Thursday, May 12, 2022
We join together to encourage spiritual growth, 
build a beloved community, and act for peace and justice.
Sunday, May 15

9:30 a.m. UU Buddhist Fellowship:
Group Meditation & Discussion:

10:30 a.m. Sunday Service

"Shifting Your Mindset"
- Rev. Carl
with Nichole Hodges-Abbasi as liturgist

Special Music:

11:45 a.m. Friendly Forum:
"Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" with Zakir Bengali, based on Yuval Harari's book (Rooms 113 & Zoom)

11:45 a.m. Atheists/Humanists/Agnostics (AHA) Discussion Group:
(Room 124)

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:
Religious Education This Week:

Saturday, May 14: High School Youth Group volunteers needed for food prep and serving during the auction dinner, 4pm-8pm

Week of Sunday, May 15
PreK-5th Grade: Chalice Lighting, Circle time, Story, project then outdoor playground time DURING the service with Ms. Nichole. 

Middle School Youth Group (grades 6-8): In-person after Service, from 11:45am -12:30pm. 
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS: High School Youth Group (grades 9-12)
Meetup at 7th Street Common Market (or other location TBD) at 7:00pm-8:00pm.
Joys & Sorrows

Celebration of Life for Rick Anderson: Saturday, May 14, 4-6pm at Beans in the Belfry (122 W. Potomac St, Brunswick, MD), featuring Rick’s request of Grateful Dead music.

Sue Thomson has been transferred from Frederick Health Hospital to Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore for more advanced care. She is receiving treatment for several organ systems. Please keep Sue in your thoughts and/or prayers.  

Kathleen Davis was hit in a car accident. Her sternum is fractured and is not supposed to lift anything heavier than 2 lbs. Sign-up to bring her a meal (through June 1) at

Meg Menke on Saturday, May 7 experienced a fracture in her hip following a recent surgery. She will be unable to put any weight on her left leg for six weeks, and has been transferred to Rehab at Homewood at Crumland Farms (7407 Willow Rd, Frederick). Meg prefers calls, texts or emails to visitors right now since the Frederick COVID positivity rate is high.Please be in touch through or texting/calling (‭240-457-2581‬). 
General Announcements & Upcoming Events

May's Split-plate Recipient: SHIP (“Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership”) of Frederick County. SHIP works hard to eliminate the barriers that young people experiencing homelessness face in achieving their career and educational goals. Youth who do not graduate from high school are 3.5 times more likely to experience homelessness as adults. In Frederick’s public schools alone, there are 846 students experiencing homelessness. SHIP works to end the cycle of homelessness before adulthood, improving outcomes for individuals and for the Frederick Community. The organization offers 4 pillar programs serving youth from kindergarten through young adulthood. The New Horizons program offers individualized case management for high school students with the ultimate goal of graduation. Each student receives a customized service plan with individually selected goals and the support to achieve success. The New Horizons Academy takes this model and applies it to a 5-week high school credit recovery and life skills curriculum over the summer. The Thrive Housing Program places unaccompanied youth in volunteer host homes throughout our community. The program can also offer rent assistance, helping young adults remain in their homes as they work with our case management team to achieve stable permanent housing. Finally, the basic material needs program provides emergency support like clothing, food, and temporary shelter to students on a temporary basis so they are able to stay in school during a crisis. The key to each of these programs is to build capacity within our students, teaching them how to get ahead on their own.

Meditation Class with Rev. Carl: Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30pm on Zoom (10 sessions, March 22 - May 24). Recommended, but not required reading: Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness by Loch Kelly. New participants welcome anytime. To sign up and receive Zoom link, email

Anti-racism Book Group: The Making of Asian America: A History by Erica Lee weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm: New participants welcome anytime, and you can attend whether or not you have done the reading.

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

“Pride Tribe” MKP (“Mankind Project”) Group: meeting at UUCF on 2nd & 4th Saturday mornings. MKP has 3 groups in the Frederick area. It is a men’s social & support group guiding men to deeper lives of integrity, authenticity, and service. This GBTQQ MKP group is open to anyone who is Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or Questioning. Prior to attending, please contact Richard Warren ( for more details.

