Thursday, January 7, 2020
We join together to encourage spiritual growth, 
build a beloved community, and act for peace and justice.
Sunday, January 10, 2021

10:30 a.m. Sunday Service

"Sacred Liberty & Desolating Sacrilege"
- Rev. Carl
with Intern Minister Jen as liturgist

Special Music:
Nick Int Veldt, Kiley Mead, Jeff Wilson, Marguerite Wilson

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

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

11:45 a.m. Friendly Forum: 
UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland
(UUCF's January Split-Plate Recipient),
led by Steve Buckingham
(Zoom link available at

12:00 p.m. Earth-centered Spirituality Service:

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

Regularly check our homepage for
the next 7 days of online opportunities:

Message from UUA President in response to violence at the U.S. Capital
Wednesday began as a day of joy as we were celebrating the victories that Black women and a multiracial movement won in Georgia. Now this rising fascist movement is trying to violently overthrow the Presidential election results.
At a Facebook live event Wednesday afternoon, UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick Gray said:
“I am witnessing this with you. I am so angry. We shouldn’t have to fight so hard for our right to vote. I’m angry, I’m scared, and I won’t rest. We have fought this racist authoritarian regime. We have won with a vision of multiracial democracy. We are resilient. We have courage, we have strength. Our faith is rooted in love and justice. We pray for an end to the violence at the Capital. And we are not going to sit back. We will not let everything we have worked for be lost. We will not allow the taking of Black people’s votes. We are fighting for peoples’ lives and to protect each other. Rooted in love, interdependence, and democracy. We will not be quiet while this movement seeks to silence the voices and the will of the people. ”

You can see her full message on the UUA Facebook Page here.
General Announcements

UUCF Focus Groups with Rev. Carl & UUCF Board
  • Sundays at Noon to 1:30pm for up to 12 participants in January and February 2021. 
  • Join us to explore five questions: (1) Check-in (2) Looking BACK: What have you been grateful for from UUCF during the pandemic? (3) Looking FORWARD: How might we best continue to live into our mission--"to encourage spiritual growth, build a beloved community, and act for peace and justice”--in 2021? (4) Looking AROUND: “Ask Me Anything” with Rev. Carl (5) Check-out: closing reflections.
  • Sign-up for the date that is most convenient for you at

Luminaire Art Show featuring the work of UUCF Member, Robert Strasser: The Blanche Ames Gallery would like to share the following information with you. This show is open in Frederick now through February 7 at the Griffin Art Center. The show is a mix of 10 pieces that all emit light. The purpose is to try to bring light to the end of a difficult year in our darkest season. Many pieces were created specifically for the exhibit but not all of them. There will be regular Friday and Saturday hours in January. The show is free; donations are accepted. Information is here:

Joys and Sorrows

Celebration of Life for John Grastorf will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. (on Zoom). His obituary is available at


Pamela Baldwin continues to improve from a head injury from having been involved in an accident a few weeks ago, and will be coming home from rehab at the end of this week.
Pamela Baldwin 
39595 Weatherlea Farm Lane 
Lovettsville, VA 20180
Upcoming Events

Anti-Racism Book Discussion Series
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
started weekly on Wednesday January 6, 7:00-8:30 p.m. The first week’s reading includes the intro, The Man In The Crowd, and Chapter 1, The Afterlife of Pathogens. Here’s the Zoom link: Isabel Wilkerson is winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, and author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Warmth of Other Suns, which earned the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named to The New York Times’s list of the Best Nonfiction of All Time. She has taught at Princeton, Emory, and Boston Universities and has lectured at more than two hundred other colleges and universities.

Meditation and/or Yoga Mini-Retreat with Rev. Carl & Irene Glasse: Saturday, January 16 (9am-Noon): $20, (We offer adjustments to be as accessible as possible for all bodies.) To register or for more details, visit

