Thursday, September 10, 2020
We join together to encourage spiritual growth, 
build a beloved community, and act for peace and justice.
Sunday, September 13

10:30 a.m. Sunday Service

"The Genius of Anxiety:
What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You"
- Rev. Carl & Irene Glasse
with Intern Minister Jen as liturgist

Special Music:
UUCF Choir
(Zoom link available at

Please spread the word about our online Sunday Services
to anyone you know who may be interested.

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

11:30 a.m. Virtual Coffee Hour
(Same Zoom Room as Sunday Service)

11:45 a.m. Friendly Forum:
"What Motivates the Swing Voter?"
(Zoom link available at

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

7:00 p.m. Sample Chalice Group Session
Small Group Ministry
(Zoom link available at

Regularly check our homepage for
the next 7 days of online opportunities:
Ongoing Classes & Events

Register for Religious Education:
All Children & Youth
Please sign your child up for Religious Education at UUCF this year! Even if you've filled this out EVERY YEAR, we still need updated information. Share with a friend as well, MOST of our offerings will be held online (until there is either a vaccine or proven treatment for Covid19) with in person, small gatherings 1x a month outside as weather permits. ALL ARE WELCOME! If you want to continue receiving information for our programs, please sign up by Sunday, September 6th.


Meditation Class with Rev. Carl

“Mindfulness, Heartfulness, & More,” Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., (September 8 - November 24, 2020). Description: Each class is typically in three sections: (1) "Practice Check-in" - opportunity to share how your personal practice has been going in the past week, (2) "Practicing Together" - learn and experiment with new practices and/or hear dharma talk, (3) "Check-out" - reflect on this session and/or and open time of "Ask Me Anything.” For this Tuesday evening class, email to add your name to the weekly email reminder list. Zoom link will also be available at


How to Talk to Nonvoters: Why People Don't Vote

UUCF member Steve Buckingham has published a new short book through Amazon to provide answers to the reasons that people give for not voting. The book is available for free download until Friday, September 11, 2020, and is also in paperback. He wants to get wide distribution before the November elections to provide tools for those interested in increasing turnout. Reviews of the book on Amazon are also encouraged.


Register Now for Chalice Groups that begin
in October on Zoom

These groups of 8-10 members and friends of UUCF meet twice a month to discuss various topics such as life transitions, spirituality, and relationships. The goal is to create community and nurture personal growth through individual sharing and deep listening.  
Whether you are new to Chalice Groups or have been in one before, please register online using this link:    

If you have never been in a Chalice Group and are interested in seeing what one is like, we will be holding 2 Sample Sessions:
  • Sunday, Sept. 13, 7-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16th, 10-11:30am.  
Zoom links are located our homepage,

For more information or any questions you might have, contact Bobbi Mead and Carolyn Rocha at:


UUCF's Dismantling Racism Team will meet via Zoom on Monday, September 14, 6 - 7:30 pm.  All are welcome. Let's share what community anti-racism efforts you've been part of, or would like more info about. Agenda also includes: follow-up from the White Fragility book group, report from UUA Commission on Institutional Change "Widening the Circle", GA info on Reparations.


How To Be An Antiracist
Book Discussion Series
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Beginning Wednesday, September 23, 7:00-8:30 p.m., UUCF’s Dismantling Racism Team will host a weekly discussion series around How To Be An Antiracist, by the National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi. Here’s the Zoom link, which will also be posted on the UUCF homepage:

For the first week, please read “My Racist Introduction,” and Chapter 1, “Definitions.” Contact for more information.

“Being an antiracist requires persistant self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination.—Ibram X. Kendi


The Blanche Ames Gallery is ONLINE!

Visit our virtual Art Gallery here. And, learn more about the artists here!

Joys & Sorrows
Sharon View: Please keep Sharon and her family in your thoughts or prayers. Her son Sean suffered a seizure that caused him to fall and severely hit his head. The resulting brain trauma proved fatal. You can learn more about Sean through his obituary, available at:
Condolences may be sent to: 
Sharon View
7029 Basswood RD.
Frederick, MD 21703
Phone: 315-256-6847
Community News
In January we launched #UUtheVote as an unprecedented call to collaboration and mobilization for the 2020 election. In May, we pivoted our work to meet the challenges of COVID-19 at our “How We Thrive” event that opened with a beautiful virtual choir. 
Now, let us gather again. Join us for Gather to Spirit, our next virtual mass mobilization on Wednesday, September23rd at 7:30 ET / 4:30 PT

n the past few months, we have powerfully answered the call of this political moment-- engaging thousands of UUs in non-partisan voter engagement and contributing to a movement for liberation that many of us couldn’t have even imagined when the year began. 
Now, as we head into the Fall push, it is time to meet this moment with the full capacity of our faith. Let us gather together to be nourished by the abundant, loving spirit of this beloved community. Join us on Tuesday, September 23rd for our special UU the Vote event, Gather The Spirit. 
We’ll be joined by leaders from across our faith to celebrate all that we have done so far and introduce a powerful week of action during #AllinOctober. We’ll roll out helpful tools to equip us for this week of action, learn how we can sustain this work through the Fall, and highlight some of the work of our UU the Vote volunteers and teams!
We have sharpened our organizing skills. We have pledged to Vote Love in 2020. Now let us unlock the fullness of our faith at  Gather the Spirit.

