering your myriad gifts and unique perspectives. I look forward to the conversations!
Lifespan Religious Education
Parents of Infants and Preschoolers (PIP)
Come connect with and find support among other families with young children through playdates and other fun activities! Our next event:
  • Playdate Saturday, February 23, 3:30-5:30 (location TBA soon!) 

Visit the PIP Facebook group or contact Vanessa Chang, or Jennifer Bhartiya,, to join the email list.
UUNO Youth Seminar in NYC
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington members and friends are invited to register for the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office's 2019 Intergenerational Spring Seminar! This global justice event is open to UUs age 14+ to 18 and will include workshops, panels, worship, and more to engage in dialogue and action around this year's theme, Equity in Action: Gender in an Intersecting World. It'll take place at the United Nations Headquarters and Community Church UU in Manhattan April 11-13, 2019. Registration is open through February 25, and applications for reduced registration are being accepted through February 11. Find details and register at For more information, contact
13+ Game Night
Unplug and unwind with friends old and new while playing a variety of board games. Bring your favorite snack and board game (both optional, of course). Some games will be provided. Game play begins around 6 p.m. For ages 13 yrs. and older. No childcare. Questions? Contact Larry Rascop,

Date: Saturday, February 16, 6-10 p.m.
Location: Activity Room
Adult Ed Workshop
Conflict Transformation
While conflict can be scary and divisive, it is also possible for conflict, when approached in a healthy manner, to be an opportunity for growth and learning. Rev. Terasa is trained in the approach of “Conflict Transformation” that assumes that conflict is not something that can be “managed” so much as processed in a way that can be transformative. This method has been used in contexts such as the South Africa Truth and Reconciliation process, and in peace negotiations in Ireland. We will explore our own personal responses to conflict, look at what brain science has to teach us, examine system theories, and practice ways in which groups can create opportunities for healthy conversations. Check here for registration. 

Date: Saturday, February 9, 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Activity Room      
Wheel of Life
Congratulations to Chuck and Sheila Ellis who are celebrating their 42nd wedding anniversary!
Congratulations to Claire and Steve Propsting on the birth of Theodore Douglas, born on December 14.
Music Ministry
Children Choirs Rehearse this Sunday
Chalice Choir (K-4th grade) will have rehearsals this Sunday, February 3, 10:30-11:05 a.m. and the TrUUbadours (5-6th grade) will rehearse at 12:30-1 p.m. All children are welcome to join in. Questions? Contact Dana Cook,
Winter Recital & Birthday Celebration
The musically gifted and talented Mulligan family is celebrating Dorothy at 94 years young with a music recital! Three generations will perform. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy and celebrate! (Dorothy's BD is Feb. 14!)

Date: Saturday, February 9, 5 p.m.
Location: Center Gallery
Capital Area Bluegrass and Old-time Music Association Jam Comes to UUCA
The new year brings "new" old-time music to UUCA! CABOMA jams are now being held here at UUCA on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Anyone interested in CABOMA is welcome to come and visit and/or participate in a jam. At most jams, you will find a wide range of music skill levels, from beginners to professional musicians. We encourage participants to bring and play traditional, acoustic bluegrass and old-time music instruments. For more information on CABOMA, visit

Date: Sundays, February 10 & 24, 2-6 p.m.
Location: Parlor and Rooms 14, 16
Congregational Life
February Day Alliance Meeting
Legacy Fund Discussion followed by Talk on the Latest Treatments for Psychiatric Conditions
With Fuad Issa, M.D.
The February 12 Day Alliance meeting begins early at 10:30 a.m. when the UUCA Legacy Committee discusses the church legacy fund and answers any questions you might have.

Our guest speaker, Fuad Issa, M.D., will begin his talk at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Issa is a psychiatrist and clinical professional at George Washington University Hospital. His talk covers a successful treatment for some resistant psychiatric conditions. Dr. Issa is currently involved in research involving Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)--a technique where high-frequency electrical impulses are applied to a specific brain region. He will explain the procedure and share remarkable patient successes.

Please plan on staying after the talk for fellowship and a catered lunch. Deadline to RSVP for luncheon is Feb. 7. RSVP here.

