Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston

The Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston is a progressive, vibrant, and active congregation, serving both intellectual and spiritual needs.

For nearly 50 years, the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston (UUCR) has been home to liberal religion in our area. We strive to be a spiritual community where hearts and minds are encouraged to grow, question, discover, and learn. UUCR has a long history of diversity and inclusion, of affirmation and advocacy. These beliefs and actions are at the core of Unitarian Universalism and are at the core of our church. We are a Welcoming Congregation; our church embraces people of any age, sex, race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, class, ability, language, or cultural background. UUCR supports each person in his or her religious journey. We invite you to share your religious journey with us.

Mission: Our Vision: To be a religious community of unlimited opportunities for personal and collective growth, serving as a beacon of free and liberal faith in a changing world. Our Mission: The mission of this church is to be an inclusive, ethical and spiritual community in which we strive to live our values and make the world a better place.

The JULIETs (Just Us Ladies Imbibing, Eating, and Talking) meet every Monday at various local restaurants to enjoy happy hour specials. Contact the office or see the weekly eBlast newsletter for event locations.


PHOTOS: Reston Pride

washingtonblade.com Second annual event held at Lake Anne Plaza


PHOTOS: Reston Pride

Check out these fabulous pictures from Reston Pride! What an amazing day! 🏳️‍🌈💜

washingtonblade.com Second annual event held at Lake Anne Plaza

Keep the Pride spirit going! Our “Pride Sunday” service is this morning at 10am. Hope to see you there! 🏳️‍🌈❤️

What an amazing day. Living our faith aloud!

What an amazing day. Living our faith aloud!

Come and hear the glorious sound of the “Festival Singers” tomorrow afternoon at Reston Pride!

These 40 joyful singers are choir members from local faith congregations* that have come together under the direction of our music director, Mary Lou Prince, especially for Reston Pride. Their performance will begin at 2:20pm tomorrow - and it will be spectacular!

See you tomorrow for #RestonPride at Lake Anne Plaza, 2-7pm! 🏳️‍🌈 ❤️ 🎶

* UUCF-Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, Unity of Fairfax, St. Anne's Episcopal Church and Washington Plaza Baptist Church

It's time to celebrate our LGBTQ community and what UUCR has created in Reston! Please Uber or Lyft or park at Browns Chapel if you can; very limited parking at Lake Anne. Don't forget your water, hat, and suncreen! And be sure to drop by the UUCR table and visit the other 50+ exhibits. It's going to be a great day!

Tomorrow is the big day!! But before we get there, here are some logistics:

Attached is a parking map. Parking will be available in the Lake Anne Plaza parking lot. Handicapped parking is available in this lot. Parking is limited; please consider carpooling or using Uber/Lyft. There is an overflow parking area across Baron Cameron in Brown's Chapel. (Thanks to Reston Association for making this parking available.)

Weather tomorrow is looking great! But remember to hydrate and sunscreen! Bring your refillable bottles. Water is available in the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne Plaza and in Washington Plaza Baptist Church. Also all the restaurants and shops on the Plaza will be open for business!

Finally, hats off to the 2nd Annual Reston Pride Festival Committee for their months of hard-work and commitment! This event would not be possible without their vision and energy.

Let's have a great 2nd Annual Reston Pride Festival!!
#RestonPride, June 1, 2019, 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Lake Anne Plaza.

We are ready for Pride month with our replacement rainbow flag shining rainbow bright!

Reston Pride will kick off the month in style, this Saturday at Lake Anne. See you there! #RestonPride #LGBTQ #LoveWins 🏳️‍🌈💜

Look at this great line up. Thank you to UUCR member Paul Baumgartner who has been an amazing program chair!

Check out our entertainment for Reston Pride! Only 3 more days!!

Reston Pride, Saturday, June 1, 2:00-7:00 p.m., Lake Anne Plaza

Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, St. Anne's Episcopal Church, United Christian Parish - UCP, Washington Plaza Baptist Church, Reston Community Players, Restoration Church: Reston, Laura Tsaggaris, Kenneth R. Plum, Danica Roem - Virginia Delegate, NVHC - Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, Senator Janet Howell

Hope to see you all there!

It's almost Pride month! We are super excited to kick off Pride month THIS SATURDAY!!

