Upcoming Sunday Services

Services for July, 2018

There are no monthly themes for July and August

July 1

Weavers and Threads: A Faith Journey in Story and song
Eric Bannan
Worship Associate: Andy Cameron

When we tell a story, we weave together the threads of our personal experience and beliefs; we express our values, even sometimes unintentionally.  When someone hears our story and they are moved or inspired by it, a little strand from that thread connects the teller and the listener at the heart.  We will explore how our personal stories connect us as families and as a community.  Eric is a performing songwriter and lay preacher; his home church is the Community Church of Chapel Hill UU.  He has been called to share his art and craft to inspire, motivate for positive change, and build community.

July 8

Shedding: It’s Essential for Humans, Too
Rev. Dr. Cathie Stivers
Worship Associate: Taylor Johns

Rev. Dr. Cathie Stivers will talk about her book, Reviving Our Indigenous Souls: How to Practice the Ancient to Bring in the New, with a particular emphasis on “shedding” as an ancient practice that is critical at this unprecedented time in cosmic and planetary history.  Cathie is an ordained UU minister, affiliated with the UU Community Church of Glen Allen, and was a pediatric chaplain for over a decade at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

July 15

Lessons Leaned: Fear of the Dark
Adam Armstrong
Worship Associate: Christi Bayha

Having a fear of the dark is a near universal experience.  Most of us at some point in our lives have faced the dark with trepidation.  Dark can mean something different for everyone.  Perhaps as a child you experienced it.  Or as a young adult.  Or later on in years.  It may not be the literal dark under your bed, but instead something unknown.  The outcome of a medical exam.  Your child’s future.  Will your partner say “yes” if you propose?  What happens to us when we die?  Too often we focus on the question rather than the process of answering it.  If we look to what we DO know, we can find ways to balance out the worry by putting things into perspective.  What starts as a story of a child walking alone in the woods at night becomes the springboard for us to embark upon a journey in the process of allaying our fears.

July 22

An Amazing Spiritual Life
Rose Reif
Worship Associate: Bill Johnson-Miles

The odyssey of Rose, one of our longtime members, began with growing up in a unique Bible-based fundamentalist group.  She moved dynamically from that intense, restricted life into exploring myriad Eastern philosophies and mystical beliefs, led by diverse teachers over the years.  She attended the Arlington Metaphysical Chapel for some time, experiencing amazing spiritualistic phenomena.  Later, Rose was a Unity Church member in Northern Virginia until her retirement to Fredericksburg and her UU adventures!

July 29

Rethinking Women and Power
Nancy M. Michael
Worship Associate: Adam Armstrong

When we hear the phrase “medieval woman,” our first instinct is to imagine a repressed group with little to no rights, privileges, or power, and we’re not entirely wrong.  But what if, instead of looking at power as a means to exert force or dominate, we examined it as a means to affect change in others?  Suddenly, the picture changes, and even in the Middle Ages, women could find more subtle, complex routes to power.  Join us as we explore some of these less apparent routes to power and agency, and discuss how and why they are still important today.  Nancy is a Ph.D. Candidate in Medieval Literature at The Catholic University of America, and she is on the faculty at New York University’s Washington, DC Global Site.  Her dissertation, titled “Motherhood and Power in Middle English Romance” is scheduled for defense in the spring of 2019.