Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston

Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston


Tuesday, May 12th at 7 p.m. ET What does it mean to practice our principles during a pandemic? What are we doing to guarantee free and fair elections in states targeted by voter suppression? How is UU the Vote rising to the challenges of COVID-19, while creating a movement towards UU values in the 2020 elections? Join LIVE for a special update from UU the Vote. This event will feature musicians from across the country, a message from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, and opportunities for you to get involved and make meaningful impacts in 2020.
I will be grocery shopping tomorrow (Th 4/16). I can shop from a list and deliver near Reston for 1 or 2 others! Let me know.
Call for personal masks! I’ve been so fortunate to be on the receiving end of the help and support of this community and though I’m still not 100% back to normal, it will be a joy for me to pay it forward! Everything is made from my fabric stash so color choice will be limited. For now, I do have a little bit of elastic, but elastic masks do not launder as well over the long term because hot water breaks it down. Unless specifically requested, these will be made with fabric ties. This is my own pattern based off of several tutorials I’ve found, and made of two layers of preshrunk quilter’s cotton with a pipe cleaner nose wire. Sizes are adult small, adult large, or child. I will make 20 of them before I start charging, because by then I’ll need to buy some more materials. If you can pick them up from my apartment stairwell in Hunters Woods, they’re free. Otherwise I’ll need you to pay shipping. Fair disclosure, I was symptomatic and presumed positive and my quarantine is just ending now. Each finished mask will be washed in extra hot water and placed in a ziploc bag with gloved hands before being given away, but you should probably still wash them before using them. Comment here if you would like any and then message me with details like sizes and shipping address.
Now this song is stuck in my head! Thanks to all who brought today's virtual service to us. It was very real to me!
Thanks for our super cool kids activities package we got in the mail today, UUCR! Soren is fighting away COVID-19 with his chalice sticker sword! 💪🏽
Greetings Friends! What a time to let our light shine in the community! Me and my sons have set up a group to help when we can where we can for those at increased risk or disadvantage due to COVID19. Picking up and delivering groceries, writing letters to cheer folks up, delivering goods to shelters, and making medical masks for local hosptials. We could sure use your help in spreading the word. Please check out our FB page, and share/like if you please. and more importantly if you or someone you know needs some help let us know. We are NOT looking for funds in any way. It's free to help where we can! Ray Whitney Caremongers Reston VA! https://www.facebook.com/restonVa19
Thank you for the beautiful service today!
In Sunday School, Babyface planted a seed in a paper towel and it sprouted! We replanted it and it's got a bean and leaves.
I am eating Chinese food tonight like Rev Deb said. Yum Yum!!!😀
Hi. Is there any photos from the Valentine’s Day gala/ piano fundraiser?
Greetings good folks - I am writing you from Charlottesville's UU congregation as one of the minor organizers of the local effort to support legislation to authorize local control over monuments and memorials. There is a rally next Wednesday that you might find of interest. Please feel free to share this message as widely as you wish. There is a statewide coalition called "Monumental Justice" that is organizing this rally and gathering support for the local control legislation. There will be a statewide call next Monday at 8 to discuss the effort. People can message me if they are interested in being involved statewide. The rally information is below. MONUMENTAL JUSTICE RALLY Wednesday, January 8th @ 2:30 pm The Plaza on the State Capitol Grounds Richmond, Virginia This is a rally in support of the "Local Control over Confederate Statues" legislation being introduced by Delegates Sally Hudson and Jay Jones that would give localities the authority to remove Confederate statues from public spaces. This rally will include people from throughout Virginia - see https://www.facebook.com/monumentaljusticeva

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.

"See All the People"

Rev. Debra's homily from this Sunday is now available to watch online. If you missed Sunday's service, or you would like to watch it again - or you want to share with your friends - please do so!

Click below for "See All the People."

Homily by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner - May 3, 2020

[05/04/20]   PLEASE SEND PHOTOS! 📸 💗

We are requesting photos for a special Mother's Day slideshow for the worship service this Sunday.

Please send photos of the mothers and mother figures in your life to Beth ([email protected]) by Tuesday, May 5. Thank you!

April 28, 2020: Ritual and Connection in a Time of Social Distancing

UUCR friends, I was on a panel last week for the Pacific School of Religion about how to do church in the time of pandemic. I highlighted all of what UUCR has done. You might enjoy listening:

Reflections on balancing our own well-being and need for distance while seeking to stay connected, lead worship online, particularly ministering in times of ...