Reserve Your Spot Today!
UUs in Ohio and UU Justice Ohio (UUJO—our state action network) have been partnering with the Ohio Organizing Collaborative (OOC) - a coalition of front line community organizations working for justice and electoral justice here in our communities.
Now we are coming down the homestretch, and asking for UUs from around the country to join us on Thursday, September 17th at 4 pm EST as we call voters across the state leading up to the November election. We will be reaching out to people who get targeted for voter suppression — helping them get what they need to check their registration, register online if needed, and answering questions about voting by mail and early voting.
We will be using ThruTalk to make our calls and will provide training at the phonebank. We recommend that you preview the platform on a YouTube video HERE. And we will be connecting folk to our online voter registration page at OHVOTES.ORG as we talk with them (When possible - See the button marked “Registration with Help.”) 
Once you register for the phonebank, we will send an email with our script and other details you might need.

Phonebanks are an effective way to reach voters--much more so than postcards and letters. The way we do the phonebanks is faithful, fulfilling, and fun. For two hours we gather in as a community on Zoom, we get trained on ThruTalk--the platform for making the calls, we review the script, we hang out on Zoom while we make the calls--where we can share what we’re hearing, ask questions, and get technical support. We gather back in before we end to hear how the calls went for people, we get our results, and close out together. We use an auto dialer through our computers which only puts us through to people who answer their phones and our own phone numbers aren’t involved. People we call see only a number for Ohio Organizing Collaborative as we are just using our phones for audio. 

Once you have a group of people trained from your congregation at our national phone bank you can all make calls together anytime (just not before 9 am or after 9 pm ET). You’ll want to have at least six people or the dialer will go too slowly between calls--the more people you can gather the quicker it goes and the more people you will reach.
Our front line partners have been dealing with the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on the health and economic conditions for people of color. The Ohio Organizing Collaborative has been working for COVID relief, a halt to evictions, release of prisoners, an end to police violence and more. We UUs can help fill a critical need in electoral organizing in Ohio and help makeour partners by making some calls!

Please join us and invite others from your congregation, your networks, and your family and friends. Sign up HERE. Let's #VoteLove and #DefeatHate in 2020!
Voting is Power Unleashed! A Moral Mass Assembly
Join us Monday Sept. 14 at 7pm ET/ 4pm PT for an evening that will bring together thousands of poor and low-income people and their allies as we share tools and teach-in on voter engagement, registration and protection, and announce our upcoming activities this election season.
This massive online event will feature the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Forward Justice, the 43 PPC State Coordinating Committees, our co-chairs, directly impacted people, artists and special guests. You won’t want to miss it!
Register here to join!
Find at least five people to join you for a watch party - find five keep democracy alive!
 Mon Sep 21 7PM - Maryland Monthly Monday Meeting - Join us to hear an announcement about a Statewide Action Event on Sep 27 to mobilize, organize, register people for a movement that votes. Come gain additional insight on registering to vote, mail-in ballots and other assistance if needed. We will have regional break outs to develop local plans for the Statewide Action Event.
Welcome to Forward Focus, our new weekly policy fact sheet that will shine light on the issues that matter and point the way forward. Check out this week's fact sheet on voter suppression by clicking below!
Click Here to Read More!
Dr. Sabrina Dent to give 16th Annual Moses Lecture on Constitution Day, Thursday, September 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

On September 17, 1787, the Founding Framers gathered to sign the final draft of the U.S. Constitution. This would become a notable moment in history that would set a new trajectory for some in America. Two hundred thirty-three years later “We the People” continue to wrestle with the moral imperative of freedom in the United States. This lecture will explore the questions: How do we understand freedom? To whom are these freedoms extended? What is our responsibility as citizens to protect religious freedom while re-imagining the promises of the U.S. Constitution?

The Sixteenth Annual Tom E. Moses Memorial Lecture on the United States Constitution will be given by Dr. Sabrina Dent, the Senior Faith Advisor for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Dr. Dent will deliver her lecture, "The Morality of Freedom: Re-imagining the Promises of the U.S. Constitution," in a virtual program on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm. 

Click on the button below to RSVP. All confirmed guests will receive a Zoom link to join the lecture on September 17th.
RSVP for Constitution Day
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