Programs, Activities & Groups: Brief Descriptions

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This is a snapshot of programs at UUCA.  For current activities, please read the weekly Connections. For questions, contact Sarah Masters, Director of Congregational Life,, 703-892-2565 x-242.

Name Brief Description
New UU Class The New UU class, presented approximately 6 times a year, is designed specifically for newcomers to the church, although they are suitable for any others who may want a refresher course! Material covered includes Unitarian Universalist history and philosophy, and the programs and activities of UUCA. To register for the next class, email
ALIVE! (Alexandrians Involved Ecumenically) ALIVE! (Alexandrians Involved Ecumenically) is an Interfaith organization of approximately 40 area congregations that together provide social services including: an accredited child development center, a shelter house, a furniture warehouse, medical equipment and house wares. Emergency food delivery and financial assistance also are available.
Arlington Food Assistance Center Arlington Food Assistance Center provides supplemental food for Arlingtonians in need. UUCA members work monthly – a Friday evening or Saturday morning to sort and distribute food.
Arlington Interfaith Council UUCA is a member of 49 Arlington churches that support local social service groups.
Arlington Street People's Assistance Network (ASPAN) The Street Food Delivery program provides bagged meals to homeless people in Arlington. UUCA volunteers make bag lunches, deliver and serve them on the last Sunday of each month between 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Baby Club A group for those parenting infants and toddlers. Baby Club Google Group

Beacon House

Beacon House is a UU urban ministry for inner city youth. UUCA provides financial contributions, field trips, Mistletoe Mall for Kids, Christmas gifts, a monthly Saturday morning program and after-school tutoring to Beacon House youth.
Bed & Breakfast Program UUCA members offer their homes to visiting UU's for below market rates. Proceeds benefit the church's general fund. For more information click here.
Book Group UUCA's Book Group meets at UUCA on the third Thursday of the month, September through June, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. All are welcome -- members, friends, and friends of friends. In June participants decide on selections for the coming year. Readings include fiction, non-fiction, classics, foreign authors and plays. Contact, 703-842-3602, for more information..
Breakfast Club The Breakfast Club is still eating out. They meet 8:30 AM Fridays at La Madeleine French Bakery & Café, 5861 Crossroads Center Way, Falls Church.
Buckingham Committee This group works with immigrants from the Buckingham community only blocks from our church.
Buddhist Fellowship UUCA's Buddhist Fellowship are members and friends who have joined together in a Buddhist group to practice meditation and learn more about Buddhist teachings within the UUCA community.
Chalice Theatre This intergenerational activity promotes the creative vision of the church through dramatic arts presentations. Each year a spring musical production is presented. Staged readings are also presented.
Child Dedication Ceremony The parents or guardians name the child and acknowledge their responsibility to raise & instruct their children in the ways of right living, both for themselves & for humankind.
Children's Religious Education Learning groups at 9:15 and 11:15 from pre-school age through 8th grade, and high school Youth Group at 11:15. Visitors welcome. Please check in with the office manager in the lower lobby when you arrive. Other middle school and high school programs beyond Sunday mornings.
Choir The choir rehearses each Thursday from September through June. New singers are welcome. No auditions! Sing at Sunday service, Christmas Eve & 2 concerts year.
Christmas Giving -- Secret Santa Program Each year UUCA supports families in need by donating new clothes & household items during a drive sponsored by Religious Education. Help organize the event, or participate by purchasing needed items.
Covenant Groups Covenant Groups consist of 8-10 people who meet regularly outside of the Sunday service to share themselves on a deeper level than is possible in other church experiences. More info here
Culpepper Garden People of vision from this church community started Culpepper Garden more than three decades ago. Today, Culpepper Garden continues to provide rental apartments to 270 elders with low to moderate incomes. An award winning assisted living wing features apartments and support services for 70 frail seniors of modest means. A variety of volunteer opportunities include important committee work to assist with resident activities.
Day Alliance Both men and women are invited to attend Day Alliance meetings in the Fellowship Hall on the first Tuesday of every month (except July and August). There is a business meeting at 10:00 am, social coffee at 10:30 am, a speaker/program at 11:00, and a catered lunch at noon.
Decorations Team Decorations Team. Arrange flowers for Sunday services in the Sanctuary, special decorations for holidays and special events, arrange for or attend flower arranging workshops.
Dream Group The Dream Group meets twice a month to share dreams, explore dream images, and investigate a variety of approaches to dream interpretation. Because of the intimate nature of the work, this is not a "drop-in" group, but welcomes newcomers following a brief individual orientation.
Early Christianities Study Group This group studies and discusses Christianity as it was practiced at its beginnings.
English for Speakers of Other Languages English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a free practice and improvement program for intermediate level adult English-language students, led by UUCA volunteers. Drop-in classes are Tuesday through Thursday evenings, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10-11:30 a.m. Contact:
Fall Retreat The Fall Retreat is a weekend for adults is held each September at Capon Springs, WV. The event includes workshops and discussion groups related to a theme chosen for the weekend. A great fellowship and spiritual opportunity.
Fellowship X We are a social and spiritual fellowship within UUCA, open to all who wish to attend. Most of our members are UU's in the Generation X age range (born in the 1960's and 1970's), and many of us are former members of the Young Adult Group.