Reston Pride, June 1 from 2:00 to 7:00 at Lake Anne Plaza

See you there!

[05/24/19]   Congratulations to Rev. Debra on the 16th anniversary of her ordination to the ministry! We are so grateful to be part of her journey. 💜


UUReston News

In this week's eBlast, we share Reston Pride details and remind our readers that there is still time to sign up to volunteer!
We also have exciting news about a native plant garden that will be landscaped next month at UUCR as part of our commitment to reverse the decline of native plants and wildlife in Northern Virginia. This and more - enjoy! 🏳️‍🌈🌺🐝

mailchi.mp Thu 5/23:  UUCR Choir Rehearsal - 7:30pm Fri 5/24:    Community Freestyle Dance - 8:00pm Sun 5/26:  Mindfulness Meditation - 9:15am Sun 5/26:  Worship Service - 10:00am Sun 5/26:  Fox & Fungi Meeting - 12:00pm Sun 5/26:  UUCR Yoga - 4:30pm Mon 5/27: JULIETs (Not Your Average Joe's) - 5:00pm...


2019 Affordable Housing Candidates Forum

Rev. Debra had the honor of being the moderator at a recent Cornerstone's candidate forum on affordable housing. Check out the great photos at [email protected]/albums/72157707088364741" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157707088364741 You'll see many UUCR faces!

flickr.com Explore this photo album by Cornerstones, formerly Reston Interfaith on Flickr!

[05/20/19]   Join Rev. Debra at the Supreme Court steps at noon to protest the abortion bans.

[05/20/19]   The church office will be closed today. Please join me in extending your condolences to Beth on the death of her dear father this past Friday.


Mother's Day 2019

In case you missed it - or if you want to listen again - Rev. Debra's sermon from this Sunday is available online. Click below to listen now or download for later.

uureston.org Rev. Debra's sermons are available in audio format below. You may listen to the sermon online or download for listening at a later time.  

Happy to represent you this morning at the Faith For Equality prayer vigil on Capital Hill.

Reston Pride

#RestonPride is just weeks away! Mark your calendar and join us to celebrate our amazing LGBTQ+ community! 🏳️‍🌈 💟

We can't wait to see you at Reston Pride on June 1st, 2 to 7 pm, Lake Anne Plaza! Help us get the word out - invite your friends!


UUReston News

This week's eBlast is here! This week we celebrate May birthdays. We also share information about upcoming events such as "Lost in Yonkers" Play Reading and High Tea on May 19. This and more - enjoy!

mailchi.mp Thu 5/9:    UUCR Choir Rehearsal - 7:30pm Fri 5/10:    Films on Friday - 8:00pm Sat 5/11:   Multigenerational Campfire - 7:00pm Sun 5/12:  Mindfulness Meditation - 9:15am Sun 5/12:  Worship Service - 10:00am Sun 5/12:  Life-Learning-Engagement Committee - 11:30am Mon 5/13: JULIETs (Nando's...


UUReston News

In this week's eBlast we celebrate membership anniversaries (anniversaries from one year to 47 years - wow!). We also share details for upcoming church events and events in the community (baby animals!). This and much more - enjoy!

mailchi.mp Thu 5/2:  UUCR Choir Rehearsal - 7:30pm Sat 5/4:   Caring for Aging Parents Support Group - 10:00am Sun 5/5:  Mindfulness Meditation - 9:15am Sun 5/5:  Worship Service - 10:00am Sun 5/5:  Membership Committee Meeting - 11:30am Sun 5/5:  YRUU Meeting - 11:30am Sun 5/5:  Energy Efficiency Wo...

[04/28/19]   Poway. Laurie Kaye. Hold them in your heart. Recommit to doing your part. Enough.

