Thursday, April 1, 2021
We join together to encourage spiritual growth, 
build a beloved community, and act for peace and justice.
Sunday, April 4

10:30 a.m. Sunday Service

"From Crosses & Lynchings to Collective Liberation"
- Rev. Carl & with Intern Minister Jen as liturgist

Special Music:
Deb Int Veldt, Nick Int Veldt,
Sea Raven Morse, Danielle Grace, & more!

Please spread the word about our online Sunday Services
to anyone you know who may be interested.
(Zoom link available at

Virtual Coffee Hour:
Breakout Rooms for ~15 minutes with 5-6 people
(immediately after Sunday Service in same Zoom Room)

9:00 a.m. UU Buddhist Fellowship:
Group Meditation & Discussion
(Zoom link also available at

11:45 a.m. Friendly Forum:
"Soapbox Sunday - Bring your own topic to share!
(Zoom link also available at

3:00 p.m. Atheists/Humanists/Agnostics (AHA)
Discussion Group
(Zoom link available at

Check our homepage for
the next 7 days of online opportunities:
General Announcements

First Friday Hike
Friday, April 2 at 10:30 a.m.
Holly will lead us on one of her favorite local hikes, the 5-mile Blue Trail on Sugarloaf Mountain. Shortcut on the Yellow Trail is an option. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water, lunch and hiking poles if you use them. We'll meet at 10:30 am at the back of the West Lot, Sugarloaf Mountain Drive, Dickerson, MD. Port-a-johns at the start. Holly Shifrin ( will be happy to answer any questions you have about the hike. Look forward to seeing you! To be added to our monthly email list of hikers, please contact or 202.258.07889

Rev. Carl Teaching “Wisdom From the World's Religions” at Frederick Community College: Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., starting April 6 (6 sessions). Description: How should we define religion? Who benefits and who decides? From a twenty-first century perspective, how can wisdom from the world's religions inspire us ethically and spiritually? Join us for an exploration of Daoism, Hinduism, Islam, Earth-centered spirituality, Religious Humanism, & more. This course will be “online only” through Zoom. For more information or to register:

Split-Plate Nominations due April 13
(July 2021 - June 2022)
Make nominations through On the third Sunday of each month, half of UUCF's undesignated offering donations are shared with the non-profit selected for that month.

Discounted Tickets to "Revolutionary Love"
Virtual Conference (April 15 - 18)
This year's theme is "The Courage to Imagine" and will feature a diverse group of artists, activists, prophets and educators called together to challenge our moral imagination. You can learn more at There are scholarship funds available for a Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color interested in attending this conference. Please email Intern Minister Jen at if you are interested in being a part of our UUCF group. The group discount ticket price of $50 instead of $75.
Celebrate UUCF
Saturday, April 10 at 7:00pm   
All are welcome!
(Zoom link will be available a week in advance at

“UUCF Stewardship Update”
- Bill Cranmer, Chair of UUCF's Stewardship Team

“The Present & Future of UUCF’s Religious Education”
- Nicole Hodges-Abbasi, Director of Religious Education

“The Present & Future of UUCF’s Music Program”
- Deb Int Veldt, Music Director

“Reflections from UUCF's Board of Trustees”
- Lisa Bromfield, Board President

“Sustaining the Light”
- The Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg, minister

"Ask Me Anything"
with Rev. Carl
Joys & Sorrows

Robert Strasser: "The last 2 weeks have been intensely demanding of all my energies, as I went through a crisis of unprecedented and unexpected proportions. Following months of acute back pain, I was admitted to Frederick Memorial Hospital on St Patrick's Day, and have since had back surgery to stabilize a fracture threatening my lower spine stability. In addition, I await final diagnostic results for a cancer. As soon as they know what type it is, the medical team can begin treatment. I have deep gratitude for the direct loving support of my brother and sister in the process of adjusting, and for all the heartfelt outpouring of supportive communications of my friends and communities. On this journey of life, we are all interdependent and share many connections. This richness has helped me in a dark and very difficult time.  Gratitude 🙏💞"