Date: Tuesday, February 12, 10:30 a.m.; Legacy Talk. 11 a.m.; Guest Speaker; 12 p.m. Catered Lunch.
Location: Center Gallery
Men's Book Group discusses
Strangers in Their Land
The Men's Book Group will meet in the chapel this Sunday to discuss the non-fiction book, Strangers in Their Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, by Arlie Russell Hochschild. The book is a sociologist's study of the inhabitants of the wetlands near the mouth of the Mississippi River in southern Louisiana and concerns their problems with climate change and pollution. It was a National Book Award finalist in non-fiction as well as a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book of 2016. Whether you've read the book or not, all men are welcome to join the discussion. Questions? Contact Ken Marshall, or 703-533-8004. 

Date: Sunday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Chapel
Art Mystery
Many thanks to to community art patrons who purchased 18 separate works in the Center Gallery's recent exhibit of small works by UUCA artists and to the gifted artists who gave all or part of the proceeds from their work. As we wrap up the administration of the show, we have discovered a mystery! If you are (or know) the individual who purchased Ann Larson's multimedia work "Symphony," please reach out to Gallery Director Carson Herrington,
Safety in Houses of Worship Special Training
Arlington County Police Corporal Elizabeth Lennon and her team will present Safety in Houses of Worship at UUCA Sunday, February 17. All are invited to attend. Those who serve in leadership and/or volunteer roles at UUCA on Sunday mornings are especially encouraged to participate. Questions can be directed to

Dates: Sunday, February 17, 12:30–2:00 p.m.
Location: Sanctuary
HUUmanists Meet February 12
What are animals thinking and feeling?   
What's going on inside the brains of animals? Can we know what, or if, they're thinking and feeling? Ecologist Carl Safina thinks we can. In his TED talk he uses discoveries that span ecology, biology and behavioral science, weaving together stories of whales, wolves, elephants and albatrosses to argue that just as we think, feel, use tools and express emotions, so too do the other creatures--and minds--that share the Earth with us.  UUCAers Bob Taylor and Diana Artemis will follow with a presentation on what animal-welfare groups are working on, like improving conditions for farm animals, protecting African wildlife (including stopping the elephant tusk and Rhino horn trade). All are welcome. For further information, contact Jere Cummins,

Date: Tuesday, February 12, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Board Room
February 20 Happy Hour! Won’t you be my neighbor? 
When February 20 arrives it will have recently been heart day and that will have been very present in our communities and on the style pages of newspapers. Our Covenant Group (second Sunday evening, home based) invites you to embrace a large and inclusive sense of love and answer our question to you, “Won’t you be our neighbor?” Come to our temporary neighborhood in the Fellowship Hall from 6 – 7:30 and enjoy sips and nibbles and warm conversations. Share your curiosity and good energy. Welcome to our neighborhood!

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Fellowship Hall
Faith in Action
Share-the-Plate February 10: Sumi Nungwa

Sunday's STP offering will go to support Sumi Nungwa, a small non-profit that provides food and other basic necessities and services to the Hopi and Navajo elders of Northern Arizona. It's annual revenue is less than $50,000 annually. A partnership with Sumi Nungwa closely meets our goals of having STP recipients align with our UUCA mission, having direct connections with our congregations, and benefits significantly from our partnership. We anticipate a large number of youth will participate in this year's spring service trip and will work with Sumi Nungwa in the Hopi Nation. Thank you for your continued support of this important ministry.

Donations are accepted for each week's STP recipient through the following Saturday at midnight. Make  online donations here
An Activist Listening Session in Response to Governor Ralph Northam
Come hear the perspectives of local women activists of color in response to Governor Northam's controversial yearbook photo, and the implications for people who want to be allies. Facebook event link here.

Date: Friday, February 8, 7-9 p.m.
Location: Sanctuary
Energizing Social Justice at UUCA
2nd Annual Social Justice Breakfast

What’s happening at UUCA with social justice? What do we need to be doing? How can we energize ourselves and our dedication to social justice here and throughout the world?  

