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Mystery & Wonder w/ lightbulb
Sunday, May 6, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Mystery and Wonder
The Rev. Beth Miller, Temporary Senior Minister
This Sunday we begin a six-part sermon series focused on the six sources of our Unitarian Universalist living tradition. The first of these sources is: Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life. Our SoulMatters theme for May is Creativity. There are many ways to be creative and to inspire creativity. At the heart of it is mystery and wonder. Our willingness to be dazzled fuels our creativity. The Jewish theologian, Abraham Joshua Herschel, says: to pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings . . . Come take notice with us this week. 

UUCA’s Artist in Residence, Maya Rogers, brings her beautiful vocal and instrumental musical offerings this week.  Mimi Bornstein will lead us in song as Sophia Morreale provides accompaniment. 

Share the Plate
May 6 STP: VOICE--Virginians Organized For Interfaith Community Engagement

UUCA VOICE leaders are normally busy in communities actively doing racial and social justice work: listening to people, developing relationships, researching issues, and organizing action. This week, UUCA VOICE leaders are pausing to ask for your generous support for VOICE--either in the plate offering on Sunday or online throughout the following week (May 6–12). 

VOICE leaders will have a table in Fellowship Hall after service Sunday's service. Please stop by to learn more about VOICE or contact either Pat Findikoglu, patfindikoglu@gmail.com, 703- 975-8292, or Kate Trygstad, kate@creativefacilitating.com, 703-887-1978.


VOICE has a $15,000 goal as part of this congregation’s commitment. We need $7,133 to hit the goal. You can make an online donation below. After following the link below, click on “Donate,” then “Share The Plate.”
Update on Previous Share the Plate
Last week we collected $1,597 for Little Friends for Peace

Remember you can make donations for the organization named on Sunday through the following Saturday night at midnight.
Church Matters
Announcing UUCA's Annual Congregational Meeting
Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 3, 12 p.m. You don't want to miss this year's Annual Meeting where we approve the 2018-19 budget, vote on nominees for the Board and its officers, and approve the slate for the Senior Minister Search Committee.

All are welcome to attend. Members who have been members for at least 90 days (since March 4, 2018) are eligible to vote.

Our Youth Group will sell sandwich lunches before the meeting and childcare will be available.

Date: Sunday, May 3, 12 p.m.
Location: Sanctuary
Ministry Matters
LeeAnn Williams
Thinking about Teaching RE Next Year? 
Here’s what you need to know. 
By LeeAnn Williams, Director of Lifespan & Religious Education

We are currently recruiting Religious Education teachers to volunteer for the 2018-2019 church year. Our RE ministry is robust and lively, requiring 120 volunteers in order to be fully staffed. 

What is the commitment?
We like to staff our teaching teams with a minimum of four volunteers. This ensures that teacher leads class only once a month and assists once a month. Teachers are off two Sundays a month to attend service. Substitutes are available when needed, as well. 

Can Non-parents volunteer?
Yes! We welcome the involvement of our young adults and other congregations who do not have children in the program. 

What do I have to do to prepare?
You will receive training and a well-planned curriculum. For the one Sunday a month you lead class, you will need to familiarize yourself with the lesson. If specific materials are needed (art projects, handouts), they will be ready and in your classroom on Sunday morning. 

Count me in! How do I sign-up?
Wheel of Life
Our condolences to Beverly Mefferd and family on the death of Beverly’s mother and UUCA member Jean White.
Lifespan Religious Education
Wellspring Wednesday Classes
Don't miss out! Wellspring classes run through May 23. Join us for fun and informative evenings that fosters lifelong learning and spiritual growth. Childcare provided with RSVP. 

Here and Beyond. A humorous play @ relationships. May 9 .

UU Music Workshop. Join Christin Green and Mimi Bornstein to explore how various faith traditions use music as a tool in both social justice and spiritual practice. May 9, 16 .

Screenagers - Documentary. This film explores the struggle between parents and youth over social media, video games, academnic, and internet addition and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. May 16 . (Almost to capacity--register now.)

The U in UUism. An overview of UU history with a focus on how to integrate your UU faith into daily life. May 2, 16

Audubon @ Home. Learn how you can make your outside space more nature-friendly and how it can be certified as a Wildlife Sanctuary. May 9 .

New UU. Learn about UU and UUCA history and theology, and find out how to connect and get involved. This class is part of the path to membership. May 23.

Crafting a Rule of Life. This class guides you in shaping the rhythms of life to allow for and foster spiritual growth. May 2, 9.