Robert anticipates remaining at Frederick Memorial Hospital for at least another week or so before moving to a rehabilitation center. He welcomes support, care, and concern through calling or texting: 240-285-8199. Please keep Robert in your thoughts or prayers.
Virtual Cheese Tasting Event on Saturday, April 17

Attention Cheese Lovers:
Miss being together in beloved community and enjoying each others company? Here's a great opportunity to get together! UUCF will be hosting a virtual cheese tasting event. Join local professor and cheese enthusiast Christine Rai for a fun and delicious Zoom cheese tasting. During our lively one hour session, you will be guided through a tasting of five styles of cheese, learning about the history, science, and culture behind this delicious food. 

Cost to attend is $10 plus the purchase of cheeses on your own. Nichole, UUCF's Director of Religious Education has attended one of Christine's tastings and loved it so much she wanted to bring together our families to share in the experience!

Christine Rai is an innovative professor at Frederick Community College who specializes in food studies, culture, and hands-on learning. She adores cheeses of all sorts and has been leading cheese tastings since 2017. Christine writes about food, travel, and teaching at and is about to publish her first book, Rainbows in the Rain and Stars in the Dark: Inspiration for Positive Living
Frederick CUUPS Events for April

Blackfeather Mystery School: Crow Course
The 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm
The Blackfeather Mystery School is a full-spectrum training in Empowered Witchcraft developed by mystic witch Irene Glasse and spiritworker Caine Dreamwalker. The 2021 series is the Crow level, an intermediate training. Prerequisites include experience journeying and cultivating spirit allies, a good understanding of the fundamentals of witchcraft, and a willingness to practice class content outside the classroom. Content includes sharpening Divination skills, Healing in both Witchcraft and Spiritwork modalities, Pagan Pastoral/Clergy Service, Past Life Reconciliation, Soul Retrieval, Dedicant Work, Psychopomp skill-building and more.

Legends Lodge Tavern
Friday, April 9, 7pm
Join us for an evening of myth and community at Legends Lodge! The Lodge is a place to gather with friends for the sharing of stories from our faith paths, and honor the Bardic arts. You’re welcome to listen or to share! Myths, legends, poems both old and new, are all welcome! This month’s theme is ‘Love Stories.’ If you’re planning to perform, please let us know beforehand! Drop-in performances are welcome if time allows.

Earth-centered Spirituality Service
Sunday, April 11, 12:00pm (Noon)
The monthly Earth Service provides an opportunity to focus on the Sixth Source of Unitarian Universalism: “Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.” This month’s Earth Service is led by Raven.

Dark Moon Shadow Meditation
Sunday, April 11th, 7 PM

Join longtime Heathen witch Emily Nicole for a Dark Moon Meditation, where we will connect to the Darkness of the Moon and our own Shadow Self. All are welcome to join.

Tarot 101: How to Learn Tarot Without Losing Your Mind
Wednesdays at 7pm, April 14th – 28th, May 12th – 26th
Join Heather for this FCUUPS workshop series focused on building comfort with reading tarot for yourself! Over the six sessions, you’ll gain a solid foundation for working with tarot as we break down the systems and structures at its core. Whether you’ve just gotten your first deck* or simply want to be less dependent on reaching for the book every time – this series is for you!
*no tarot deck required
**Participants will need a dedicated notebook or other method of recording their thoughts & observations as we work through the deck.

Fire Cider Workshop: A Springtime Tonic
Friday, April 16, 7pm
Join Strix and members of Frederick CUUPS for a fun, informative workshop on Fire Cider! In this workshop, we’ll discuss the emergence that our body makes alongside our Green Allies in spring time. You’ll learn how simple it can be to aid your body in the change of seasons with the foods you most likely already have in your home. This is a great first step for those interested in herbalism and taking control of the medicines they use to nourish themselves and their family.

