Thursday, January 13, 2022
We join together to encourage spiritual growth, 
build a beloved community, and act for peace and justice.

Sunday, January 16

9:00 a.m. UU Buddhist Fellowship:
Group Meditation & Discussion: 
(Note: Each event has a different Zoom link.)

10:30 a.m. Sunday Service
ZOOM ONLY:
(Online option ONLY;
NO in-person option due to severely high covid rates)

"Messages from the Mothers of
MLK, Malcolm X, & James Baldwin"
- The Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg
with Intern Minister Kathryn as liturgist

Special Music: Deb & Nick IntVeldt

11:45 a.m. New Art Show Opening (Zoom only):
"Shepherdstown Friday Morning Painters--Still Painting"

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

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

"UUCF 101: Pathways to Membership”: Saturday, January 29, 10am-1pm (on 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 minister@frederickuu.org with (1) the first & last name of each person signing-up, and (2) preferred phone number for receiving a text reminder about the class. 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 and supporting the congregation.)

Job Opening for UUCF Facilities Manager: 
25 hours/week, $20.95/hour ($27,235 annually). Responsibilities: Maintenance of building (10,000 sq ft) & grounds (6 acres). Full job description at frederickuu.org/facilitiesmanagerEmail: a letter of interest and resume with three references to minister@frederickuu.orgDeadline: Sunday, January 16, 2022 (or until position is filled). Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested & qualified. 

Connecting through Poetry Group: Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. Join us for a weekly time of sharing, exploring a poem together, & open conversation: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6354394421 (password: poetry).

Anti-racism Book Group: Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmererhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/2544372955?pwd=VVBUNElZcWRMOG94dWhudnZDZyt6Zz09. Please come whether or not you’ve completed the reading! 

UUCF Book Club will be discussing Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen on Friday, January 21, at 7:30pm via the following zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/98767736843?pwd=djZyS0dRTUhvSUJlN25HU2wvcytIQT09 All are welcome to attend.
"Shepherdstown Friday Morning Painters --
Still Painting "
UUCF's own Blanche Ames Art Gallery is pleased to present the Shepherdstown Friday Morning Painters. Their show opens this Sunday, January 16 from 11:45am-1:45pm on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/95531719685?pwd=TnN4clJaYWtJTE9Wejkwdys1dTNRdz09. The show will run through February 27.

The show is available for viewing in person or for up to a group of 4 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, mornings by appointment. To request an appointment, email us at BAGalleryappointment@gmail.com with your name, phone# and date/time of desired appointment.

The Friday Painters is an informal collection of artists who travel from West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland to paint, exchange techniques, information on upcoming shows, encouragement and requested critiques. They work in a variety of media, including watercolor, pastel, oil and acrylic painting, drawing and collage, and they often show their work together. Although not exclusive, the group includes award-winning artists, signature members of art associations, art jurors, and a number of art teachers. There is a "No Rules" Rule, an informal structure which belies the cooperation, courtesy and good humor of the group. Although there are no officers or dues, members readily volunteer and contribute whenever needed.
UUCF Quarterly Financial Update
Thank you for your ongoing generosity and support
during this hard time!
Environmental Rights Stakeholder Rally: Friday, January 14 at Noon: Learn why it is so important to change our constitution to protect our human right to a healthful environment. Delegate Wanika Fisher and other key stakeholders will share examples of what the amendment can do, how it can respond to environmental health concerns in Maryland, and our game plan for the 2022 legislative session. You will also hear from constituencies in the faith community, the environmental advocacy community, environmental justice communities, students who are mobilizing on college campuses, and more. RSVP to reserve your virtual seat at mdehr.org and learn how you can help advocate for the amendment in 2022. All RSVPs will receive the webinar link the week of the event and a copy of the recording after the event.
It’s the final countdown! Uninsured Marylanders have until Saturday, January 15 to sign up for health coverage through Maryland Health Connection. Nine out of 10 Marylanders who enroll get financial help to pay for their plan. Plus, Marylanders ages 18-34 have access to additional discounts thanks to a new state law. Enroll at marylandhealthconnection.gov or call toll-free at 1-855-642-8572. Depending on factors like household size and income, some Marylanders can get coverage for as little as $1 per month, but many don't realize it! More Marylanders need to know this good news.

Spread the word before January 15! Here are some ideas:
  • Submit a letter to the editor to your local newspaper using our template.
  • Put blurbs on your social media, website, newsletter, bulletin board, or anywhere that you put helpful information using this Updated Toolkit.
  • Bring flyers to places that can use them. If you need physical copies, let us know!
When you use these ideas, please let us know how you got the message out!

Virtual Pre-Legislative Kickoff
Register to join us by Zoom on Monday, January 10 at 6PM for a kickoff discussion of our health care priorities this state legislative session, including expanding access to health coverage for small businesses. 
 
Take 3 Actions to Protect #VotingRights

Urge the Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote Act & the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act 

Local organizing: whenweallvote.org  
Join a leading national, nonpartisan initiative to change the culture around voting and to increase participation in each and every election by helping to close the race and age gap.

Prepare to vote in a pandemic: vote.org  
 
(If you haven’t already, also sign-up for updates from uuthevote.org)
Learn more at mlkdayactions.org 

Freedom to Vote Act phonebank:

Call the Senate: Pass Strong Voting Rights
 Join us for our VIRTUAL Seminary for a Day on Saturday, January 29, at First Unitarian Portland. This year’s spiritual theme is entitled, Doing the Inner Work of Racial Justice.
 
Our keynote speaker is Rev. Abhi Janamanchi who serves as the Senior Minister of the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, Maryland.  He describes himself as a Hindu-Unitarian Universalist and says that his Unitarian Universalism makes him a better Hindu.
 
If you are engaged in the work of racial justice and long for spiritual connection in this work, join us for this year’s virtual Seminary For A Day.
 
This is an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how racism has shaped our UU faith and our congregations; how structural racism still operates today, often unnoticed; and what is involved in cultivating Beloved Community and working against racism and oppression in all of its forms.
 
We will practice mindfulness meditation, conversation, and experiential exercises that get to the heart of healing internalized racism and being anti-racist. We will seek to create brave space, engage in courageous conversations on what is healing and what is harming racial justice, and rest in restorative meditation and embodied practices.
 
Details: Saturday, January 29, 2022
12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
 
Registration is open until 11:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on Friday, January 29th. You will receive a Zoom link via email before the event.
 
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