Prayerful Doodling and Art. Explore how doodling can be both creative and meditative . May 23.

Complete Wellspring class list with descriptions here.
Register here. 
Faith in Action
Beloved Community:
Join The Poor People’s Campaign!
By Elisabeth Geschiere, Social Justice Coordinator

Friends, I am so excited to tell you about this movement and to mobilize our beloved community to join in mass! The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is “uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. The best way to learn about The Poor People’s Campaign is to go to the website and watch the video at the bottom of the home page and to read its Fundamental Principles. Then, you can "Join the Campaign" by filling out the simple form on the homepage, right above the video. The PPC is launching 40 Days of Nonviolent Direct Action in 30 statehouses and the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. on May 14. There will be weekly mass meetings, direct actions, teach-ins, and art and music events, which this flyer describes in more detail. All Virginians are called to mobilize at the U.S. Capitol instead of in Richmond. If you are on Facebook, I encourage you to follow the DC PPC’s page. Finally, please email me, Elisabeth Geschiere, egeschiere@uucava.org, if you want to be added to a listserve of UUCAers who have joined the campaign in order to coordinate our support and transportation.

Note: The Unitarian Universalist Association has endorsed this campaign and President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray will participate in the May 14 action in DC. Link to the UU & Poor Peoples Campaign Facebook page here.
Understanding Inequality Book Group
The “Understanding Inequality” book group will meet at the Arlington Central Library, Thursday, May 3, 7 to 9 p.m., to hear Richard Rothstein talk about his book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. And, on Monday, May 7, 7 p.m., the group will meet at UUCA to discuss the book. Rothstein presents a multitude of examples of how the government abetted the injustice of segregated housing.

Date: Thursday, May 3, 7-9 p.m. Location: Arlington Central Library

Date: Monday, May 7, 7 p.m.
Location: UUCA Room 14
Join Team UUCA at the 37th Annual StepALIVE! Walkathon
Join the ALIVE! Child Development Center (CDC) for the 37th Annual StepALIVE! Walkathon, a 5K or 5-mile stroll through Old Town, Alexandria. The CDC is a high quality, full-day, full-year preschool serving children of low-income working parents. Proceeds from StepALIVE! allow 100% of CDC students to receive tuition assistance. There will be live music, a raffle, and refreshments. Register online as a walker or virtual walker on UUCA’s team or in-person on May 6 starting at 1:15 p.m. Individuals unable to participate can register as virtual walkers. To join UUCA’s team click here. Questions? Contact UUCA Team Captain Don Birchler at birchled@hotmail.com

Date: on Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m.
Screening of Film on Solitary Confinement
UUCA will host a screening of the 2016 HBO Documentary, Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison, followed by a panel discussion with moderator Rabbi Charles Feinberg, Director of Interfaith Action for Human Rights; Johnny Perez, Director of US Prison Program at the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, who is a returning citizen from solitary confinement; and Kimberly Jenkins-Snodgrass, Vice-Chair of Interfaith Action for Human Rights and the mother of Kevin Snodgrass Jr., who was in solitary confinement at Red Onion State Prison. A light lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., followed by the documentary screening 1:10 p.m., in the Activity Room. Please RSVP here. Full-page flyer here.
 
Date: Sunday, May 6, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: UUCA Activity Room
Live The Pledge to End Racism Workshop
At a time in our country when inequities faced by people of color are made more and more visible, the Pledge to End Racism offers faith communities and other groups a way to engage in substantive conversations, while developing competence in dismantling racism in their communities. The Pledge--a commitment to a common understanding, language and set of principles-- can become a vital link in one's work to ending racism. Whether you have had previous anti-racism training, or have never taken a workshop about racism, the Live the Pledge to End Racism Workshop will challenge you to invest in learning about anti-racism with literature, training, and other activities. For more information, or to register for this workshop, please email Diane Dorius, doriusde@gmail.com. You can also register in Fellowship Hall after church services this Sunday, May 6. 