We offer spiritual activities such as our Friday night service and annual retreat, and social activities such as our monthly potluck and weekly games night.

Fifty Plus

Brunch, movies, concerts, and more for people age 50+

50+ Google Group

Friends and Family Weekend This social weekend, usually held at Big Meadows on Skyline Drive the weekend school lets out in June, includes children and adults. The program provides for time and activities to promote both fellowship and individual pursuits.
Green Action “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part” is one of the seven principles which all Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote. UUCA’s Green Action promotes environmental awareness and activism to make this principle a vital part of our church.
Greeters Greeters make all feel welcome! Devote 1 hour before and after one service each month greeting all...visitors, newcomers, friends and members. Help with questions. Introduce newcomers to members and members to one another. A key Hospitality Ministry function!
Handbells Adults and children perform in our handbell groups.
hUUmanists We're an informal group of members and friends of the UUCA who meet regularly for discussion sessions, talks, videos and what-have-you centered around our common interests in humanism. Many of us - though not all - would describe ourselves as secular humanists. We meet every other Monday from 7:30pm at the church.
Labyrinth Project Walking the labyrinth while silently meditating is a way of briefly entering a different time zone, "dreamtime" rather than clock time, enabling walkers to more easily connect with their creative center. It is a centering activity that brings healing & wholeness.
Meals on Wheels Meals On Wheels volunteers bring hot meals to shut-ins. It’s a two-hour commitment from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., on the fourth Thursday or Friday of each month - you choose which day. Working in teams of two, one person drives and the other delivers. Contacts: Sara Anderson or Tina Hinh
Memorial Garden The Memorial Garden is located across the main driveway from the Sanctuary and provides for ash interment & stelae for the inscription of names of members and friends.
Memorial Society Assists members in planning for death with dignity in order to contribute to their own peace of mind and as a thoughtful service to survivors who must make immediate decisions at a time of trauma.
Men's Book Group Meets monthly to discuss a previously assigned book or movie.
Mistletoe Mall Mistletoe Mall, an annual December fund raiser.
MoonFire MoonFire is a community of people believing that the sacred lies in all earth elements and in each other. We are a chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPs), following and exploring earth-centered spiritual paths as an inclusive UU fellowship. Our mission is to explore, learn, and teach traditions of earth-based religions in a sacred and safe community, and to celebrate holidays marked by the solstices and the four seasons.
Morris Dance The Arlington Northwest Morris Women meets weekly (currently Mondays 7:30-9 at UUCA from mid Sept through June). They dance for fun and exercise and have occasional performances at festivals and fairs in the area. We welcome all adult women who would be interested in dancing with us.
Nursery for under 2-yr-olds; run by RE office for both Sunday services.
Office Volunteers An opportunity to assist church staff answering phones, doing computer entry work or assisting with other administrative tasks. Generally Mon-Fri. 9AM-12:00PM or 12:00-3:00PM.
OWL Our Whole Lives is the age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality curriculum taught in our Religious Education program.
PAG (Guatemala Project) UUCA is a Sponsoring Community for a human rights Accompanier in Guatemala. As a Sponsoring Community, we: * Educate ourselves and others about Guatemala * Support an accompanier * Respond to human rights abuses in Guatemalan communities * Reach out to Central American immigrants in our area * Connect with other interested churches and organizations. * Collaborate with NISGUA - Network In Solidarity with the people of Guatemala
Pastoral Care

