Sunday's Worship Service
Note: this weekend, we are back to 10am service. We also invite you to bring your pets to this service to participate in the Animal Blessing!
The End of Dominion: What We Learn from Murmurations, Flocks, and Packs
Rev. Amanda Weatherspoon, Associate Minister
One service, in-person and virtual:
Sun., August 7, 10am: Hybrid Service, also on YouTube
11am: Coffee Hour, both over Zoom and in-person

Watch for two links in the Saturday email: a YouTube link for the service and a Zoom link for the virtual Coffee Hour after the service. Recording will be posted on our YouTube channelYou can find our Order of Service online; if you are not watching in real time the Order of Service may not be available.

Sanctuary Hybrid, Online and In-Person: Service will be available via YouTube
Join us online or in person for worship at 10am. By attending an in-person service, you are giving RRUUC permission to use your likeness in videos and photographs.
Join us as we explore the shift from dominion to stewardship through the lessons we learn from nature. You are invited to bring your animal companion for the animal blessing during the service or an individual blessing during Coffee Hour! We’ll also have a memorial table to hold mementos from animal companions that have left us. Sunday service is broadcast live, and may include wide shots of the crowd in the sanctuary.
Animal Ministry will have a table outside at Coffee Hour after Sunday's service. They will be collecting pet supplies for donation; please bring anything that you may have.
Notices & Online Ministry Offerings
Draft Annual Meeting Minutes Posted for Review and Comment
The draft Minutes for the 2022 Annual Meeting (along with the draft Minutes for the 2021 Annual Meeting) have been posted for review and comment by the congregation on the Board Minutes page (requires login). The comment period closes on Aug. 31, 2022.
Concerned about climate change?
We all are! Rev. Nancy's theme for 2022-23 is "Year of Reset," which will kick off at the September 11 Ingathering service. Join the Earth Ministry in planning to support the theme of environmental reset at our online meeting THIS SUNDAY, August 7 at 11:30am. How can we lead the congregation to pause, take stock, repair and recommit to our 7th principle, which calls upon us to address the environmentally and socially destructive practices that are causing climate change? All are welcome! Zoom link will be included in the worship links email on 8/6.
How we can overcome the loss of Roe v Wade
Last week the UUA began laying out plans for what we can do to overcome the loss of Roe v Wade. They’re conducting one more seminar on the subject, a wrap-up TODAY (Thurs., Aug 4), 8-9:30pm. Sign up for the training, using your own contact information, and let Laura Piervincenzi or David Ward know if you’re interested in joining an action group here at River Road.

Contact David or Laura to get more information on what you may have missed during the trainings.
Helping our Butterflies
Our Grounds Committee is taking great care of our pollinator garden. Read all about their efforts - and see some great butterfly pictures - in the latest Grounding blog post.
UU Wellspring 2022-23 Registration Open
UU Wellspring registration for the fall is open! UU Wellspring is a 10-month, spiritual deepening, small group style program. It includes two sessions per month from September to May and a commitment to working on a daily spiritual practice.

  • The Sources curriculum that meets Sundays at 1pm explores our UU Sources and is for those who haven't taken Wellspring in the past. It will be in person at RRUUC as COVID rates allow.
  • UU Wellspring Sources registration
  • Sacred Arts, that meets Wednesday evenings, explores the spirituality of many art forms. This group will be virtual only.
  • UU Wellspring Sacred Arts registration
  • Spiritual Ancestors is Wellspring's newest curriculum. It explores our spiritual histories and those who've inspired it. This group will meet in person (as COVID allows) on Wednesday afternoons.
  • UU Wellspring Spiritual Ancestors registration