Dates: Saturdays, May 12 & 19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Activity Room
June Allyship Workshop Registration Open
As part of our congregation's Live the Pledge campaign to end racism, UUCA has partnered with Service Never Sleeps to offer a racial justice Allyship training. Over 100 UUCAers have already taken this training. Now it’s your turn. This workshop will teach you about the causes of racial injustice, how to be an effective ally for marginalized communities of color, and how to actively influence and educate others. This is a natural follow-up to the two-day Live the Pledge to End Racism workshop but is also appropriate for first-timers. More information and sign up here . UUCA contact Alex Ziehm , Alexandraziehm92@gmail.com .
Cooks Needed - Help Keep Peace Camp Cookin'
Some of the most important times of Peace Camp is when the kids gather for lunch (and snacks). It's a fun and special time of getting to know one another over a nutritious meal that's prepared by the loving hands of volunteer cooks. We need more cooks to add to our team. No experience needed. Flexible schedule. Teens are welcome. It's a great way to earn community service credits. Jobs include food prep, cooking, serving, and cleanup. Volunteers help prepare snacks beginning at 8:30 a.m. and lunch starting at 10 a.m., with cleanup ending at 2:30 p.m. Help any day, for any length of time. Peace Camp runs June 25 to July 6. Contact Mollie Jewell, molliejewell2@gmail.com, 703-941-5643 or see Mollie at the coffee table this Sunday. For general information about Peace Camp click here.
Share Your Talents @ Peace Camp
Here's your chance to share your talent or gift--Do a demonstration for Peace Campers! Share how you can be a PEACEMAKER through music, storytelling, dance, art project, or a nature project--whatever your gift or talent may be. For more information, contact MJ Park, mjpeace@gmail.com.
Fiesta!
The whole family is invited for an evening of food, fun, and friendship! Each year we gather with our Buckingham neighbors for an evening of delicious food and entertainment. No fee--just bring a dish to share.

Date: Saturday, May 12, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Fellowship Hall
Music Ministry
Voices for Solidarity Benefit Concert  
All concert proceeds go toward Dream Project Scholarships and Mentoring Program.

Tickets: $35 Online | $40 Door | $10 Students. Buy tickets here.

Date: Friday, May 4, 6:15 p.m.
Location: Center Gallery
"Tunes and Tea" Bella Voce Concert
Sunday, May 13, 4 p.m.
Here's a perfect gift for Mom on Mother's Day! (or a gift to self)
Bring mom, bring sister, bring a friend, bring dad and brother's, too! The whole family will enjoy these beautiful voices -- Bella Voce! And, plan on staying for a little "Mother's Tea" afterward! Optional freewill donation benefits UUCA.
Congregational Life
Event Host and Building Safety Training
Those who lead groups at UUCA, who plan and/or host meetings or events, or who are interested in volunteering to do so, are invited to join Facility Manager, Paul Kearney, and Administrative and Events Coordinator, Annie Parker for a special training Sunday, May 6, after second service. Interested parties can grab a cup of coffee and convene in the Boardroom by 12:30. The session will last for approximately an hour and a half and will touch on health, safety, security, and emergency policies and procedures. The session will also include an orientation to building features and an overview of expectations and responsibilities of coordinators or hosts.

Date: Sunday, May 6, 12:30 p.m.
Location: Board Room
Losing My Religion
The First Sunday Humanist Hour will take place this Sunday, May 6, at 9:15 in the Chapel. The hour will explore the theme of "Losing My Religion," with a look at two prominent Christian ministers, Bart Campolo and Bishop Carlton Pearson, who both "lost their religion," and found Humanism and Universalism. There will also be the communal sharings of joys, concerns, announcements, and favorite activities. All are welcome! If you have any questions, or would like to know more about the humanist experience, contact Bill Fogarty, at wafogarty@aol.com

Date: Sunday, May 6, 9:15 a.m.
Location: Chapel
Young Adult Laser Tag (+District Taco), Take 2
The UUCA Young Adult Group is going on a laser tagging adventure! Meet at Ultrazone-- Bailey's Crossroads at 7:40 p.m. to buy tickets and be all set by 8 p.m. COST: $19 for unlimited games beginning at 8 p.m. Join us at 6 p.m for dinner beforehand at District Taco. Feel free to come to dinner even if you can't join for laser tag. This is a half mile, 5-10 minute walk to Ultrazone. The District Taco address is 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. See the UUCA Young Adult Group Facebook group or contact Julia Peterson, jcwpeterson@gmail.com, for more information. 

Date: Saturday, May 5, 7:40 p.m.
HUUmanists host Author Talk
The Ministers' War
UUCA member Michael (“Mike”) Doyle will talk about his most recent book, The Ministers’ War: John W. Mears, the Oneida Community and the Crusade for Public Morality. Published by Syracuse University Press, the book explores how a 19th-century Hamilton College philosophy professor and morality crusader, John W. Mears, fought the nearby Oneida Community where all men and women were united in "complex marriage." Doyle is a reporter for E&E News. He has won awards for his reporting from the National Press Club and the Washington Press Club Foundation.  More details here. All are welcome. For further information, contact Jere Cummins, jeroldcummins@gmail.com.