Transcendentalism, Then & Now, a four-part Zoom class with the Rev. Dr. John Buehrens, author of Conflagration: How the Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender, and Social Justice (Boston: Beacon Press, Jan. 2020). Four Sundays starting February 7 at 7:00 pm. Registration for the course is through All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, DC Copies of the paperback edition of the book ($20) are now available from your preferred bookstore, including the UUA bookstore. In early January, we will create a link to register on our church's website. This will include registration fee of $5.00 per class or $20.00 for the series. Registration opens January 2, 2021
Community News
Frederick Ethics Commission Code of Conduct Petition
Recent allegations have brought to light the fact that the Frederick Code of Conduct does not have sufficient mechanisms and protocols in place to report, investigate, and adjudicate harassment allegations. In addition, there are no women or People of Color on Frederick's Ethics Commission. If this concerns you, please consider signing (and sharing) this petition:
The day after we inaugurate our newly elected officials, we have the chance to inaugurate ourselves as change agents, as bridge builders, as citizens who heal and create and fight for justice while staying anchored in love.
On January 22, 2021, Sounds True will be partnering with visionary activist, author, documentarian, and civil rights attorney Valarie Kaur, to offer a free online event series: The People's Inauguration: 10 Days to Activate Revolutionary Love. You can join us for free here.
During the 10 days that follow, Valarie Kaur—along with special guests, including some of the most inspiring faith leaders and social visionaries of our time, such as Sister Simone Campbell, Van Jones, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Baratunde Thurston, Ai-jen Poo, Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon, Ani DiFranco, and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II—will provide us with 10 days of teachings and tools so that we can honor all of our emotions and find ways to fully activate our heart's intentions. The People's Inauguration is an opportunity to commit ourselves to being forces of love and justice in the world.
Elections are important, but they are only part of a citizen’s duty to participate in democracy. With the Maryland General Assembly session opening on January 13, it is time to refocus on making our voices heard to effect real change in state policy.

With your help in 2020, we promoted important measures related to climate change, criminal justice reform, economic justice, education, gun violence, healthcare, immigration, and medical aid in dying. Before the General Assembly adjourned early, we supported some successful legislative actions, including overrides of two significant vetoes from the 2019 session: the expansion of Maryland’s DREAM Act and the repeal of the Handgun Permit Review Board that had been used to overturn permit denials by the State Police.

In addition, six of our priority bills passed, as did five other positive bills related to our issues. Only one of these Governor Hogan allowed to go into effect without his signature, a measure to write the consumer protection provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into Maryland law and allow the Insurance Commissioner to enforce them.

Unfortunately, he vetoed our other priority bills, including:
  • HB 1095/SB 669 - Funding for the Prescription Drug Affordability Board
  • HB4/SB 208 - Background Checks for Rifles and Shotguns
  • HB 1300 - Funding for the Kirwan Commission Educational Reforms
  • SB 684 - Establishment of a Pre-Release Unit for Incarcerated Women (there are none), and
  • SB 708 - Funding for the Maryland Violence Intervention and Prevention Program, including Baltimore City’s Safe Streets Initiative
Now is the time to contact your Senator and Delegates and Senator, asking them to override these vetoes. We expect those votes to come up early in the session, so there is no time to waste.
Contact Your State Senator
Contact Your State Delegates
While in-person meetings with lawmakers are not possible right now, you can still contact them by phone or email, and some are even conducting Zoom meetings with constituents. Please make the effort to register your support for these veto overrides before the Legislature convenes on January 13th.

Thank you!
Steve Buckingham,

UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland Annual Kickoff
As the Maryland General Assembly convenes its 2021 session, UULM-MD is gearing up with its Annual Legislative Kickoff, this time entirely virtual, on Janjuary 23 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Register at and join us to hear Senate President Bill Ferguson, celebrate our achievements in 2020, learn about our 2021 priory issues,and participate in breakout discussions with issue-specific advocacy teams. In addition, UULM-MD is the January recipient of the UUCF split-plate offer on January 17.

Register Here! 
Save the Date!!
Beloved Gardens Vegetable, Herb and Perennial Plant Sale

UUCF Parking Lot – April 24th
9am – 2pm

With everyone hunkering down for the winter, there is one thing that makes those of us who garden happy… poring over seed catalogs! Just seeing the beautiful photos of new plants promising delicious vegetables and/or flowers in coming months keeps us going through the cold dark days until we can get our hands in the soil again…

Well, the UUCF Flower Guild is doing just that, and we have a treat in store for all you gardeners!!! On April 24th we will be holding our first ever plant sale to benefit our congregation! Over the winter, we will be sowing vegetable and herb seeds indoors and nurturing tender plants so that we may offer many different varieties of the vegetables and herbs you like to plant in your gardens such as tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, and melons, along with herbs like parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme (to name a few)! They will all be organically grown, unlike the plants you find at the big box hardware and garden stores.

In addition, we will be offering perennial plants that have been divided from our own member’s gardens. They will come with information on the plants and how to grow them.

We will also have some fun Mother’s Day boxes available with lettuces and Johnny Jump Ups which will delight the moms in your lives for being not only beautiful, but also for being a useful, edible gift!!

All the plants will be offered at very reasonable prices! So please put April 24 on your calendar and plan to purchase your vegetable and herb plants along with gorgeous perennials from us and know that your donation is being used to support the ongoing mission and ministry of UUCF.

We also hope to have an option for ordering and paying for plants online so that you can simply drive up and we can load your plants into your car for you to minimize exposures. Otherwise, you will be able to join us in the parking lot of UUCF on April 24 for our

Beloved Gardens Vegetable, Herb and Perennial Plant Sale!!

Go to for more details.
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