Upcoming Sunday Services

Services for May, 2021

Monthly Theme: Story

Stories don’t just embellish our lives; they make and even dictate our lives. This might be the most important reminder of this month. Indeed, who of us hasn’t felt controlled by a story? Stuck in a story? Hopeless about the way our story will end up? Simply put, our stories often write us as much as we write them. So, let’s tell a new story! This is the message of our faith. We have a choice, it tells us. Our stories are not predetermined! Remember that old theological debate for which our UU forebearers gave their lives? All around them people were saying that God had predestined not just the big story of humanity, but our individual stories too. Supposedly, some of us were slotted for heaven and others for hell. And God had written the list in ink. Nothing any of us could do about it. “Well,” said our spiritual ancestors, “that’s a bit harsh, don’t you think?!” Forget this extreme fate-driven story, they said. Freedom has a much bigger role than we’re giving it credit for. God is not so much the author of the story as she is the magical muse that needles and nags us to put our own stamp on the narratives before us.

This month is much more about the tension between fate and freedom than one might have thought, leaving us with questions like: Are you an actor conforming to the scripts handed to you? Or have you found your own way of becoming the director or screenwriter of your life? How are you struggling right now to regain control of your storyline? How are you and your friends working to regain control of the storyline of our community? Our country? Or maybe taking back control is not your task. Maybe your spiritual work is instead about finding a new storyline. Maybe retirement, divorce, illness, or the empty nest has closed the book on one story and is inviting you to leap into a whole new narrative. Does that leave you excited about what’s to come? Scared? A bit of both? Whatever it is, wherever you are, don’t give the storyline away. That is the message of our faith. And hopefully the gift of this month.  ~ from Soul Matters

 

May 2

Spiritual Lessons of the Pandemic
Rev. Doug McCusker & Rev. James Galasinski
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

The coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives in many ways. We will be joining with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton, NY to celebrate and explore what this experience has taught us and to ponder the impact on our quest for truth and meaning? For instance, part of our challenge has been to stay in the moment with the unknown and unpredictable nature of the virus. It reminds us to bow to the mystery all around us. The ministers, music, and religious education directors of the 2 congregations have been collaborating to bring you this special service.

 

May 9

Restoration of Our Story
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Kristen Tuxbury
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

The stories we have been told in which we see our lives unfold shape not only who we are but how we perceive the world. They also affect our relationships with other people, with nature and with the Mystery of life. Sometimes we are out of synch with the stories of others or stuck in an old story that obscures what is right in front of us. Join us as we explore the idea of restoration or “re-story-ation” as a way to expand the horizons of our spiritual journey.

 

May 16

Bible Stories Through the UU Lens
Chris Johns & The UUFF RE Children
Worship Associate: The UUFF RE Youth
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

Was Jesus a UU? Some of our kids think maybe he was. Join our incredibly smart children and Ms.Chris as they share some of their favorite stories from the Bible and consider the social justice aspects found in both the Jewish and Christian books.

 

May 23

You Will Be Found: The Therapeutic Music of Broadway
Jason Michael & The UUFF Musicians
Worship Associate: The UUFF Musicians
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

Join us for Music Sunday as UUFF musicians, and some guests, will present songs, readings, and stories from the Broadway stage.
The Annual Meeting will follow this service.

 

May 30

Living the Pledge to End Racism
The Pledge to End Racism Class
Worship Associate: Ed Rodriguez
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

Join us on the grounds of the UU Fellowship of Fredericksburg for our first worship service together in over 14 months. Weather permitting, we will gather outside to take the Pledge to End Racism. Members of the Fredericksburg Pledge will share their insights about racism in America and how we can work towards dismantling it in our daily lives. We will all have the opportunity to sign the pledge to end racism while seeing our fellow congregants in person for the first time in a long while.