Do You Whistle While You Work?

Date and Time: 09/01/2019 10:00am

Presenter: Eric Pourchot and Friends
For Labor Day, join us for a mostly-music service celebrating jobs, joy, and justice. Think Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, with some Broadway, Jimmy Buffett, Bruce Springsteen, and Susan Warner thrown in. There are many songs about working on the railroad, whaling, and herding cattle. Are there songs about program management, accounting, and other modern occupations that could inspire us? Songs bring us together, songs provide relief from repetitive tasks, and songs can tell our history. Presented by Steve Bogart, Linda Doyle, Eric Pourchot and MVUC’s own “Not Our Day Job” Band (There is no homily associated this service, which was centered on music and readings for Labor Day.)

The Cost of Free Speech

Date and Time: 08/25/2019 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

While the U.S. Supreme Court has established some accepted restrictions on our First Amendment of the Constitution, we find ourselves struggling over deeper layers of impact in the worldwide instant digital age. How do Unitarian Universalists balance free speech with emotional harm, particularly when those harmed are marginalized and oppressed?

Building Hope

Date and Time: 08/18/2019 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

Younger generations are calling for us to look at and abandon the relentless pursuit of an ever-upwards, optimistic expectation of human advancement. Instead, we are called to carve out hope amidst the daily struggles with pain and the discovery of joy. This is not a smooth ride! Life brings us bumps, bruises and crashes, along with breathless beauty and extraordinary acts of love. How we manage this journey matters for the future of all. Unitarian Universalists do not have easy answers, but we do have sustaining hope.

Question Box

Date and Time: 08/11/2019 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

This is the annual Sunday when I welcome written questions from those in attendance. A wide variety of topics is welcome, although I hold the right to defer to actual experts.

The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me

Date and Time: 08/04/2019 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Kären Rasmussen

Maybe you remember Kermit the Frog as he sang the song “Rainbow Connection.” This lovely song talks about daydreaming, stargazing and wonders why there are so many songs about rainbows. Join Rev. Rasmussen for this service about how to reach back to those summertime days when we actually had time for a little dreaming. It’s about the lovers, the dreamers and me.

Conflict is Unavoidable but Combat is Optional

Date and Time: 07/28/2019 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Rebekah Savage

Reverend Rebekah Savage:

Kingdom Come

Date and Time: 07/21/2019 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Keary Kincannon

As the pastor of the New Hope United Methodist Mission church on Route One, Rev. Kincannon will share his thoughts about hosting the VicHop Homeless Shelter every winter as well as the broader call to serve our neighbors in need.

Matthew 9:9-13
9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew
sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and
Matthew got up and followed him.
10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax
collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.
11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does
your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
12On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a
doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire
mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but

Keary Kincannon is the founding pastor of Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church. In 1995 he was appointed by Bishop Thomas Stockton to start a congregation that served the poor and marginalized residents living along the impoverished Route 1 Corridor of Fairfax County. Starting from the back of Keary’s car, today, Rising Hope is a center of healing and transformation serving thousands in the community with the love and power of Christ. In 2016 Rising Hope’s food pantry was included in a “National Geographic” book “Feeding America: Stories of Hunger and Hope.” The national hunger advocacy organization “Feeding America” made Rising Hope’s food pantry the center of a national ad campaign promoting support for local food pantries. In February 2017 Rising Hope made national news when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided and arrested immigrant guests staying at the church’s hypothermia shelter. Senator Mark Warner invited Pastor Keary to be his guest at President Trump’s first joint address of congress as a protest of the President’s immigration policies. Rising Hope has been featured on the PBS program Religion and Ethics, ABC’s 20/20, the Washington Post, Sojourners magazine, the Virginia Advocate, and the UMW ‘s Response magazine. Keary Kincannon is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan University and Wesley Theological Seminary, where he received both his Masters of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry in John Wesley and the Poor. He has been married to Judy Borsher for 29 years and they have a 26 year old daughter, Kaitlyn.

Deep and Wide: Our Seventh Principle

Date and Time: 07/14/2019 10:00am

Presenter: Angela Hiebert

Our Seventh Principle, affirming the interconnected web of all existence, is unique to us among American religions and heartbreakingly relevant to our global problems today. Have we understood it in its depth and beauty?

Quiet Looking—-An Activity

We usually look at nature too quickly and without sufficient attention. You can experience a more meditative, prolonged look at nature by trying this activity:

First, find a partner. (Working with a partner enables both of you to offer witness and helps keep the activity on track.) You and your partner should then find a natural place.

You walk, look, and ONLY say to each other, “I see_____, or “I notice_____.”

This activity should be done for at least 15 minutes but can continue up to an hour.

You will find that it is a real eye-opening experience. Because we don’t usually do this, it may feel awkward at first. Persevere. And don’t become conversational.

Stay in the actual reporting of your immediate perceptions. This activity can put you in a place of deepened visual awareness and prepare you for the further deepened awarenesses and understandings that often follow.

How Is History Like a Used Car?

Date and Time: 07/07/2019 10:00am

Presenter: David Keegan

Would you buy a used car without looking under the hood? Do we ever look under the hood of the history we tell ourselves? Can we afford not to? Join us as we consider how we might tune up our history.

True Confessions of a UU Cherokee

Date and Time: 06/30/2019 10:00am

Presenter: Pam Tinker

Living within a society whose world view is different can make interactions difficult to navigate. Cherokee citizen and MVUC member Pam Tinker, will discuss why she chose Mount Vernon Unitarian Church as a faith community although it has not always been an easy fit. Could our community be more inclusive of indigenous people by understanding their differing World View beginning with Origin Stories that are greatly different than those of the dominant Christian-based society.