The Witching Hour
Friday, April 23, 7pm
Join members of the Frederick CUUPS community for an informal hangout and check-in. The Witching Hour is a social time. Everyone should have their favorite beverage at the ready. There are no rules about this beverage. ALL beverages are equally welcome.
This event does not have a structure per se. You are invited to attend as your true self, in the company of other pagans. You may wear a hat, or not. You may paint your face, or not. Do you have a new tattoo? You can show us if you’d like! Did you just get a new item for your altar that is the absolute BEST THING YOU’VE EVER SEEN? Why yes, we would love to see that. Depending on the number of attendees, breakout rooms may be employed. See you there!

Full Moon Divination Circle
Monday, April 26, 7pm
Join Heather and the Frederick CUUPS Community on Full Moon nights at 7 PM Eastern for a Divination Circle! This facilitated open discussion circle is an opportunity for the FCUUPS community to meet up and exchange ideas and techniques surrounding the different types of divination we all use.

Frederick CUUPS Beltane Ritual
Friday, April 30, 7pm
As the natural world warms and awakens to the growing sun, so too do our minds and hearts find new energy. In this Beltane ritual, we will honor the theme of awakening and mindful return.

Supplies Needed:
One red, orange, or yellow candle
Small bowl of water
Some mineral or table salt
Open for Online Orders Now!
Visit here to pre-order& browse.

Pre-ordering Strongly Encouraged!
Preordering will assure you your first choice of plants, especially of perennials, as many of the perennials are in limited quantity. Preordering will also help minimize the number of people mingling together in our plant booths at any given time. You can safely browse through the on-line catalogue here, and place your order on line. We will pack your order, and it will be waiting for you in the designated pick-up area at UUCF. 
Tickets are FREE, however, you must register for to get the Zoom link here.
UUA Condemns Attacks on Democracy, Recommits to Protecting Voting Rights

As Unitarian Universalists, our values hold that all people should have a voice and a vote in choosing their leaders and determining what is best for ourselves and our communities. Our principles compel us to protect the broadest use of the democratic process and remind us that the oppression of any community is a moral injury to us all. As we witness the intentional undermining of the electoral process, our faith beckons us to resist these attacks on democracy and protect voting rights everywhere. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) offers our support and solidarity to the powerful organizing happening in Georgia, especially from faith communities and Black-led organizations such as New Georgia ProjectBlack Voters Matter, and Fair Fight.

We applaud leaders like Representative Cannon who have engaged in direct action and shown up with moral courage to condemn state repression. We encourage Unitarian Universalists across the country to organize to defeat voter suppression in their own states. We urge support for the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. These are crucial national measures to ensure that restrictive state bills like SB202 do not threaten the rights of the most marginalized communities. As 19th c. Unitarian minister Theodore Parker once said, “A democracy [is] a government of all the people, for all the people, by all the people.” Access to the ballot and fair, transparent elections systems are fundamental to this vision. The UUA is proud of our Unitarian Universalist legacy of fighting for democracy and voting rights. We urge Unitarian Universalists to work in partnership with all those who share our values to take decisive action in support of a free, fair, and functioning democracy. Read the full statement, available at 

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Community News
Community Conversations about Racism: Hosted by Asbury Methodist & All Saints' Episcopal Churches

Join us Thursday nights at 7pm for our weekly zoom conversation about our local experience of racism. Through sharing our stories in this brave space of trust and love we are discovering relationships that can heal this world. We have returned to our original format, watching a video clip together or reflecting on a text and then spending the rest of the time in conversation about the material and a question it raises for us.

See you on zoom!

