Sunday's Worship Service
"There is Always Some Beauty Left…"
Kirsten Lodal, Intern Minister
One service, in person and virtual:
Sun., May 15, 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.

Building on this quote from Anne Frank, Kirsten will help us reflect on the constructive roles we can play as we send our young people out into our hurting, yet still beautiful, world. Please join us as we conduct our Bridging Ceremony for our high school seniors. Sunday service is broadcast live, and may include wide shots of the crowd in the sanctuary. If you wish to avoid appearing on camera, please plan to attend online for now, as our services will not include overflow seating.

We will be having in-person Coffee Hour on the plaza after the service. Bring your own travel mugs to be kind to the environment!
This Sunday
Next Contemporary Issues Forum, THIS Sun., May 15, 12-1pm, via Zoom
"Alzheimer's Disease & Brain Health in America," from Dr. Lennox Graham, professor, Howard University

Dr. Graham is currently Director of Recruitment for Clinical Trials at Howard University, where he enhanced research and quality assurance, including the involvement of local pastors & congregations in the research. He will present an exciting lecture that will broaden your horizons in understanding Alzheimer’s disease. You will learn about the power of the brain & how you can use it to do great things. You will learn what dementia is and how it relates to Alzheimer’s disease. Most importantly, you will be given the best-kept secret about the brain and dementia. 

A link to attend this Forum will be included in Saturday's Worship Links email.
Social Justice Gathering May 15 at 12pm 
Join us for our River Road Social Justice Gathering Sunday after the service THIS Sun., May 15! This will be a time to connect, reflect, and vision with Social Justice leaders and friends. As we continue to emerge from the pandemic and adjust to our new normal, we have a tremendous opportunity to imagine, celebrate, and recommit to our core Social Justice values - and to have some fun with it! 

All are welcome to attend! 
On Sun., May 15, at 3pm, join a discussion on “Art as Resistance: Truth and Consequences,” about Palestinian artists pursuing the truth despite extreme hardships.
Register for the free event at, watch three short films, then join the Zoom event, sponsored by Voices from the Holy Land, and co-sponsored by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom–St. Louis Branch.

Watch the trailer at
Notices & Online Ministry Offerings
Support Action in Montgomery (AIM): May's ETO
Action in Montgomery (AIM) is a broad-based community power organization rooted in Montgomery County’s neighborhoods and congregations. AIM is non-partisan, multi-faith, multi-racial, and dedicated to making our county and state a better place to live and thrive. Inequity in Montgomery County intensified because of the pandemic, so AIM’s community organizing efforts are as critical as ever. AIM works to bring about more economic justice and racial equity, and to hold elected and corporate officials accountable. During this election year, we must convince our elected officials, as well as the candidates running for office, to take bold action on housing, education, health, and transportation/climate issues.

Please support AIM throughout the month of May by making online contributions, by making check donations to RRUUC (designate AIM), or by participating in our Extend the Offering for AIM on May 22 (during the annual music service).
Bazaar 2022 - Sat., June 4
Less than a month to the June 4 Bazaar! If you haven’t signed up yet to help, please do so with our Sign-Up Genius link. Not sure where you can fit in? Email us at Reminder: there will only be baked goods and snacks for sale on Bazaar Day. No Chili Café and no food trucks (it didn’t work out). Volunteers should plan to bring their own bag lunch and eat it outdoors on the patio outside the Fireside Room. Also, remember: NO BOOKS this year except for Children’s/YA. All donations may be dropped off starting at 2pm on Sun., May 29.
Family Ministry
Attend the worship service this Sunday to witness the Bridging Ceremony, a rite of passage for our graduating seniors. At the conclusion of the ceremony, children will go to their classes.

Spirit Play and Childcare: Fireside
Elementary School: Rooms 23/25
Middle School: Fiatfalva
OWL: Room 32
Youth Group: Room 3

Contact Beth Irikura or Laura Piervincenzi with any questions.
Upcoming Happenings
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:
May 20: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
June 17The Authenticity Project by Claire Pooley
July 15: Share comments about books you've read outside the River Road Book Group
Contact the River Road office to be put on the email list for the Zoom link.
There is an exhibition of nature photography by Mark Leatherman in the Fellowship Hall until May 23. Make sure to check it out while you're in the building!
Annual West Virginia Multigenerational Service Learning Trip
It's not too late to sign up for the WV service trip to McDowell County, WV (Aug. 6-12). This will be our 8th trip working with the people of Big Creek People in Action to repair and improve homes in the southernmost part of WV. We also spend time learning about the rich culture of the area. Participants incoming high school and older (yes, even adults) are welcome. Cost is $400 with scholarship available. There is a preparatory workshop on Sat., June 11Registration here. Contact Beth Irikura with questions.
RRUUC Annual Meeting
The RRUUC Annual Meeting will be held on Sun., June 12, at 12:30pm, via Zoom. Save the date and keep your eye on this space in future eWeeklys for any updates.
Social Justice
Earth Ministry's monthly meeting will take place THIS Sun., May 15 in person at River Road only. We will meet from 11:30am-12:00pm (room TBD) and then join an event beginning at noon. Look for a new post on our Being Green blog this weekend, too!
The Land Acknowledgement Task Force thanks the participants in our retreat session. Please send your thoughts or questions to If you want to know what territorial Native American land you live on, text 907-312-5085 with your zip code. The bot will tell you immediately what your tribal group is. RRUUC is on Piscataway territory. Other UU Potomac Partnership congregations are on different tribal lands.
Rally for Poor People on Sat., June 18 on the Mall
Each of us again has the opportunity to join our racial justice teams in supporting the Poor People’s Campaign – and now’s not the time to let the Campaign down.

Let’s make sure we show up at 8:30am on June 18 at the Bethesda Metro station, and head down together to the Mass Poor Peoples and Low-Wage Workers Assembly and Moral March on the Mall at 3rd Street. Just find us at the top of the escalators leading into the Bethesda Metro station.

You can learn more here about this rally of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival in support of poor people and low-wage workers. And make sure you join us, either at the Bethesda Metro or on the Mall.
The Providence Organization of the Hungarian Unitarian Church would like to thank you for responding to International Women's Convocation's appeal for humanitarian aid. The contributions enabled them to help refugees in Romania and those in dire need in Ukraine. On March 25, a second shipment of supplies was sent to Ukraine. Vladimir, a Ukrainian refugee staying at the dormitory of the János Zsigmond Unitarian High School in Kolozsvár/Cluj together with his family, transported the goods to Odessa. Vladimir was able to make the round trip, which requires passing through Moldova, thanks to the fact that he has dual citizenship.

Vladimir was instrumental in getting in touch with an association from Odessa, which sent the Providence Organization a list of basic needs. Providence wanted to help with the most-needed items of the day: pharmaceuticals and first-aid kits. The donation to a health care center in Odessa amounted to more than 3,000 EUR (3,300 USD) and contained the following items: disinfectants, bandages, pain killers, syringes, flu medications, milk powder, and diapers. Providence is happy that the goods arrived safely to their destination.

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 last two weeks. These lives continue to matter:
Baltimore: Daniel Taylor, Keith Johnson, and one name not released. Bowie: Javon Washington. Cumberland: Travon Lee Morris. District of Columbia: Rashad Davis, David Boyd, Treyvon Green, Davon Sullivan, and Junior Johnson. District Heights: one name not released. Elkton: Robert Levan Andrews. Essex: Ralph Picarello III. Fort Washington: Benjamin Ampong. Upper Marlboro: Jason Faison. 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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