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Services for September, 2021

Monthly Theme: Embracing Possibility

Of all our themes this year, Embracing Possibility is arguably most central to our faith. It has distinguished Unitarian Universalists from the start. Historically, when others saw depravity and sin at the core of human identity, we saw potential. When many were preaching that this world was fallen, we fell in love with the possibility of heaven on earth. Theologically, you might say we were the people who believed that God hadn’t given up on us and so we shouldn’t give up on each other or this world. Psychologically, it’s led to us being a people of “why not?” Why not give people another chance? Why not fight what seems a losing battle? Why not risk a little failure?

So that’s our religion. But what about us personally? How open have you been recently to “Why not?” How’s your faith in possibility doing? As we honor our religion’s faith in what’s possible, we need to allow space for the reality that trusting possibility isn’t so easy for many of us.
Some points to consider:

  • Maybe the question this month isn’t “Are you ready to lean into possibility?” but “Who’s beside you and who are you bringing along?” “Who have you gathered to patch and pick you up when the path gets bumpy?” Whose faith can you lean on when yours grows dim?After all, no one makes it down the road of possibility alone.
  • …Maybe Embracing Possibility has more to do with being a people of vulnerability and courage than we’ve thought. The work isn’t just about believing in possibility.It’s about being willing to endure a few wounds along the way. It can hurt to be hopeful.
  • Remember that “Why not?” is something we all have to say and sing together. It’s not a solo act.

~ from Soul Matters 

 

September 5

How’s Your Vessel?  Embracing Possibility
Michele Nierle
Worship Associate: Ed Rodriguez
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

As we prepare for a new church year, school and learning year, how’s your vessel? Is there room in it to embrace possibilities? This morning we will explore holding the balance between understanding what we know to be true while keeping our vessels open for new possibilities.
Today is also our Blessing of the Learning Year, formerly known as Blessing of the backpacks.

 

September 12

Water Communion Service
Michele Nierle
Worship Associate: Laura Joy
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

Today we will celebrate life and togetherness through the element of water. This source of life carries us through our days and reminds us of our interdependence. Join us for this special In-gathering on Zoom, in which all are invited to bring water and share brief stories.

After the service, there is the option to stay on Zoom, or come to the UU Fellowship grounds for an outdoor water ritual, followed by social time. Please bring your water for the outdoor ritual, too.

 

September 19

Living Peacefully in a Chaotic World
Marcia Grimsley
Worship Associate: Shari Pastore
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

You can create a less stressful, more peaceful life.  By simply choosing to alter your mental perceptions, you can have a healthier life style, improve relationships, enhance creativity, and inner peace.
Discover that changing your thinking can truly change your life! (Based on the teachings of Dr. Eckhart Tolle, PHD, renowned spiritual teacher.)

Marcia Grimsley is a professional Life Coach and her company Life Advancement Coaching is based in Fredericksburg, VA. Marcia holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling & Therapy from VCU and has furthered her education with doctorate level courses in counseling. She helps her clients develop the skills to live successful, happy, and creative lives. She has lived with low vision since 2010. Over the years she has taught life skills classes at UUFF.
For more information or to contact Marcia, please visit her website at marciaslifecoaching.com, and follow Marcia on Facebook to receive her positive weekly quotes and her blogs.

 

September 26

The Life and Time of Albert Einstein
Steve Walk
Worship Associate: Karen Kallay
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

You are invited to look again at Einstein’s great contributions to science.  We will see how he trusted his intuition and risked experimenting with new ways of thinking.  And we will explore the response of the world to the gifts he brought, in his time.

A member of our UUFF congregation since 2019, Steve is a long time UU, having been a member of UU fellowships in Maine and Pennsylvania. Born a singer/songwriter and educated as a research engineer, he has found truth and beauty wherever he has looked in the world. Albert Einstein has been a hero of his since childhood. Steve was filled with awe when once disclosing an idea for a patent at a major research laboratory, he found that one of the key prior patents was assigned to Einstein.