December 2010 Blog Posts (24)

The Omnivore's Dilemma in Light of the American Dilemma: Food, Farming, and Race

David Slavin is offering this talk at UUC Atlanta this week:

Why does the US emit two and half times more greenhouse gases than other industrialized nations?  What connects Richard Breitbart's scurrilous racist attack…


Added by Barbara Johnson on December 30, 2010 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Energy-efficienct Home-Improvements Save Money

Dear Friends:

 I track news about the PACE (Property Assessment Clean Energy) program, which came to a halt this summer when the FHA issued a statement about repayment hierarcy, and this article arrived today. It talks a little about the Congressional fix for PACE, but first it spellls out some good ideas for quick projects that you can do now to help your home be more comfortable and to see lower utility bills.

 I hope you find it inspiring!! Let me know if you're doing…


Added by Laura Dely on December 23, 2010 at 5:14pm — No Comments

You Can Help Virginia Democrats Today

Hello UUCA Friends:

 I know we are a non-partisan organization, but some of our individual members are politically active. For those of you who would like to see Virginia democrats renew our trend to elect democrats throughout the Commonwealth, read on.



 Make calls from home today

to support our special election candidates.



Added by Laura Dely on December 21, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Adult and youth choirs sing at Culpepper Garden

On Sunday afternoon, Dec 19, approximately 22 members of the UUCA Adult and youth choirs sang Christmas songs for residents of Culpepper Garden. Volunteers continually added chairs as the crowd expanded to enjoy the music.  Thanks To Bea Ann Phillips for…


Added by Henriette Kellum on December 19, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

a simple gift

rediscovered something last night at the Buckingham Center holiday party - dancing informally with a friendly group of people just because - felt so incredibly wonderful -

Added by Barbara Johnson on December 19, 2010 at 12:28am — No Comments

The Dream Act

I'm very disappointed about this, but the struggle goes on...

Dream Act Bill for Illegal Immigrant Students Fails on Senate Vote, 55-41

The Dream Act, a bill to grant legal status to hundreds of
thousands of illegal immigrant students, fell 5 votes short
of being brought to the Senate floor for debate.

Read More:

Added by Rev. Michael McGee on December 18, 2010 at 11:59am — 3 Comments

From the Board - "Making It Your Own"

From the Board

Making It Your Own

By Alex Roth

[as printed in the December 2010 Arlingtarian]

How Will You Make It Your Own?

Growing up, we had a lot of family pets - a string of cats, a dog, chinchillas, rabbits, horned toads, boa constrictors, finches and even a surly, descented skunk.  Some of these animals may have started out belonging to one or the other of us kids, but, as happens in families, their care usually fell to my…


Added by Alexandra Roth on December 18, 2010 at 10:25am — No Comments

10:30 Christmas Eve Service added

Due to popular demand, the worship team has added a 10:30 pm Christmas Eve Candlelighting service to the Mitten Tree services at 4 and 6 pm and the Candlelighting service at 8:30 pm.  The 10:30 service will be more informal and reflective and without the choir.  Since this is late notice, please pass the word to your friends.

Added by Rev. Michael McGee on December 17, 2010 at 1:48pm — No Comments

What Do You Wish for the World's Children?

The children of the 9:15 first grade learning group wish that children had food, water, good houses, love, friends, toys, and good hope. You can see their comments on the bulletin board near the chapel. They created a mosaic chalice and wrote their wishes into the flames. The chalice poster was the culmination of activities over the past several weeks. We walked for the homeless and collected donations for UNICEF. Then we invited church members to share their experiences with children in…


Added by Ann Ulmschneider on December 15, 2010 at 9:22pm — 2 Comments

Dec. 21 – Join the Board for a Potluck Holiday Party!

December 21 – Join the Board for a Potluck Holiday Party!

The Board will not hold a business meeting in December. Members, neighbors,

friends and family are welcome to join the Board from 7 to 9 p.m. for a party.