A network of caring connections that provides a supportive compassionate presence when you may be struggling, alone, or in pain.  703-892-2565 x-245

Peace Camp Peace Camp offers children ages 5-12 an opportunity to explore the issues and feelings associated with peace and conflict. Campers and staff represent a diversity of religious faith, ethnicity and culture. For more information, contact Jason Powell.
Poker Group This is an informal group of people who like to play low-stakes poker. Games are scheduled once a month.
Rainbow Meetup Social group for the LGBTQ community.
Scrip Sales Scrip Sales. UUCA buys grocery "scrip" (in paper or gift card format) at a discount and sells it at face value--a painless fundraiser that nets thousands of dollars each year for the church. Giant is currently the only store that participates. Volunteers sell the scrip in Fellowship Hall after every Sunday service.
Services Auction The Services Auction in November is our biggest fund raiser and the most fun, too! Volunteer to solicit commercial donations, phone church friends, do computer work, publicity, decorations, prepare food the day of the auction, or help that night, or other leadership opportunities.
Sound Team This Sound Team activates the sound system and regulates the volume for services and other events. It's simpler than it sounds and training is provided. Commit to one service per month or as a backup.
Stewardship Campaign Our annual Stewardship Campaign is our annual opportunity to put our financial commitment behind our beliefs. On the basis of pledges we budget our programming and worship for the July-June fiscal year.
Sullivan House Sullivan House shelter for homeless families in Arlington accepts donations of nonperishable food (canned and packaged). Drop off donations in the big box labeled “Sullivan House” in the cloakroom.
Sunday Refreshments
(Coffee +)
Serve on a team of two or three volunteers at one service, one Sunday a month preparing beverages and arranging set-up. 1st Service team arrives at 8:45, 2nd Service team remains until 1:15. Your smiles & welcome greeting are important to our food and hospitality ministry.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Unitarian Universalist Service Committee advocates for social justice causes worldwide. Sponsor of annual Guest at Your Table Program.
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice

Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice in the Baltimore-Washington Area (UUSJ). A regional partnership for furthering UU principles on human dignity, justice and compassion through service, community development, advocacy, education and interfaith cooperation on urban concerns. Working toward the goals of sustainable community change and spiritual growth in our congregations.

Ushers Ushers devote 1 hour before and after one service monthly, greeting, passing out programs, passing collection plates and other duties as needed. Easy job for new people and a key part of our hospitality ministry.
Visual Arts - Quuest Art Gallery This committee arranges small art exhibits the display the works or UUCA members and friends right in our own buildings. Artists in the larger community often participate as well.
VOICE VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement), with the help of Industrial Area Foundation organizers, is working with other northern Virginia congregations to build a broad-based multi-issue organization to work for social change and social justice. IAF affiliates across the nation have achieved success in the areas of affordable housing, living wage, health care, homelessness, job training, environmental cleanup, education reform, transportation and support for immigrants.
Welcome Desk Support our Membership Ministry by answering questions and providing information before and after each service, generally at one service each month.
Winter Solstice is a cooperative celebration, audience participation, entertainment & a light, festive meal. There are Morris dancers, mummers, and singers of all ages. An intergenerational event for people over 5 years of age.
Write Here! Write Now! WHWN is a "toolkit" of writing supplies and signage for any group that wants church members to write to opinion leaders and advocate for positive change, or express a moral value on public issues facing our county, state, or world.
Young Adults We are UUCA members and friends aged 18-35 committed to socializing, spirituality, and social justice. We maintain ongoing communication through our Google Group and weekly email events list: Young Adult Group Google Group
Youth Choir Sings in worship services and in outside venues. Open to all young people grades 6 and above. Rehearses Sundays, 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Youth Group The Youth Group offers activities for high school students. They meet on Sunday mornings during second service, and have weekend retreats, social outings, picnics, hikes, movies, sports, and fundraisers. Youth Group plans and presents the annual Youth Sunday Service with a theme of significance to the young people themselves.


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