Thursday, July 15, 2021
We join together to encourage spiritual growth, 
build a beloved community, and act for peace and justice.
This Sunday, July 18

9:00 a.m. UU Buddhist Fellowship: Group Meditation & Discussion:

10:30 a.m. Sunday Service:
both "in-person " & "online" available

"From Gold to Collard Greens:
Shifting Values, Shifting Our Faith"
- Lora Powell-Haney, M. Div.,
with Rev. Carl as Liturgist
Special Music by Nichole Hodges-Abbasi
Split-plate donations go to AARCH Society,
in memory of David Key, former president of of AARCH Society

Please spread the word
to anyone you know who may be interested.
(Zoom link also available at

11:45 a.m. Artists' Reception:
"Tree Treasures" by the Mid-Maryland Woodturners Club

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

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

Blanche Ames Gallery Art Show: 'Tree Treasures' by the Mid-Maryland Woodturners Club. View Online Show here. Artists' talk on Sunday, July 18 at 11:45 a.m. In-person or on Zoom! More information at

Donation Yoga for Advancing Beginners: Tuesdays from 10 - 11 AM (Chapel). One of the best ways we can stay resilient and healthy is to exercise and cultivate mindfulness. These donation classes with E-RYT 200 Irene Glasse are open to individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks past their last vaccination). Masks are not required but you are, of course, welcome to wear one. An Advancing Beginners class is most accessible to people who have some basic familiarity with yoga and are able to comfortably take low lunge (lunge with one foot forward and the back knee touching the mat), tabletop, warrior two and other foundational yoga poses. Previous classes can be viewed here.

Connecting through Poetry Group: Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. Join us for a weekly time of sharing, exploring a poem together, & open conversation: password: poetry.

The Things You’ve Been Carrying: Wednesdays, 8-9 pm, Many of us have been toting around losses for the last 15 months – keeping them to ourselves because everyone was having a hard time. Maybe we thought we just needed to keep going. Maybe we didn’t want to make things harder for everyone else. Maybe those losses are getting heavy. Julia Jones, our congregational seminarian, will be holding space for setting some of those burdens down on . Drop in Zoom room: You can also talk to Julia one on one by reaching out to her at

Retired UU Men Eating Out (RUUMEO): : Wednesday, July 21 at 9:00 am. at the Airport Inn in the terminal at the Frederick Airport on. For more information or to be added to the email list for this group, contact 

New Book for Anti-Racism Book Club, hosted by UUCF’s Dismantling Racism Team: a weekly Zoom discussion series of the book How The Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With The History Of Slavery Across America, by Clint Smith. The series begins Wednesday, July 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Here’s the Zoom link. Discussion will include the front matter—Epigraph, Author’s Note, Prologue—and Chapter 1, Monticello Plantation. All are welcome. Here’s an excerpt from a New York Times review of the book. Here’s another review from NPR, And in this You Tube video, the author talks about his book with Ibram X. Kendi. Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of the poetry collection Counting Descent. He holds a B.A. in English from Davidson College and a Ph.D. in Education from Harvard University.

UUCF Sermon Archive: The Audio, Text, and Video of last week’s sermon is available at There is also a link on that page to our sermon podcast and our Topical Sermon Archive (, which includes all of Rev. Carl’s sermons organized by category. 
Religious Education Activities:

Sunday, July 18th at 1:30pm: Popsicles on the playground (any age!). Join us for another popsicle on the playground and story!

Sunday, July 25th at 1:30pm: Compassion Crew with Amie LaPorte (any age!) Meet on the UUCF grounds near the front playground (weather permitting). Sign up here:
Save the Dates!

UUCF's UUsed Book Sale Returns Saturday, September 11 &
Sunday, September 12!

We'll have more news in the weeks to come about when we'll be able to accept your used books!

In the meantime, begin collecting your books and continue to watch this newsletter for updates!
UUCF Has An Endowment!: Your UUCF Endowment Board is excited to announce that our congregation is now a member of the Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund (UUCEF). Many years ago, a team at UUCF put together the basic groundwork for a UUCF Endowment, and thanks to a generous recent gift, we were finally able to make an initial investment of $14,500! The UUCEF gives us access to intelligent management of our money that lives up to our UU Values through Socially Responsible Investing, and the UUCF Endowment Board has been working to ensure the best possible growth plan for the future of our endowment. Our policies stipulate that no disbursements can take place until a minimum of $100,000 has accumulated in the fund, but even with this initial amount, we are on our way to better securing the long-term financial stability of our congregation. More details are available at Additionally, if you wish to contribute to the endowment, please reach out to Kiley Mead (, chair of the UUCF Endowment Board, who will gladly facilitate the transaction and help answer any questions you may have. Other members of the UUCF Endowment Board include Geoff Coleman, Robert Strasser, Bob Clegg, and Ed MacDonald. Many thanks also to outgoing UUCF Endowment Board member Leslie Powell whose legal and financial expertise was a tremendous help in getting our start up paperwork filed.  
Joys and Sorrows

Irene Zmitrovis fell recently and required surgery on her eye. She is currently at Johns Hopkins Hospital (410-955-5000), but may be transferred soon to a rehabilitation center closer to Frederick.

