Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg

Join us at 25 Chalice Circle. Map and directions here.
 
UPDATE: ALL IN-PERSON SERVICES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED FOR THE TIME BEING.  WE ARE HOLDING SERVICES VIA ZOOM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  FOR DETAILED UPDATES REGARDING UUFF AND ITS RESPONSE TO COVID-19, PLEASE CLICK HERE. (Last updated July 1, 2021)
Welcome to our Fellowship, located at 25 Chalice Circle!  We are an inclusive congregation, welcoming people of all kinds, all cultural origins, all religious backgrounds, all sexual orientations, all political persuasions. Our mission here at UUFF is to nurture learning, inspire spiritual insights, create compassionate relationships, and lovingly transform our community and the world.  We hope you will join us!
SERVICES FOR THIS SUMMER (10:30 AM):

Monthly Theme: There are no themes for July and August

 

 

July 11

Islam’s Message of Unity
Qasim Rashid
Worship Associate: Shari Pastore
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

Absolute justice, kindness, and kinship are the three foundational principles of goodness in Islam. These principles illuminate the path to unity and peace from internal and interpersonal peace all the way to national and international peace. Derived directly from the Islamic holy book, the Qur’an, and exemplified by the founder of Islam, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), these three foundational principles drive at the core of how to build a humanity dedicated to compassion and progress—not just in theory, but in practical life. Human rights lawyer and author Qasim Rashid will speak on these principles and how they apply to our modern day.

 

July 18

Connecting with Community
Sarah Dewees
Worship Associate: Kristen Tuxbury
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

In 2018, the University of Mary Washington (UMW) launched its Center for Community Engagement. The mission of the UMW Center for Community Engagement is to serve as a catalyst for engagement between UMW and our greater communities, building bridges through effective relationships that bring about both student learning and positive social change. Since its founding, the Center for Community Engagement has worked with many community organizations, including the UUFF, to bring resources and support to community-based projects. This presentation will describe the philosophy behind the Center for Community Engagement and report on several ongoing projects.

 

July 25

Caring for Each Other by Caring for Ourselves: Thorns and All
Kristen Tuxbury
Worship Associate: Chris Johns and Michele Nierle
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

We give our children roses without thorns. What happens when the children in our community come across a thorn anyway? Exploring this tradition through the lens of a mental health professional, presents another view of this tradition, it’s expectations, and the toll it may be taking on all of us.

Kristen is currently a school counselor at Brooke Point High School in Stafford. She just started her 5th year at BPHS and 7th year as a high school counselor. Before she became a counselor, she worked one year at an inpatient treatment program for children and youth considered to be at high risk of hurting themselves or others, and then a little over three years on college campuses assisting first year students with their transition to independent living. Since she was very young, she’s had an uncanny ability to put people at ease and end up in long, heartfelt conversations seemingly more often than most. Some of you here know this first hand. Counseling has helped her put these talents to use in a job that she loves. Kristen will be beginning her doctoral degree at VCU in counselor education in the fall of 2022.

 

August 1

Finding the Way Home
Laura Joy
Worship Associate: Ed Rodriguez
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

Where is “home” for you? Is it where you live now, in the past, or only in your imagination? Laura Joy will share her experiences of moving from place to place, finding and then losing a sense of home, and proposing that “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

Laura Joy is a member of UUFF, sings in the adult choir, and is a member of the Music and Sunday Services committees. She moved to Fredericksburg in 2014 after retiring from teaching in Fairfax County. Before moving to Virginia, Laura lived in England for 20 years. She has spent much of her life looking for that place to call “home.”

 

August 8

The Ways of Love, as Best We Can: UU as a Covenantal Faith
Rev. Andrew Millard
Worship Associate: Carmela Southers
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

Most Unitarian Universalists are surprised to learn that we are the religious descendants of the Puritans and that the foundation of our living tradition comes from the Puritans’ interpretation of the Bible.  Indeed, The Cambridge Platform of 1648 not only gave us freedom from kings and bishops but also placed us in mutual relationship with one another, both as individuals and as congregations.

The Rev. Andrew Clive Millard has served the Mission of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula in Newport News since 2010.  Born in England, he came to the United States to be a physicist and then found religion by way of environmentalism. Andrew lives in Gloucester with Allison and their apparently pre-teen daughter, Olivia. He is pleased to be part of this “Summer of Collaboration” with his colleagues in the Joseph Jordan Cluster!

 

UUFF NEWS & EVENTS:

SUNDAY SERVICE RECORDINGS ARE BACK!
We will be linking recordings of our Sunday Zoom services here on the website, on the Sermons and Presentations page.  From there, you can click on a link to the recorded service, which you can either download or stream.  All Joys and Concerns have been edited out to respect the privacy of those who have shared.  Enjoy!