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Services for February 2023

Monthly Theme: Love

When our family and friends, lovers and comrades let us down and broke us to bits, it was love that put us back together. Knowing that none of us fully mend, love also said, It’s ok limp. I will remain beside you just the same. That’s when we first heard the strange whisper. In the heartbreak. Arising from somewhere deeper than the things we can touch. It announced itself as a love that will not let us go, even in our fear, even in our failure, even when we are lonely or lost.

And when that comforting love seemed the perfect end to the path, the gift we could rest within and keep as our very own, this band of religious heretics showed up in our lives and told us to share it. Born from a strange God who loved and saved all, they now rally around a sacred assignment of making that larger love real, here on earth. They talk of that love that will not let us go, but they also ask, “Is our loving large enough?” They ask that of us over and over again.

And in that asking, we learned that love can also be demanding, often leading to the opposite of comfort. And tough. We learned that It is that too. Or needs to be. Not something mean, but something that persists. Something within that can be beaten down, but gets back up again. A love that calls us to never let go of it.

~ from Soul Matters

February 5

Give Your Love Away
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Jacque Arthur
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

The global financial system is based on subjective valuations of things we consider important or rare. Money is a proxy for the things we value. We are taught to save and accumulate our currency to achieve wealth. But what about love? Adrienne Marie Brown says, “Love is a currency that functions in reverse, because the only way to be wealthy with it is to give more of it away.” Our vision of UUFF is for us to put Love at the core of everything we do. As we kick off our Stewardship Campaign for the health and wellbeing of our community, let us put our money where our Love is.

February 12

Liberation Starts with Love
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Shari Pastore
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

Love can set us free of all the things that keep us divided and in fear of each other. Love liberates our spirit to be compassionate and seek justice. Love liberates us to expand beyond our protective shells and open ourselves to others, sometimes at great cost, but with high reward. Love liberates us to transform power over others to power with others. Liberation from oppression starts with Love.

February 19

Silk Scarf
Beverly Mendez & Dance Matrix and Company
Worship Associate: Kristen Tuxbury
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

Dance Matrix returns, bringing UUFF a storytelling dance work in six sections. Using the music of Crosby Stills and Nash, Silk Scarf, is about fighting our inner demons and looking for a quick fix to solve our problems. The dance follows several characters as they look for answers exploring the differing emotions that result from life’s dramatic experiences.

Under the supervision of Artistic Director/Choreographer, Beverly Mendez, Dance Matrix & Company is a nonprofit dance company made up of adult dancers. They create dance/theater works about different topics that are important to the human condition and in reaction to the world in which we live. As a production company DMC offers performance experiences to artists of all genres in collaborative events and Community outreach.

February 26

Reclaiming Our Time
Dr. Paula Royster
Worship Associate: Karen Kallay
Zoom: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
Teleconference: 1-301-715-8592

The Reclaiming Our Time project was born out of a need to identify specific ways in which to include the history of African Americans in the broader story of Fredericksburg’s history beyond the notion of enslaved labor. Dr. Paula D. Royster, Ph.D. will discuss the historical analysis of official records and DNA results that were used to reframe the narrative on the presence of Africans in the City of Fredericksburg.

Paula D. Royster, Ph.D., is an award-winning interdisciplinary scholar practitioner in the field of Africana studies and methodologies. She is a two-time Fulbright Scholar grantee who earned her interdisciplinary Ph.D. in humanities and culture and holds a secondary major in public policy and social justice.