Upcoming Sunday Services

Services for July and August, 2017

Monthly Theme: there are no monthly themes for July and August

July 2

Should Healthcare be a For-Profit Industry?
Patrick Neustatter
Worship Associate: Andy Cameron

Patrick will present another in his series of informative and entertaining talks on the modern healthcare system, this year focusing on a key ethical issue.  Retired after a 40-year medical career, Patrick is the volunteer medical director of the Lloyd Moss Free Clinic in Fredericksburg, and the author of a book and website, Managing Your Doctor, designed to help empower patients.

July 9

De Rerum Natura
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Elizabeth Cameron

The first century BCE Roman poet Lucretius wrote a poem, “The Nature of Things,” that beautifully explains Epicurean philosophy.  It was ahead of its time but would have been lost to obscurity if not for several extraordinary circumstances.  Rev. McCusker will offer insights into this forerunner of Humanist thought and modern scientific discoveries.

July 16

The Origins of God-Belief
Garrett Glass
Worship Associate: Christi Bayha

Using newly-available research from a variety of fields, Garrett Glass will discuss the process all of us go through from infancy through adulthood to develop a natural desire to believe in God.  Glass shows how we as infants relate to our parents and caretakers as all-powerful, all-knowing, always-present creator figures.  As we progress through childhood, these figures appear less god-like, until inevitably we learn they are mortal, and we begin to seek a replacement god – the illusory God of religion.  An engaging public speaker, Glass concludes that as adults we are not forced to believe in God, and there are alternatives to God-belief that give meaning to our life.

July 23

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
John McLaughlin
Worship Associate: Steve Elstein

Stress is an underrated modifiable risk factor causing major dis-ease in our society and affecting the health, welfare, and quality of life of every human being.  Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is designed for the sole purpose of understanding and managing stress, using a variety of practices, including mindfulness meditation, cognitive reappraisal, and mindful movement.  There is a large body of research showing the efficacy of MBSR in lowering our anxiety and increasing our stress resilience in a greater sense of ease and well-being.
John McLaughlin, MD, teaches MBSR at Mary Washington Hospital.  He is founder and teacher at the Insight Meditation Community of Fredericksburg.  He has been practicing yoga, tai chi, and chi gong for over 15 years, and he participated in the MBSR training program with John Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

July 30

Post-Truth and Alternative Facts
Christi Bayha, Patty Davis, and Jim Hall
Worship Associate: Andy Cameron

Christi Bayha, Patty Davis, and Jim Hall will facilitate a panel discussion on post-truth, “alternative facts”, and how to judge what is honestly true in today’s media.  They will speak about how this impacts them each professionally from their personal experiences as a librarian, an archivist, and a journalist, respectively.

August 6

The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Racist, Fascist, and Terrorist
Sheldon Pratt
Worship Associate: Susan Kosior

How do we reconcile living our principles with the reality of living in a world that seems to oppose them?  Guest speaker Sheldon Pratt is a member of the UU Church of Loudon in Leesburg, VA.

August 13

On Zoroastrianism
Dr. Amin Tarzi
Worship Associate: Christi Bayha

Dr. Tarzi, the Middle East Chair at the Marine Corps University, will discuss the history and practice of Zoroastrianism.  The Zoroastrian religion is believed to be the first monotheistic religion in the word and is still practiced today, although it is slowly disappearing.

August 20

The Spiritual Practice of Conversation
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Kristen Tuxbury

The simple act of talking and listening is one of the anchors of community.  In the early days, when we were a small fellowship, we would gather and discuss a chosen topic as the Sunday service.   We have many groups that still do this spiritual practice.  Come hear about small group ministry and how it can deepen your sense of community.

August 27

Mindfulness: A Native Perspective
John Two-Hawks
Worship Associate: Kristen Tuxbury

John Two-Hawks, whose Lakota name is Siyotanka (Big/Great Flute), will share with us his spellbinding flute and his Native American perspective of mindfulness in this late-summer meditational service of peace and healing.  John is a Grammy and Emmy nominated recording artist with over two dozen album releases to his credit.  Be sure to see him in concert as well at the UUFF on Saturday, August 26, at 7:00 p.m.