What Makes UU?

A Unitarian Universalist Religious Identity Program


In 2018-19 Mount Vernon Unitarian Church is engaging in a program to assist each member in discovering and defining (or redefining) their faith. We’ll do this through adult religious education classes, multigenerational activities, written materials, worship, online materials, social justice projects, trips & journeys and more. All programs fall within one of these four goals:

  1. Creating a Credo or Statement of Faith
  2. Service Project
  3. Preparation for trip to Boston
  4. Multigenerational worship service in June


What Makes UU programs will be tagged with the symbol you see here for easy recognition. A program’s expression of the Six Sources from which UUs draw their faith may also be noted. Register in the Commons or contact Jim at reassist@mvuc.org Programs in red are great for children as well as adults.

Upcoming What Makes UU Programs

ActivityDescriptionWhenWhereOne of the sources referenced
Theme of the MonthFebruary: Identity

March: Abundance and Inequality

 This lens applied to programming 
Lobby BoardAn opportunity for all ages to consider and interact with the theme of the month and their own beliefs by answering a questionSunday MorningsCommons 
TED TalkWhen Data Brokers Sell Your Identity

When tech journalist Madhumita Murgia began researching data brokers — companies that collect and sell individuals’ personal data — she wasn’t remotely prepared for the deep, dark rabbit hole she was about to descend into. Online anonymity is dead, your smart TV is spying on you, and private companies know what Star Wars memorabilia you’re looking for before you do. In this unsettling talk, Murgia details the tactics and ramifications of a multi-million dollar industry that bypasses privacy laws and leverages technology to build and sell comprehensive profiles of, well, you. This Ted presentation will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Rev. Dr. Kate Walker. Register in the Commons or on line athttps://goo.gl/forms/6Z8DhhXy9itzXb8T2 Contact Jim Kerr at reassist@mvuc.org for more information.


Monday, Feb 4, 7:30NurserySource: Words and Deeds of Prophetic People
Movement MeditationExplore MVUC’s theme of the month through moving meditation, community dance, and discussion. Come check out the new format for 2018-19. Please rsvp to cherylsabo@me.com, 703-244-3096. Free, donations for UCM pantry basket appreciated.



Second Monday of the month 7:30-8:45 p.m.ChapelSource: Personal Experience,
Understanding Hinduism

(World Religion Series)

This course, offered in cooperation with the Hindu American Alliance, answers such questions as What is Hinduism? Who are Hindus? Where does Hinduism live? How is Hinduism practiced? When do Hindus celebrate? This course features a panel of experts from local Universities, and participants will tour a Hindu temple. A fee of $10 for MVUC members and $20 for non-members will be charged to cover costs. Register in the Commons or electronically TBDFeb 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6

7:30-9 p.m.

5 sessions

Fireplace RoomSource: World Religions
Writing your Statement of Faith


Speak to someone who has written a credo or statement of faith, pick up information and resources to assist in your own faith statement creation or revision, check out our success as we strive toward our goal of 100% of MVUC members having a personal faith statement.   Ages 6 and up.Sundays after second service and before

selected first services Jan-Jan- May

CommonsSource: Personal Experience
Boston Trip Join our trip to Boston for all ages scheduled for May 16-19 and led by Rev. Dr. Walker. All are welcome!Source: Words and Deeds of Prophetic People
Building Your Own TheologyBased on the assumption that everyone is their own theologian, this classic UU adult education program invites participants to develop their own personal credos, the fundamental religious beliefs, values, and convictions that inform and direct of their lives. Gilbert Poses five developmental tasks in which participants come to terms with human nature, ultimate reality, history, ethics and religious meaning. Begins with an introduction to our seven UU principles. Led by Ann Richards.   Register in the Commons or electronically TBD.


Thursdays, Feb. 28, March 14, 21, 28, April 11, 18, 25, May 2 (No March 7 or April 4)TBDSource: Personal Experience
Leading to Faith:

Theology for Unitarian Universalists

Join MVUC’s Minister Emerita Rev. Betty Jo Middleton for an exploration of Unitarian Universalist Theology. This course includes a discussion of historical perspectives, sources of our faith, our seven principles and the diversity of theological beliefs in our denomination. It pays special attention to faith statements, both those written by others and writing your own credo.Mondays, March 4- April 6

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Fireplace Room, Hollin HallSource: Personal Experience
6 Sources PartyThe Lifespan Spiritual Growth Council invites everyone to join them in the Commons after both services on April 28 for an exploration of UU’s 6 Sources. Music, games, puzzles, displays, food dancing and more give participants an orientation to the many ways you can learn about your own faith.Sunday, April 28 after Each ServiceCommonsSource: All!