Please bring finger foods and drinks for 4 to 6 people. You are also welcome

to bring…


Added by Natalia Averett on December 14, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Namaste Two Minute Timeout

Here's my latest Two Minute Timeout on the theme of Namaste. What do you…


Added by Rev. Michael McGee on December 14, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments


...thanks to John Bohman for an inspiring reflection at Sunday's service...and to Rev. Carlton for his thoughtful sermon about gifts...and to Jacomina De Regt for her Saturday program on renewing the spirit....and to David McTaggart for all his work on the terrific new Chalice Banner at the top of the ramp. And that's just the short list, for another great weekend of community at church, of making a difference. Thank you.

Added by Bill Fogarty on December 13, 2010 at 11:31pm — No Comments

Daniel Ellsberg: Anti-War Rally Thurs: 10 a.m. Lafayette Square Park


WHEN: 10 a.m. Thursday, December 16, 2010

WHERE: Lafayette Square Park side of the White House

WHO: Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers; Mike Ferner, Veterans For Peace National President; Leah Bolger, Veterans For Peace Vice-President and retired Navy Commander; Mike Prysner, Iraq vet and co-founder of March Forward!; Ray McGovern, retired CIA official; and many more.

WHAT: A brief rally will be followed by a…


Added by Todd Parola on December 13, 2010 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Opportunities to Show Support for the DREAM Act

As I mentioned in a recent "tweet", one of the major emphases from immigration reform activists at our Nov. 30 Community Forum: Getting Immigration Right, Part I was that we show our support for the DREAM Act to our Senators and Congresspersons. In a nutshell, the DREAM Act would extend a path to US citizenship to reputable youth and young adults who were brought to this country illegally by their parents as children. DREAMers, as they are called, would do this through getting…


Added by Rev. Carlton Elliott Smith on December 13, 2010 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Missouri case: deportation of undocumented Guatemalan

The Missouri Supreme Court is considering a case that involves an illegal Guatemalan immigrant and her 7-month old US-born son. Bail Romero was imprisoned for using fake papers to get the job. Meanwhile, her baby was adopted without her knowledge and she is being told she’ll be deported without him. While in prison, her son was taken care of by family members and friends, one of whom adopted him. When Bail received papers about the adoption, she wrote that she did not want her son adopted.…


Added by PAGUUCA on December 13, 2010 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Guatemalan Human Rights Commission

Terry and I enjoyed participating in the Fund Raiser for the Guatemala Human Rights Commission at our church last night. The Guatemalan dinner was delicious, the Mayan dancers beautiful, and the program, highlighted by an excellent video by Barbara Johnson of our UUCA delegation's trip to Guatemala in November and moving…


Added by Rev. Michael McGee on December 13, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Senate to Vote on DREAM ACT Thurs!! (TODAY)

Please pick up your phone TODAY and call the numbers below to connect with our Virginia Senators, Webb & Warner, and ask that they vote yes on the Dream Act.

The Dream Act passed the House late last night, and is expected to be voted on in the Senate today or tonight.

Simply call the numbers below and urge the senators to vote in favor of the Dream Act.

Sen. Warner: 202-224-2023

Sen. Webb: 202-224-4024

Talking Points…


Added by Laura Dely on December 9, 2010 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Congratulations Natalie & Rev. Linda!

I would like to congratulate two of my colleagues on major accomplishments this past week. If you were at worship services last Sunday, you heard the news that our intern minister, Natalie Fenimore, had an interview last week in Chicago with the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, which is the credentialing body for clergy in our Unitarian Universalist Association. The MFC endorses (or rejects) candidates for ministry in our movement and affirms the ability of a minister to serve in our liberal… Continue

Added by Rev. Michael McGee on December 9, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

A Report from a Frontline of the Struggle for Reproductive Choice

Monday morning, I went to a rally at Germantown (Md.) Reproductive Health Services sponsored by the Operation Rescue, the Christian anti-choice organization. Dr. LeRoy Carhart, a provider of late-term abortion services, began his work there that day amidst fear from his detractors that he would turn Germantown into a place where women flocked to terminate their pregnancies in the weeks before birth.

I arrived right at 11:00 a.m. as the Operation Rescue folks were getting underway. It… Continue

Added by Rev. Carlton Elliott Smith on December 8, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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