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Thursday - October 19, 2017
Week 42

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9:00 AM-1:00 PM AUCP Parent-Teacher Conferences - Room 10, Room 12, Room 14
1:00 PM-2:30 PM UUCA Book Group - Welcome Room
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM AUCP Back to School Night - Activity Room
7:30 PM-9:00 PM English Improvement Class - Room 12

The UUCA ESOL program provides free classes and conversation sessions geared to adult foreigners who are fairly proficient in English speaking and writing but seek language enrichment, grammar improvement, accent reduction, plus increased knowledge of American culture and idioms. Teacher-led classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Conversation-only sessions are offered on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. 

 ESOL includes an email-based English Writing Improvement Program assigns English writing coaches to those wishing to have their writing reviewed and improved. This is an evolving program that might include face-to-face meetings in person or via the Internet.

 ESOL also serves to introduce students to Unitarian Universalism and its place among other religions. ESOL students sometimes attend UUCAVA events and have even become members or friends.

 ESOL volunteer teachers and facilitators find their participation a joy rather than a burden, but occasionally we experience the need for new volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering in any way, please contact Ric Blacksten (ESOL Chair), 703.980.5899, hricblacksten@gmail.com.

10:00 AM-11:30 AM Soul Matters with Hank Dahlstrom and Trude Myers - Off Site Church Event

Small groups offer opportunities to connect with others at UUCA. Covenant groups are the most popular type of structured small group in our large congregation, with recent participation rising to more than 300 congregants annually. These groups provide opportunities to form deep relationships, explore your personal story from a spiritual perspective, and share in meaningful conversations.

These groups are made up of 8 to 12 people who meet on a regular basis to help one another build community, grow spiritually, and carry out a service project to benefit the church or wider community. Group members get together at church or in homes to talk about spiritual topics such as joy, community, identity, mindfulness, etc. using varied materials such as videos, readings, poems, and insights. These are not intellectual discussions but a chance to share what touches your heart and soul with others.

Trained facilitators lead the groups, steering the conversation in a respectful and thoughtful manner where there is as much listening as talking and a real opportunity to develop close relationships. Groups identify a community service project where they volunteer together to share UUCA’s commitment to service, and deepen bonds among members.

Registration is required.

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Social Justice Partnership Team - Boardroom
10:30 AM-12:00 PM Qigong - Chapel

Qigong is an ancient approach for achieving balance and vitality. The movements are gentle and can be done sitting, standing, or lying down. Qigong will meet in the Center from 10:30-Noon on Thursdays. Wear comfortable clothing. $10 suggested donation. Instructor: Carol Baker, Registered Nurse. No registration required, but appreciated. For more information, contact Carol at Bakerstrac@aol.com.
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Holistic Moms - Fellowship Hall

Holistic Moms Meeting 10/19:

How Gender Messages Influence Our Parenting and Our Children

Awareness about the messages we and the larger society send about gender is key to raising confident and compassionate children. Join us for a conversation with Jessica Haney, founder and publisher of MindfulHealthyLife.com, about how gendered expectations influence our language, habits and beliefs and thus inform our children's ideas about who they can be and what they can do.Jessica is a former teacher at the high school and college levels who has worked on issues of equity in education and has been thinking, teaching and writing about gender and the way it intersects with other aspects of identity for more than 20 years.She holds M.A. degrees in Women’s Studies and English from the University of Cincinnati.

What: Holistic Moms Network Arlington/Alexandria Chapter Meeting

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Location: 4444 Arlington Blvd Arlington, VA 22204 (in Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington)

HMN meetings are open to members and first-time visitors. Come see what we're about! RSVPs are helpful but not required:

https://www.facebook.com/events/663542350517796/

Children are always welcome at our meetings. 

For more information:

HMN Chapter blog: http://holisticmomsarlalex.blogspot.com/

HMN Chapter Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HMNArlingtonVA

HMN Chapter website: http://arlalexva.holisticmoms.org/

National HMN organization: http://www.holisticmoms.org/

Upcoming Meetings

November 16:How to Talk to Kids about Death

December 21: Winter Solstice Healing and Meditation

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Treating Secular Texts as Sacred - Parlor (Room 13/15)

Our reading group where we read The Sellout by Paul Beatty as a sacred text. Snackies will be there!
7:15 PM-10:00 PM Clerestory Choir Rehearsal - Center Gallery

Clerestory Choir Rehearses regularly on Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. For more information, contact UUCA Director of Music Mimi Bornstein at mimib@uucava.org.
7:30 PM-9:30 PM Circle Dance - Chapel

We offer a meditative, movement-oriented spiritual experience. Most dances come from folk traditions from around the world. Newcomers welcome any time. All dances are taught.
7:30 PM-9:30 PM Virginia CURE - Room 10

Virginian Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants is an all volunteer advocacy organization for prisoners and families in Virginia.