UU United Nations Office (UU-UNO)
Intergenerational Spring Seminar,
"All In for Climate Justice:
Food Equity & Sustainability,” 

Friday, April 9 - Sunday, April 11
Amid the ongoing pandemic, our world has seen the climate catastrophe rear its head, political and social divisions exacerbated, and deteriorating humanitarian situations globally. To each of these crises, the UN has brought an important platform for international collaboration. The issues are interconnected and global in nature - and we can find solutions when countries work together through global bodies. Our UU UNO is part of a network of non-governmental organizations pushing for increased collaboration and mutual support. UUs can be part of taking action by raising awareness and movement to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UU@UN's Intergenerational Spring Seminar provides a perfect example of how smart solutions can address interconnected issues.

The Seminar theme explores how we can take action toward making sure all people have access to nutritious food (SDG 2) that is grown and distributed in ways that reduce harm to our planet (SDG 11, 12, 13, & 15). Be part of these solutions by bringing an international lens to your local engagement. Registration is open through March 18 and rates are flexible for equity and accessibility Full details at
Advocacy News and Events

Write Here! Write Now! for April
As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to boldly respond to the growing climate crisis and the glaring racial and socioeconomic inequities revealed by the pandemic. We believe that the right changes in our food systems can help slow climate change and begin to address injustices in our agricultural systems. The transition to a more climate-friendly agriculture must also respond to social problems like land loss, racism, unemployment and hunger. We urge Senators to support legislation that would improve both climate change and social inequalities, such as the Justice for Black Farmers Act and the Climate Stewardship Act.

The Environmental Action Team will host an Issue Briefing on these bills April 15 at 2 pm ET, featuring Adam Zipkin, counsel to Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ben Thomas, Senior Policy Director for Agriculture at the Environmental Defense Fund. You can register Here.
Immigration Town Hall
Wednesday, April 28
7:30-9 pm ET | 6:30-8 pm CT | 5:30-7 pm MT | 4:30-6 pm PT

Please join this Zoom Town Hall (you will receive the Zoom link when registered) with the UUSJ Immigration Action Team, immigrant-led advocacy organizations, faith partners, and fellow UUs to discuss immigration advocacy efforts in Congress and at the Federal level.  

Help UUSJ determine its strategy and priorities both now and as it looks ahead, in coalition with partners. Should we focus on: 
  • Creating pathways to legal status for those already here and integrated in our economy?
  •  Reducing detention and deportation?  
  • Comprehensive immigration reform ? 
  • Raising refugee resettlement caps and strengthening federal services for resettling families? 
  • Encouraging a return to broader acceptance and humane treatment for asylum-seekers? 
  • Strengthening oversight of US immigration agencies? 
  • Changing the negative narrative about immigrants by emphasizing immigrants’ humanity and contributions? 
Your input will help define the focus for UUSJ’s June virtual visit to Congress, mobilize constituents to join those meetings and will refine UUSJ’s priorities and strategy. Sign Up Here
Frederick’s Amazing Faith
Dinner Dialogues
Sunday, April 25 & Tuesday, April 27
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Would you like to participate in dialogues with people of various beliefs in order to understand how they apply their principles when making decisions, resolving conflicts, overcoming fears and expressing joy? 

Frederick Interfaith, a local organization that formed after 9/11, fosters spiritual understanding and love among people of diverse beliefs. Frederick Interfaith strives to love, listen to, and respect everyone, regardless of their beliefs. We address significant issues of our time and work to increase our appreciation and understanding of others’ viewpoints. As one of its outreach activities, Frederick Interfaith for years has sponsored an annual Amazing Faith Dinner Dialogue. This year the event will be virtual.

Initially the group will begin as one group, and then ZOOM breakout groups will form to share discussion and questions. Each person will be asked to consider a question and then answer it in their small group. The questions will be about how our beliefs have influenced our lives. Trained moderators will facilitate each dialogue.

People of all faiths and no faith are welcome! This event is free. There will be a special group for Youth (under age 25) for each date. This year participants may eat supper at home during the event. A time of virtual fellowship will follow the event for those who want to continue the conversation.

To register for the dinner:
or phone 301-639-2062
RSVP by April 18, 2021
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