Retired UU Men Eating Out (RUUMEO): Wednesday, May 18, 8am, Enjoy breakfast and conversation on 3rd Wednesdays at the Airways Inn of Frederick (310 Aviation Way). All are welcome, retired or not. Contact: Steve Berté,  

The UUCF Book Club will read and discuss the following books on these dates:
May 20: Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doer
June 17: A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger
July 15: The Book of Hope by Jane Goodall
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.

"UUCF 101: Pathways to Membership”: Saturday, May 21, 10am-1pm (on Zoom and potentially an “in-person option” too). 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, (3) Would you prefer Zoom or in-person? 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.

Sharing Your Memories for Rev. Carl’s 10th Anniversary: What are you most grateful for from the last decade of shared ministry between UUCF and Rev. Carl? What’s your favorite memory or photo? We are collecting stories and photos using Kudoboard ( to produce a digital memory book that will also be printed to give to Rev. Carl. The Kudoboard is here and is fairly intuitive (remember to log out). If helpful, a video on how to do a post is ( Please post early if possible to help inspire others as we collaboratively build this gift. Dates to remember:
  • May 31: Last day for memories to be shareable at the celebration
  •  June 4 at 6pm & June 5 at 10:30am: Celebration of 10 years of Shared Ministry
  •  June 10, 8pm: Kudoboard will close to print the 7x7 book

JOB OPENING: Director of Religious Education (DRE): The ideal candidate will coordinate a high-quality Religious Education program for children and youth (nursery through high school). Part-time: 25 hours/week. Salary: $32,750 - $38,500/year (depending on previous experience). Benefits: Health insurance (UUCF pays 50% of premium), Professional Expenses (10% of salary), Retirement contribution (10% of salary after first year). Resumes will be received through Thursday, May 26 (or until position is filled). If you know of someone who may be interested and qualified, details at

Jacket Missing after Sunday Service on May 8: Light-weight, medium-length, dark blue outside, hooded with dark blue inside. Please email with information/questions.

There are also regular weekly opportunities for
yoga, meditation, & more
listed on the righthand side of our homepage
UUCF Auction Update

Saturday, May 14 at 7pm is the deadline to buy raffle tickets on our Raffle webpage to win one of five carefully created, themed baskets:
Beer & BBQ
Wine & Picnic
You do not have to be present to win. 100% of proceeds go to UUCF.

Saturday, May 14
7:00 Auction Highlights on Zoom
(Zoom link also available on the right side of
(Note: If you purchased a ticket for the in-person version of this event at UUCF, the Opening Reception begins an hour earlier at 6pm.)
Join us to discover hidden gems you may have missed in the Auction catalog, ask last minute clarifying questions about items prior to bidding closing on Sunday at 4pm, and spin the wheel of fortune to select the winners of our five carefully created, themed raffle baskets:
7:00pm Welcome & Spin the Wheel
Select Winner of Raffle Basket #1. (The winner of the first drawing will get to choose first among the five baskets. The winner of the second drawing will get to choose among the remaining four baskets, and so on. You do not have to be present to win.)
Highlight Auction Items, presented by Rev. Carl 
7:20pm Spin the Wheel: Winner of Raffle Basket #2
Highlight Auction Items, part 2
8:40pm Spin the Wheel: Winner of Raffle Basket #3
Highlight Auction Items, part 3
8:55pm Spin the Wheel twice for winners of Raffle Basket #4 & #5
Bidding remains open through Sunday at 4pm!
1 for $10, 3 for $20, 5 for $30
(deadline for raffle tickets: Saturday, May 14 at 7pm)
(Bidding open through Sunday, May 15 at 4pm)

You are welcome to email if you have questions or concerns, and many thanks for your ongoing support of UUCF!

