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.

[10/09/18]   If you'd like to write Dr. Christine Blasey Ford a thank you note, her address is c/o Palo Alto University, 1791 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304


New Song + Video "HER" Out Now!

This is the video we closed worship with on Sunday. I pray it offers you hope. Rev. Debra

gracieandrachel.com Today we released a new song and video as an homage to courageous women stepping forward…

[10/08/18]   Worship this Sunday, October 14 at 10am: What If We Could Be Better? Led by Scot Hull.
Join us - all are welcome!


UUReston News

Our weekly eBlast is here! This week we celebrate membership anniversaries (44 years for founding member Robert A.!) and highlight some great upcoming events (we have a fabulous guest this month for the Minister's Salon - take a look!). This and more - enjoy!

mailchi.mp Thu 10/4:   UUCR Choir Rehearsal - 7:30pm Fri 10/5:     Films on Friday: "Streaker" - 7:30pm Sat 10/6:    Religious Education Committee Meeting - 9:30am Sat 10/6:    Caring for Aging Parents Support Group - 10:00am Sun 10/7:   Mindfulness Meditation - 9:15am Sun 10/7:   Worship Service ...

[10/03/18]   Friends, can you join this March tomorrow (Thursday)? I can't go this Thursday, but if you can--This THURSDAY in DC, folks gather at 12:30pm at Kavanaugh's current courthouse, 333 Constitution Ave NW, and then at 12:30, @womensmarch is leading a march to the court he wants to join—followed by rally at SCOTUS. This will be big. @lsarsour will keep you posted; follow her.

[10/01/18]   Worship this Sunday, October 7, at 10am: "Shift Happens" led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner.

All are welcome - please join us!

Today we kicked off our first Elders Lunch! The group had such a good time they decided to meet on the 4th Friday of every month at 12:30. Anyone 80+ is welcome to attend, although they are a welcoming group and have agreed that if you are 79 1/2 you can join them. 😃

[09/28/18]   Dear ones, today was a very hard and triggering day. Know if you need to talk, I'm here. And I'm thinking we will open the sanctuary after the vote happens so we can be together and share our feelings and hugs. I see you. Rev. Debra


UUReston News

Our weekly eBlast is here! This week we have details about some really great upcoming events, including a Visitors & Newcomers Coffee this Sunday and the 4th annual Bingo Sing-Along on October 13. This and much more - enjoy!

mailchi.mp Thu 9/27: UUCR Choir Rehearsal - 7:30pm Fri 9/28:   Elders Lunch with Rev. Debra - 12:00pm Sat 9/29:  Leadership Council Meeting - 9:30am Sat 9/29:  NOVA Pride (Offsite) - 11:00am  Sun 9/30: Mindfulness Meditation - 9:15am Sun 9/30: Worship Service - 10:00am Sun 9/30: Newcomers & Visitors Co...

Visit us at Novapride this Saturday and get one of our awesome new pins! #LoveWins #NovaPride 🌈 ❤️


Our Great Covenant

Rev. Debra's sermon from this past Sunday, 9/23, is now available online. If you missed Sunday's service, or if you just want to listen to Rev. Debra's sermon again, click below.

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.  

[09/23/18]   Worship this Sunday, September 30, at 10am: "Art with New Eyes" led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner.

All are welcome - please join us!

Look for this Auction sign up at church! It’s a quick and convenient way to sign up to support this super fun event!


UUReston News

Our weekly eBlast is here! We have a lot of great things happening - take a look and see how you can get involved!

mailchi.mp Thu 9/20: Third Thursday Listening Circle - 7:00pm Thu 9/20: UUCR Choir Rehearsal - 7:30pm Fri 9/21:   Women's Book Club - 7:00pm Sun 9/23: Mindfulness Meditation - 9:15am Sun 9/23: Worship Service - 10:00am Sun 9/23: Racial Justice World Cafe - 11:30am Sun 9/23: Six-Week Widow/Widower Grief Gr...


Welcome to Mary Lou Prince!

We welcomed Lou Prince to UUCR in style last night! Many thanks to our members and friends that joined us and helped to welcome Lou so warmly. Lou will debut as Music Director at our worship service this Sunday morning. Please join us!


We are so excited to welcome our new Music Director, Mary Lou (Lou) Prince! 🎶

[09/17/18]   Worship this Sunday, September 23, 10:00am: "We Church" - led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner.

Please join us - all are welcome!

[09/14/18]   RE Parents - please plan to stay for the RE Parent Orientation and Lunch after worship on Sunday. We're excited to tell you about the RE program and highlight some ways you can be involved in your child's religious education! (And we're feeding you lunch!) 👍🥗

We think it’s no accident that this beautiful rainbow was shining over our church right before we held a Reston Pride meeting last night! Mark your calendars for #RestonPride on June 1, 2019!


Volunteer at the UUCR Booth at NOVA Pride!

Show your support of our LGBTQ+ community - volunteer at the UUCR table at the 5th annual Northern Virginia Pride Festival!

