Thursday, February 8, 2024

We join together to encourage spiritual growth, 
build a beloved community, and act for peace and justice.

This Sunday, February 11, 2024

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

"The Song of the Cell: Darwin Day 2024"

 - Rev. Carl

with Intern Minister Derail as liturgist

Music: Nick Int Veldt

12:00 p.m. Earth-Centered Spirituality Service (Chapel)

After Service Options at Noon:

Friendly Forum: Neighborhood Sun (Room 113)

UUCF Knitting Group (Room 125)

3:00 p.m. Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics 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:

Joys & Sorrows: 

In Loving Memory of UUCF Member, William (Bill) Greene: a beloved husband, devoted father, and esteemed engineer, passed away on February 4, 2024 in Naples, Florida, surrounded by the love of his family. Bill was born on June 20, 1930, in Canton, Ohio, and his journey through life was a testament to his dedication, intelligence, and his legendary attention to detail. Bill is survived by his stepchildren, Cheryl Turlik, Doug King, and Jeff King, along with a brood of two more generations of grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as a multitude of cherished extended family members and friends (special thanks to Deb & Arnie). Although he has left this earthly realm, his memory will carry on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him. A memorial service to celebrate Bill's life will be held at a future date to be announced to friends and family. 

Meals needed for Tina Lund (through 3/6) - Tina's husband, Tom Moore, died after a long decline in health. Let's support her with meals during this time of grief. Sign-up at Please feel free to buy pre-prepared food, make a home-cooked meals, or have food delivered. All methods of food preparation/delivery are welcome. If needed, some good recipes available hereIf you choose delivery, please still select date and put in "gift card" or "door dash," so we know that meal is covered.

General Announcements

Friendly Forum: "Neighborhood Sun" (Room 113) learn how community solar works and how to subscribe to clean renewable energy without panels on your roof.      

UUCF's Blanche Ames Art Gallery: Artist's Reception Show for Bill Lewis' “Seniors at Large” through February 25. Go to Or tap “Visit.” Then tap painter’s palette icon. You also may visit the show at UUCF on Tues., Wed., Thurs. mornings 10:00-12:00 or by appointment at [email protected]. Send name, phone #, date/time of desired appointment. Enjoy the show!

Connecting through Poetry Group: Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. on Zoom.

UU Thursday Buddhist Meditation: 7:00 p.m. Dharma talk or reading, meditation, discussion. Beginners welcome.

UUCF Coffeehouse: Saturday, February 10, 7:00 p.m. (Sanctuary) Open-mic music and poetry.

UUCF Hiking Group: We plan to hike the White Rocks Trail on Sugarloaf Mountain on Friday, February 16. Meet @10:00 AM at the East View Parking Lot. Bring water, snacks, hiking poles. This moderate 6.3 mile hike has an elevation gain of 1100 ft. There are some rocks and tree roots. We will end at the West Lot and hike along the road back to the East Lot. The hike will take 3-3.5 hours depending on our speed. Email Beth Reilly if you have questions or if you want weather-related updates!

The UUCF Book Club will be reading the following:

February 16 - The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine Pancol

March 15 - Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

April 19 - Stolen by Ann-Helen Laestadius

May 17 - Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder

We are returning to zoom meetings, starting at 7:00 via this link:

For more information contact Diana Pitcher - [email protected].

"Dinner with D" Returns! Join us for the "Jazz Edition" on TO BE RESCHEDULED, likely for March. More information soon.

"UUCF 101: Pathways to Membership”: Saturday, February 24, 10am-1pm (Zoom). Are you considering becoming a member of UUCF? Join Rev. Carl for an exploration of UU history and principles, sharing of our individual spiritual journeys, and learning more about our congregation. To register, email [email protected] 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.

UUCF Used Book Sale is coming soon, and we need your help to get ready! If you have sturdy, reasonably-sized boxes to put books in, please bring them to the atrium on Sundays: 2/11, or 2/18. We will distribute boxes for you to take home and fill up with your used books on Sundays 2/25 and 3/3. Bring your book-filled boxes on Sundays 3/10 and 3/17. Books will be sorted and displayed Thursday, 3/21, and Friday, 3/22. The book sale will be held on Saturday, 3/23 and Sunday 3/24. Volunteers are most welcome at any stage of this process. See Marilou or Tom Barrett.

Carpool to View

"MLK Docs presents: The House on Jonathan Street"

in D.C. on Thursday, February 8 with Intern Minister Derail — followed by a discussion with filmmakers and special guests.

"This 1-hour documentary uses the accidental discovery of the significant history of a modest dwelling on a traditionally African American street in Hagerstown, Maryland to trace the roots of middle America’s racial, economic and social interactions. Through the lens of this house, the rise and fall of the African American community in small rust belt towns and cities across America is told.”

To join us, meet in UUCF’s parking lot at 3:00pm on to leave no later than 3:15pm to carpool to The MLK Memorial Central Library (901 G Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20001). We would arrive around 5:30pm for the 6:00 - 8:30pm event. We would leave D.C. by 8:4pm and return to UUCF by 10:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Registration is strongly encouraged. Full details at 

If you plan to meet to carpool, please email [email protected]

This week’s theme is “Imagining an Interdependent Future.” 
This week’s offerings: a blessing by Nico Van Ostrand, a grounding exercise by Canedy, a Time for All Ages by Rev. Stevie Carmody, a body practice by Rev. Lane-Mairéad Campbell and Rev. Shari Halliday Quan, and a prayer by Rev. Mitra Rahnema. 

