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Week of 15 October, 2018
Monday - 10/15
 NEWSLETTER DEADLINE @ NOON

Contact  Mary Ann Bolton
maryann@uucava.org

How to submit an announcement to UUCA's Connections newsletter: 
  • Deadline is noon each Monday. Publication is on each Wednesday.
  • Please put "Connections" or "newsletter" in the subject box.
  • Send announcement (150 words or fewer) in body of email or Word doc attachment.
  • Images and attachments accepted, though no guarantee of publishing
  • Send announcements to pubasst@uucava.org.
  • Questions about Connections? Contact MaryAnn@uucava.org.

See our newsletter archive here.



2:00 PM - 4:00 PMPath to Membership Brainstorming Group

Contact  Sarah Masters
dircl@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesBoardroom


6:00 PM - 8:00 PMCovenant Group Strategy Team Meeting

Contact  Annie Parker
Aparker@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesActivity Room


6:30 PM - 7:30 PMMindfulness and Movement (Yoga)

Contact  Rita Naomi Moran
info@ritanaomi.com
Available Rooms & SpacesCenter Gallery


This class offers a form of movement that is particularly well-suited for meditation.  You'll explore practices that will energize and strengthen you, help you release deep-seated tension and cultivate a sense of presence and well-being. The class is designed to be inclusive for all levels of yoga, from new to experienced. 

Class begins as 6:30 and ends at 7:20, giving you time to gently transition to the guided meditation with Jonathan at 7:30.

This class is offered freely so that no one is denied access to the practices. Your donation helps cover the cost of the room and supports the teacher.

Contact Rita Moran at 301-452-8924 or info@ritanaomi.com



6:30 PM - 8:00 PMS.M.A.R.T.
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 10


7:00 PM - 8:00 PMDebtors Anonymous (DA)

Contact  Barbara Gilligan
Available Rooms & SpacesParlor (Room 13/15)


7:00 PM - 8:00 PMSilent Meditation

Contact  Jim Strube
emacs.1@juno.com
Available Rooms & SpacesChapel


7:00 PM - 9:00 PMAllyship Group with Diana Day and Ann Ulmschneider
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 16


7:00 PM - 9:00 PMCabaret Rehearsal--Hawaiian Group
Available Rooms & SpacesYouth Room


7:00 PM - 10:00 PMChalice Theater Production Meeting
Available Rooms & SpacesVolunteer Room


7:30 PM - 9:00 PMMindfulness Meditation Class

Contact  Bob Gayer
Available Rooms & SpacesSanctuary


meditation mindfulnessClasses focus on sitting and walking meditation, different aspects of the Buddha’s teachings, and how to bring the practice into everyday life. Classes generally include a guided meditation, a dharma talk and/or experiential exercise. While the classes complement one another, they are also structured as independent from each other – i.e., whatever class you are able to attend should be informative and useful in and of itself. No fee, but donations accepted. Instructor is Jonathan Foust of the Insight Meditation Community of  Washington. See Jonathan's website for more information and class schedule here.


8:45 PM - 9:30 PMAfter-Class Discussion and Mindful Dialog Group

Contact  Bob Gayer
Available Rooms & SpacesBoardroom


Ray Manyoky and Tara Cassidy host a discussion group right after class.  This is a wonderful way to reflect and share on your personal practice and connect with like-minded people.  The group starts about 8:50 and ends by 9:30. 



Tuesday - 10/16
6:00 PM - 6:50 PMCrescendo Handbell Choir Rehearsal

Contact  Ken Bissell
kenhandbells@aol.com
Available Rooms & SpacesMusic Studio


Crescendo is an intermediate ensemble open to
everyone with handbell experience. Rehearsals are
on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the
music room.

 



7:00 PM - 7:30 PMBoard of Trustees Meet and Greet
Available Rooms & SpacesWelcome Room


7:00 PM - 8:30 PMPolymnia Handbell Choir Rehearsal

Contact  Ken Bissell
kenhandbells@aol.com
Available Rooms & SpacesMusic Studio


Polymnia is a more advanced group of handbell
ringers who ring for our services and concerts,.
Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to
8:30 p.m. in the music room.


