Upcoming Sunday Services

Services for August, 2020

The coronavirus has required us to do lots of things in different ways. One of those is how we offer Sunday worship services to our community. We have been hosting our worship services on Zoom while our building has been shut down. This summer, we will leverage our online services by partnering with the Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists (CVUU) in Virginia Beach. Born out of a conversation with their Interim Minister, Rev. Justine Sullivan, we realized that both of our congregations have a rich tradition of summer lay led Sunday services. She suggested that instead of us creating separate services, we take turns hosting our services. It would reduce the workload, enable us to experience another church’s services, and to get to know each other better.  This month, CVUU will be the host on July 5 and UUFF will host on July 19 & 26. We will host separate services on July 12. Be sure to consult the newsletter, the weekly announcements, and our website to ensure that you use the correct Zoom link each Sunday.

 

August 2

Healing Our Planet Requires Us to Heal Ourselves
Karen Forget
CVUU Service
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 760 822 163
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/covauu/

A pandemic is ravishing human communities around the globe; our consumption levels are totally unsustainable; species extinction is growing exponentially; and our climate is changing much faster than anyone predicted. Undeniably, we are at a crisis point. In a recent interview, Jane Goodall expressed it clearly when she said, “I just know that if we carry on with business as usual, we’re going to destroy ourselves. It will be the end of us, as well as the end of life on Earth as we know it.”

Can we change course? Is there reason for hope? Humans created the social and economic systems that have gotten us to this precipice and we can re-create them. But we need a transformation. We need to transform the way we think about ourselves, all other living beings and our planet and we need to transform the institutions that shape our behavior. It will not be easy, but we can do this. We have no other option. We can heal ourselves and in the process heal our planet.

Karen Forget is the Executive Director of Lynnhaven River NOW, an environmental organization working to restore and protect our natural resources in Virginia Beach. She also serves on the Norfolk Environmental Commission and as the Chairperson of the Virginia Conservation Network Board of Directors. Karen is a member of CVUU and has served on the Board of Trustees, the Social Justice Committee, and as a Teen Group Leader and is most interested in CVUU’s adult education opportunities.

August 9

Redefining the Sacred 
Winona LaDuke
CVUU Service
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 760 822 163
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/covauu/

UUA General Assembly Ware Lecture from 2010.

Winona LaDuke is a Native American activist, environmentalist, economist, and writer. As Program Director of the Honor the Earth Fund, she works on a national level to advocate, raise public support, and create funding for frontline native environmental groups. She also works as Founding Director for White Earth Land Recovery Project. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, Winona has written extensively on Native American and Environmental issues. She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and serves as co-chair of the Indigenous Women’s Network.

August 16

From the Clouds to the Ocean, Everything is Connected
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Rhianna DeGeorge
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

Our Ingathering Service for the new church year comes early this year to coincide with the area schools’ schedule. In this way, our schools and our Fellowship are connected. We do not worship, learn or congregate in a vacuum. We are in relationship with each other and our greater community in an interdependent dance just like oceans depend on the clouds and vice versa. Water teaches us that everything is connected. Join us as we learn the ways of water. You are invited to bring water and share stories for our annual Water Communion ceremony.

August 23

Healthcare Inequities in the US
Dr. Patrick Neustatter
Worship Associate: tbd
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

Growing economic inequity has been the subject of much discussion. Healthcare inequities are just as pernicious – and have been highlighted by the corona virus pandemic.
Medical Director of the Moss Free Clinic, Dr Patrick Neustatter, will fire up your Unitarian compassion and indignation describing how disadvantages in many fields like housing, environment, employment, access to healthy food, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, disability, racism, and especially poverty is associated with poor health – all aggravated by the dysfunctional  American healthcare.
He might even suggest some ways to fix it.

Patrick Neustatter MD is an English trained family physician who moved to the US in 1982. He was a member of a multispecialty medical group in Fredericksburg, VA, for 24 years. After retiring in 2010 he became Medical Director of the Moss Free Clinic that is part of the “SafetyNet” of free clinics serving the medically indigent.

August 30

Healing Our Home: How Do We Even Start?
CVUU Young Adult Group
CVUU Service
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 760 822 163
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/covauu/

How do we find what we are passionate about and maintain the energy and the self-awareness to keep ourselves going in our efforts to heal the Earth? Then, how do we turn outward and become active while keeping an open mind and communicating effectively and compassionately in today’s movements?