Breakfast at UUCA on Saturday, February 9 is a good way to tackle these questions and jump-start our individual and collective efforts.  Walter Clark, Ministerial Assistant, will facilitate; attendees will share our ideas about visions and actionable missions; together we will build plans for concrete actions to empower UUCA’s commitment and explore how we can partner to strengthen our UUCA social justice efforts.

So, bring yourself, a friend, and a dish to share on Saturday, February 9, 9 a.m. to noon, UUCA’s Center. For more information contact Walter Clark,

Date: Saturday, February 9, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Center Gallery
Chalice Theatre is presenting The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy
Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family--a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before--keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's boyfriend and his parents.
Fridays: Feb. 22, March 1, March 8 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays: Feb. 23, March 2, March 9 @ 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Sunday, Feb. 24, March 3 & Saturday, March 9 @ 3:00 p.m.
Tickets on sale in Fellowship Hall this Sunday and online here.

CT Help Wanted
Set builders and scenic painters are needed to help create the Addams’ world!! Monday to Friday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by the Chalice Theatre table on Sunday to find out more!
Living the Pledge to End Racism Workshop
Whether you have had previous anti-racism training, or have never taken a workshop about racism, this workshop will challenge you to deepen your commitment to work toward dismantling white supremacy. Participants explore the history of racism, the concept of implicit bias, the effects of micro-aggressions, the results of structural and institutional racism, and the contemporary Movement for Black Lives. Methods include readings, personal reflection, small group discussion, role plays, and videos. Facilitated by Jessi Huffman and Ann Ulmschneider. Questions? Contact Ann Ulmschneider,

Dates: Six Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27 & April 4, 10, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
February African-American Book Sharing 
If Beale Street Could Talk
On Friday, February 15, at 7:30 in the UUCA Welcome Room, we will share our experiences in reading If Beale Street Could Talk, a novel by James Baldwin that is now a movie.  

Monica Norton first read “Beale Street” as a 13-year old African-American attending white-majority schools; today in The Washington Post she writes:  “Beale Street” is not only a love story, it is a story about mass incarceration and poverty and race and hard lives in low-income black and brown communities. And even though the novel was published in 1974, it is the story of right now." She adds that while she didn’t grasp the full power of the book, Baldwin’s writing made her fall in love with words.  

The book and movie explore the same themes. We hope you have read the book, but if you’ve experienced only the movie, please come to share your experience. Those who have done both will add their reactions to how the media differ.

If you have questions about this month or the group, please contact Pat Findikoglu, or Linda Lutes Corsoro,
Bridging the Political Divide: Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

“The mark of wisdom is to be able to hold two opposite ideas in your mind at the same time and know them both to be true.”
- from Rev. Teresa’s Jan 27 sermon

Is it possible to disagree passionately with someone but still accept their beliefs as valid? Can people on opposite sides of the painful issues of our day find shared values beneath all the discord? Come and find out! On March 23, UUCA is hosting a Better Angels workshop that will bring together “Red” (conservative) and “Blue” (progressive) community members for an intense day of facilitated conversations, questions, and mutual exploration. Limited space is still available for participants and observers. To register, click here. If you have questions or would like more information, contact Sarah Yue at

Date: Saturday, March 23, 9:30 a.m. -5 p.m.
Location: Activity Room
Visit Peace Camp in Fellowship Hall to learn more
Peace Camp 2019: June 24-July 5
Learn more about Peace Camp this Sunday, February 10. MJ Park, Peace Camp Director, will be in Fellowship Hall after both services to talk about the camp and answer questions. Please stop by and see us!
Peace Camp helps your child explore a path to peace in a unique and enriching summer camp program--Peace Camp. Campers (ages 5-14) explore cooperation and conflict resolution in a safe and supportive environment. At Peace Camp, campers discover that peace begins with them. 

Campers can attend both weeks or just one. Registration is now open here.  

Week 1: Mon 6/24 to Fri. 6/28
Week 2: Mon. 7/1 to Fri. 7/5, except Thurs. 7/4

Peace Camp is a partnership between UUCA Peace Ministry and Little Friends for Peace.  
What's on Your Mind? Let Your Member of Congress Know
A new Congress is a “fresh start” and an opportunity to advocate for our UU values and promote bipartisan action for social justice. That’s why this is the perfect time for us to write letters, share our issues and concerns, tell our stories, and take our UU values and hopes for the nation to Capitol Hill. Now that elections are over, our job is to hold our elected representatives accountable, including our returning House members and our new member, Rep. Wexton. 

