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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?

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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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Let Your Life Speak

Date and Time: 03/17/2019 9:15am and 03/17/2019 11:15am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

Parker Palmer has raised awareness for many people to see their vocation as a calling. Does this speak to your heart? In this season of reflection and religious heritage, how does or did your faith inform your vocation?

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Gender and Sex in Religion (Daylight Savings Time Begins)

Date and Time: 03/10/2019 9:15am and 03/10/2019 11:15am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

One of the primary splits between religious progressives and fundamentalists is the role of women in the church, and that pesky problem of sexuality. Is there a bridge or path to reconciliation between the two? How far have progressives come and how far do we need to go in order to fully celebrate expressions of gender and sexuality?

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Acts of Generosity and Other Ways to Be a Change Agent

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

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

In a world where it feels like we value materialism over relationships, how do we engage as agents of change? How do we make sure we’re remembered for our virtues and not how much stuff we left in our will? The Theme of the Month is Abundance and Inequality.

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Birds of a Feather

Date and Time: 02/24/2019 9:15am and 02/24/2019 11:15am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

Each of us balances between individual and group identity, so it’s helpful to understand how the tides of group think influence and impact us, and ask: Can we ever really think independently?

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How Well Fits Your Shell?

Date and Time: 02/17/2019 9:15am and 02/17/2019 11:15am

Presenter: Rev. Lee Anne Washington

There comes a time in everyone’s life when something has to change. Who we are; what we think we are all about; and what we think we are doing comes under examination. Lee Anne will explore the tell-tale signs that you are growing spiritually, and might need to rethink your identity, try something different, live into a changing reality, or just get a bigger shell!  
Speaker’s Biography: Rev. Lee Anne Washington has been an attorney, author, and educator for over 30 years. She was ordained a Unitarian Universalist Minister on January 27, 2019. She is a graduate of the College of William & Mary in Virginia, the University of Virginia Law School, and Union Presbyterian Seminary. She was raised in the United Methodist Church, lived 10 years as a Modern Orthodox Jewish woman, and is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock.  She brings a multi-faith and multi-cultural perspective to her preaching and social justice work. Something of a feminist biblical scholar, she has published an essay supporting women’s right to reproductive choice from a biblical perspective. The book is titled “The Human Life Equation, a Biblical Case for Choice” and is available on Amazon. She lives in White Stone, Virginia with her cat Princess, both of whom miss her daughter, Lucy, who is a first year at the University of Virginia. 
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Radical Hospitality

Date and Time: 02/10/2019 9:15am and 02/10/2019 11:15am

Presenter: Rev Dr. Terasa Cooley

We talk a lot about being hospitable as a religious community. What does that really mean? Saying hello to someone at coffee hour? Or really opening ourselves up to letting new people into our lives? I believe hospitality to be a religious calling. Let’s explore that together


Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley is the Interim Senior Minister at the UU Church of Arlington. She has served the UU movement as a parish minister in Detroit, Chicago, and Hartford and on staff at the UUA as a District Executive, Director of Congregational Life, and Vice President for Program & Strategy.

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March of the Ancestors

Date and Time: 02/03/2019 9:15am and 02/03/2019 11:15am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

The Theme of the Month is Identity, so I’m wondering what’s in my DNA and how it informs who I am? I’m wondering what stories my ancestors created that are still influencing me today? Self-discovery usually focuses on just our own life, yet we each carry with us multiple identities from our ancestors.

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The Scream Factory

Date and Time: 01/27/2019 9:15am and 01/27/2019 11:15am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

Populism and nationalism are pushing our country hard into deep hurt. Progressives need a strong “yes” to move us forward into a world where we are no longer divided. How we create a new vision is as important as what that vision is. Is there a role in this process for liberal religious people like Unitarian Universalists?

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Love and Hate of Conflict

Date and Time: 01/20/2019 9:15am and 01/20/2019 11:15am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

Conflict is inevitable as long as human beings continue to exist. When we handle conflict through healthy, managed dialogue and action, we can thrive. If we don’t, we threaten our very existence. Can religion play a role in helping humanity learn to accept conflict and see how it is not only inevitable, but necessary?

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Cancelled due to weather: Making Women Safer by Letting Go of Shame

Date and Time: 01/13/2019 9:15am and 01/13/2019 11:15am

Presenter: Mai Trinh

Today’s service is cancelled due to weather.

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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Mutual Liberation: Yours, Mine and Ours

Date and Time: 01/06/2019 9:15am and 01/06/2019 11:15am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

The Theme of the Month is Intersectionality, a contemporary word that captures our Seventh Principle through the lens of justice and equity. Let’s look at how we can all become active engagers in the creation of liberation.

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Songs of Resolution

Date and Time: 12/30/2018 10:00am

Presenter: Eric Pourchot and Friends

One service at 10:00 am

The New Year makes us think of resolutions, and perhaps the courage of resolution as well. The year past and the year to come certainly require both resolution and courage. Come join us to listen to songs of social justice and sing songs about what we believe.

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For So the Children Come

Date and Time: 12/24/2018 4:00pm and 12/24/2018 7:00pm

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker, Ann Richards, and Mark Zimmerman

4:30pm Multigenerational Christmas Eve Service

7:00pm Christmas Eve Service

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Holiday Reds and Blues (9:15); Songs for All Ages (11:15)

Date and Time: 12/23/2018 9:15am and 12/23/2018 11:15am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

9:15 am, Holiday Reds and Blues

We gather in a contemplative service for those who struggle with holiday depression.

11:15 am, Traditional Holiday Stories and Songs for All Ages

Multigenerational worship with stories and holiday songs for all voices.

(This week’s homily was given at the 9:15 Service. Our 11:15 service, a joyous family celebration, did not feature a homily as such.)

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The Season of Love and Light

Date and Time: 12/16/2018 9:15am and 12/16/2018 11:15am

Presenter: Ann Richards and LSG

MVUC shares stories and songs from around the world to celebrate this, the season of love and light.

(There is no homily for this Sunday, as our entire service was a celebration of the “Season of Love and Light.”)

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