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Hello All:

Since graduation last April, I have learned first hand how complicated the poor person's razor-edged life is. I no longer had student loans to sustain my share of the rent (the rest is paid by the County), so I lost my housing grant for several months, and my landlord now says I have to move.

I have not been able to find a job on par with my last full-time one (when I was a business editor), although I have applied to 1,000s of organizations, including the County, and… Continue

Added by Laura Dely on August 2, 2015 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Best gifts

Annette Gumm asked her friends to make a donation to our charity of choice instead of bringing her a birthday gift at her big event. 

I just made an online donation to UUCA because it is the…


Added by Barbara Buzzell on May 29, 2015 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Sermon Titles and Info

I am annoyed that, of all the UU churches in the area, UUCA rarely lists the sermon topic for Sunday.  Am I missing the area of the web page where the topic is listed?  For example, the sermon topic is always listed, with info about the topic, at RRUUC, at UUCF, and at CedarLane.  It would be greatly appreciated if UUCA would do the same.  Thanks, Carol Osborne

Added by Carol Osborne on April 21, 2015 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Moving to Mt. Vernon Chapter

Fellow Members,

I would like to share that as of May, 2015 I will be moving to the Mount Vernon chapter. I feel UUACA is a wonderful organization and my hopes and prayers are with you to grow into the Chapter you can be. 

There is so much need in the world for do-gooders. Do not give up! 

I will be coordinating regional environmental projects and would love your help! Feel free to contact me with any level of participation you can…


Added by Sara Shields on February 15, 2015 at 12:01pm — No Comments

New initiative-Library Kilo-Watt in conjunction with MASES

Fellow members, I am working on an initiative to provide Kilo-watt meters to libraries in the District of Columbia for patron rentals. I live in Prince William county and we have been able to "check-out" a Kilo-watt meter to learn about our household usage for a while. At a recent event, I met a Library Administrator for the District and was surprised to learn DC libraries do not have this option. I think it is very important for all households to learn of their private consumption, and…


Added by Sara Shields on February 15, 2015 at 11:57am — No Comments

Interfaith Power and Light

The mission statement for Interfaith Power and Light


The mission of Interfaith Power & Light is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. This campaign intends to…


Added by Sara Shields on February 15, 2015 at 11:57am — No Comments

September Board of Trustees Highlights: Solar Proposal

9/16/14 BOT Highlights

Not Minutes—Joan Perry ably takes them.

Corrections welcome!

Cynthia Adcock


Present:  Steve Brannon (chair), Mary Pike, John Bohman, Janice Morris, Gretchen Menn, Paula Bendlsmith, Juliet Perry, Wendy Jessup, Ken Marshall, Rev. Linda, Rev. Aaron, Joan Perry, Chad Ohlandt, Shelly Thompson (ministerial intern), Tom O’Reilly, MJ Schmelzer Hoekstra, Bob Denniston, Cynthia Adcock


Main Topic:  A Proposal to the Board…


Added by Cynthia Adcock on September 18, 2014 at 2:12pm — No Comments

8/19/14 BOT Highlights

I'm posting the Board of Trustees Highlights I write up every month so that they are accessible to all.  They are not minutes, just journalism reporting on what I think most important for UUCA members.


8/19/14  BOT Highlights

Not Minutes—Christine Hauser ably took those.  Corrections welcome.  Cynthia Adcock

Board Members Present:  Wendy Jessup, Paula Bendl-Smith, Gretchen Menn, John Bohman, Mary Pike, Juliet Purll, Ken…


Added by Cynthia Adcock on September 1, 2014 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Climate Change and Religious Conversion

Hi friends,

On a (UU) climate change list serve I saw a discussion of Peter Morales' phrase

"religious conversion" to describe what's needed to address climate change.

   Here's what I then responded, and what I think is true:

The phrase "religious conversion" immediately reminded me of the "great

awakening" and other critical transformations in history.  Anthropologist

Anthony F. C. Wallace at the Univ. of Penna. described a  process that I


Added by Cynthia Adcock on September 1, 2014 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Are allegedly-pro-life policies in Central America partly to blame for the wave of migrant children?

