I just got word that email sent to the church will not be received. Our server is down. So, if you need to be in touch with any church staff this coming week, call us at 703-892-2565!
Added by Rev. Linda Olson Peebles on July 31, 2010 at 7:16pm —
Long live immigration reform!
Vamos a las calles!
Now that I've got past my disgruntlement over decision-making process, I'm hot to trot on immigration reform.
Well, to start with, the U.S. is actually occupying vast territories we stole from Mexico (bought very cheap after invading them and forcing them to sign a treaty giving up Texas, California, etc.). Lots of Latino immigrants are just reclaiming stolen property in land.
Plus the "Washington consensus" of… Continue
Added by Cynthia Adcock on July 30, 2010 at 10:30am —
I want to thank all of you who contributed your creative and inspiring ideas for this year's sermon series. To go along with our UUCA theme for the year, "Renewing the Spirit," the series will be, "A Renewed 10 Commandments," and instead of creating new commandments the ministers will be reinterpreting and renewing the original ones. Here is what we're planning to do, though as always there may be tweaks:
A Renewed Ten Commandments
Sermon Series for 2010-2011: The original… Continue
Added by Rev. Michael McGee on July 29, 2010 at 8:29am —
I confessed the other day in the church office that I am a PK—a preacher's kid. One of many, like Rev. Linda. "PKs can recognize each other, and they cluster together," somebody said. Ouch.
Are we PKs THAT weird and cliquish?
I dunno. Hence this blog post.
For me, being a PK meant that both my daddy and my momma graduated, together, from Union Theological Seminary in 1938. Their lives were shaped by the Great Depression and World War II. After ordination and service in two… Continue
Added by Cynthia Adcock on July 29, 2010 at 12:00am —
Did you see this in yesterday's paper? You might want to send it to family and friends.
DEAR ABBY: I recently had a child and would like to join a church for the community, moral messages and the music. I grew up going to one and got a lot out of it.
However, exploration throughout my 20s made me realize that I didn't believe what was being taught. I tried hard to accept the doctrines, but truthfully, I doubt I ever will. Would it be dishonest to start attending again? --… Continue
Added by Rev. Michael McGee on July 28, 2010 at 8:49pm —
From the Board Chair-
Talking About Talking
By Natalia (Natty) Averett
[as printed in The Arlingtarian, August 2010]
Let’s talk about talking. I know it sounds strange to “talk about talking,” but if we don’t look at how we communicate with each other, we can’t be effective in our actions. We may even achieve our goals in selfish or inconsiderate ways, at the expense of engaged and inclusive community and in contradiction with our values.
The Board… Continue
Added by Natalia Averett on July 27, 2010 at 4:00pm —
SIGN UP TO BE MATCHED TO A HOMELESS CHILD
You will receive size, favorite colors, cartoon characters, etc. that will help you shop for an individual child.
UUCA has had a long association with Sullivan House,
a transitional housing program for… Continue
Added by Laura Dely on July 27, 2010 at 3:30pm —
In 1985, I was sitting in a sidewalk cafe in Zagreb in what was then Yugoslavia, talking with a young local woman. We had been sitting there for a while, and this was apparently suspicious behavior, because eventually an armed man in uniform (I don’t know if he was police or military — or if there was much of a difference) approached us and asked us for our papers. The experience was unnerving… and that was the intent. Once he saw my U.S. passport, he was very apologetic. The objective was not… Continue
Added by Madelyn Campbell on July 27, 2010 at 1:22pm —
Please note: Rev. Ganz moved to the First Parish of Brewster Mass., and is no longer with our church but her thoughts about community and ministry continue to help us understand the possibilities of our online church.
Welcome! Whether you’re a newcomer visiting our new website or a member who’s received your keys and walked inside to join the conversation in our Beloved Community Online, I hope you like it here!
A philosopher once said that all of human life is… Continue
Added by Rev. Mary McKinnon Ganz on July 27, 2010 at 8:00am —
On Sunday we heard about General Assembly from 14 people (my count), including Natalie Fenimore's homily tying GA to larger messages of community and covenant.
Collectively these voices provided a sense of the experience in Minneapolis -- from workshops to worship; from camp to the march. I heard emerging core themes. I felt some of the excitement and the tension from GA.
By adding these… Continue
Added by Sue Browning on July 13, 2010 at 11:44am —
So what are you reading this summer?
Summer is my favorite time to read, and I've been enjoying some great books lately. I'm on a history kick, having recently finished "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World" by Jack
Weatherford (did you know that G Khan advocated for religious tolerance, among other humanitarian efforts?), and now I'm reading Taylor Branch's incredible book series, "Parting the Waters: America In The King Years," on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King,… Continue
Added by Rev. Michael McGee on July 10, 2010 at 2:24pm —
Portland, Oregon to Jackson, Wyoming, June 27 to July 7. On the morning I rode through Grand Teton, it was 34 degrees.
Added by Bennett Minton on July 9, 2010 at 2:11pm —
(Boston - July 8) I'm passing through Boston and had some time today to visit a few bookstores and one UU church: The Arlington St. UU across the street from the Boston Common. There is no doubt about how this congregation feels about itself. It's obvious from any one of its wooden or marble plaques commemorating member contributions; member lives lost in war; former ministers; its deeds; and from each of the Tiffany windows that bring the glory and sacredness of American fine craft to life.… Continue
Added by June Herold on July 8, 2010 at 10:00pm —
Kids have been having fun on Sunday mornings at UUCA during the 10am service. Last week, they made their own flag for the 4th of July.
July 11 - Green Action comes to visit!
July 18 and 25, Dan Redmond has enthusiastically agreed to present his interactive children's program on Solar Energy to our RE group. They will have the chance to learn… Continue
Added by Rev. Linda Olson Peebles on July 8, 2010 at 9:48am —
From the Board Chair
The Idea of Who We… Continue
Added by Natalia Averett on July 6, 2010 at 6:02pm —
Taking a cue from Sue Browning's posts, I would like to highlight my #1 impression from July 4's service: that it is so nice to see everyone at one service! I thought the "social hour" in the Fellowship Hall actually did last one hour -- there seemed to be many good conversations going on. I know we need two services during the year, but it sure is energizing to see everyone (the 9:15 crowd and the 11:15 crowd) at one time, all together.
Added by Bill Fogarty on July 6, 2010 at 12:03am —
The 4th of July at the UU Church of Arlington gave children a chance to create a new kind of flag - seven red stripes for our seven UU principles, and six white stripes for the six sources which inspire us. The ideals and values of UUism were the same ideals and… Continue
Added by Rev. Linda Olson Peebles on July 4, 2010 at 10:27pm —
Increase Access to Dental Care for Low-Income Adults: a) press VA to secure $5 million in Emergency TANF Funding from Federal Stimulus, b) organize state & local officials to put bi-partisan pressure on NOVA’s Federal delegation to… Continue
Added by Robert Buckman on July 2, 2010 at 1:30pm —