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Board Room
Day Alliance: Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Directives
April's guest speaker for Day Alliance is Elizabeth L. Wildhack, an estate planning attorney who has devoted her practice to the areas of trusts and estates, including wills, living trusts, powers of attorney, advance directives; estate and special needs planning for the disabled; elder law; probate administration; and decedents’ estates and trust administration in Northern Virginia for almost 18 years. She currently serves as the Assistant Commissioner of Accounts for the Circuit Court of Arlington County and the City of Falls Church, and as the treasurer for the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  More details here. Everyone is welcome for the program, without reservations. Lunch requires RSVP and begins at noon. Deadline for lunch RSVP is May 3.

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. Coffee; Speaker 11 a.m.; Lunch 12 p.m.
Location: Center Gallery
Young Adult Divine Reading Group
The Divine Reading Group is a Young Adults Group which treats secular short stories as though they were sacred texts. The belief behind the strategies is that personal truth and meaning can come from a wide variety of sources. This group is ideal for those who love reading and discussion. It is also a place where deep and meaningful introspection occurs, friendships are made, and the very nature of religion is explored. The reading is chapters 7-8 of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. Questions? Contact Elisabeth Geschiere, egeschiere@uucava.org.
 
Young Adult Sunday Brunch
CANCELED this week in order to encourage all Young Adults to attend one of two other UUCA events this Sunday afternoon!
  1. The film screening of the 2016 HBO Documentary “Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison” or
  2. The StepALIVE! Walkathon to benefit ALIVE! Child Development Center. Email Elisabeth Geschiere, egeschiere@uucava.org for more information or with questions.
Beer, Pizza, and Questions About the Universe
Folks between the ages of 21 and 35 are welcome to join the Young Adults for beer, pizza, and questions about the universe every other Tuesday. The event is BYOB--bring your own beer, but the pizza will be provided. We discuss topics ranging from politics, to science, to philosophy. Every time the topic is different but the discussion is always interesting. 
 
Date: Tuesday, May 8, 7–9 p.m.
Location: Fellowship Hall
Men's Book Group
The Men's Book Group will meet in the Chapel at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 13, to discuss Farewell, My Lovely, a 1940 mystery by Raymond Chandler, the second novel to feature detective Philip Marlowe. If there are any questions about the group and its meetings, please email Ken Marshall, kenmar42@gmail.com or call 703-533-8004. 

Date: Sunday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Chapel
Summer & Fall Retreats
UUCA Shenandoah Retreat - June 22-24
You are invited to join UUCA members, friends, and acquaintances in Shenandoah National Park for our spring/summer annual retreat! Most campers stay in Big Meadows Campground and many people who don't want to camp stay in Big Meadows lodge. The weekend is open to all and is family-friendly.
  1. Book your room or campsite (here), or plan a day trip. NOTE: Most campsites are booked well in advance, but the campground has many first-come, first-serve sites. Some UUCAers may have reserved campsites to release, too– join the email list for more info.
  2. Register with the UUCA group (here) so we can communicate with you!
  3. Make your donation (here) to the UUCA group to cover cost of shared food (and wine) and supplies ($10/adult or more).
  4. Sign up (here) to help make the retreat happen! Many of our needs are small commitments--from fitting an extra box of happy hour supplies in your car to chilling in the picnic area for a few hours on Saturday to “hold” our tables.
Questions? Contact D. Ohlandt, profohlandt@gmail.com or Jacqueline Lotts, jlotts@gmail.com.

Date: June 22-24
Join Us for a Mountain Get-a-Way: Fall Retreat is Sept. 21-23
For over 50 years, UUCA members and friends have gathered each fall at Capon Springs in the mountains of West Virginia for fellowship, fun, and renewal. The Fall Retreat (Sept. 21-23) is a great chance to get to know your fellow UUCAers in a relaxed setting. Enjoy discussions and workshops, communal meals, fun and games from Scrabble to shuffleboard, from hiking and birdwatching to golf. Whether you are thinking of coming for the first time or are a repeat retreater, we would love to have you join us! Please stop by the Fall Retreat table on any Sunday in May, where members of the retreat committee will be delighted to tell you more. More information and registration here.

Date: September 21-23
Location: Capon Springs , West Virginia

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