Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston

Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston

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Join our Alternative Gift Market partners at UU Church of Arlington on Sunday for a pandemic update on the GUATEMALAN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. They will be joined on Zoom by students in Guatemala and their fund-raising partners at Jefferson Unitarian Church in Colorado.
Sunday, March 21, 3 pm ET
https://uucava-org.zoom.us/j/96696043960?pwd=RUdYbEk1bFZJR01xZUh3bVNDT3BaZz09
Password: 1948
On Sunday, March 21, 3-4 pm ET our AGM partners from the UU Church of Arlington will hold a virtual update on the Guatemalan Scholarship Program in the time of COVID-19. Hear from Mayan students in the program, find out about how some share a cell phone to do virtual learning, and discover more about the work to support these scholarships. See the e-blast for Zoom details!
If anyone's curious, UUCR has a YouTube channel where all our services and other videos are posted - if you visit the channel while signed into your Google account you can click "Subscribe" and newly posted videos will be suggested to you more readily when you visit the Youtube front page after that.
Our missing kitty has been found & is back home safe after sleeping outside for two nights. I believe your good vibes helped bring this about. SO RELIEVED / GRATEFUL (a week early...).
UUCR Auction 2020 will be held ONLINE! Join us in spirit to celebrate our church and raise money for its ongoing work. Last year, the Auction brought in close to $25,000. Can we do the same virtually? For now, we need DONATIONS! Be creative and think ahead. Perhaps by next summer, we can have in-person get togethers, so summer or fall events could work.

* Socially Distanced events
* Outdoor activities
* Game Nights via ZOOM
* Storytelling or Travelogue via ZOOM
* Dinners delivered to homes. Eat together via ZOOM?
* Virtual Movie Nights. Have you heard of Netflix Party?
* Gift cards
* Works of art
* Baked goods
* Yard work or other services
* Vacation homes! Condos! Timeshares!
* Other ideas? Use your imagination!

Donate now, then bid online! Bidding will stay open until the end of our Live Auction, on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7:00pm via ZOOM!

Thanks to Anne Thomas and Kathy Deliganis, our Auction Team!

Enter your donated item or event at:
TogetherAuction.com/uureston
I have lived through AIDS sickness. Both AIDS and COVID, is that both were sickness of fear. (Hey Debra isn't that so?
We had a chat last year. Its ironic that something like it happens. of course i am over simplifing.
ttps://www.facebook.com/john.hammond.3557440/videos/4300391883335324/ A happy positive video to support love in all its rainbow variations cutesy of a UU songwriter in southern California. If you like feel free to share, use in a service or just enjoy. Blessings.
Worship this today, July 12 at 10:00am: "Wrong Beat, Right Speech"
Led by: Linda Weaver, Dre Betancourt and Jesse Leong

To Participate Online: click on this link to join the online Zoom worship service: https://zoom.us/j/603044881
To Participate by Telephone: dial +1 312-626-6799 and enter the following webinar code when prompted: 603 044 881
This morning's General Assembly worship was so inspiring! What a great message of hope and challenge. May we be one!
https://www.facebook.com/emmasrevolution/videos/619256258689883/?v=619256258689883

Okay, UUs...it's time to get ready! Emma's Revolution teaches us to sing the anthem for the Poor People's Campaign...get online and let's learn!
Tune in on Friday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m. as your neighbors share their talents in support of Herndon Cares! This one hour premiere event features artists including NextStop Theatre professionals, educators, students, and more. You’ll enjoy inspirational, fun, and creative performances, and you’ll learn more about Herndon Cares and its important mission to deliver compassion and build business in the Herndon/Reston area. Streaming begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Herndon Cares YouTube page, which can be found on the website, [https://herndoncares.org/](http://herndoncares.org/), or at [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwEk2jBNJ1E](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwEk2jBNJ1E). You won’t want to miss it!

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, s*x, race, gender identity or expression, s*xual 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.

