My heart was warmed this Thanksgiving by the news I received just before I left town: UUCA's plate collection on Nov. 22, collected for the Arlington Food Assistance Center, topped $6,300! I am so proud of this congregation, that in a year filled with uncertainty for some of us, we step up to help the local food bank help people who are struggling to get enough to eat.
Today, as I headed back to Arlington from my family Thanksgiving in Ithaca, NY, I saw that the New York Times is… Continue
Added by Rev. Mary McKinnon Ganz on November 29, 2009 at 8:07pm —
Dear Beloved Community:
All the information that was public on our old Web site is still available to anyone. You do not have to sign in with a user ID and password to get it. With our new site, however, we are introducing many new features that require you to sign in with ID and password, which we refer to as "keys" or credentials.
With them, you'll be able to write blogs, participate in online discussions, continue your covenant group and social justice activities,… Continue
Added by UUCAVA on November 27, 2009 at 9:30am —
... that you can afford to be stupid with them." May that also extend to this beloved community.
Likewise ... parades, apple pie, dog shows, little 8 yr old girls growling "You ain't nuttin' butta hown-dog!" between chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ...
... these are also indubitably blessed.
Added by Todd Parola on November 26, 2009 at 12:48pm —
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Added by Todd Parola on November 24, 2009 at 2:23pm —
Last week five of us from this congregation went to the Dirksen Office Building to lean on Sens. Webb and Warner to move on a bill to make meaningful change that will arrest the flow of hydrocarbons into the atmosphere and slow the damage to our warming planet. Lavona Grow, Jim Olivetti, Bob Olson, Mary Ann Lawler and I met with aides to the two senators and also with Tyler Edgar of the National Council of Churches, who coached us and helped us stay on message.
It was worthy work,… Continue
Added by Rev. Mary McKinnon Ganz on November 24, 2009 at 7:05am —
In a recent post
I talked about how wonderful it was to finally be free of the debilitating worries, guilts and anxieties of that past and future, allowing my energy to be present to the joy and occasional pain of my daily life. Living in the Present really has become a great survival tactic when fears encroach on my… Continue
Added by Dana T. Paddock on November 23, 2009 at 7:45am —
I think Rob's lyrics say it better than I can.
Rob Thomas - Little Wonders Lyrics
let it go,
let it roll right off your shoulder
don’t you know
the hardest part is over
let it in,
let your clarity define you
in the end
we will only just remember how it feels
our lives are made
in these small hours
these little wonders,
these twists & turns of fate
time falls away,
in these small hours,
Added by Heather Crombie on November 21, 2009 at 8:38am —
Witness Against Torture is a grassroots organization committed to
closing Guantanamo, Bagram and ending torture. The group will hold a
fast and vigil in Washington, DC from January 11, 2010—the date
marking eight years since Guantanamo’s beginning as a “war on terror”
prison through January 22, 2010, the date by which the Obama
administration committed to closing the facility. To learn more about
the fast and vigil to Shut Down Guantanamo, End Torture and… Continue
Added by Barbara Johnson on November 20, 2009 at 10:38am —
"An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame -- Southern Methodist University game and doesn't care who wins."
Ha! I love it. Kind of a witty, but insightful overture wouldn't you say?
Then there's, "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."
That one, people on the right, the left, every which way, have to take to heart.
And then there's this, which he states as a prayerful imperative: "Here in America we are… Continue
Added by Todd Parola on November 19, 2009 at 1:00pm —
The centrality of racial inequality to all the great issues means that racial inequality must be addressed. Only then can white working people including UUs examine their interests as whites in defending privilege vs. their interests as working people in joining in solidarity with other working people to get health and security, a climatologically stable planet, an end to dominance of big banks, and big energy. Whites cannot both hold on to race privilege and have reform. And equally true, the… Continue
Added by Barbara Johnson on November 19, 2009 at 10:24am —
Posted this on my blog. Thought my UUCA friends might enjoy it too.
"Be Here Now. Live in the Present. Live in the Moment." So goes common advice from the life coach, the therapist and the spiritual guide. There really isn't anywhere you can turn anymore without some enlightened someone urging you to put aside worries of tomorrow and yesterday in order to concentrate on making… Continue
Added by Dana T. Paddock on November 19, 2009 at 8:02am —
Rev. Christine Robinson gave this presentation recently on multi-site UUs, meaning UU congregations with satellite branches in sparsely populated areas of the country. The issue of finding ways to serve them through branches is similar, I think, for small churches in districts that could band together to leverage the strength of the Web. Rev. Robinson is a UU minister in New Mexico who grew up in Bethesda, MD, in a family that attended the River Road UU.…
Added by June Herold on November 17, 2009 at 7:47am —
OTTAWA, Canada -- There is so much joy in being here with 400+ of my UU Minister colleagues, for the every-seven-year UUMA Convo. There's lots of programming and storytelling and great preaching as well as fabulous little hallway conversations. It is deeply renewing to my spirit.
But at the first meeting, and at several gatherings since, we have been reminded who isn't here. Many of our transgender colleagues were not able to attend, because attendance would have required them to get… Continue
Added by Rev. Mary McKinnon Ganz on November 14, 2009 at 4:30pm —
I found this poem by the Dalai Lama - Thought I would share. Everyone probably already knows it - except me but, I just found so it speaks to me at this moment.
Feedback would be wonderful!
We have bigger houses but smaller families;
more conveniences, but less time;
We have more degrees, but less sense;
more knowledge, but less judgement;
more experts, but more problems;
more medicines, but less healthiness;
We've been all the way to… Continue
Added by Sharon G. Williams on November 12, 2009 at 12:48pm —
Historian David H. Slavin's approach to the US labor and social movements, race and politics helps to clarify the critical issues of environment, economy, and health care in the United States.
Slavin will be the plenary speaker at the annual Fall program put on by UUs for Soc. Justice (Baltimore-Washington and No. Va.)
His visit to the Washington area is co-sponsored by the ADORE (A Dialog On Race and Ethnicity) groups at All Souls Church in DC and Arlington,… Continue
Added by Barbara Johnson on November 10, 2009 at 3:06pm —
Dear UUCA Community:
Many of you may have wondered why I keep my face wrapped sometimes. I know I look weird, but yesterday NPR Morning Edition ran a story about a woman who suffers from the same condition that I do, and how she found relief with a new surgery.
We suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia, an extremely painful condition. In my case, it is set off by cold, stress, fatigue, or dehydration, or possibly by sleeping on my left side. It's a fickle disease, and very cruel. And mine… Continue
Added by Laura Dely on November 10, 2009 at 12:53pm —
I am helping out my best friend Stacy Willyard (she is a research assistant at the United States Peace Institute) this Thursday night. Stacy organized the first Hip Hop and Peacebuilding Festival for DC youth with me a year ago. She is moving to Uganda in December to continue her amazing work with youth with an amazing organization called, Bavubuka pronounced as “ba voo boo ka” it is a Luganda word that means the youth.
I met Silas (the founder of Bavubuka) last year when I hosted… Continue
Added by Sana Saeed on November 9, 2009 at 12:00pm —
So I ask:
What are we gonna do about the war in Afghanistan and its fallout among us Americans, and the conflicts among us at this church?
I've been writing a book about violence as an addiction. I focus mainly on war and the psyche, including neurology and the endocrine effects of living in a world of chronic, traumatic violence.
Most of us today suffer from low-grade Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (ptsd). The effects include numbing, dissociation, sleep disturbances, irrational… Continue
Added by Cynthia Adcock on November 7, 2009 at 1:41pm —