7:00 PM - 9:00 PMWell Spouse Support Group

http://www.wellspouse.org
Contact  Richard Faircloth
rfaircloth@aacc.edu
Available Rooms & SpacesYouth Room


7:00 PM - 9:00 PMYoung Adult Beer, Pizza, and Questions

Contact  Julia Peterson
Jpeterson@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesFellowship Hall


Beer, Pizza, and Questions About the Universe

If you are between the ages of 21 and 35 then please join the Young Adults for beer, pizza, and questions about the universe.  The event is BYOB, bring your own beer, but the pizza will be provided.  We discuss topics ranging from politics, to science, to philosophy.  Every time the topic is different but the discussion is always interesting.



7:30 PM - 9:00 PMBoard of Trustees Meeting
Available Rooms & SpacesBoardroom


At 7:00 p.m. Board Members will be available to listen to comments from the congregation in the Welcome Room.At 7:30 p.m. the regular Board Meeting will begin.Congregants are welcome to observe regular board meetings.

At the October meeting the Board will have a discussion on the vision for Music Ministry with Mimi Bornstein; have a discussion on the Board’s three big questions for this church year and mapping those questions to the staff goals for this church year; discuss the first chapter of the book Anxious Church, Anxious People; and approve a letter to send to UUA to share our congregation’s concern about the time it takes for the Ministerial Fellowship Committee to complete an investigation.Additional items may also be added as needed.



7:30 PM - 9:00 PMEnglish Improvement Class

Contact  Ric Blacksten
hricblacksten@yahoo.com
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 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.



8:00 PM - 9:00 PMAA
Available Rooms & SpacesActivity Room


Wednesday - 10/17
11:00 AM - 12:00 PMStaff Meeting

Contact  Tamara Srader
Available Rooms & SpacesBoardroom


3:00 PM - 4:30 PMDo It Green Groundskeeping Meeting

Contact  Bob Blinn
robertblinn@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesVolunteer Room


7:00 PM - 9:00 PMEarly American Black Women Writers

Contact  Gay Cima
cimag@georgetown.edu
Available Rooms & SpacesWelcome Room


7:00 PM - 9:00 PMLife and Writings of MLK with Bill Fogarty

Contact  LeeAnn Williams
Lwilliams@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesParlor (Room 13/15)


7:00 PM - 9:00 PMNAMI Peer to Peer Training

Contact  LeeAnn Williams
Lwilliams@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesBoardroom


7:30 PM - 9:00 PMAUCP Board Meeting
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 10


7:30 PM - 9:00 PMEnglish Improvement Class

Contact  Ric Blacksten
hricblacksten@yahoo.com
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 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.



7:30 PM - 9:00 PMSilent Meditation

Contact  Jim Strube
emacs.1@juno.com
Available Rooms & SpacesWalden Room


7:30 PM - 9:30 PMSacred Circle of Support

Contact  Rev. Terasa Cooley
tcooley@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesCenter Gallery


Many of us have been troubled or even traumatized by the events and public conversations of the last few weeks. 

We will be holding a Sacred Circle of Support on Wednesday, October 17, to hold one another in a ritual space which can acknowledge pain as well as nurture resilience. Everyone who has felt affected may attend and is welcome. Please let Rev. Terasa or Mimi Bornstein know if you have questions. 



Thursday - 10/18
10:00 AM - 12:00 PMSoul Matters with Hank Dahlstrom and Trude Myers
Available Rooms & SpacesOff Site Church Event


Soul Matters groups are Covenant Groups that use a curriculum developed for Unitarian Universalist congregations.  They involves monthly themes which are explored in a packet sent to each participant every month.  The packet contains readings, poems, suggested spiritual exercises, on-line resources including music and videos.  Soul Matters groups meet monthly to explore the theme in deeply respectful conversations where participants speak about how the theme has meaning for them and how it touches their heart.  Some of the themes for this year are journey, mystery, trust, wholeness and possibility.  Prior Registration required.



10:30 AM - 12:00 PMQigong

Contact  LeeAnn Williams
lwilliams@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesChapel


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.


1:00 PM - 2:30 PMUUCA Book Group

Contact  Betsy Bailey
Available Rooms & SpacesWelcome Room


5:00 PM - 9:00 PMPrivate Guitar Lessons with Eric Waters

http://www.watersguitar.com/
Contact  Eric Waters
info@watersmusicdesign.com
Available Rooms & SpacesWelcome Room


6:00 PM - 10:00 PMChalice Theater Auditions

Contact  Tom O'Reilly
toreiljr@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesFellowship Hall
Volunteer Room


Addams Family logoActors aged 9 to ?? are encouraged to come out for this musical, which celebrates our differences and the importance of family. With a cast that includes Morticia, Uncle Fester, and Lurch, as well as the Addams' ancestors, there are plenty of chances to practice your ghoulish arts!