A Hidden Jewel

Date and Time: 06/23/2019 10:00am

Presenter: Peg Bartel

A quote from Rumi – ”I was a hidden jewel and I longed to be known.” Rumi is referring to the unfolding of God through the evolution of creation.

Moral Injury and Soul Repair

Date and Time: 06/16/2019 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

In a world that feels like a daily assault is taking place on our soul and heart, how do we create space for both healing and regenerative energy? How does the pain of violence impact our boys and men? An important question on Father’s Day.

Note: We regret that an audio recording of this sermon was not successfully made.

Let There Be Music! Let There Be Love!

Date and Time: 06/09/2019 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker and Mark Zimmerman

Come join our choir and military woodwind quintet for a special service on the power of music and power of love! Music makes us laugh, music creates peace, and music speaks the language of love. Come enjoy and worship with us!

What Makes UU?

Date and Time: 06/02/2019 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

**10:00 am service only **

How do we come to understand our beliefs within a lifestyle and culture that values external authority? How do we honor reflective time as much as productive time so we can explore our deepest beliefs about the world and existence? We’ll welcome our 8th graders into the Youth group in our annual Bridging Ceremony.

Several MVUC members and friends shared their statements of faith: Bonnie Iredell, Alison Tobin, Betty Jo Middleton, Ralph Slawson, Glenn Chappel, and Marty Bredeck. They can be heard at the beginning of the recording.

Celebration of the Life of Wendy Burns

Date and Time: 06/01/2019 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

A Celebration of Life for Wendy Burns will be held on Saturday, June 1, 10 am in the Chapel. Condolences can be sent to her children Eric, Greg and Laura, at 1212 Priscilla Lane, Alexandria, 22308. Memorial gifts are welcome to MVUC – Endowment Fund.

Service Is Our Prayer (10AM service)

Date and Time: 05/26/2019 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

This special worship service for Memorial Day is being held in the Boxwood Garden, weather permitting.

Unitarian Universalists have a history with the military that has been at times antagonistic and at times supportive with conditions. How do UUs balance values on a day of combat, remembrance, and pain?

Learning Through the Six Sources

Date and Time: 05/19/2019 9:15am and 05/19/2019 11:15am

Presenter: Lifespan Spiritual Growth Council

Celebrate lifespan learning through the lens of the six sources of Unitarian Universalist faith. We’ll be recognizing our wonderful religious education teachers and exploring how education is a part of our community and our beliefs.

The recording from this service includes includes:
Homily – Source 5 by MVUC Member Kris Rosenthal; read by Rebecca Mordini
Anthem – Source 2 – “I Lift My Lamp” – words by Emma Lazarus (“The New Colossus”), music by MVUC member Steve Bogart, sung by MVUC Choir
Homily – Source 3 by MVUC Member Andrew Pedrick

Dear Mom, Dear Child

Date and Time: 05/12/2019 9:15am and 05/12/2019 11:15am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker

If you wrote a letter to your mother about yourself, what would you say? If you wrote a letter about yourself to your child, what would you say? We are celebrating our annual Flower Communion service, please bring a flower to share.

Since the Beginning of Time, and Before Time Existed

Date and Time: 05/05/2019 9:15am and 05/05/2019 11:15am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

We explore Hinduism through story and poetry as we understand the Theme of the Month, Devotion, through the eyes and ears of ancient beliefs.

The Earth Forever Turning

Date and Time: 04/28/2019 9:15am and 04/28/2019 9:15am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

We celebrate, weep, understand, and recommit to care for our earth, the holder of all life. We need to reconnect to our power as co-creators and acknowledge there is much we can do, together, to help save our planet.

Poetry Schmoetry!

Date and Time: 04/14/2019 9:15am and 04/14/2019 11:15am

Presenter: Rev. Kären Rasmussen

Think that poetry is all old, stuffy words that sort of go on and on and you really aren’t sure what it’s all about? Well, that’s what Rev. Kären thought until she met Dr. Laura Solomon. Laura writes poetry, especially slam poetry, that inspires, motivates and gets the heart and brain pumping. Come hear both talk about how the spoken word in this form can be used for spiritual practice and resistance.

We Are All Reborn Again and Again

Date and Time: 04/14/2019 9:15am and 04/14/2019 11:15am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

Both services are multigenerational with the annual Easter Egg Hunt in between services.

Into the Climate-Verse

Date and Time: 04/07/2019 9:15am and 04/07/2019 11:15am

Presenter: YRUU

YRUU (MVUC Youth) will explore present and future consequences of climate change from different perspectives. Join us—it will be worth the energy!

(Youth-led services are not made public.)

The Journey, Not the Arrival, Matters

Date and Time: 03/31/2019 9:15am and 03/31/2019 11:15am

Presenter: Partner Church Volunteers

Our travels to Transylvania take us to so many interesting places of historical and Unitarian significance, but in some ways they are the least meaningful part of the experience. Participants from last summer’s trip share reflections on the meaning of partnership and getting to know our Unitarian brothers and sisters.

Making Women Safer by Letting Go of Shame

Date and Time: 03/24/2019 9:15am and 03/24/2019 11:15am

Presenter: Mai Trinh

A recent UN Report found that the most dangerous place for a woman is inside her home. Women continue to pay a deadly price for gender inequality, discrimination and negative stereotypes and are more likely to be killed by family members and partners. Is vulnerability and letting go of the shame of abuse the key to keeping women safer inside their homes? We can practice compassion and embracing vulnerability by remembering the first UU Principle of acknowledging the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

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