This Sunday 

The Spirituality of Working with Your Hands 

This Sunday: Does working with your hands make you feel better and behave better? Does it give you a sense of autonomy, but also a feeling of responsibility for your work and for the material world? And ultimately, does it make you a better citizen? The virtues of working with your hands have been extolled by poets and philosophers. At the same time manual work is often seen as blue collar, low status, or menial. What does working with your hands mean to you? John Peirce will explore the spiritual dimensions of manual work and provide a brief opportunity for discussion at the end.

Speaking Truth to Power (Rev. Sarah Schurr) 

This Sunday: Sometimes being a good citizen means speaking up when those in charge have fallen from the path (Rev. Sarah Schurr). This service is in partnership with the “Climate Change Discussion: Turn Learning Into Action” sponsored by the Green Team after the service.

We Could Do Better 

This Sunday: In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Rev. Schurr will share the proud and the not so proud legacy the Unitarian Universalists have in the field of Civil Rights and the African American Community

Praying and Paying Attention 

This Sunday: Mindfulness, being thankful, mediation, and prayer. How do these ideas work into a modern Unitarian Universalist life? Can we pray if we are not sure who or what we are praying to? Speaker: Rev. Sarah Schurr

Gift of the Magi 

This Sunday: Our program will be a presentation of the “The Gift of the Magi”, a short story written by O. Henry in 1906. The story is about a young married couple and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money.

Solstice 

This Sunday: On this Sunday before Winter Solstice, we’ll acknowledge dark and welcome returning Light in a multi-generational program of readings, candle lighting, singing, and dancing with Raven and special guests. Children of all ages are then invited to carve out a snow angel (weather permitting) and come back in to warm up with hot chocolate, apple cider and Yule.

Native American Spirituality 

This Sunday: Speaker Bob McGuire & Soaring Eagle Drum This program will explore Native American spiritual experience, through the performance of the Soaring Eagle Drum, an inter-tribal powwow drum group that does Northern and Southern style powwow and traditional Alaskan Native songs.

Sanity Sunday 

This Sunday: On October 30, 2010, The Rally To Restore Sanity was held on our the Mall in our  Nation’s Capital to bring attention to the polarizing extremes in our country’s political and social life. Sponsored by comedians, the Rally sent a message consistent with several UU principles. Members of the fellowship are urged to bring signs to demonstrate their support for the inherent worth and dignity of every person, justice, equity and compassion in human relations, and our acceptance of one another. Lay leader, Kathryn Dodge.

The first Sunday of the month is Low Carbon Sunday/Recycling Communion.

Dreaming the New American Dream 

This Sunday: The American Dream as we have known and practiced it in the U.S. for the last several decades threatens the very livability of the ecosystems on which we all depend.  Progressives across the country are starting to “dream a new dream”.  What should that new dream look like?  Join the conversation! Speaker: Libby Roderick.  Lay Leader: Brian Rogers.

Volunteerism 

This Sunday: Volunteers are often the lifeblood of a nonprofit organization – many nonprofits find it hard to thrive without a dedicated and committed cadre of volunteers. Find out how to make the most of your own volunteer energy, and how your organization can be sure it is doing everything to attract and retain incredible volunteers. Speaker, Mike Walsh. Lay Leader, Monte Jordan.

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