In Loving Memory of Judith Breuer: We are sad to share the news that Judith died early in the morning of Tuesday, July 13. Judith and her husband Jim are former UUCF members who moved to Arizona. Judith was a former president of the UUCF Board. Condolences can be sent to: Jim Breuer, 12078 N. 125th Street, Scottsdale Arizona 85259; Please keep Jim, their family and friends, in your thoughts and/or prayers. 

In Loving Memory of Sean Hays: We are deeply saddened to share the news that Sean Hays, the son of UUCF members Gary and Maggi Hays, died of cancer. The obituary is available at Please keep Gary, Maggi, and all who knew Sean in your thoughts and/or prayers. Condolences can be sent to:
Gary and Maggi Hays
201 Cobble Way
Walkersville, MD 21793
Frederick CUUPS July Events

Labyrinth Cleanup: Wednesday, July 21st, 6 - 8 PM. Our July (gods willing and the creek don’t rise) outdoor Labyrinth walk is Friday, July 23rd, which means it’s time to tidy up the Labyrinth! If you would like to help, please join us. This service to the community is not glamorous, but it is absolutely vital.

Remember to wear clothes you can get dirty in and sunblock/bug spray if you need it . If you are vaccinated, you can wear a mask or not as you choose. If you are not vaccinated, you must wear a mask.

The most effective way to clear the stones of the Labyrinth is with a string trimmer. If you have one you can bring along, that would be awesome. Spades and shears can also be useful for tidying the beds in the Labyrinth courtyard and clearing dirt where it’s piled up on the stones of the Labyrinth. Facebook event here.

Full Moon Labyrinth Walk and Drum Circle: Friday, July 23rd, 8 - 10 PM
Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! This will be an outdoor, drumming walk. The event will be canceled in the event of rain. As per the CDC guidelines, if you are vaccinated you can wear a mask or not as you like. If you are not vaccinated you must wear a mask.

The first half hour will be a quiet walk, the remainder drumming, so feel free to bring hand drums and other percussion instruments.

If you haven’t walked a Labyrinth before, there is no ceremony or ritual. A Labyrinth Walk is safe, open Sacred Space for personal exploration. Please plan to arrive by 9 pm to allow enough time for your walk. For an in-depth article on Labyrinths and what to expect at one of our open walks, visit this link.

Recommended donation of $5. Please help support Labyrinth Walks at the UUCF. Facebook event here.

Lughnasadh Service: Sunday, July 25th, 10:30 AM
Join Frederick CUUPS for a special Lughnasadh service. Explore the meaning and resonance of this First Harvest with members of the Frederick CUUPS community. This service will take place in person as well as on Zoom. Visit for the Zoom link.

This service will feature drumming, chanting, and ritual components offered by members of the community.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above, please email us at Facebook event here.
Our 2nd Family of Bluebirds at UUCF this Year!

Thanks to David Purvis for taking such good care of all our birds!
Community News
Maryland Poor People’s Campaign Virtual Rally
Monday, July 19 7:00 PM

The Maryland Poor People’s Campaign, in concert with Maryland Peace Action, invites you to a “Virtual In(ter)dependence Rally.” Here’s the link to registration and more information.  
Presenters include: Phyllis Bennis, The Institute for Policy Studies; Jean Stokan, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas; Tasnuva Khan, Muslim Voices Coalition.
The New England Region is inviting all UUs to a webinar workshop entitled Reparations: A Congregational Opportunity to Engage Repair!
Sun, August 8, 2021, 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM EDT. Register here:
Inspired by the recommendations of the Commission on Institutional Change in the Widening the Circle of Concern report, this webinar will highlight Reparations within Unitarian Universalism as a theological imperative. It will also invite congregations into examining implications for accounting and redress of injustices as well as opportunities to engage the labor of repair together.
In the Fall, the New England Regional staff will be convening congregations with Reparations Task Forces or Teams for an in-depth Reparations Praxis Community to support and challenge each other in their efforts.

Contact with any questions.
Please join us for a Program Vehicle Delivery on Friday (7/16/2021) at 10:30 a.m.! Kayode Tayo will be presented with a 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis.

Mr. Tayo was previously laid off from his position due to COVID-19 and, subsequently, lost his vehicle. Now in a new position, Mr. Tayo is working to rebuild his life. He plans to enroll in IT courses this Fall. With the car he will receive, Mr. Tayo will regain his independence, have reliable transportation to visit his children and attend shifts on time, and enter a new chapter of his life with further education.

We thank Jeffrey Kidd, with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, for referring Mr. Tayo. UUCF Members Joe and Kristina Ginorio, who are second time donors, donated the vehicle to us in May. The photo below captures the day of donation. What a beautiful cycle!
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