Thursday, October 18, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
Sunday, October 21, 2 - 6 p.m.
Callbacks will be Thursday, Oct 25

Link to audition forms: http://bit.ly/UUCAAddams

Please bring your resume and head shot or photos.
Come to auditions prepared to sing 16 or 32 bars of music, preferably from a musical, and please bring sheet music for the accompanist.

We'll be including a dance/movement section in the first audition, so be dressed in comfortable, movement-friendly clothes.

You'll need to provide a complete list of conflicts at auditions.

As always, we welcome Chalice alumni and new friends. Feel free to share this post!

Rehearsals begin in January (though we plan to work with principals a few times in December), and will be held on Wednesday evenings, as well as our usual Saturday and Sunday time frames.. Performance weekends are February 22, March 1, and March 8

Link to audition forms: http://bit.ly/UUCAAddams


6:30 PM - 7:15 PMPortland Town Music Rehearsal

Contact  Alison Sheahan
ab.sheahan@verizon.net
Available Rooms & SpacesParlor (Room 13/15)


6:30 PM - 9:00 PMNAMI Family to Family Class

Contact  Nancy Cawley
ncawley@outlook.com
Available Rooms & SpacesBoardroom


7:00 PM - 9:00 PMAUCP Back to School Night

Contact  Annie Parker
Aparker@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesActivity Room


7:00 PM - 9:00 PMHolistic Moms

Contact  Michelle Rief
michrief@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesYouth Room


7:00 PM - 9:00 PMTreating Secular Texts as Sacred

Contact  Julian Adams
juliana@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 16


Our reading group where we read The Sellout by Paul Beatty as a sacred text. Snackies will be there!


7:15 PM - 9:00 PMSanctuary Singers Rehearsal

Contact  Mimi Bornstein
mimib@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesCenter Gallery


Sanctuary Singers welcomes any and all high school and adult singers who love choral singing and the unique musical community of a choir. The choir’s eclectic repertoire includes choral classics, jazz, gospel, folk songs and world music. There are no auditions for this group. The ability to read music is not required, though it is helpful. Sanctuary Singers rehearses weekly on Thursdays from 7:15 - 9:15 in the Center. Contact: Mimi Bornstein (MimiB@uucava.org)


7:15 PM - 9:15 PMSeeking the Heart of Compassion Covenant Group with Melissa Nuwaysir
Available Rooms & SpacesChapel


Mindfulness, Presence, Compassion—what do these terms mean in practice? How can we cultivate and integrate them into our everyday lives more deeply and intentionally? We will read from several texts, all with a Buddhist theme, to guide our exploration and sharing each month. Meetings will include time for brief meditation. We will read portions of The Miracle of Mindfulness, by Thich Nhat Hanh; The Wise Heart, by Jack Kornfield; and Wherever You Go There You Are, by John Kabat-Zinn.


7:30 PM - 9:00 PMEnglish Improvement Class

Contact  Ric Blacksten
hricblacksten@yahoo.com
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 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.



7:30 PM - 9:30 PMEarly Christianities
Available Rooms & SpacesParlor (Room 13/15)


7:30 PM - 9:30 PMVirginia CURE

http://vacure.org/
Contact  Ric Blacksten
hrickblacksten@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 10


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


Friday - 10/19
7:00 AM - 9:00 AMFriday Morning Devotional with David McTaggart and Gregg Forte

Contact  David McTaggart
dmtagg@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesYouth Room


9:00 AM - 5:00 PMPrivate Meeting, Beth Offenbacker

Contact  Beth Offenbacker
Bethoffenbacker@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesBoardroom


11:30 AM - 12:00 PMMoroccan American Community Organization Call to Prayer
Available Rooms & SpacesCenter Gallery


12:30 PM - 1:00 PMMoroccan American Community Organization Call to Prayer
Available Rooms & SpacesCenter Gallery


1:30 PM - 2:00 PMMoroccan American Community Organization Call to Prayer
Available Rooms & SpacesCenter Gallery


6:30 PM - 10:00 PMSoul of Aging Retreat

Contact  Mary Pike
mlpva@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 19 - OWL Room