The U.S. is facing a humanitarian migrant-children/border crisis that is proven divisive, costly for the government, and that has opened the door to a wave of attacks against President Obama even from Latino voters.  

Most unaccompanied, undocumented migrant children come from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. What do these three mostly Catholic Central American countries have in common that may be contributing to this situation and to much poverty, youth…


Added by Federico E. Cura on July 18, 2014 at 3:42pm — No Comments

UUSC Water Petition Period Closes Today

UUSC is sponsoring a petition to stop the water shut offs in Detroit.  As this is a basic human right, it would be good to have as many signatures as possible.  If not already accomplished, please consider signing.

Added by Will Russell on July 17, 2014 at 1:37pm — No Comments

In the spirit of 1776

What would the earliest Americans who stood up to the King of England say now about our selfish elite?

I blogged on that question today:

Happy 4th!

Laura Dely

Added by Laura Dely on July 4, 2014 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Today's Sermon

Excellent sermon today by our very own Shay O'Reilly!  Thanks, Shay, for prodding us and making us think.  I see a great preacher in the making!

Added by Kate Beysselance on June 29, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Board Meeting in June 17th at 7:30pm

The next Board business meeting will be at 7:30pm on June 17th in the Board Room.  Here is a draft agenda, 

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Board of Trustees Meeting

Draft Agenda

June 17, 2014

 Call to Order, Check-in, and Chalice Lighting (7:30pm)

 Consent and Informational Items:

  • Reminder of UUCA Mission, Ends, Values,…

Added by John L. Bohman on June 10, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Upcoming Board Meetings, Budget Hearings, and Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, June 8 after the Service: Annual Congregational Meeting

Upcoming Board of Trustees Meetings:  

Tuesday, May 27 at 7:30pm (draft agenda below)

Tuesday, June 17 at 7:30pm 

Board members are available for casual or…


Added by John L. Bohman on May 11, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Board of Trustees Meeting (4/14&15/2014) at 7:00pm in Board Room at UUCA

The Board of Trustees will meet 4/14-15, 2014, starting each evening at 7:00 pm.  Board members will be available for informal conversation at 6:30pm on the15th.      

Draft Agenda:

 Board Briefing by Search Committee (4/14 at 7:00pm)

 Executive Session (4/14 at 8:00pm)

 Check-in, and Chalice Lighting (4/15 at 7:00pm)

 Consent and…


Added by John L. Bohman on April 7, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

New Minister candidate announced April 6th

Boy are we excited!! The Ministerial Search Committee has reached a unanimous decision on our new Senior Minister candidate. The candidate will be announced during the worship service on April 6th. The search process has inspired us because the quality and integrity of the candidates is so strong. There appears to be an entirely new group of leaders within the UU clergy that is ready to lead all UU congregations to a new level. We think our candidate is a leader among leaders in this…


Added by Warren Wright on March 31, 2014 at 11:31am — No Comments

Special Congregational Meeting, Sunday May 11, 2014 at 12:30pm

 Notice of Special Congregational Meeting to Vote to 
Call a New Senior Minister

The Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington has called a…


Added by John L. Bohman on March 29, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

UUs on "Interfaith Voices," link below

On "Interfaith Voices" today, 3/16/14: Maureen Fiedler conducts a very thoughtful interview with Rev. Abhi Janamachi (Cedar Lane) and Rev. Rob Hardies (All Souls). You can download or listen from this link:

Added by Diane Ullius on March 16, 2014 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Board of Trustees Meeting (3/18/2014) at 7:30pm in Board Room at UUCA

Board members are available for the half hour before each Board meeting for informal conversation.  

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Board of Trustees Meeting

Draft Agenda

March 18, 2014

 Call to Order and Chalice Lighting  (7:30pm)



Added by John L. Bohman on March 9, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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