Challenging Lifetime Voting Bans, Hopkins v. Watson

With Patrick Berry, Brennan Center

Chalice Lighting by Rev. Kirk Freeman

Tuesday, February 13

8:00 p.m. ET • 7:00 p.m. CT • 6:00 p.m. MT • 5:00 p.m. PT

Online via Zoom: RSVP

Join us for a briefing by Patrick Berry, voting rights counsel, Brennan Center for Justice, one of the attorneys who prepared the amicus brief, that UUSJ joined, in Hopkins v. Watson.

In August of 2023, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit ruled that Mississippi’s lifetime voting ban violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. The full Fifth Circuit has agreed to rehear the case, with oral arguments held on January 23rd, 2024. You can read more about the court’s ruling here.

In response, UUSJ joined an amicus brief from a diverse coalition of faith groups—speaking to how such a harsh punishment contradicts values shared by all major faiths like forgiveness, mercy, redemption, and compassion. You can read the amicus brief here.

UUSJ offers this event in the spirit of collaboration with 30 Days of Love 2024, in support of Bonus Days (February 12-14), and Interdependence: Liberatory Intersections.

Mondays at 1 PM: Donation Yoga for Advancing Beginners. One of the best ways we can stay resilient and healthy is to exercise and cultivate mindfulness. 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.

Wednesdays at 11 AM: Chair and Accessible Yoga (registration required). Join us Wednesdays at 11am for chair and adaptive yoga that is truly accessible to every body. Open to teens and adults that are looking to grow a yoga and meditation practice but find traditional classes uncomfortable or out of reach.

Friday, February 9th, 7 PM: New Moon Labyrinth Walk: Join us to enter a new lunar cycle by walking the labyrinth in reflection and contemplation. During the winter, we take our labyrinth practice indoors to our canvas labyrinth. Our new moon walks focus on releasing what no longer serves and opening to the cycle ahead. The first half hour will be a quiet walk, the remainder accompanied by singing bowls and gentle chimes.

Sunday, February 11th, 12 PM: Earth Centered Spirituality Service: Join members of the Frederick CUUPS community for our monthly Earth Centered Spirituality Service. This time provides an opportunity to focus on the Sixth Source of Unitarian Universalism: “Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.”

Sunday, February 11th, 6 PM: Workshop – Meeting the Heathen Gods: Odin. Join Ash Glasse, the Gothar (spiritual leader) of Elk Ridge Kindred, for an in-depth exploration of the Heathen Gods! In February, we’ll take a deep dive into the lore of Odin: wanderer, runemaster, gender-bending magic wielder, and more.

Tuesday, February 13th, 7 PM: Shadow Work Circle Join Renee and others who are doing their own Shadow Work in a safe space for sharing and learning from each other. The Shadow Work Circle meets once a month in a facilitated but not heavily structured meeting. Come prepared to discuss your own work or just to listen and be in community.

Thursday, February 15th, 7 PM: Blackfeather Mystery School: The Empowered Witch Self

Magpie Training, the first level of Blackfeather Mystery School, offers a foundational, full-spectrum training in Empowered Witchcraft developed by mystic witch Irene Glasse and spiritworker Caine Dreamwalker. Drop-ins are welcome. The February 15th session is focused on The Empowered Witch Self.

Saturday, February 17th, 2 PM: Gamelia Celebration (Mediterranean Paganism)

The Gamelia celebrates the union Zeus Teleios and Hera Teleia as the authorities of Olympos as well as their own marriage. Join Rose Eleusis and Suz to celebrate the Royal Wedding and discuss power dynamics, compromise and respect within relationships of all sorts. We’ll celebrate with a brief Hellenic ritual in honor of Hera and Zeus’s union, followed by a discussion of how to unpack the mythic elements and find the underlying truths and how they apply to modern partnerships.

Additional classes/events for the later part of February will be added next week. Visit for more information

Seed to Roots - A Black History Celebration

Monday Feb. 19, 6 pm - Weinberg Center

Get ready for an unforgettable evening of youth talent! Seed to Roots 2024 tickets are now available for purchase. You can also donate tickets. 100% of proceeds support student scholarships for arts-related summer camps. Join us in celebrating young artists in Frederick County. Don't miss out – secure your seats today! #SeedToRoots2024 

Soul Work: anti-racist theologies in dialogue

Zoom with the 8th Principle Learning Community

Wed. Feb. 21, 7-9:30 pm


from Paula Cole Jones: "Soul Work, edited by Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley and Nancy Palmer Jones, was published more than 20 years ago and is as relevant today as it was at the time of a critical moment in advancing antiracism in Unitarian Universalism. This is UU history that all who care about the 8th Principle need to know. Some of the contributing authors to Soul Work will join us - a special evening!"


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Our loving faith calls us to honor the inherent rights and dignity of all people and to fight forms of oppression wherever we find it. However, disabled people (who make up 26% of the population) regularly find ourselves pushed to the margins, being denied our needs, and not receiving the radical welcome UU’s aspire to provide to all members. Lay leaders, religious professionals, and allies are invited to join us for our monthly lunchtime webinars where you can learn how to be more accessible and inclusive of your congregation’s disabled members and visitors.
Disability Justice
Thursday, February 22, 12pm-1:30 ET
 UPLIFT Access Monthly Webinar Registration
“A Disability Justice framework understands that all bodies are unique and essential, that all bodies have strengths and needs that must be met.” - Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice

At last week's Climate Summit at Hood College, attendees learned about a very helpful website that calculates dollars available to you from the Federal Inflation Reduction Act. You'll enter info about your residence etc., then get feedback right away on the various rebates that can help you make decisions. It's free and quick!

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