7:00 PM - 10:00 PMA Film for Thought: Dominion

https://www.dominionmovement.com/images/dominion_poster.pdf
Contact  Annie Parker
Available Rooms & SpacesParlor (Room 13/15)


A Film for Thought

Come and watch this film about standard animal agriculture industry practices. What are our moral obligations to animals, or do we have any? Do we consider them when we affirm our respect for the interdependent web of all existence? How do we think about livestock when we consume our food? Do we even register the food we eat as formerly living beings? Connect with others to discuss these topics, both meat lovers, vegans, and everything in between. We will be using the documentary Dominion about factory farming practices, primarily filmed in Australia but concerning international factory farming norms. This event is to open up a discussion, not to shut down or shame anyone. All interested individuals from all perspectives are encouraged to attend!



7:30 PM - 8:30 PMKol Ami Kabbalat Shabbat

Contact  Herb Levy
herbcl1@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesChapel
Youth Room





7:30 PM - 10:00 PMUUCA African American Book Sharing Circle

Contact  Linda Lutes Corsoro
lindalutes@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesWelcome Room


Fences, book coverOn October 19, 2018, at 7:30, the African American Book Sharing Circle explore Fences, the 1985 play by American playwright August Wilson. Set in the 1950s, it is the sixth in Wilson's ten-part "Pittsburgh Cycle" that describes the African-American experience through characters in their daily lives. The play won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play.

Although August Wilson never graduated from high school; this did not stop him from writing, influencing contemporary drama, and advocating for African-American dramatists, actors, and directors.
Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle consists of ten plays with each set in a different decade.  These plays sketch the Black experience in the 20th century and according to Wilson "raise consciousness through theater" and echo "the poetry in the everyday language of black America". 

This year, the book sharing will continue to explore fiction and nonfiction by African-American writers and include drama, poetry, and humor.  Our goal is to hear African American voices and learn from these African American experiences. 

We hope to see you on October 19. For more information, please contact Linda Lutes Corsoro at lindahlutes@gmail.com or Pat Findikoglu at pfindikoglu@gmail.com.


Saturday - 10/20
9:00 AM - 11:15 AMCello Lessons with Kathryn Hufnagle

Contact  Kathryn Hufnagle
hufnaglecello@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesNursery


9:00 AM - 12:00 PMKM

Contact  Robert Gayer
robertgayer@me.com
Available Rooms & SpacesWalden Room


Those interested in joining this intermediate meditation group should contact Bob Gayer at robertgayer@me.com.


9:00 AM - 5:00 PMSoul of Aging Retreat

Contact  Mary Pike
mlpva@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesYouth Room


10:30 AM - 12:00 PMEnglish Improvement Class

Contact  Ric Blacksten
hricblacksten@yahoo.com
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 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.



1:00 PM - 4:00 PMConflict Transformation with Rev. Terasa Cooley

Contact  LeeAnn Williams
Lwilliams@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesActivity Room


Please join us for an afternoon of exploring conflict!

While conflict can be scary and divisive, it is also possible for conflict, when approached in a healthy manner, to be an opportunity for growth and learning. I was trained in the approach of “Conflict Transformation” that assumes that conflict is not something that can be “managed” so much as processed in a way that can be transformative. This method has been used in contexts such as the South Africa Truth and Reconciliation process, and in peace negotiations in Ireland. 
We will explore our own personal responses to conflict, look at what brain science has to teach us, examine system theories, and practice ways in which groups can create opportunities for healthy conversations. 



8:00 PM - 9:30 PMAA

Contact  Annie Parker
aparker@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesYouth Room


Sunday - 10/21
8:00 AM - 12:30 PMChoir Greenroom

Contact  Marilyn Baker
mbaker@nas.edu
Available Rooms & SpacesBoardroom


9:15 AM - 10:30 AMWorship Service & Religious Education
Available Rooms & SpacesSanctuary


9:15 AM - 1:00 PMSunday Connections Circle

Contact  Sarah Masters
dircl@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesWelcome Room


Quiet, informal alternative to Coffee Hour in Fellowship Hall.  Volunteers can answer questions about Unitarian Universalism, UUCA, and activities.  Great for newcomers and those who want a chance to visit in a calmer environment.



10:30 AM - 11:15 AMBellissimo Handbell Choir Rehearsal

Contact  Ken Bissell
kenhandbells@aol.com
Available Rooms & SpacesMusic Studio


Bellissimo is open to everyone Grade 3 through
adult. No previous handbell experience is required.
Rehearsals are on Sunday mornings from 10:30 to
11:05 a.m. in the music room.