Operating as usual


05/22/2021

05/22/2021

Flower Communion

05/22/2021

Since tomorrow is Appreciation Sunday, today is Appreciation SATURDAY!
We truly appreciate all of our volunteers - including Laurie, who was at church bright and early to do some gardening. Thank you, Laurie, for all that you do and for taking such good care of our treasured outdoor space. 🌸💗

Since tomorrow is Appreciation Sunday, today is Appreciation SATURDAY!
We truly appreciate all of our volunteers - including Laurie, who was at church bright and early to do some gardening. Thank you, Laurie, for all that you do and for taking such good care of our treasured outdoor space. 🌸💗

[05/22/21]   We will be live streaming our outdoor Flower Communion on Saturday at 2 pm. If you can't be with us in person, check in here!

Black Lives Matter Banner Stolen - Again — Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston 05/21/2021

Black Lives Matter Banner Stolen - Again — Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston

Our Black Lives Matter banner has been stolen from the church grounds. Please click below for the press release.

This crime will not deter us. We will continue to replace every banner that is stolen. We will continue to live our faith aloud and continue to work for racial justice.

Black Lives Matter Banner Stolen - Again — Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston The Black Lives Matter banner in front of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston was stolen for the third time in the past year.

[05/06/21]   We have received several notices from congregants that they have received a scam email from someone pretending to be Rev. Debra, emailing from a Gmail account.

Rev. Debra will NEVER contact congregants for money or help with an emergency situation.

UUCR staff will only email from their work email addresses, which all end with @uureston.org.

If you have received the scam email, you may report it to your email provider as a "phishing email" or simply delete it.

UU Reston Connection 03/31/2021

UU Reston Connection

Our weekly newsletter is live! In this week's UU Reston Connection, we share church news and information about upcoming events, including the Spring Drive Thru on April 17! This and more - enjoy! 🌷📲📨💛

UU Reston Connection Worship this Sunday, April 4 at 10:00am: "Easter”  Led by: Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner Click here to join. Webinar ID: 603 044 881 Dial In: 301-715-8592 

Lights, cameras and Zoom preaching: How I kept my church connected during a year of COVID 03/26/2021

Lights, cameras and Zoom preaching: How I kept my church connected during a year of COVID

Rev. Debra’s editorial on church life during the COVID-19 pandemic was published today in USA Today.

Lights, cameras and Zoom preaching: How I kept my church connected during a year of COVID Our congregation has grown during COVID. I suspect some people prefer watching worship on their sofas, eating breakfast and maybe muting my sermons.

"Spring Equinox: Emergence" 03/21/2021

"Spring Equinox: Emergence"

We hope you were able to join us for the lovely spring equinox service this morning. If you were not, or you wish to share or watch the service again, please quick below for "Spring Equinox: Emergence."

Thank you to our special guest service leaders and musicians Woven Green. Your lovely music and words have shepherded us into this new season so beautifully. 💚🌷☀️

"Spring Equinox: Emergence" Online worship service on March 21, led by Cynthia Young, with special guests Woven Green.

[03/17/21]   Join Rev. Debra on zoom today at 2 or Thursday at 7 to learn what is being considered for reopening. See the calendar at uureston.org or use the info on zoom below.

Meeting ID: 958 5922 5781 Passcode: 634030

[03/10/21]   We will be spending time this coming Sunday reflecting on the impact of this year since lockdown began. We're considering creating a video of how the year affected our members. If you have a photo or photos that exemplify your year, please send them to [email protected] by noon on Thursday. (Consider photos of zoom meetings, masked get togethers, new hobbies, memories of what got you through, etc.)

The Ethic of Revolutionary Love With Valarie Kaur 03/05/2021

The Ethic of Revolutionary Love With Valarie Kaur

Our Cedar Lane congregation sponsored this wonderful talk, and they've given me permission to share the link with you. Valerie Kaur is inspirational. I hope you'll take the time to listen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq9q8xXchzQ

The Ethic of Revolutionary Love With Valarie Kaur The 2021 Cedar Lane Kiplinger Lecture Presents: The Ethic of Revolutionary Love with Valarie KaurRecorded Live on March 3rd, 2021

Words That Build Bridges 03/03/2021

Words That Build Bridges

I want to introduce you to Quincy Troupe, reading the full poem I closed with this past Sunday. This is gorgeous. Take a few minutes to enjoy his words and music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xAH-8MGpfA

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"Words Matter" 03/01/2021

"Words Matter"

Our worship service from Sunday is available to view online! Click below to view and share "Words Matter."