Spiritual Ancestors and Sacred Arts are for those who've already taken Sources. Questions? Email Beth Irikura.
Get Involved with RRUUC Membership!
Do you have big ideas about how we can bring new faces to Sunday worship?
Do you want to make it easier to get involved in our congregation?
Do you love meeting new people?
Join the River Road membership team! We're recruiting volunteers to plan exciting events and make new congregational traditions. Contact Natalie Schall to get on the mailing list for announcements about upcoming meetings and ways you can get involved.
This summer we're pleased to welcome Pedalheads summer camp to our grounds! They're a new renter that will be using the lower two parking lots from 9am-4pm on weekdays to teach kids to bike, so if you stop by the building during that span please plan to use a side lot if you need to park. Thank you for your flexibility.
Family Ministry
Teach Religious Education Classes in 2022-23
Join us in spreading the joy of being a UU to our youngest generation! Helping children grow in their faith impacts your own faith journey, too. There are many opportunities beginning next fall, with differing levels of commitment and many different ages to inspire. Spending time with kids and youth keeps you young! Contact Beth Irikura or Laura Piervincenzi to talk about options.
Upcoming Happenings
Join a Storytelling class!
Learn to combine personal narratives with universal spiritual or other themes in a safe, confidential, and challenging atmosphere. Modeled after “The Moth” radio and podcast stories, students respond to an optional storytelling prompt, share stories from their lives aloud with the group, and receive individualized, compassionate feedback from the group and instructor. Stories are of various lengths but under 10 minutes and can be read or simply told. The class meets monthly October to June. Stories are hoped for but not required from each person each month. Even a 100 word story is very interesting.

Storytelling classes meet monthly Saturday mornings at RRUUC, 9:30am-12:00pm. We will switch to Zoom if the COVID situation worsens. Masks are required at RRUUC but a microphone will be available. Two classes are offered at the same level with all experience levels welcome. Sign up for either Storytelling 1 or Storytelling 2. Limited to 10 per class. The cost for this year-long class is $350.

Storytelling 1 dates: 10/8, 11/5, 12/3, 1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/20, 6/10 (make-up class if needed)
Storytelling 2 dates: 10/1, 10/29, 11/19, 1/7, 2/4, 3/4, 4/1, 5/13, 6/3 (make-up class if needed)

Kim Schraf, a professional actor and experienced writing teacher, provides very insightful suggestions on both the content and presentation style so that people’s confidence rapidly grows!
Friday Morning Book Group
The book group meets on the third Friday of the month beginning at 10am (via Zoom) to discuss a book selected by the group. Participants are invited to sign in as early as 9:45am to chat and socialize before the discussion begins at 10am. In the coming months we will be discussing the following books:
August 19: Read any book by Louise Erdrich and share your comments about it
September 16: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson
October 21: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
Contact the River Road office to be put on the email list for the Zoom link.
Social Justice
Thrivers on the Move
Thrivers On The Move has an immediate opportunity for students, low-income, minorities, immigrants, and refugees to be Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) with a scholarship after meeting the criteria. The application can be found on their website; scholarships are limited. For questions, please contact Jack Lee.

There is also an opportunity for individuals or families of low-income backgrounds to receive a free laptop. They can be refugees or immigrants in general and should be Montgomery County residents. To apply, fill out the application form. Sara Abdel can waive the $5 administrative fee for beneficiaries connected with RRUUC. Use promo code "Thrivers."
Extend the Offering for Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization advancing human rights together with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates.

You can support UUSC throughout the month of August by making online contributions (select "Extend the Offering") or by making check donations to RRUUC (designate UUSC).
Lost to Gun Violence
As part of our ongoing commitment to the activists who are interrupting gun violence on the streets of our cities, we are saddened yet honored to memorialize the names of those in our area lost to gun violence over the past two weeks. These lives continue to matter:
Baltimore: Kelvin Jackson, Ernest Jackson IV, Jesse Lancaster Jr., Bartimaeus Morris, Evay Henriques, and two victims’ names not released. District of Columbia: Kevin Hartgraves-Shird and Marilyn Payne. Waldorf: Tiesha Janae Johnson. Every life lost to gun violence shatters the world for each of us, and every life saved by those who interrupt the violence helps knit us back together.
RRUUC Land Acknowledgement
Acknowledging and remembering that we are situated on the traditional land of the Nacotchtank and Piscataway people, and on the land on which enslaved African people and their descendants labored and lived, we gather together in worship. May the words of our mouths, the meditations of our hearts and the actions of our hands point the way toward a more just future. May the memory of those whose love and labor went before inspire us to create a path of greater joy and justice for all who will follow.  

If you would like to learn more about our land's history, please watch the service from June 13, 2021.
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River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation
6301 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20817 | 301-229-0400 |