11:15 AM - 12:30 PMSunday Worship & Religious Education

http://www.uucava.org/
Contact  Annie Parker
aparker@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesSanctuary


11:15 AM - 12:30 PMYouth Group

http://www.uucava.org/
Contact  LeeAnn Williams
lwilliams@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesYouth Room


12:30 PM - 1:30 PMString of Pearls Rehearsal

Contact  Jane Ronigen
jane.ronigen@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesMusic Studio


12:30 PM - 3:00 PMYoung Adults' Brunch

Contact  Rev. Julian Adams
JulianA@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesYouth Room


12:30 PM - 5:00 PMGallery Installation

Contact  Carson Herrington
ecarsonh@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesCenter Gallery


1:00 PM - 3:00 PMSoul Matters with Pat Bodnar and Topher Dunne
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 16


Soul Matters groups are Covenant Groups that use a curriculum developed for Unitarian Universalist congregations.  They involves monthly themes which are explored in a packet sent to each participant every month.  The packet contains readings, poems, suggested spiritual exercises, on-line resources including music and videos.  Soul Matters groups meet monthly to explore the theme in deeply respectful conversations where participants speak about how the theme has meaning for them and how it touches their heart.  Some of the themes for this year are journey, mystery, trust, wholeness and possibility.  Prior Registration required.



1:30 PM - 3:30 PMMoonFire

Contact  Ed McGrady
mcgradye@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesChapel
Room 14


MoonFire is an active group of UU pagans that strive to build a safe and nurturing community that is inclusive and provides for spiritual growth and service to the Earth and Her children. Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 1:15 pm and to check the signs posted at the main stairwell to confirm room assignments. The ritual begins at 1:30 pm, followed by a potluck and fellowship. All are welcome. For more information contact Ed McGrady, mcgradye@gmail.com.



2:00 PM - 6:00 PMChalice Theater Auditions

Contact  Tom O'Reilly
toreiljr@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesActivity Room
Parlor (Room 13/15)


Addams Family logoActors aged 9 to ?? are encouraged to come out for this musical, which celebrates our differences and the importance of family. With a cast that includes Morticia, Uncle Fester, and Lurch, as well as the Addams' ancestors, there are plenty of chances to practice your ghoulish arts!

Thursday, October 18, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
Sunday, October 21, 2 - 6 p.m.
Callbacks will be Thursday, Oct 25

Link to audition forms: http://bit.ly/UUCAAddams

Please bring your resume and head shot or photos.
Come to auditions prepared to sing 16 or 32 bars of music, preferably from a musical, and please bring sheet music for the accompanist.

We'll be including a dance/movement section in the first audition, so be dressed in comfortable, movement-friendly clothes.

You'll need to provide a complete list of conflicts at auditions.

As always, we welcome Chalice alumni and new friends. Feel free to share this post!

Rehearsals begin in January (though we plan to work with principals a few times in December), and will be held on Wednesday evenings, as well as our usual Saturday and Sunday time frames.. Performance weekends are February 22, March 1, and March 8

Link to audition forms: http://bit.ly/UUCAAddams


3:00 PM - 4:30 PMAsian Sangha

https://imcw.org/Calendar/Event-Calendar/EventId/3437/e/asi...
Contact  Anna Johns
yogini.annaj@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 16


Asian Sangha Description:

We are an affinity sangha who welcomes all people who self-identify as Asian, Asian American, or those with Asian ancestry. 

Aspiration

To provide a safe(r) space for people of Asian descent to be seen, heard, and supported in our practice of mindfulness meditation and in our lived experience as Asians in American culture.

To explore and share Asian cultural challenges and impacts on our individual and collective psyches in light of the Buddha dharma.

To cultivate a conscious community that fosters authentic connection and a sense of belonging.



3:00 PM - 5:00 PMKol Ami Bet Midrash Session

Contact  Herb Levy
herbcl1@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesBoardroom


3:30 PM - 4:30 PMFamily Meditation Class

Contact  Fred Persi
fpersi@att.net
Available Rooms & SpacesChapel


Family Meditation Class for 5-11 year-olds

Classes will be held on the third Sunday of each month from 3:30 - 4:30PM in the Chapel.   

The Family Meditation class provides young children with a mindfulness framework to develop healthy responses to the ever-changing world around and inside of them.  

