A friend and community activist in Montgomery County sent me an email saying that her organization may have been able to prevent Lockheed Martin from being exempted from paying taxes totaling around $450,000 for their hotel guests on its property; the taxes would instead help to replace the shortfall in human services funding.… Continue
I hope many of you will add coming to church this Friday, October 1, to your start-of-weekend activities!
Beginning a little after 6, there will be a light supper served in Fellowship Hall. At 7pm in the sanctuary, Andrew Greenwood, an awesome young pianist/singer will be supporting Revs. Linda & Carlton in the First Friday Vespers service (music and inspiration).
Then at 8pm, the Coffee House begins in Fellowship Hall. We are thrilled that besides talent from UUCA, we will also… Continue
Your presence at the congregational meeting on Sunday, at 1:00 (after second service and a free lunch) will be most welcome...and helpful...and informative. We spoke with over 500 people (kids included) in our Renewal Conversations. Come find out the comments...a report will be presented....and find out...what are our priorities? AND most importantly, please come to vote on authorizing a capital campaign, to address the Total Needs of our congregation.
UU friends are working to organize the Standing on Side of Love presence at One Nation Working Together a rally on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Lincoln Memorial. I know that it's fast approaching, so I wanted to send a quick note to alert you all that there will be a Standing on the Side of Love contingent wearing yellow shirts and carry the big yellow banner at the rally. They will meet at the Foggy Bottom/GWU… Continue
I am grateful to our Rev. Carlton Smith for introducing me this morning to the 1957 sermon titled "People Ask About God" by the renowned Unitarian Minister, Dr. A. Powell Davies.
In developing my own theology as a UU, I have come to believe that people have really made the whole notion of God much too complicated. In my mind, it is very simple: No one knows whether there is a supreme being or not, so why pursue the matter? Yet, I know that I am blessed with life, that… Continue
I thought you might enjoy a couple of film clips that relate to my sermon last Sunday on "The First Commandment: You Shall Open Your Heart to the Holy." The first is a trailer from the original Ten Commandments movie with Charton Heston. The second is from Mel Brooks film, "The History of the World Part I". Enjoy.
This video does a good job of illustrating why solidarity with the African American struggle must be inextricably incorporated as part of the struggle for Gay rights and also why African American leadership is essential for the entire LBGTQ movement.
Note: Sharon Lettman-Hicks is the Executive Director of the National Black Justice… Continue
Added by Becca Lovelace on September 23, 2010 at 10:30am —
Hey UUCA Members --
As a Green Sanctuary, part of our ongoing outreach is to help promote events like this one described below.
It is part of an Arlington County Public Library announcement:
An Entrepreneurial Look at Earth and its People
When: Mon. Sept. 27, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Arlington Central Library
Are you worried about both our economy and our impact on the Earth? Flummoxed about what to do? Two Arlington leaders - from seemingly different… Continue
Added by Laura Dely on September 21, 2010 at 2:48pm —
I think this new book from the Harvard Business School is a good thing. I've found, in general, that HBS publications are the most thoughtful, common-sensical, as-close-to-being a UU capitalist as you can be.....Just thought I'd share the description of this new book to see if it stirs anyone to comment:
Managing the Older Worker:
How to Prepare for the New Organizational Order by Peter Cappelli, Bill Novelli
Thanks to all who commented on this request to boycott Dr.Pepper/Motts/Snapple/Canada Dry.
Sue B. -- I'd love to talk to you about why you boycotts trouble you.
And Brian F. I'd love to talk to you about your grocery store worker and union membership experience.
Below is the Motts etc. Union bulletin about the strike end below. I think it makes excellent points about why unions are important for working families and the middle class.
I don't see how our… Continue
Added by Laura Dely on September 18, 2010 at 3:21pm —
"For much of Washington's political class, the shocking news that one in seven Americans is living in poverty provoked not alarm but further debate about tax cuts for the middle class." (Fletcher, Washington Post, 9/18)
Why are politicians oblivious to this outrage? Simply because the poor have no money and thereby no power.
VOICE organizes people and money to speak for the poor and disadvantaged. Please support VOICE during… Continue
I urge everyone to click on the video "Dude, you have no Quran!" which Sana Saeed just posted. It is great, featuring the difference UU young adults - and all of us - can make!
UUs have always stood in solidarity with the notion of respect for religious traditions. It was Unitarian leadership which led to the first World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in the 1890s. Our Religious Education has long taught about the world's religions (older UUs remember "Church Across the Street" from… Continue
I'm always wanting to find ways to link our work in racial and economic justice, environmentalism, and peace. I'm inspired by this morning's Democracy Now, broadcast from Bonn, Germany, at the annual Right Livelihood Awards. An exiled Thai Buddhist activist (listed below) used a term that cuts across all these spheres, and may be a useful way to connect everything - structural violence.
I would love you to help me consider whether this concept would be useful for us. It seems to work… Continue
From the Board Chair-
Saying Grace, Showing Gratitude
By Natalia (Natty) Averett
[as published in the September 2010 Arlingtarian]
The church fiscal year begins July 1, but it’s in September, when we return to two Sunday services and when many activities which are on hiatus for the summer return, that it feels that the church’s new year has begun. The church has a “first day of school” feeling. Activities get into full swing, sign-up tables abound, the new-visitor… Continue
This September 11, I had a full day, of many moods, memories, and activities.
The training of our RE teachers began with a brief worship, centering ourselves as to the time and date, and all that has been lost, in the wake of the world changing event in 2001. Turning our attention to talk of "renewal", of building community with children and families, and of serving our church and wider world - all that was good response to the day.
The County is advising all to conserve water as it has been a bit dry this summer, and looks to continue that way for a while. Hopefully, we'll get some good soakings from "tropical storms" as they pass safely out at sea this fall, but in the meantime, here are the County's water saving tips -- good for life, not only drought times.
(Note: see this article online for all of the links to outside resources at:… Continue
Added by Laura Dely on September 13, 2010 at 12:12pm —
• Organized 300+ leader action in Richmond with 18 Virginia Senate and House leaders including 3 from the budget conference that helped preserve $9 million+ for the VA dental safety net in the FY 2011 budget, insuring that thousands of low-income children and adults in the Commonwealth will have access to critical dental care services.
• Organized with Virginia Senate and House leaders and pressed the Commonwealth of Virginia to secure $79 million in TANF Emergency Funds… Continue
The tough-love golden rule of organizing is to "Never do for others what they can do for themselves." The skill of organizing is in finding and developing leaders who will motivate disadvantaged people to take action for themselves. Organizing is relational work. People respond to the call of those they they trust, leaders with whom they have a public relationship. These truths apply to both the organization of civic communities and of faith congregations. That's right. We can use the tools of… Continue
I've worked as a journalist. I know that strife, conflict and controversy drive the news. How else could an obscure pastor of a small congregation have dominated media outlets for two weeks by threatening to publically burn copies of the Quran?
Our egos love opportunities to make ourselves right and make others wrong; to invalidate others' opinions and justify our own; to find the guilt in others' actions while excusing the hurtful things we do ourselves. Whether we as citizens… Continue