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Calling All Better Angels

During this candlelight Christmas Eve service, we invite you to bring a candle to a cozy spot at home and pull up a chair for the warmth of the season, expressed in both traditional and surprising ways.  If you aren’t receiving the eWeekly and would like to join us for this service, please contact Sheri … read more

Sitting with the Darkness, What Is and What Could Be

This year’s solstice finds us each in a different place than we would’ve imagined last year. But while some things change, some things still stay the same. The solstice is a time for deep reflection and presence – a time to pay attention to what is and what could be as we move into this … read more

Winter Music Service: Lights of the Season

This year’s program will feature two new virtual choir pieces, one with the choirs of the Potomac Partnership (River Road, Cedar Lane, and Fairfax UU congregations), and one with the River Road Choir and strings, performing an arrangement of Dona Nobis Pacem. We will also have lots of live music coming straight from 6301 River Road, … read more

Be Quiet Child, Be Quiet

For centuries, mystics and teachers have withdrawn into quiet places of the heart to make room for something deeper to present itself. Does your inner monologue seem a little shouty these days? Maybe a little busy? Could the holiday season bring a time of stillness and silence where all that chatter often is?

There Is a Love

In the strange disconnection of the holidays of 2020, many are seeking and grasping for more faith, more hope, and more love. Where has it gone? Is it still in our reach? Is it still inside us? Join Rev. Christin Green and Dr. Clif Hardin to explore who we can be in these times.

When Things Fall Apart – Complicated Gifts

This year has been a series of things falling apart – our routines, our social lives, our sense of security, but in the midst of the breakdown, we’re finding hope and beauty. Could we be finding ourselves in the thick of it all? When things fall apart, what complicated gifts are left for us to … read more

The Other Side of Rage

Sikh activist and author Valerie Kaur has written, “On the other side of rage awaits the ability to wonder again at the spinning world.”  What healing lies on the other side of rage in your life? What healing can only come after feeling that rage? What comes next – beyond the burning of what one feels in … read more

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

As Benjamin Franklin walked off the floor of the constitutional convention, it’s said that an onlooker shouted at him, “Doctor, what have we got?  A republic, or a monarchy?” Franklin is said to have replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Here on the other side of election day, as we wait or work or worry … read more

A More Perfect Union

The preamble to the US Constitution states that our form of governance exists in part for the formation of “a more perfect union.” More perfect, of course, doesn’t mean perfect.  It means something closer to perfect, something that is still not fully realized. The American experiment remains unrealized, but this moment in history invites us to push … read more

Our Requiem: Listening Deeply to Grief

In this service, we’ll feature several movements from Clif Hardin’s Requiem, professionally recorded live in the sanctuary before the pandemic and debuted for this online format. Rev. Nancy will preach about the concrete and amorphous grief of this time in our lives. We’ll also prepare for the liturgy of grief and letting go that we’ll share … read more