[04/28/19]   Today’s worship service is an Earth Day Celebration. We hope you will join us at 10am as we celebrate the earth with storytelling and songs. 🌏 ❤️

Today’s Elders Lunch with Rev. Debra. They enjoyed leftover wedding cake for dessert. ❤️

Volunteer and Gardener Extraordinaire Ron O. made sure we had purple flowers for Easter this Sunday. We are so grateful to Ron and our many amazing volunteers for the time and care you give UUCR. ❤️ 🌺


UUReston News

This week's eBlast newsletter is here! In this edition you will learn about our special Easter and Passover service this Sunday (Hint - our youngest singers will be performing!). We also share information about a number of interesting and fun upcoming events, such as the Elders Lunch and a Meditation Retreat. This and more - enjoy!

mailchi.mp Thu 4/18:  Third Thursday Listening Circle - 7:00pm Thu 4/18:  UUCR Choir Rehearsal - 7:30pm Fri 4/19:    Women's Book Club - 7:00pm Sat 4/20:   Passover Seder Celebration - 6:00pm Sun 4/21:  Mindfulness Meditation - 9:15am Sun 4/21:  Worship Service - 10:00am Mon 4/22:  Fox & Fungi Meeting...


Lake Anne Plaza to Host Second Annual Reston Pride Festival

Thank you Reston Now for helping announcing Reston Pride 2 and including UUCR!

restonnow.com After a successful inaugural event last year, the Reston Pride Festival is moving from its small home in the Unitarian Universalist Church to Lake Anne Plaza. The event is set for June 1 from 2-7 p.m. "Last year's response was so great that we opted for this new location and businesses and the plaz

Big thanks to Amy W. for dropping off canned food for our annual Easter Can Hunt! We do still need more for the kids to hunt for on Easter. Please bring canned food to church this Sunday. All “found” food will be donated to Cornerstones. 🐰 🌷💛


UUReston News

Our weekly eBlast is here! This week we introduce you to the current art show in the Sanctuary. We also highlight some upcoming events - including a hands-on energy efficiency workshop on May 5. And finally, we give a "last call" to register for the Passover Seder Celebration and Minister's Salon. This and more - enjoy!

mailchi.mp Thu 4/11:   UUCR Choir Rehearsal - 7:30pm Sat 4/13:    Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup - 9:00am Sun 4/14:   Mindfulness Meditation - 9:15am Sun 4/14:   Worship Service - 10:00am Sun 4/14:   Newcomers & Visitors Coffee - 11:30am Sun 4/14:   Children's Choir Rehearsal - 11:30am Su...


UUCR Event Calendar — Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston

Please plan to come to the Minister's Salon next Wednesday with Phil Lillenthal to hear about his work in South Africa with children affected by the AIDS crisis. Phil is one of the original Reston 'settlers' (his father-in-law was Bob Simon) and he has fascinating stories and work to share. I'm also hoping we'll consider a mission trip to work at his camp in South Africa in 2020. Please sign up now! ww.uureston.org/calendar/


[03/31/19]   We are excited to have guest musician Julia Jones perform during worship tomorrow. See you at 10am!


UUReston News

Our weekly eBlast is here! This week we share about some wonderful upcoming events - such as our annual Passover Seder Celebration on April 20 and Culinary Connections on April 27. We also share information about some really great community events such as a Bluebell Walk on April 13. 💐
This and more - enjoy!

mailchi.mp Thu 3/28: UUCR Choir Rehearsal - 7:30pm Sun 3/31: Mindfulness Meditation - 9:15am Sun 3/31: Worship Service - 10:00am Sun 3/31: CASA Information Session - 11:30am Sun 3/31: Garden Group Meeting - 11:30am Sun 3/31: Beloved Conversations - 11:30am Sun 3/31: UUCR Yoga - 4:30pm Sun 3/31: Annual ...


Your Church Does Not Need Volunteers

"In writing this note to my people, I wrote that it takes a whole village of volunteers to make all of this happen…. But then I found myself hitting the backspace button. Because 'volunteer' is not quite the right word for what our people do at church." 💙

patheos.com You cannot volunteer at your own church, in the same way you cannot babysit your own kid. The church belongs to you in the same way your family does.

[03/24/19]   It’s a beautiful day for Flower Communion! We’ll see you at 10am- bring flowers! 🌻🌸🌷☀️

[03/22/19]   Friendly reminder - please bring flowers on Sunday for the Flower Communion!
We welcome extra for visitors! 🌷🌼🥀


UUReston News

Our weekly eBlast is here! This week we remind folks to bring flowers for Sunday's flower communion. 🌹💐🌷 We also share pictures from Saturday's amazing Stewardship Gala & Cabaret. 🎼🤩

This and much more - enjoy!

mailchi.mp Thu 3/21:  Third Thursday Listening Circle - 7:00pm Thu 3/21:  UUCR Choir Rehearsal - 7:30pm Fri 3/22:    Elders Lunch with Rev. Debra - 12:30pm Fri 3/22:    Community Freestyle Dance - 8:00pm Sat 3/23:   Spiritual Autobiography Reading Group - 10:00am Sat 3/23:   Newcomer Orientation - 1:...