Children will learn how to express their innate qualities of being present with what is happening, respect for others and nature, loving kindness and compassion.  Planting these seeds at an early age can reduce stress as well as sustain and nourish the mind, body and spirit for a lifetime. 


Classes include lessons on basic Buddhist teachings, short meditations, movement exercises and hands on activities geared towards developing mindfulness. 

 

Parents attend the classes with their children.  


Questions?  Contact Fred Persi at fpersi@att.net.

 



3:30 PM - 4:30 PMMiddle School Meditation Class

Contact  Satyani McPherson
sistersatyani@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesWelcome Room


Middle School Mindfulness Class is for children currently in grades 6-8. (Parents attend the Family Class, which is where everyone - including middle schoolers - begin the session.  This is not a drop-off class.  A guardian or parent must be present.)

Classes will be held on the third Sunday of each month from 3:30 - 4:30PM.   

The Middle School Meditation class offers short meditations, movement, hands-on activities, and discussion.

This middle school mindfulness class explores practices for fostering greater balance, compassion, and awareness in the midst of the natural highs and lows of early adolescence.  The mindfulness toolkit provides the foundation of the class. Investigating the fabric of our inner lives, the causes of emotional stress, and the possibility of freedom from suffering are explored within the spirit of play and curiosity.  

Questions?  Contact Satyani McPherson at sistersatyani@gmail.com

 



3:30 PM - 5:30 PMVOICE Action - OFF-SITE

Contact  David McTaggart
dmctagg@gmail.com

WILL YOU BE THERE WHEN VOICE ASKS OUR GOVERNOR TO LEAD ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM? 

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At a time when we are witnessing deep partisan divides and racial ugliness in our country, on October 21 VOICE will gather 1,200 leaders from across political, racial, and religious divides to lead in making social justice across the Commonwealth. We want you to join us the afternoon of October 21st (3:30–5:30 pm) at Fairfax High School—with more than a thousand VOICE clergy, congregational, school and other community leaders from our 55+ Northern Virginia institutions.

At this major VOICE assembly we will ask Governor Northam and Attorney General Herring, who have both confirmed their attendance, to help us set an example for the country by leading with VOICE in three areas where they have statewide authority: (1) To make our Commonwealth's schools places of upliftment, not lockdowns; (2) To stand up for human rights by keeping immigrant families together; and (3) To dismantle mechanisms of mass incarceration within our justice system. In this last area, we will be asking for three criminal justice reforms:

·Replace the cash bail system, establishing a fair and transparent alternative that protects public safety. The current system of cash bail to avoid pretrial detention punishes the poor simply because they are poor, disproportionately targeting people of color and women. Inability to pay bail causes cascading damage to their lives as they await trial, from losing their jobs to losing child custody. 

·Replace incarceration with treatment for people with mental illness and substance abuse. Roughly half of all men and women in Virginia’s prisons and jails have mental health and/or substance abuse issues. A better pathway to treatment for non-violent offenders would keep at least 15,000 additional people out of prison, giving them a chance to lead productive lives.

·Restore voting rights to people who’ve served their time. Virginia is one of only four states whose constitution permanently disenfranchises citizens with past felony convictions. 

 UUCA has always been a leading presence at major VOICE events, and we must be so again. We have promised to arrive on October 21 with 140 women and men from our congregation, and we are hoping to exceed that commitment. For more information and transportation options, stop by our VOICE table or contact Pat Findikoglu (patfindikoglu@gmail.com), David McTaggart (dmctagg@gmail.com), Bob Blinn (robertcblinn@gmail.com), Jacomina deRegt (jacominaderegt@gmail.com), or Kate Trygstad (kate@creativefacilitating.com).



4:00 PM - 6:00 PMAdult OWL

Contact  LeeAnn Williams
Lwilliams@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 19 - OWL Room


The Our Whole Lives program for adults explores human sexuality and relationships. Please note that this is not couples therapy. Couples are welcome but not required. Preregistration is required. 


4:00 PM - 6:00 PMArlington Chorale Concert

Contact  Annie Parker
Aparker@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesSanctuary


5:00 PM - 6:30 PMKol Ami JCEP

Contact  Herb Levy
herbcl1@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 10
Room 12
Room 9





6:00 PM - 7:30 PMSunday Sanity Meeting

Contact  Donnice Benford
703 568 9122
Available Rooms & SpacesYouth Room


7:30 PM - 9:00 PMAA
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 12


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