"Words Matter" Worship service, led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner on February 28, 2021.

"Covenant and Community" 02/23/2021

"Covenant and Community"

The worship service from Sunday is available to view online! Click below for "Covenant and Community" led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner.

"Covenant and Community" Online worship, led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner on February 21, 2021

Siding with Love 02/14/2021

Siding with Love

This morning's worship service is now available to view online. Click below for "Siding with Love," led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner. ❤

Siding with Love Worship service led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner on February 14, 2021.

02/12/2021

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Join Rev. Debra for Open Office Hours today, 3-4pm! Stop by to chat with her about her recent announcement.
https://zoom.us/j/93378729926?pwd=NUd0UGJNZmw2NW5Xc29hSVBPdTVKZz09

Meeting ID: 933 7872 9926 Passcode: 254678

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02/10/2021

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Stop by to chat with Rev. Debra today during her Open Office Hours, from 2-3:30pm. You're invited to drop by anytime during that period to talk with Rev. Debra about her recent news.

https://zoom.us/j/92037759232...
Meeting ID: 920 3775 9232
Passcode: 321359

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Turn, Turn, Turn 02/09/2021

Turn, Turn, Turn

Th worship service from this past Sunday is available to view online. Click below for "Turn, Turn, Turn" led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner.

Turn, Turn, Turn Worship service, led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner on February 7, 2021

[01/21/21]   You might have remembered we shared Amanda Gorman reciting poetry in worship this summer. In case you missed it, here is her poem from the Inauguration this morning.

When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade?

The loss we carry. A sea we must wade.

We braved the belly of the beast.

We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace, and the norms and notions of what “just” is isn’t always justice.

And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it.

Somehow we do it.

Somehow we weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.

We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.

And, yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect.

We are striving to forge our union with purpose.

To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man.

And so we lift our gaze, not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.

We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.

We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.

We seek harm to none and harmony for all.

Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true.

That even as we grieved, we grew.

That even as we hurt, we hoped.

That even as we tired, we tried.

That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious.

Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.

Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid.

If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in all the bridges we’ve made.

That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb, if only we dare.

It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit.

It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.

We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation, rather than share it.

Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.

And this effort very nearly succeeded.

But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated.

In this truth, in this faith we trust, for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.

This is the era of just redemption.

We feared at its inception.

We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour.

But within it we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves.

So, while once we asked, how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe, now we assert, how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?

We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be: a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free.

We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation, become the future.

Our blunders become their burdens.

But one thing is certain.

If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright.

So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left.

Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.

We will rise from the golden hills of the West.

We will rise from the windswept Northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution.

We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the Midwestern states.

We will rise from the sun-baked South.

We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover.

And every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful, will emerge battered and beautiful.

When day comes, we step out of the shade of flame and unafraid.

The new dawn balloons as we free it.

For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it.

01/13/2021

Our weekly newsletter is here! This week we celebrate our January birthdays and share plans for the upcoming Valentine's Soiree. ❤ This and much more - enjoy!

https://mailchi.mp/5a28fcfa42cc/uureston-connection-2021-3594608

Our weekly newsletter is here! This week we celebrate our January birthdays and share plans for the upcoming Valentine's Soiree. ❤ This and much more - enjoy!

https://mailchi.mp/5a28fcfa42cc/uureston-connection-2021-3594608

How the Capitol police privileged white rage 01/09/2021

How the Capitol police privileged white rage

Please take the time to read this essay by my colleague Jacqui Lewis on this week's events.

How the Capitol police privileged white rage (RNS) — When Black-led groups protest, the Capitol police don't open barriers for us or gently point the way.

