MVUC is expanding our collaboration with the Davies UU Congregation; we will be opening up more of our Zoom programs to their participation and sharing and participating in more of theirs (Davies UU offerings are marked with a blue heart đź’™ in the list below.)

TED Talks Discussions – Additional Facilitators Are Welcome!
The fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:30pm; via zoom.
Rev. Schmidt is continuing his series of TEDTalks on the last Tuesday of each month on the theme of Interim Congregational Work, but we’re saving several months for other MVUC groups to host TEDTalks too.  Those who would like to host a talk in this series may refer to the sign up sheet at TEDTalks Facilitator Sign-up to let us know you’re interested.  In advance of the event, Lifespan Spiritual Growth staff will be in touch with you to make sure all the elements are in place.  Should you have questions, contact Ann Richards at

TEDTalk Discussion This Month
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m., via Zoom (offered fourth Tuesdays of each month)
How I Climbed A 3,000-Foot Vertical Cliff — Without Ropes — Imagine being by yourself in the dead center of a 3,000-foot vertical cliff — without a rope to catch you if you fall. For professional rock climber Alex Honnold, this dizzying scene marked the culmination of a decade-long dream. In a hair-raising talk, he tells the story of how he summited Yosemite’s El Capitan, completing one of the most dangerous free solo climbs ever.This TED presentation will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Rev. Schmidt. Register in the Commons or on line at
Contact Jim Kerr at for more information.

Great Decisions Returns to MVUC 
Feb. 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12, 26, April 2, 23, Rain Date April 30, Chapel 11:30- 1:30
Great Decisions is returning to Mount Vernon Unitarian Church next spring after a COVID pause. The topics on the 2023 agenda include Energy Geopolitics, War Crimes, China and the U.S., Economic Warfare, Politics in Latin America, Global Famine, Iran at a Crossroads, and Climate Migration. We will kick off with an introductory discussion of alternative approaches to foreign policy and their implications for Ukraine policy. As has been our custom in the past, we will have briefing books for sale to Great Decisions participants. The briefing books will offer thoughtful and well-written essays on each topic written by experts. We will have a schedule and sign-up sheet out shortly after New Years. We will meet on Sundays at 11:30 to give everyone time for coffee after the service before returning to the chapel for the program. So, grab your coffee and bring your questions and ideas. We look forward to seeing you and sharing the discussion! If you have any questions, you can email Sign up to facilitate a session, attend and/or reserve a briefing book ($36) at

đź’™ADORE: A Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity — Offered by Davies UU
Second Fridays, 7-8:30 p.m.On Zoom
ADORE is a signature program of the Davies community and central to our 8th Principle work as we focus on dismantling racism and systems of oppression. Gatherings often include brief readings or videos followed by a facilitated conversation. These sessions are facilitated by DUUC members Sheri Verdonk and Daniel Whalen.
You can access the online gathering HERE.

Contemplative Group
Sundays at 9 a.m. at MVUC Hollin Hall, Sun Porch and on Zoom
Deepen your spiritual life through contemplative practice with a supportive group. We begin with a reading from a spiritual tradition followed by a period of silent meditation, closing with a brief discussion of the reading and contemplative practice. Whatever your background and experience, you are welcome any Sunday and do not need to register in advance. Contact: Jim Kerr,

đź’™Thoughts about Prayer — Offered by Davies UU
Fourth Wednesdays at 7 p.m.On Zoom
This monthly gathering invites participants to explore the nature and meaning of prayer in our daily lives and how it strengthens us as Unitarian Universalists. In a faith tradition that has sometimes been dismissive of the practice, we’ll uncover the benefits of prayer in our own liberal, open-minded, always-curious congregation. Facilitated by DUUC member Steve Loudermilk.
You can access the online gathering HERE.

đź’™Readings in Unitarian Universalism — Offered by Davies UU
Tuesdays at 7p.m., October 11 and 18 and November 8, 15, and 22. On Zoom
A five-week series of conversations centered on readings from the Unitarian Universalist tradition, past to present. A great opportunity for those new to the faith, and for those who want to take a deeper dive into our rich heritage. Facilitated by Rev. Norman Allen of Davies UU.
Register here:

đź’™A Visit With Poetry — Offered by Davies UU
Saturday, January 14, 4 p.m. On Zoom.
A one-time, online opportunity to enjoy the work of well-known poets, discuss the poetry process, and share some written-on-the-spot poetry by you! Facilitated by DUUC member Hiram Larew.  
Register here:

đź’™Exploring “The 1619 Project” — Offered by Davies UU
Wednesdays, January 18, February 1 & 15, at 7p.m. On Zoom.
Living into our commitment to the 8th Principle, we’ll explore the riches of “The 1619 Project,” which seeks to reframe American history with the institution of slavery at its core. Specific chapters of this expansive work will be selected and discussed within the context of the book’s larger themes. Participants can attend all three sessions or choose those that interest them most. Facilitated by DUUC 8th Principle Committee members Linda Gravely, Sandy Greenberg, and Sheri Verdonk.
Register here: