Thursday, August 4, 2022
We join together to encourage spiritual growth, 
build a beloved community, and act for peace and justice.
Sunday, August 7
9:00 a.m. UU Buddhist Fellowship:
Group Meditation & Discussion (Zoom)

10:30 a.m. Sunday Service

"Traveling as a Spiritual Practice:
Lessons from our National Parks"
-Steve Buckingham
with Cheryl O'Brien as liturgist
Special Music: Steve Buckingham & Cheryl O'Brien

11:45 a.m. The "Tempestry" Project: Over a Century of Frederick County Climate Data (Sanctuary/Zoom) - join us to discuss the fabric art hanging on the wall of our Sanctuary this month"

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

Please spread the word
to anyone you know who may be interested in the above opportunities.

Check our homepage for
upcoming classes, events, and Zoom links:
General Announcements & Upcoming Events

Tempestry: A colorful display has arrived in the UUCF sanctuary for the month of August. Please explore its beauty, creativity and the lessons it shares.
  • NAME - "The Tempestry: Over a Century of Frederick County Climate Data" - Medium is yarn. 
  • CREATED BY "MACS" - MACS is The Multi-faith Alliance of Climate Stewards of Frederick County. The group recruited a multi-faith consortium of 26 knitters from eight local congregations. Jane Ladner was liaison with the UU knitting group and many UUCF knitters contributed their time and skills.
  • WHAT DOES THIS DISPLAY TELL US? - The Tempestry presents Frederick County's annual average temperatures from 1900 (left side) to the present (right side.) Bluer colors are cooler than yellow, orange and red. The far right end of the display shows a future divide: what will happen if people and nations adopt changes to reduce carbon in the atmosphere? Or, if we do nothing. (Data source is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA.) 
  • PURPOSE - The Tempestry reframes off-putting abstract and distant climate change statistics into a relatable format. The Tempestry uses hand-knit brightly colored wool yarns to draw viewers into an approachable display of NOAA historical data for our region. You can even look at your family's experience, noting the average temperatures when your grandparents were born, versus the temperatures when your children or grandchildren arrived in Frederick County.

Connecting through Poetry Group: Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. Weekly exploring a poem together, & open conversation: (password: poetry).

Retired UU Ladies Eating Out (RUULEO): 2nd Tuesdays (August 9) at 11:30 a.m.: Enjoy a monthly lunch and conversation at Wegman’s Food Court. Contact: Marj Mansfield,, 301-693-6195 

UUCF Book Club will read and discuss the following books on these dates:
  • Aug. 19: The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
  • Oct. 21: The Child is the Teacher: A Life of Marie Montessori by Cristina DeStefano 
Meetings start at 7:30pm on Zoom:
If you would like to receive the link via email, contact Diana Pitcher at A reminder email with the link will be sent out on the Wednesday before the meeting. All are welcome, whether you have read the book or not.

“Ask Me Anything” with Rev. Carl: Sunday, August 21 at Noon in UUCF Sanctuary – limited to 20 people (12 spots remaining). Your chance to ask Carl about anything you've ever wanted to hear him preach, teach, or speak about. Each person will get to ask at least one question. You will also get to hear the responses to everyone else's questions. Feel free to bring a bagged lunch and beverage of your choice. Cost: $20 (100% of proceeds go to UUCF This event is part of our recent Auction fundraiser.) To sign-up for one of the remaining spots, email

"UUCF 101: Pathways to Membership”: Saturday, August 27, 10am-1pm (Zoom). Are you considering becoming a member of UUCF? Join us for an exploration of UU history and principles, sharing of our individual spiritual journeys, and learning more about our congregation. Limited to 15 participants. To register, email with (1) the first & last name of each person signing-up, (2) preferred phone number for receiving a text reminder about the class. Note that with our increasing options for digital accessibility (live-streaming Sunday Services and joining meetings/classes via Zoom, you do not have to live near UUCF geographically to become a UUCF Member. You only need to be committed to participating regularly (either online or in-person) and supporting the congregation.

Rev. Carl Teaching “Comparing Religions: Coming to Terms” at Frederick Community College’s “Institute for Learning in Retirement”: Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:30am (6 sessions, starting September 6). Description: Explore the promises and perils of different comparative practices in the history of the world’s religions and how they can help us navigate and understand our globalized, pluralistic, postmodern world. During the course, we highly recommend that you read the second half (chapters 7-12) of Comparing Religions by Jeffrey Kripal, available in both print and e-reader forms. Although this course is a continuation of a previous class, newcomers are most welcome. This class is offered in a “flex” format with an “in-person option" and an “online option." For more details or to register go to

Used Bicycles Needed: The Refugee Welcoming Committee (RWC) of Frederick is preparing to sponsor a ninth Afghan refugee family in the next few weeks. Individuals and congregations have been extremely generous in donating household goods and furniture to help us prepare apartments for incoming families, and now we’re learning that bikes are needed to help with transportation. cc xxWe have a volunteer who provides tune-ups and repairs of used bicycles, and the RWC provides new helmets and bike locks. If you have a used bike you would like to donate, please send an email to and let us know where and when we can pick it up. Many thanks for your generosity!

Job Opening--Facilities Manager: 25 hours/week, $23/hour ($29,900 annually). Responsibilities: Maintenance of building (10,000 sq ft) & grounds (6 acres). Full job description at Email: a letter of interest and resume with three references to Deadline: Sunday, August 21 (or until position is filled). Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested & qualified in being our next Facilities Manger.

There are also regular weekly opportunities for advocacy,
meditation, & more
listed on the righthand side of homepage
Joys & Sorrows

Sue Thomson, after being hospitalized following a fall, has been transferred to Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center of Frederick (920 Rosemont Ave, Frederick), Sue welcomes visitors, and can also be reached by text or phone at 240-818-8899‬.

August Full Moon Labyrinth Walk & Drum Circle
Friday, August 12, 8pm
Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the UUCF Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! If the weather is good, this will be an outdoor, drumming walk. In the event of rain, we take our labyrinth practice indoors, into the Chapel and our canvas labyrinth.
You're invited to a review of the Unitarian Universalist Association's Common Read for 2022-2023, "Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism," featuring authors Karin Lin and Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones--a white minister and a lay person of color. The book explores five UU congregations' journeys toward Beloved Community, and the joy, disappointment, and growth they found along the way. Register here in advance. You'll receive a confirmation e-mail with information about joining the meeting. 
"Jubilee Anti-Racism Training: Learning Together About Systemic Racism,” online only, Friday, August 19, 6pm to Sunday, August 21, 6:30pm. Be part of an acclaimed program with experienced trainers, sponsored by the Central East Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association. All are welcome. Do you wish to deepen your understanding of how race and ethnicity play out in our institutions and our daily lives? Are you ready to take a leading role to nurture a multicultural future in the face of opposing cultural currents? Come join us for this life-changing weekend! UUCF Dismantling Racism Team’s (DRT) is offering up to 5 full scholarships. These scholarships could also be divided to offer more partial scholarships. If you need financial assistance to attend, please reply email to contact our DRT co-chairs, Lynn Wagner and Barbara Schectman. To register or for more information:
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