We can promise there will be LOTS of rainbows! Click below to learn more. 🌈🎉💙💚💛🧡💜🏳️‍🌈

signupgenius.com We are so excited to be a sponsor in this year's Northern VA Pride Festival on Saturday, September 29. Volunteers are needed to staff the UUCR booth at NOVA Pride.  Thank you for your support of this amazing event and our LGBTQ+ community. Join us to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusivity! C...

[09/11/18]   It's 9/11 and I know many of you are sitting with your memories of what happened in your life that day 17 years ago. Know that I'm sending you love and blessings. Please let me know if you'd like to talk. Rev. Debra

[09/10/18]   Worship this Sunday, September 16, 10:00am: "High Holidays" - led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner.

Please join us - all are welcome!

[09/10/18]   Thank you to everyone who made Homecoming beautiful and fun -- the choir, Henry and Nancy, Beth for all her prep work, Steve Ewart and his cooking elves: Randy, Ralph, Bob A.; Scot, Maggie and Michelle; and all who brought the delicious food. We appreciate you all!

[09/09/18]   Homecoming will begin inside at 10 am. And the picnic will be an inside lunch! ⛈☔️ Don’t forget your school backpacks and food to share! See you soon!

[09/09/18]   Final Reminder: Bring your child's backpack tomorrow. Your's too if you are a student!

Even on a dark stormy night, we shine brightly!

[09/07/18]   On Sunday, we will be blessing students of all ages' backpacks. Be sure your children bring theirs for a special treat from UUCR.

We’re getting all gussied up for Homecoming on Sunday! 🎊🎉


Join us Sunday at 9:45am for Homecoming! We're ready to kick off the new church year! 🎊🎉

I can't wait to welcome you to our new church year this Sunday! Hope everyone comes to Homecoming!


‘My Moms Never Tried to Hide the Fact That We Were a Family’

We are so touched by this beautiful photo essay of a truly beautiful family. (Some of you may recognize the bright yellow T-shirt in one of the pictures!) #SideWithLove #LoveIsLove 💗

nytimes.com Katie Swanger set out to celebrate her family by photographing her two mothers and the men who have become her brothers.

Want to learn more about WHY we need to reduce plastic use and how to do it?

"Bag It" Movie Screening:
UUCF-Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax
September 28th 7:30 PM
Free Screening - In the UUCF Sanctuary

Bag It, an award winning film, gives an often humorous overview of the plastics challenges. From oceans to landfills, from streets to trees to wildlife, to health and more, you will leave knowing “why” it’s important to reduce plastic use and strategies to do so.

Join us to kick off our new church year. It's time to celebrate! 🎉🎊

[08/26/18]   Worship this Sunday, September 2 at 10am: "Why My Dog Is Not a Humanist" - led by Scot Hull.

Please join us - all are welcome!


UUReston News

Our eBlast is live! With the new church year just around the corner (Homecoming is September 9!), things are starting to get busy and exciting! Take a look to see what's happening and how YOU can get involved!

mailchi.mp Sun 8/26  Mindfulness Meditation - 9:15am Sun 8/26: Worship Service - 10:00am Sun 8/26: Green Sanctuary Meeting - 11:30am Mon 8/27: JULIETs (Mellow Mushroom) - 5:00pm Tue 8/28:  ROMEOs (Virginia Kitchen) - 8:00am Tue 8/28:  Caring Crafters - 10:00am Tue 8/28:  Study Group: Become Wise with Kr...

[08/20/18]   Thank you all for your questions during Sunday's Question Box worship service! It made for a fun and interesting service!

[08/20/18]   Worship this Sunday, August 26 at 10am: "Working Ourselves Out of a Job" - led by Rev. Sarah Caine.

Please join us - all are welcome!

Today is the final day of Peace Camp. It’s been a very special week for all of us. 💗 ✌️

Today we celebrate two years with Rev. Debra as our settled Minister! It's been a fabulous two years and we have so much to look forward to. Happy Anniversary, Rev. Debra!

Today is day four of Peace Camp. The kids (and adults) are having a wonderful week! ✌️💕


Join us for "The Movement: Mississippi Moments that Changed the World

Rev. Debra has participated in the longer version of this program and thought it was fantastic! If at least four people from UUCR decide to go, she'd be willing to go again to lead you, organize discussions, and see where this might take us in our anti-racism work. Check it out and let her know!

mailchi.mp This trip begins and ends in Jackson, Mississippi. We will stay in Jackson all four nights and take day trips east and north.  Plan to arrive by 4:00 pm on October 28 and depart on November 1, 2018. For more information, visit 2018 Mississippi Living Legacy Pilgrimage. 

[08/16/18]   BRING YOUR QUESTION FOR REV. DEBRA THIS SUNDAY! She'll be answering questions about Unitarian Universalism, UUCR, and faith!

Look who’s helping with Peace Camp today! 💗

We are proud of our Members and Friends that rallied against white supremacy hatred this weekend in DC. #SideWithLove #LoveWins

[08/13/18]   Wasn't it great to have Rev. Debra back in the pulpit? That was a long six weeks!
This Sunday's service, "Question Box," will be interesting and fun. We hope to see you there!

[08/13/18]   Worship this Sunday, August 19 at 10am: "Question Box" led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner. Please join us - all are welcome!

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