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The Masks We Wear - sermon Title
Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 9:15 & 11:15 a.m.
The Masks We Wear
Sermon by Walter Clark, Ministerial Assistant
Halloween provides us with an opportunity to wear whatever mask we choose. What do those masks say about us and are they helpful or harmful?

Irv Lachow is our Worship Associate. Our adult choir, Sanctuary Singers, under the direction of Sophia Morreale , Interim Director of Music Ministries, will provide music.

This is an multi-generational service for all children in 4th grade and younger--plus it's our annual children's costume parade during the service. See below for more Religious Education announcements.
Wheel of Life
A memorial service will be held for Lee Burchinal, a former member of UUCA, on Saturday, October 26, 2 p.m., in our Sanctuary.
Opportunities to Connect and Grow
"Imagine If" - Tells us your dreams for UUCA

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 will be 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. 

"Imagine If" sessions on Sundays, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Board Room:
  • October 27
  • November 3
  • November 10
  • November 17
  • November 24
  • December 1

Refreshments and childcare is provided at all Sunday sessions. Pizza is available for the Sunday 12:30 p.m. sessions.
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:
  • 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
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Friday-Saturday, February 7, 8, 2020
April 2020-three days, two nights - TBA

The November "Living the Questions" Circles of Trust session has been modified and is now on November 2 only. This change in format is to make it more accessible and enable more to experience this life-giving opportunity.

We begin on Saturday, November 2, by gathering at 8:30 a.m. for coffee. The session starts promptly at 9 a.m. and continues through 8 p.m.

This session is facilitated by Nancy Edmundson who has spent much time with our congregation and facilitated the seasonal retreat series two years ago. In addition, Tamara Srader and Lee Ann Williams will also be facilitators.

We hope you can join us. 


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.
mom and tot in costume
What's New in RE

This Sunday is our Annual Children’s Costume Parade during worship, so please come dressed in your Halloween finest! It is also a multi-generational service for all children in 4th grade and younger. So, there will be NO CLASSES for Preschool through 4th Grade, as the service is designed to engage children of all ages. If your child is in 5th Grade or higher, class will continue as regularly scheduled. The sermon will be interactive, and we highly encourage anyone who is so inclined to come in costume! 

Upcoming RE Events
  • Oct. 26. Y9/Youth Group - Fields of Fear @ Cox Farms. Chaperones also needed. RSVP & questions: Lisa Chang,
  • Oct. 27, 3 p.m. ASPAN bag meals for homeless. More info below.
Bake sale cookies
Youth Group and Y9'rs Bake Sale
Sunday, October 27, after both services

Come hungry this Sunday! Our Youth Group and Y9’rs are hosting a bake sale to support their respective service trips next Spring. If you’d like to donate some baked goods to be sold, please feel free to let us know what you are making and bring them by the upstairs kitchen labeled Youth Bake Sale: sign up here.
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.
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 
  • 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 

  • 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
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
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,
Death Cafe Sunday
Sunday, October 27, 2 p.m. Activity Room
Join a lightly facilitated conversation about death. Just as in last spring's Death Cafe, we will sip tea, nibble cake, and let our hearts wander in this tender territory. Facilitator is Colleen Duewel . No need to RSVP, just show up.
New UU Series
Sunday, November 3, 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). The next topic is UU History & Theology with Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley. No registration is needed, but contact to reserve free childcare. Remaining sessions in 2019:  

  • Nov. 17 Campus Tour & Partners with Paul Kearney 
  • Dec. 15 Faith Development, Covenant Groups & Pastoral Care with LeeAnn Williams
Family Mindfulness Classes
First Sunday of each month
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Parents and grandparents with children in grades K-5 are invited to attend. Learn practices for cultivating
greater connection, presence, and compassion in family life in the spirit of play and curiosity. We bring the mindfulness toolkit alive in engaging and practical ways. Classes are drop-in and donation-based. No registration is required. Beginning and experienced mindfulness practitioners are welcome. Classes are led by Fred Persi and Erin Hurley of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. 2019-20 dates are: Nov. 3, Dec. 1, Jan. 5, Feb. 2, March 8, April 5, May 3, June 7. Questions? Contact Fred, .
Save the Date: November 10
Climate Change Solutions
The UUCA Climate Crises Action Coalition is sponsoring a presentation by the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions on environmental justice and energy efficiency after second service on November.
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,
Opportunities to Serve
Election Day is coming . . . and VOICE needs you!

Please join us--along with our Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and other UU leaders from across the region--as VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) embarks on its Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) door-knocking. It's just one week away!

Our UUCA members have joined this GOTV work three times before, and election turnout results showed each time that it measurably raised the turnout in the historically low-voting precincts where we door-knocked. For this election, we'll be walking and knocking in Prince William County, where urgent issues of school funding and criminal justice reform are on the table. The are the dates:
  • Sat., Nov. 2: Morning & afternoon shifts (9:45 a.m. carpools leave UUCA)  
  • Sun., Nov. 3: Afternoon shifts (1:45 p.m. carpools leave UUCA).
  • Mon., Nov. 4: Evening only (carpools TBA).
  • Tue., Nov. 5 (election day): Shifts all day (carpools TBA). 

Pick a day that works for you and sign up at our VOICE table in Fellowship Hall (exact meeting times forthcoming soon). You may also sign up online by going here: VOICE GOTV. 

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 (link) , in addition to Fellowship Hall you can contact Jacomina de Regt , or Pat Findikoglu, .
Buckingham Coat Drive
Sunday, November 3

The cool autumn temperatures are finally here and that means it must be time for our annual coat drive to benefit our immigrant friends in the Buckingham neighborhood. Please bring your clean, gently used men, women, and children’s coats and jackets to church on Sunday, Nov. 3.  Bins will be available in the church lobby. Since this is a one-time event, we can accept coats only until 12:30 p.m. Many of our Buckingham neighbors are unprepared for an Arlington winter and very much appreciate your donations.  
Bag Meals for Homeless
Last Sunday @ Month (This Sunday!) 3-5 p.m. Fellowship Hall Kitchen

On the last Sunday of each month, UUCA volunteers gather in the kitchen to help pack 50 bagged-meals for the homeless. It's a great volunteer opportunity for groups and families. All ages are welcome. Come to help the homeless and stay for the fellowship and newfound friends. Questions? Contact Ken Perkins-Gough , .
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 sizeis 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!
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,
Join Chalice Theatre as they take a leap down the rabbit hole

CHALICE THEATRE, UUCA's prized multigenerational theater troupe, is excited to announce this winter's production of  Alix in Wonderland: A Gender Journey Down the Rabbit Hole , with music and lyrics by Buzz Mauro and book by Norman Allen.  Alix in Wonderland is a wholly original take on social norms, self-perception, and what it really means to grow up in today’s world as we follow Alix on a celebration of personal discovery.

  • Sun., Nov. 3, 3 p.m.: Pre-audition information session for those interested in learning about the audition process
  • Nov. 17, 18: Auditions
  • Nov. 20: Callbacks
  • Jan. 2020: Rehearsals begin
  • Feb./March: Performances are last two weekends in February and first weekend of March
  • Informational flyer here

We are seeking to fill positions on our production team, including music director, scenic painter, and others. If you have questions, or want to volunteer, or to learn more about Chalice Theatre or Alix in Wonderland , stop by the Chalice Theatre table on Sunday or contact Tom O'Reilly, or Katie Boone,
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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