Event: Immigration 101 - UUCA (2019-03-20)

Immigration 101: An Overview of U.S. Immigration Law
Tonight Arlington UU, 7-9pm

Do you ever wonder about immigration laws? What’s a visa, a green card, DACA? Have you ever wondered why immigrants don’t just apply for citizenship? Would you like to have a better understanding of immigration rules in a non-political format? This presentation is not about where you stand politically. It is the facts about who can have what kind of legal status and what that legal status means.

This event is free, but advance registration is required. Click below to register.

justneighbors.org Do you ever wonder about immigration laws? What’s a visa, a green card, DACA? Have you ever wondered why immigrants don’t just apply for citizenship? Would you like to have a better understanding of immigration rules in a non-political format? Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington along wit

[03/19/19]   Sunday is Flower Communion. Please bring at least one flower and place it in a vase at the front of the sanctuary!


United for Christchurch Mosque Shootings | LaunchGood

We mourn with the people of New Zealand, especially the Muslim families of those murdered at prayer. Please consider helping at

launchgood.com Support the victims and families of multiple shootings in 2 mosques in New Zealand


UUReston News

This week's eBlast is here! This week we share final details for Saturday's Annual Stewardship Gala & Cabaret. We also share some fun calendar events - like this Sunday's Annual St. Patrick's Day Scrabble - which is going to be AWESOME (which is worth 12 points!) and FABULOUS (13 points)! This and more - enjoy!

mailchi.mp Thu 3/14:  UUCR Choir Rehearsal - 7:30pm Fri 3/15:    Women's Book Club Meeting - 7:00pm  Sat 3/16:   Stewardship Gala & Cabaret - 6:30pm  Sun 3/17:  Mindfulness Meditation - 9:15am Sun 3/17:  Worship Service - 10:00am Sun 3/17:  Newcomers & Visitors Coffee - 11:30am Sun 3/17:  Beloved Co...

The Sanctuary always feels so peaceful on Monday morning.

Friendly reminder to set your clocks ahead one hour! Daylight Savings Time officially begins Sunday at 2am. We’ll see you at 10am tomorrow!


From the editor: Our story hurt people

I wanted to make sure you all saw the apology from the UU World editor to the trans and nonbinary community. I hope he follows up on the commitments he makes here. https://www.uuworld.org/articles/apology-spring-2019?fbclid=IwAR2DL0xPbiuJg9nPLMT1X4CJOem980uEOiw-LO8tobM-M8SUjhP95Pkcmg0



UUReston News

Hot off the press! In this week's eBlast, we share details about upcoming events, including the ever-popular Elders Lunch on March 22! We also have all the information you'll need about the upcoming Gala (including a reminder to RSVP by tomorrow!). This and more - enjoy!

mailchi.mp Thu 3/7:    UUCR Choir Rehearsal - 7:30pm Fri 3/8:      Girls Night Out Auction Event - 7:00pm  Fri 3/8:      Community Freestyle Dance - 8:00pm  Sat 3/9:     Hamilton Sing Along - 2:00pm  Sun 3/10:  Mindfulness Meditation - 9:15am Sun 3/10:  Worship Service - 10:00am Sun 3/10:  YRU...

Gala rehearsals are underway! Make sure to RSVP by this Friday!


Centering the Marginalized: symphony and triptych – CB Beal – Medium

Dear friends, if you read the print UU World and read the recent article by a cis gender woman grappling with transgender people, please also read this https://medium.com/@jpc_cb/centering-the-marginalized-symphony-and-triptych-9dabc93cd461?fbclid=IwAR3grgVRmzdRrq-VwETpB_KImed2nU8ZhhXnS-PZ2is_MrfsBKCckeaslL4 The UU world (and the UU World) need to do better.

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