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What Makes UU

What Makes UU?

A Unitarian Universalist Religious Identity Program

In 2018-19 the Mt. 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

Activity Description When Where One of the sources referenced
Theme of the Month January: Intersectionality   This lens applied to programming  
Lobby Board An opportunity for all ages to consider and interact with the theme of the month and their own beliefs by answering a question Sunday Mornings Commons  
TED Talk What if we took out more greenhouse gases than we put into the atmosphere? This hypothetical scenario, known as “drawdown,” is our only hope of averting climate disaster, says strategist Chad Frischmann. In a forward-thinking talk, he shares solutions to climate change that exist today — conventional tactics like the use of renewable energy and better land management as well as some lesser-known approaches, like changes to food production, better family planning and the education of girls. Learn more about how we can reverse global warming and create a world where regeneration, not destruction, is the rule.

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, Jan 7, 7:30 Nursery Source: Words and Deeds of Prophetic People
Movement Meditation Explore 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. Chapel Source: Personal Experience,
Faithful Practices Book Group


Explore innovative and personal forms of spiritual practice in a book group reading Faithful Practices: Everyday ways to feed your spirit, a collection of short essays written by Unitarian Universalist authors. Participants read two essays in advance, then a facilitator (Rev. Kate Walker, Kris Rosenthal, Ann Richards or Pete Bloom) leads a one-hour discussion about them. Sessions are drop-in, but those interested are encouraged to register in order to receive reminders. Please bring a bag lunch. Books are available through the MVUC Book Nook in the Commons on Sunday mornings.   Register at https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=w.ProcessCreate5. Childcare is available if requested at least one week in advance by sending an email to dlsg@mvuc.org.


Sundays 1-2 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16,



Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 p.m. Dec 4, 11, 18, Jan. 15, 22, 29


Thursdays, 10:30-11:30

Jan. 10, 17, 24


Come to any, come to all.

Tues: Nursery or Fireplace Nook in Commons



Fireplace Rm in Hollin Hall


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 TBD Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6

7:30-9 p.m.

5 sessions

Fireplace Room Source: 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

Commons Source: Personal Experience
Boston Trip Informational Meeting Come learn about our trip to Boston for all ages scheduled for May 16-19 and led by Rev. Dr. Walker. All are welcome! Sunday, Jan 20

10:30-11 a.m., 12:30-1 p.m.

Fireplace Room, Hollin Hall Source: Words and Deeds of Prophetic People
Building Your Own Theology Based 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) TBD Source: Personal Experience
Leading to Faith:

Theology for Unitarian Universalists

Six two-hour sessions for adults with sessions on Historical Perspectives, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Sources of Our Faith, Principles of Our Faith, the Core of Our Faith, and Our Statements of Faith. Let by Rev. Betty Jo Middleton



Day times TBD TBD Source: Personal Experience