This Sunday, Feb. 10, come by Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice's ( UUSJ) "Write Here! Write Now!" table in Fellowship Hall to write a personal letter to your House member. Fact sheets and supplies will be available. Or write your letter in advance and drop it off. UUSJ's Capitol Hill Advocacy Corps will hand-deliver letters on Feb. 12. Contact Lavona Grow, To learn more about the Advocacy Corps check UUSJ's advocacy page .
Your Presence Shows Support of Affordable Housing in Arlington
VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) invites UUCA members to join with us at the Arlington county board hearing on Saturday, February 23 (time to be determined) in support of the American Legion Affordable Housing Project, which will offer housing to all families, with preference given to vets. The project would be the second housing development to assist veterans in Virginia and a lifesaver for people struggling in our community. Onsite services for veterans and their families will be included, in partnership with veteran’s organizations. There will be 160 units and a new ground floor condo for Post 139, and public amenities like a pedestrian/bike path and outdoor patio. 

This project is crucial. About 14,000 units of affordable housing (affordable to people making 60% and less of the area median income) have been lost in the last 18 years. We are falling far short of the aspirations of the county’s Affordable Housing Master Plan. The arrival of Amazon makes it more important than ever that we support all opportunities to address the affordable housing crisis. VOICE needs people to witness the county board's vote. Our presence has made the difference in the past and we invite you to join us in gaining another victory for equality. Please contact Patricia Findikoglu, or David McTaggart,, or speak with one of us at the VOICE table on Sunday. We look forward to meeting with you.
UU’s Racial History and Our Need for the 8th Principle

If the 8th Principle is adopted by our congregation through a vote scheduled for March 31, it will require UUCA to “accountably dismantle racism in our selves and our institutions.” In honor of Black History month, the 8th Principle Task Force is offering a four-part series on UU’s racial history, to help our community understand how the UU white identity has developed, crowding out people of color in Unitarian Universalism.

UU’s Racial History – Part 1, 1780’s through the 1930’s
In early American history, we know that some Unitarian Universalists were abolitionists, while others were slave owners. Unitarian ministers such as the Rev. Joshua Young were involved in the Underground Railroad in the 1850s, and in 1859, four of the “Secret Six” who financed John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry were Unitarians. And in 1785, an African American--Gloster Dalton--was one of the 85 signatories of the Charter of Compact of the Gloucester Universalist Society.

However, the first Black Universalists had a hard time gaining support from their white peers. Soon after slavery was outlawed in 1865, the first Black Universalist Minister, Rev. Joseph Johnson, established the First Universalist Church of Norfolk, Virginia in 1889. He was soon joined by the second Black Universalist Minister, Rev. Thomas Wise, who was educated at Howard University. The two led three congregations in Norfolk, Suffolk and Ocean View, Va., as well as running schools for Black children. Sadly, after Rev. Jordan died in 1901, white Universalist leaders began to doubt Wise’s ministerial proficiency and withdrew their financial support. Rev. Wise ended his affiliation with our denomination, taking his congregation to the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The first Black Unitarian minister Egbert Ethelred Brown, was ordained in the early 1900’s. Brown started a Unitarian congregation in Jamaica in 1908 before moving to Harlem in 1920, where he founded the Harlem Community Church. The American Unitarian Association (AUA) provided sporadic financial support before taking away his ministerial fellowship in 1929. 

In 1932, William H. G. Carter founded a Black Unitarian church in Cincinnati, but as fellow white ministers in the area did not tell the AUA of its existence, this Black congregation did not survive very long. 

Next up: UU’s Racial History – Part 2, the 1940-1950’s


“Black UU Ancestors- Four Stories” Gail Forsyth-Vail and Jamaine Cripe, UUTeachIn (n.d.)

** FAQs and other resources on the 8th Principle and related issues are available on our Eighth Principle Task Force Facebook page.
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