Speaker: Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd Senior Minister

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

Big Friendship

This Sunday, we’ll look at the renewing the power of friendship, so often overlooked as a central relationship in our lives. How do our friendships hold us, and how can we cultivate “big friendship” even at a distance?

Spilled Paint and the Pandemic

Some weeks ago, during maintenance on our grounds, we spilled some paint right next to the crosswalk in front of the River Road building – and just when we thought that blotch was a blemish on the beauty all around us, our facilities manager turned it into a heart. What transformations are happening from the … read more

Being Anti-Racist, a Joint Worship Service

“The opposite of ‘racist’ isn’t ‘not racist.” It is ‘antiracist,” writes Dr. Ibram X. Kendi in his groundbreaking book How To Be An Anti-Racist. How do we become anti-racist as individuals and as a religious community? How are we proactively acting to dismantle systemic racism, and to implement policies that will measurably increase equity, and … read more

For Such a Time as This

How many times during the last few months have you heard someone begin a sentence with a cliche like the title of this sermon? What words do you hear over and over in a loop as people try to make meaning of what we’re living through together? This service will invite us to dig underneath … read more

Say and Do Sunday

This Sunday, River Road UU Congregation and the UU Congregation of Fairfax will join for a shared online Sunday morning experience that invites us to both speak of what our country can be and act to help bring it toward our highest aspirations. The 4th of July is a time to celebrate America, but also … read more

Love Is Still the Boss of Us

With lots of conversation these days about freedom, independence, and the values that undergird out choices, Rev. Nancy will ask just what and who it is that gets to be the boss of your life. What is it that is worth sacrificing some freedoms for? What it is that you’ll defend, even when it asks … read more