A Place to Gather Together Tonight 🙏 01/06/2021

A Place to Gather Together Tonight 🙏

Dear ones, today has been a shocking day and I am holding you in my heart. Please do NOT consider going downtown tonight or tomorrow. The Church of the Larger Fellowship is holding a vigil at 8 pm tonight if you'd like to join. Members are beginning to organize an event for Thursday night for us and I will join you from vacation. For now, pray for our democracy and stay safe. I love you. Rev. Debra

Here's the link for tonight: From CLF: The news from the United States Capitol today has many of us in this country and around the globe on edge—afraid, worried, saddened, and angry. Armed white supremacists have stormed the Capitol incited by the President, while unarmed white supremacist culture continues to subvert our democracy from within the Capitol.
So this evening, we pray. Join us at 8 PM ET: Connection/RSVP info here: https://conta.cc/3s2ho9G

A Place to Gather Together Tonight 🙏 We invite you to join us at 8pm ET via Zoom Greetings! The news from the United States Capitol today has many of us in this country, and around the globe, on edge—afraid, worried, saddened, and angr

[01/02/21]   New Year's - a poem for all of you.
by Dana Gioia
Let other mornings honor the miraculous.
Eternity has festivals enough.
This is the feast of our mortality,
The most mundane and human holiday.
On other days we misinterpret time,
Pretending that we live the present moment.
But can this blur, this smudgy in-between,
This tiny fissure where the future drips
Into the past, this flyspeck we call now
Be our true habitat? The present is
The leaky palm of water that we skim
From the swift, silent river slipping by.
The new year always brings us what we want
Simply by bringing us along—to see
A calendar with every day uncrossed,
A field of snow without a single footprint.

[01/01/21]   Sending you all prayers for a healthy, safe, enriching, and oh so much better New Year in 2021. May we continue to nurture each other and serve the world.

[12/27/20]   Reminder: There will not be a UUCR worship service on Sunday, December 27th. We encourage you to attend another UU congregation service. We look forward to seeing you at our service next Sunday, January 3, for the first service of the new year! 💜

[12/26/20]   UUCR Members, if the federal inaction on unemployment is going to affect you, please contact Rev. Debra BEFORE TUESDAY and she can help you from the Ministerial Discretionary Fund. You can text her at the number in her email.

youtube.com 12/25/2020

Christmas Eve Service 2020

We hope you enjoyed this evening's Christmas Eve Service! It was wonderful to be together (virtually) in our beloved spiritual community. As Rev. Debra said, it was indeed a special and unique service.

If you weren't able to join us, or you would like to watch the service again (or share it!), please click below. Merry Christmas! 🎄🎺 ❤️

youtube.com Christmas Eve Service. led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner on December 24, 2020

youtube.com 12/20/2020

"Lessons and Carols"

If you're looking to get in the holiday spirit - you've come to the right place! Today's worship service was joyful and left all of us smiling big. Click below to view and/or share "Lessons and Carols." 🎺🎼❤️

**And don't forget that Thursday's Christmas Eve worship service will begin at 5:30pm, with Jesse beginning to play music at 5:15. See you then!**

youtube.com Service led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner on December 20, 2020.


12/15/2020

Plaasw help us decorate the UUCR Christmas tree! Thank you for the ornament Rev. Debra!

12/14/2020

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Rev. Debra's colleague Rev. Margie Allen invites UUCR folks to join her Solstice Service next Monday. Here's the information Topic: Solstice Vespers
Time: Dec 21, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87317079591?pwd=N1R5ZmdIV1Z1MmhNU1JlVnpKb0hMQT09Meeting ID: 873 1707 9591
Passcode: 911339
If you go, let them know you are from Reston!

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"Miracles" the 2020 Annual Holiday Pageant

Our wonderful holiday pageant was this morning. What a special treat! Thank you to our cast and crew for their hard work. Thank you to our absolutely amazing Religious Education Director, Linda Weaver for creating this masterpiece.

If you missed the pageant this morning, or want to watch it again OR you want to share it, you may do so by clicking below. Please enjoy “Miracles.”

youtube.com Led by Director of Religious Education, Linda Weaver on December 13, 2020

youtube.com 12/07/2020

"Bridges"

If you missed Sunday's worship service, or you'd like to view it again, it is available online. Click . below for "Bridges" led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner. This service addresses the isolation and changes we are all facing during the pandemic. We hope the words and music from the service will give you strength and peace as we move through this together.

youtube.com Worship service led by Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner on December 6, 2020.

Welcome to UUCR!

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.

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Plaasw help us decorate the UUCR Christmas tree! Thank you for the ornament Rev. Debra!
UUCR Drive Thru TODAY!
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1625 Wiehle Ave
Reston, VA
20190

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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