Upcoming Sunday Services

Services for November, 2020

Monthly Theme: Healing

Oh, how we want to escape our pain. Worry, loss, death, exhaustion, anxiety, Covid claustrophobia, political instability, the unraveling of our democracy, racial harm. It’s all overwhelming. We want to stitch up our protective coverings as soon as we can so our exposed and tender nerves can rest. We want the pain behind us as soon as possible. But what if the work is to travel toward it? What if proximity to pain, not distance from it, is the real route to healing? Parker Palmer teaches, “When the heart is supple, it can be ‘broken open’ into a greater capacity to hold our own and the world’s pain: it happens every day. When we hold our suffering in a way that opens us to greater compassion, heartbreak becomes a source of healing, deepening our empathy for others who suffer and extending our ability to reach out to them.”

This is what all the great spiritual traditions teach. Forget eliminating your pain; lean into it. Don’t run from it as fast as you can; befriend it. Hold it in your frightened hands until you realize your strong and courageous hands can shape it, can take its sharp edges and mold them into pathways that connect you with other people’s pain. It’s then that we realize that pain can be more than a cage cutting us off from the world. It can be a tool that makes room, that carves open an entirely new space to live in. A space where we are more deeply connected to each other than we imagined possible. This of course doesn’t mean the hurt goes away. But it does mean we end up feeling larger, and more whole. And maybe that is the most important healing of all.     

 

November 1

Journey from Individual to Community
The Creating Theology Together Class
Worship Associate: CTT Class Members
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

As Unitarian Universalists, we are grateful for the freedom to choose our own theological understanding of the universe. But nothing we do, including choosing our beliefs are done in a hermetically sealed vacuum. We have many commonly held beliefs with our fellow congregants. For the last 9 months, a group of UUFFers met regularly on a journey to find a balance between self and unity toward a liberation of our spirit in connection with the needs of our community. Please join the Creating Theology Together class as we share the learning and insights of our journey together.

 

November 8

What Just Happened?  How Can We Heal These Wounds?
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Rhianna DeGeorge
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

This has been the wildest election cycle in our nation’s history. As we approached Nov 3, all the drama and division within our society seemed to be intensified. People being vilified, fear, hyperbole, disinformation, conspiracies, pandemic and threats of violence. Yet, through it all, we voted – an act of ultimate responsibility in our democratic system. Is it enough? Join us as we try to make sense of what just happened and what it calls us to do to heal our self-inflicted wounds.

 

November 15

The 2020 Election: Where Do We Go from Here?
Dr. Stephen Farnsworth
Worship Associate: Ed Rodriguez
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

Professor Farnsworth returns to provide analysis of the 2020 Presidential and Congressional election. He will discuss the election’s likely policy consequences coupled with the recent conservative majority on the Supreme Court, with an emphasis on matters of religion and politics. Dr. Farnsworth is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington. Dr. Farnsworth is the author or co-author of six books on the presidency, the mass media and public opinion, and is a recipient of the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award.

 

November 22

Healing Is an Act of Communion
Rev. Doug Mccusker
Worship Associate: Kristen Tuxbury
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

Even though we will not be able to break bread together in our annual Thanksgiving feast, we still have lots to be grateful for in this strange year of 2020. Healing is an act of communion filled with grace and compassion. Healing rarely happens in isolation. We don’t have to be physically present to celebrate our bonds and the bounties of life that sustain us. Join us from wherever you are as we give thanks for the joys and sorrows that connect us and make us one.

 

November 29

Healing From Religion
Michele Nierle
Worship Associate: Shari Pastore
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

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