We are a little over 60% to our fundraising goal. Thank you for all your generous support, and keep bidding through Sunday at 4pm!
Queering Your Magickal Practice
Wednesday, May 18, 7pm
At the UUCF and on Zoom
For LGBTQIAP+ people, certain “traditional” aspects of various magickal practices may feel somewhat alienating. When spiritual groups and texts lean on myth cycles and ritual aspects focused on fertility and virility and use heteronormative symbolism, it becomes difficult for us to see ourselves in the magick. In this interactive workshop, learn how myth cycles and ritual components can be adapted and viewed through a queer lens to be more all-inclusive and empower everyone, particularly people who are too often marginalized in our society.

Grave Concerns: Conversations About End-of-Life Preparations and Death, Saturday, May 21, 1pm, At the UUCF
The gods await you in the afterlife with open arms, but what will you leave behind? How will you prepare? Grave Concerns is an informal forum in which people are welcome to have these conversations. Demystifying and removing barriers and fears from end of life preparation is the goal for these chats. Resources for End of Life planning will be on hand. Light refreshments will be available in the style of an afternoon tea. Wear your best pointy hats and join us for Grave Concerns.

2022 Goal Setting Check-In, Friday, May 27, 7pm, At the UUCF and on Zoom
Our first quarter is up. How did you do with the goals you set? Did you pop some bubbles on the way to the big goal or did something come up to take you on a different path? Let’s get back together to talk about where we are, what we’ve learned this quarter, and how to move forward. This offering is best for those who attended the goal setting workshop series, but is open to anyone who is looking to assess where they are after the first quarter of the year. This offering will be offered in person at the UUCF and on Zoom. Email FCUUPS(at)gmail(dot)com for the Zoom link.
For 40 years UUMAC has met once a year to build a beloved community & deepen our Unitarian Universalist faith. Please join us July 10-16 as we come together once again at DeSales University, near Allentown, PA in 2022

A UUMAC memory by Jonathan Peter Belling, age 15, annual attendee since 2014
Each night of UUMAC in the blistering heat of July my friends and I went on a walk. Despite having just met each other we formed a deep bond. Our destination was a large stone and metal statue of Jesus at the top of the hill. This was an ideal spot providing a place we could call ours. Once we arrived we would sit there for well over an hour. We would watch the sunset and the day to fade into night.

I remember one walk. It was Thursday night and we were making our usual journey up the hill. The week nearing its end, someone brought up how great UUMAC had been. We went around sharing what our favorite part of the week had been. One person mentioned how thankful they were that this group was so accepting. Others echoed similar things saying they hadn’t felt this comfortable with a group of people in a long time.

This was an emotional conversation; showing our appreciation verbally wasn’t a thing any of us did often. The sharing was seemingly coming to a close when someone pointed out how much they were going to miss us. And how they wished we all lived close to one another. We all started to cry. These were not sad tears though, they were tears of gratitude. Appreciation that our parents and, at the end of the day, our faith had brought us together. This morphed into a two-hour long conversation about things we were grateful for. That night I felt such an overwhelming connection to other people. An intangible energy connecting all of us. This is the spirit of UUMAC, one I encourage you to join.

UUMAC 2022: July 10-16 at DeSales University near Allentown, PA.
Learn more at

Lastly, here’s a general overview of the daily schedule:
  • Breakfast: 7-8:30 am
  • Morning worship for all ages
  • Children and Youth leave for their programming
  • Adult programming including the Theme Speaker presentation and workshops
  • Lunch: 12-1:30 pm
  • Afternoon activities on and off campus
  • Dinner: 5:30-7 pm
  • Evening inter-generational activities and Night Owls socializing/dancing
Bus to “Poor People’s Campaign Assembly 
and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls”
Saturday, June 18, 2022

Frederick Rally Point for Bus
66 Waverley Dr. 
Departs 7:28am, Arrive 9:00am in D.C.
Depart D.C. 3:45pm, Frederick 5:17pm 

Cost: $35 total roundtrip

Book a seat now through 
(prices rise May 19)

Find buses nationwide at

This is the bus link from the official Poor People’s Campaign homepage: 
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