You are welcome here! Interested in learning more about the congregation, our faith, and our community? Our Connections Team would love to help get you started. If you'd like to join us for online Sunday worship services, contact us here. And if you’d like to find out more about how to get involved email us.

Sunday's Worship Service
Blessing of the Animals, Rev. Amanda Weatherspoon, Associate Minister
Sun., Aug. 1, 2021, 10am. Zoom Live Format
9:30-10am: Early-bird; 10am: Service; 11am: Breakout Rooms
Watch for one link in the Saturday email: once you log onto Zoom, you are where you need to be for all the morning's activities.
Recording will be posted on YouTube.
Join us for our annual Blessing of the Animals service. This is a time to explore what it means to be truly interconnected to the planet and all living beings. We will hear a message from Jane Goodall and explore ways to get involved with our Animal Ministry team here at RRUUC. Remember to gather your animal companions for our Animal Blessing, and to bring pictures of your beloved pets from yesteryear for our prayer of memorial for those who have crossed over.
Notices & Online Ministry Offerings
Beginning & Belonging: An Introduction to UUism, Sun., Aug. 22 & 29
A joint offering of Cedar Lane, River Road, and Fairfax Unitarian Universalist Congregations, this short two-session introduction to Unitarian Universalism is great for anyone seeking to connect more deeply and to learn more about our free faith tradition. Two sessions are offered on Sun., Aug. 22 & 29, 2-3:30pm. If you’re new, feeling new, contemplating a spiritual home, or even just looking to deepen your relationship to UUism, this is a great place to start. Register here.
Does climate change freak you out? 
Take a listen to the podcast "How to Save a Planet," which asks: what do we need to do to solve the climate crisis, and how do we get it done? You can find a year's worth of uplifting episodes with marine biologist and ocean policy nerd Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson here on Spotify.
Virtual Photography Exhibit: Four Seasons in the C&O Canal National Historical Park by Mike Mitchell, Thurs., Jul. 1-Tues., Aug. 31.
The RRUUC Fine Arts Committee is excited to present this virtual photography exhibit by Mike Mitchell. Click here to view the exhibit.
Mike Mitchell is a local photographer who is actively involved in the work of the C&O Canal Trust, the official “friends” organization of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. With this exhibit Mike combines his photography with his love of the park to present images from the park in all four seasons of the year and across the park’s 184.5-mile span. 
See more of Mike’s photography at www.mikemitchellphotography.com. If you are interested in purchasing any of his photos please contact Mike through his website.

Grounding: Summertime Blues
There's a ♪♫ cure for the summertime blues ♪♫ in this week's Grounding.
COVID-19 Advisory Committee Information about Vaccines and Vaccination
Find information curated by our COVID-19 Team here.

You can now make your own first dose appointments. If you need help making your first or second dose appointment, email c19vaccination@montgomerycountymd.gov or call 240-777-2982. Find info at MoCo's vaccine webpage https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/.
Social Justice News
July's Designated Gift Organization is Congregation Action Network
Created in 2017, the Congregation Action Network is an organizing network of congregations in the DC/MD/VA region that provide support and solidarity to neighbors, friends, and family who fear being detained, deported, or profiled. In the face of hate and discrimination, the Network is committed to showing love, compassion, and hospitality.
Please support the Congregation Action Network by giving generously throughout the month of July by contributing online here (select Social Justice Activities and type Congregation Action Network or July DGO in the optional memo line), Text-to-Give (732-56, then RRUUC), or through check donations to RRUUC (designate "Congregation Action Network"). Thank you.
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 last week. These lives continue to matter: Baltimore: Donta Sampson, Vaseles Nettles, Tywan Murray, and two names not released. Hyattsville: Juan Agudelo Maldonado. Laurel: One name not released. Pikesville: Errol Davis. Owings Mills: Deras Washington. Temple Hills: One name not released. Washington, DC: Jovan Hill and one name not released. 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.
Shared Programming & Community Events
Thrivers on the Move is offering a 12-week, free program; registration deadline: Wed., Aug. 25
Starting September 2021, Thrivers on the Move is offering its first 12-week, free program to immigrant female survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Thrivers on the Move’s mission is to provide sustainable employment and economic empowerment solutions to immigrant female survivors of SGBV, to defend the rights of immigrant female survivors of SGBV and their families in the USA, to strengthen corporate, philanthropy, and advocacy collaborations and partnerships, and to honor the transformation from a Survivor to a Thriver. The program is being offered to female immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, who live in the USA. The program is a new intensive career development and employment incubator program titled Thrivers on the Move: ReCharge, ReDesign, and ReBuild. For the application form and to read more about the program, click here. For questions, please email info@thriversonthemove.com or call 202-977-9787.
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