[05/01/20]   Parker Palmer offers this counsel for interacting with other human beings: “No fixing, no saving, no advising, no setting each other straight.” It's good practice during these times when we are all stressed. Love, Rev. Debra


Tuesdays at 2 pm: Drawing From Our Traditions: Being Spiritually Rooted Leaders During COVID-19 and Lectionary Reflections

On Tuesday at 4 pm, Rev. Debra will be a guest speaker for the Pacific School of Religion on "Ritual and Connection in a Time of Social Distancing". If you'd like to listen, please register at We’d appreciate your registering here:https://forms.gle/J1Y2PgJRfdXYm7MKA She will be highlighting the way UUCR has continued to serve worship and connection during these past six weeks.

docs.google.com Please join us on Tuesdays at 2:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) for a webinar for chaplains, pastors, and other members of the community. There will be a time at the end for Q&A. You can attend by using the following link: https://zoom.us/j/521354788

[04/22/20]   What's giving you hope right now? Cynthia and Jesse are putting together a video for worship, and we need your help. Please send [email protected] a photo of you holding up a sign with what's giving you hope or a photo of something giving you hope. She needs it by noon on Thursday. Thank you!


Support Local High School Seniors in Time of COVID.

30 years ago, our church established the Jennifer Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund to award scholarships to local high school seniors who have overcome adversity.

Please consider making a donation and supporting our local high school scholarship candidates who may face even greater obstacles reaching their goals with the unanticipated impact of COVID.

We thank you and the four other local participating congregations for your support of this important scholarship fund. Together we have helped more than 190 students attend college who might not have been able to do so otherwise. ❤️

mailchi.mp Thirty years ago, UUCR established the Jennifer Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund to award scholarships to local high school seniors who have overcome adversity, e.g., financial, language, or family. Four other Reston religious congregations joined in, and, to date, we have helped more than 190 st...


UUReston Connection

Our weekly eBlast newsletter includes information about worship this Sunday, church news and opportunities to connect with each other. Click below for this week's UU Reston Connection!

mailchi.mp To participate on the internet with your computer, tablet or smart phone: click on this link to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/603044881.  To participate with audio only by telephone: dial +1 301-715-8592 and enter the following webinar ID when prompted: 603 044 881.

[04/09/20]   Please send a PHOTO or two of you/your family for a virtual Easter parade this Sunday. Send by Friday. [email protected]. 🌷🐰


Self Help - Easing Your Mind During a Time of Uncertainty — Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston

We are pleased to share this blog post written by Steve Zappalla, PhD, LPC, ACS. Dr. Zappalla specializes in working with people who are experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression and addictions.

uureston.org Written by Steve Zappalla, PhD, LPC, ACS Fears and concerns are spiking because of the threat and uncertainty of the Corona virus.  It is understandable and normal that you would feel fear, anger, frustration, helplessness and all the other emotions that arise when facing

[04/08/20]   For Easter worship: Can you send [email protected] a picture of your family for a virtual Easter Parade by Friday? And please bring a 6-8 inch piece of thread, yarn, or ribbon for each person watching on Sunday.

COVID Advice for Boomers

Rev. Debra made this video for UU boomers and it's being shared around the country. Watch it on youtube and pass it on! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZyzypL1Eh4&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3S3fzgOfjVBrmsEXGT1cBzhFrigWpBSm1mD2ZpXkGmdpizuOHWKS5

Not feeling old enough to be in the risk group, boomer? Well, we are! Join me in a discussion of why accepting that even though we feel young, we need to tak...

Ben Platt & Cast of Dear Evan Hansen Perform 'You Will Be Found' - #HomeFest

"Even when the darkness crashes in, you will be found." Take a listen, friends. You will be found. Love, Rev. Debra

James Corden wraps up #HomeFest with some words on the range of emotions he's felt while in quarantine, and on the importance of being there for others in th...

Join me live each day at 1 pm or listen later!

[03/31/20]   Rev. Debra will be live on Facebook, today at 1:00. We hope you will stop by!


2nd-Grader Gives 6K Masks, Caps To Hospital Staff: Coronavirus

Rev. Debra talked about this very special local child and his family in her homily yesterday. This story is so heartwarming and serves as an important reminder that we can all make a difference in this difficult time.

patch.com Seven-year-old Zohaib Begg hit the jackpot when he visited hotels in Ashburn to see if they had protective gear to donate to hospitals.


"Comfort Me" — Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston

You can now view last Sunday's online worship online - or pass it on to your friends! http://www.uureston.org/sermons/2020-comfort-me

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.  

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1625 Wiehle Ave
Reston, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00
Sunday 10:00 - 12:00
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